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Hazel’s family history begins with her paternal grandparents Rev. Miles and Beatrice Bryant Williams to this union three children were born. They were Robertia, Frank and Mary Joyce Williams. The maternal grandparents were Wesley Williams and Florence Monroe and to this union one child was born named Minnie Irver Williams. Florence Monroe then married James (Jim) Moore who then adopted her daughter Minnie Irver Williams, also to this union three children were born. They were Minnie Estelle, Curley Pearl and Frances Byrd Moore.

With the joining of Frank Williams and Minnie Moore Williams, they were blessed with eight children that they loved dearly. Frank and Minnie taught them the ways of a spiritual, mental, physical and educational life. The children are as follow Velmos, Florence, Hazel (my grandmother), Frank Jr., Napoleon, Irva, Georgia B and James. In addition to their own children, this couple reared two grandchildren as their own. Which were Wesley Williams and Leneverett Tabb.

Frank and Minnie were both a member of St. Mary #1 MB Church until death. Frank was a well respected and reputable farmer. Also, he was a member of the trustee board where he served for a number of years. Minnie was a homemaker and was very active in the community and church affairs. She served as president of the usher board for 44 years.

In essence, Frank and Minnie Williams left a beautiful number of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, sons-in-laws and daughter-in-laws to be honorned as being a part of the Williams and Moore families. God Bless You All.

Maternal: Cameron, Monroe, Moore, Williams

Paternal: Boston, Bryant, Masby, Owens, Perry, Roberson, Williams, Wilson




Florence Monroe

Florence Monroe Moore

Florence Monroe was born February 21, 1890 in Mississippi to Marshall Monroe and Lillie Cameron. On the April 15, 1910 US Federal Census Florence Monroe was 20 years of age in the household with her grandmother Martha Cameron in Franklin Co, Mississippi. On June 30, 1910 Florence had a daughter with Wesley Williams (b) abt 1883 in MS named Minnie Irva Williams my Great Grandmother in Meadville, Franklin Co, Mississippi. Sometime after Minnie was born she and her parents moved to McGehee, Desha Co, Arkansas. Not sure as to when Florence and Wesley went there separate ways, Florence later married James (Jim) Moore and they had three children together named Curley Pearl, Minnie Estell, and Frances Byrd along with adopting a daughter by the name of Gracie Mae between the years of 1913 and 1926. In 1920 at the age of 30 Florence Moore lived in Hardy, Lee Co, Arkansas with her husband James, 2 step-sons, and 4 daughters. Then in 1930 Florence was 39 years old and lived in Lake View, Phillips Co, Arkansas with her husband, Jim, and 4 daughters. On April 1, 1940 Florence Moore was 50 years old and lived in St Francis, Arkansas with her husband, Jim, and 2 daughters. She died on February 02, 1965 at her home on Franklin Street in Helena, Phillips, Arkansas, at the age of 74.

Minnie Moore

Minnie Moore Williams

Minnie I. Moore was born on June 30, 1910, in Meadville, Mississippi, the only child of Wesley Williams and Florence Monroe. Minnie married Frank D. Williams on December 25, 1927, in Phillips County Arkansas. They had nine children Velmos, Florence, Hazel, Frank Jr, Napoleon, Irva, Beatrice, Georgia B and James in 20 years. In 1920, Minnie I. Williams was 10 years old and lived in Hardy, Arkansas with her step-father, mother, 2 step-brothers, and 3 sisters. In 1930, Minnie Williams was 20 years old and lived in Lake View, Arkansas with her husband, Frank Williams Sr, and son Velmos. On April 1, 1940, Minnie Williams was 29 years old and lived in Lake City, Arkansas with her husband, Frank, 3 sons Velmos, Frank Jr, and Napoleon, and 2 daughters Florence and Hazel. She died on February 2, 1982, at home in Helena, Arkansas at the age of 71.

Hazel Williams


Hazel Williams was born on April 20, 1934, in Helena, Phillips County, Arkansas, to Frank and Minnie Williams.  Her father Frank, was 28 and her mother Minnie was 23. Hazel was the 3rd child of nine children.  On the 1940 Census, Hazel Williams was 6 years old and lived in Lake City, Phillips Co., Arkansas with her father, mother, 3 brothers Velmos, Frank Jr, and Napolean, and one sister Florence. On January 14, 1952 at the age of 17 Hazel had a son named Kenneth Williams with Solomon Anderson in Helena, AR.  At the age of 20 she then had a daughter Annie Mae Green with Eddie Lee Green Sr., on August 10, 1954 in Helena, Arkansas.  In 1956 Hazel moved and married Roy Lee Oliver Sr. on August 5, 1956, in Nedrow, Onondaga, New York. Hazel and Roy had their first child together, a daughter named Vivian J. Oliver born March 11, 1957 in Syracuse, NY. The next child was Roy Lee Oliver Jr born August 11, 1962, followed a year later Eric N. Oliver July 30, 1963 and then Quentin H. Oliver Sr. August 23, 1964 all in Syracuse, NY.  The last child Alphonso A. Oliver was born March 27, 1968 also in Syracuse, NY.  She died on July 8, 2009, in Syracuse, New York, at the age of 75, and was buried there.

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