|Colored Tennessean, March 31, 1866 |
ANC Williams was advertising his business in Franklin very early in his career,
shortly after the end of the Civil War
|ANC Williams and sons in front of his store on Main Street at the site of today's Avec Moi|
According to this article, Allen Noah Crutcher Williams (others have said his middle name was Nevills or Nelson) was "born in the [Dr. Sterling] Crutcher family at Spring Hill, Tenn., Sept. 25, 1844, and when 18 years old was sold for $1,500 to Capt. Jack Williams of Spring Hill. . . . In 1862 he married Malissa Doyle, for many years a practical nurse, who died in 1916, four years after they had celebrated their golden wedding anniversary. They had 16 children, 11 of whom are living. There are also 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Several of his children are teachers and merchants."
|Photograph of ANC Williams and his wife Malissa Doyle Williams with children and grandchildren, courtesy of Rick Warick|
The article continued to say that, "'Uncle Allen' is self-educated and his penmanship is good."
This is an example of ANC Williams' "good" penmanship. In 1873 ANC Williams opened a bank account for his 27-year-old wife Malissa Doyle Williams with the Freedmen's Bank in Nashville. He did the same for two other Franklin women.
Since people did not carry driver's licenses or other forms of photo identification at that time, they would answer questions so that they could be identified when they returned at a later date, and also give a physical description of themselves. This is similar to the security questions answered on internet accounts today.
The newspaper article about his retirement continued, "In addition to the care of his large family and his business, he has done much for the spiritual welfare of his race, having been the minister for the Franklin Colored Church [today called the Cummings Street Church of Christ] since 1873. Not only to the people of Williamson County is he well and favorably known, but to Nashville jobbers and to traveling salesmen, who have called on him for many years. He owns his storehouse, the building adjoining and his home on Columbia Avenue, where since his retirement he will spend the remainder of his life."
Williams died two years after his retirement on March 24, 1930. His funeral was conducted at the 4th Avenue Church of Christ in order to accommodate the large numbers of people who wanted to attend
You can read more about him here.
|The headstone for ANC Williams and his wife Malissa Doyle Williams is located in Franklin's Toussaint L'Ouverture Cemetery.|