By Joyce W. Sanders
Mollie Lloyd Williams' story did not end with the tragic death of her beloved husband Enoch.
On July 19, 1866, she was married to Judson J. Ellington by the Rev. James Newman. They were parents of four children: Richard who died as an infant, Ida A. born October 26, 1867, Emory A. born July 19, 1871, and Marcus Hilburn born July 20, 2874. From letters written by the "Connections," we know that Mollie was frail and sickly and on October 28, 1877, she died. We have not been able to locate her grave or the grave of her husband, Judson J. Ellington.
"The two children of her first marriage moved to Van Buren, Ark. William Enoch marrying Susan Edwards Harmon and rearing a family of 12 children: Jesse Henderson, Edgar Hill, Levi Lloyd, Cornelia Caroline, Nena Lesley, Joseph Enoch, William Earnest, Green Alton, Robert Ellis, Lela Olivia Henretta, Guy Sallis and Ruby Lucille.
It is easy to see how the names of the "Connections" carried from one generation to another. Judge William Enoch Williams was a representative from Washington County to the Arkansas State Legislature.
Jesse Henderson Williams was the eldest son of an only son and he died in California in November, 1971. His children were Daniel
Enoch and Betsy. Both of whom have worked hard and long on compiling "The Connections." Both live in California. We here in Attala County, owe them, J. O. Lloyd of Roanoke, Virginia, and Miss Gladys Boyette, a debt of gratitude for preserving this part of our local History Heritage.
Olivia Hardwick Williams was married to Joseph Dyer on May 1, 1887, and died in childbirth March 17, 1888. Oliver Dyer, orphaned son of Olivia Williams Dyer, lived with his Uncle Willie and was close to his cousins, Jesse Henderson, Ed and Lee. Oliver never had any children and died in Los Angeles several years ago.
From the letters of Enoch, Mollie, Green and Columbus Williams, we find clues to the Black Williams' Connections.
From Chancellorsville, Virginia, on August 6, 1863, Green writes to Enoch, "Did you lose Ferry?" This is after Enoch had been captured and paroled. (In 1918 Ferry told of going to school with the boys at Clinton and of going to war with them also.)
Wesley was with Green as the same letter states, "I think I shall send Wesley home in a few months...he cannot stand the marching."
From Attalaville on January 18, 1864, Mollie writes to Enoch, "I was sorry to hear of Wesley's death. I think he was a good boy."
| This report was not true as wesley had survived. On August 10, 1864, Enoch writes home for "Wesley to get those 'Yankey Tent Flies' he brought home from Virginia and them to us."
August 16, 1864, Mollie writes to Enoch and Green that "Wesley arrived at home Saturday evening. He surprised us greatly for we were not looking for him. He looks a little worsted; he is very tired of camp life and don't want to leave home again." "The hands commenced to pulling fodder Monday morning. Mother has George hauling for the government." George was still alive and in his 90's in 1918 when Jesse Henderson Williams visited Sallis.
On November 5, 1864, from a camp near Tuscumbia, Alabama, Enoch asks that one of the boys, Wesley, Lee or Anderson be sent up...-stresses it must be one of the young boys, not one who has a family. (I believe this Anderson is not a Williams but Anderson Lloyd, brother to Perry.) Enoch states that Ferry is at Vicksburg, a Corporal in his company and that he has written to Enoch. Ferry must have been taught to read and write while at Mississippi College with the boys.
So both races of the Connections can be proud of the heritage handed down by their ancestors. Here is where I close my account of Mollie Lloyd and her Connections. It does not end here, however. as long as there is one descendant, the Connections will continue.