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William Carroll Napier
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Birth: Sep. 24, 1824
Death: Dec. 20, 1895

William Carroll Napier was a son of Dr. Elias Wills Napier, owner of the Napier Iron Works in Hohenwald, Tennessee, and an enslaved seamstress named Judy. Judy and five children were emancipated in Dr. Napier's will in 1848, along with numerous other slaves; many others, however, were sold.

Because of the state laws at that time, Judy and her children moved to Ohio in order to keep their freedom. In his will, Elias Napier stated: "In consideration of the confidence I have in the philanthropy and sterling integrity of my Executors, and confidential friends Robert McNeilly, Benjamin C. Robertson, and William H. Napier, who reside in the immediate neighborhood of my principle business, I particularly enjoin it upon them to have fully carried out all the requisites necessary to carry out my views and wishes in regards to the several slaves that I have emancipated in or out of the county of Dickson or state of Tennessee as the circumstances of their cases may require."

His grandfather Col. Richard C. Napier was a Revolutionary War veteran, listed as DAR Ancestor #A081496. His descendants who can document their relationship are eligible for membership in the Daughters or Sons of the American Revolution. 
Family links: 
  Elias Wills Napier (1783 - 1848)
  Jane Elizabeth Watkins Napier (1825 - 1909)
  William Thomas Napier (____ - 1851)*
  James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940)*
  Elias Watkins Napier (1849 - 1898)*
  Henry Alonzo Napier (1851 - 1882)*
  Ida Napier Langston (1858 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Death date is one year earlier than cemetery records indicate.
Greenwood Cemetery
Davidson County
Tennessee, USA
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William Carroll Napier
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