‘PW – Knight Roster 1a – for RS x804’

Knight Roster, 1a–804

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    • Hi Debbie,
      His full name was William Wesley Sumrall. The movie Free State of Jones called him “Will”, but I think he actually went by Bill. His older brother, Harmon Levi, also supported Newt Knight and the Knight Band. Harmon and Wm Wesley were the sons of Jesse and Christiana Sumrall. Jesse Sumrall was the son of Moses and and Mary Sumrall. Moses and his brother Thomas Sumrall Jr., were the sons of Thomas Sumrall Sr.

      W.W. Sumrall first married Nancy Emaline Collins, and, then, very late in life, married Mary (Mollie) Olivia Knight, the daughter of Newt’s cousin, George “Clean Neck” Knight. He was 68; Mollie was 24.

      Vikki

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      • Thanks for such a quick response and the info provided. This actually helped me correct a connection in my tree. Somehow I had picked up info that William Wesley who was married to Nancy Collins was the son of Harmon Levi Sumrall, not his brother! All the other connections seem to be correct, thankfully. That makes Harmon Levi and William Wesley my 1st cousins 5x removed. I wasn’t aware of W. W.’s 2nd marriage to Mary ‘Mollie’ Knight. So thanks for helping me correct and expand on these connections.

        Debbie

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      • You’re welcome, Debbie. There is such a wide gap between Harmon and W. W., that until I found proof otherwise, I thought they were father and son, too. That second marriage of W.W.’s was a true May-December one, and didn’t occur until early in the 20th century!

        Vikki

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    • S. C. Coleman’s first name was Silman. I’ll have to check for his middle name–don’t know if I’ve ever known it.

      Vikki

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      • Thanks, Vikki. I haven’t heard of Silman Coleman, don’t have him in my tree, so probably on a distant cousin line or something. There was a Spilsbe / Spilsby Coleman and I was wondering if maybe it was him.

        As always, such wonderful historical information on this site!

        Debbie

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      • You’re welcome Debbie; I appreciate your participation in discussions so much.

        Years ago, when I was first tracing the Colemans, I theorized that the name Silman was derived from the earlier “Spilsbe (and sometimes Silsbee) name that appears more than once in the Coleman line. so, it sounds like you are definitely connected to Sam Coleman? And maybe his wife, Mary Coleman. Silman was Sam and Mary’s grandson through their son Thomas Jefferson Coleman. Tom Coleman died in 1858, allegedly killed by the sheriff during a violent dispute.

        Vikki

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      • Robert Coleman and Ann Spilsbe are my 8th great-grandparents. I’m from the line of their son Robert Spilsbe Coleman and his wife Mary Clayton. I hadn’t seen the name SIlman in the lines before, but for years I only worked on my direct lines and didn’t add their siblings and the many cousin lines. I’ve begun adding those in as I continue my work but there’s always more to add.

        No, I’m not familiar with Sam either. My line goes down from the ones mentioned above to connect with Faulk, Jernigan, Blakeney, Windham and finally Gambrell. My nearest Coleman ancestor is Keziah Coleman Jernigan, wife of Stephen Jernigan and them being my ggg-grandparents.

        I’ll have to do some digging to see how I connect to the ones you’ve brought to my attention.

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