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Hannah D Nelson Singleton Gilliam

North Carolina, USA
Death 23 Feb 1914 (aged 74)
Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Worcester, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Lot 5817, Sec 76
Memorial ID 101516890 · View Source
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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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