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Hannah D Nelson Singleton Gilliam
Birth: Dec. 3, 1842
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1914
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA

Hannah was born a slave under the Nelson-Singleton Household. Her parents were Zara Humphrey Jones and Benjamin Ellis Nelson.

Hannah spent most of her life as a laundress. she was a widow of Daniel Gilliam, who had also been a slave, and who died in 1867.

Hannah's son Leander Singleton Gilliam had been fathered by the Plantation Owner William G. Singleton. It is unclear as to how many and what children of Hannah's were fathered by him.

During Reconstruction of the South, Hannah migrated to Worcester, MA with her sister and Brother-in-law Jane B. & Joseph A.Collins. They became leaders of the old black community of Worcester.

Hannah is the Grand Mother of Zara Cully Brown who played Mother Jefferson of the television sitcom "The Jefferson." 
 
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 Children:
  Leander Singleton Gilliam (1860 - 1943)*
  Nora Ann Gilliam Cully (1871 - 1911)*
  Jane Gilliam Foreman (1877 - 1905)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hope Cemetery
Worcester
Worcester County
Massachusetts, USA
Plot: Lot 5817, Sec 76
 
Created by: The Root Digger: Yvette ...
Record added: Nov 30, 2012
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Hannah D <i>Nelson Singleton</i> Gilliam
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Hannah D <i>Nelson Singleton</i> Gilliam
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Hannah D <i>Nelson Singleton</i> Gilliam
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May your memory live on.
- The Root Digger: Yvette Porter Moore
 Added: Mar. 27, 2014
RIP May you be remembered always.
- The Root Digger: Yvette Porter Moore
 Added: Nov. 30, 2012
 
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