Lula Estelle (Boatwright) Williams (1872 - 1954)



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Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina


Reidsville, Rockingham County, North Carolina

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Greensboro, Guilford County, North Carolina


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Father: Thomas Jefferson Boatright
Mother: Nancy Jane (Williams) Boatright

Partner: William Wright 'Clem' Williams
Children with William: Chester Clay Williams, Nannie Clara Williams, Harold Thomas Williams, William Wright Williams, and Ward Allison Williams


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1872 - In the year that Lula Estelle (Boatwright) Williams was born, on May 22nd, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Amnesty Act of 1872. The Act restored full civil rights to secessionists, including about 150,000 former slaves who had fought in the Confederate Army. About 500 former Confederate sympathizers were not allowed their full civil rights.

1894 - At the age of 22 years old, Lula was alive when large reserves of oil were discovered on the Osage Indian reservation in Oklahoma. Previously thought to be "useless" land - not even good for farming - the tribe had bought the land themselves. The discovery of oil made the Osage the "richest group of people in the world" at the time.

1913 - She was 41 years old when the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

1923 - By the time she was 51 years old, Harlem's Cotton Club opened in New York City. Owned by a bootlegger and gangster, it was a 700 seat speakeasy that catered to a "white only" clientele. But most of the entertainers were African-American and featured some of the best entertainers of the time such as Lena Horne, the Nicholas Brothers, Ethel Waters, and Cab Calloway.

1954 - In the year of Lula Estelle (Boatwright) Williams's passing, from April 22 through June 17th, the Army v. McCarthy hearings were held. The U.S. Army accused Roy Cohn (chief counsel to Senator McCarthy and later trusted mentor of Donald Trump) of blackmail. McCarthy and Cohn accused the U.S. Army of harboring communists. The Army allegations were found to be true. The U.S. Senate later censured McCarthy.

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Lula Estelle (Boatwright) Williams, mother to 5 children, passed away on September 14, 1954 in Reidsville, North Carolina at 82 years old. There is no listed cause of death. She was buried in Greensboro, North Carolina. Lula was born on February 7, 1872 in Charlotte, North Carolina. She was born to Thomas Jefferson Boatright and Nancy Jane (Williams) Boatright, and we currently have no other siblings in her family tree. Lula's partner was William Wright 'Clem' Williams. and they gave birth to Chester Clay Williams, Nannie Clara Williams, Harold Thomas Williams, William Wright Williams, and Ward Allison Williams.


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Lula Estelle Boatwright ; Born: 7 February 1872, in Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, and died-14 September 1954, in Reidsville, Rockingham, North Carolina; Burial: Greensboro, Guilford County, NC. Lula's parents were: Father:Thomas Jefferson BOATRIGHT (Born:15 July 1841- Died: 8 March, 1918].Mother: Nancy Jane Williams.("Mattie I." Williams-born: 28 Sept. , 1847- Died: 2 March, 1874].
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