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William Carroll Napier[1]

Male 1824 - 1896


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  • Born  24 Sep 1824  Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Died  05 Jan 1896  [3
    Buried  Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I113  Nashville
    Last Modified  23 Jun 2012 

    Father  Elias Wills Napier,   b. 05 Mar 1783,   d. 07 Aug 1848, Dickson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Judy,   b. abt. 1800, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. abt. 1895 
    Family ID  F43  Group Sheet

    Family 1  Jane Elizabeth Watkins,   b. 11 Apr 1825, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Sep 1909, St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6, 7
    Married  1844  [8
    Notes 
    • Jane and the children moved to Ohio in 1859 & returned to Nashville in 1861. However, the family is enumerated in tact in 1860 in Nashville. [9]

    Married:
    • "Officially" married 30 Jun 1861. [9]
    Children 
    >1. James Carroll Napier,   b. 09 Jun 1845, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1940, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. William Thomas Napier,   b. abt. 1847, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Dec 1851
    >3. Elias Watkins Napier,   b. abt. 1849, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 May 1898
     4. Henry Alonzo Napier,   b. 17 Jun 1851, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1882
    >5. Ida M. Napier,   b. 02 Jan 1859, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Oct 1937, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified  22 Feb 2008 
    Family ID  F37  Group Sheet

    Family 2  Angeline Yeats  [10
    Children 
     1. Anna Napier,   b. 1854,   d. 1920
    Last Modified  23 Jun 2012 
    Family ID  F273  Group Sheet

  • Documents

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    1850 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    1850 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    Date: 21 Nov 1850
    Family #171

    1. William - age 26, born in TN
    2. Jane - age 33
    3. James - age 5
    4. William - age 3
    5. Elias - age 1

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    1856 Directory Listing - William C. Napier
    1856 Directory Listing - William C. Napier
    Exceprt from the 1856 Nashville Business Directory.
    1860 TN Census: William & Jane E. Napier
    1860 TN Census: William & Jane E. Napier
    Date: 4 Sep 1860
    Location: Ward 4, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. William - age 37, hackman, born in TN
    2. Jane - age 36
    3. James - age 15
    4. Elias W. - age 11
    5. Henry Alonzo - age 9
    6. Ida M. - age 2

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    1870 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    1870 TN Census: WC & Jane Napier
    Date: 2 Jun 1870
    Dwelling: 81
    Location: Ward 4, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. W C Napier - age 46, teamster, real estate $5000, born in AL
    2. Jane - age 46
    3. James C. - age 24, real estate $1000
    4. Elias W. - age 21, barber
    5. Henry Alonzo - age 19, at school
    6. Ida M. - age 12

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    1880 TN Census: Wm C & Jane Napier
    1880 TN Census: Wm C & Jane Napier
    Enumeration Date: 2 Jun 1880
    Dwelling #130 North Cherry Street
    Page 5
    Location: District 39, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee

    1. Wm C. - head, age 50, livery stable keeper
    2. Jane E. - wife, age 54
    3. James C. - son, US Gauger, age 30
    4. Nettie L. - daughter-in-law, age 19, born in Ohio
    5. Rebecca Watkins - age 90, mother-in-law, born in Maryland

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    1881 Nashville Business Directory: Napiers
    1881 Nashville Business Directory: Napiers
    Cemetery Burial Cards - C. Langston
    Cemetery Burial Cards - C. Langston
    Provided to T. McKnight by the Greenwood Cemetery

    Histories
    Will: Elias W. Napier
    Will: Elias W. Napier

  • Notes 
    • In 1881 was a janitor at Meharry. [11]
    • In Nov 1862 was hired as a spy by the Union to spy on the Confederate army in Murfreesboro. [12]

  • Sources 
    1. [S33] 1856 Nashville Business Directory, Campbell, John C., http://books.google.com/books?id=dvoBAAAAYAAJ., 88.

    2. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 73.

    3. [S17] Old City Cemetery: Grave Search, (Nashville Public Library), http://0-www.library.nashville.org.waldo.library.n..

    4. [S31] Black Nashville Blog, http://blacknashville.wordpress.com/..
      http://blacknashville.wordpress.com/2006/12/19/city-items/ - mentions Jane as his mother - 18 Jan 1907.

    5. [S1] Profiles of African-Americans in Tennessee, Annual Local Conference on Afro-American Culture and History, (http://www.tnstate.edu/library/digital/digitizing.html).

    6. [S35] African-American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1790-1930: elites and dilemmas, Lovettt, Bobby, (University of Arkansas, 1999).

    7. [S48] African-American business leaders : a biographical dictionary, John N. Ingham, (Greenwood Press, 1994).

    8. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 73.
      they were married in a slave ceremony

    9. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 76.

    10. [S178] Jagoe, Stephan. Email to the Author. 1 Mar 2008..
      Family tradition and bible records indicate that Anna is daughter of William Carroll Napier & Angeline Yeats.

    11. [S45] 1881 Nashville Business Directory, http://books.google.com/books?id=SvgCAAAAYAAJ..

    12. [S47] James Carroll Napier (1845 - 1940): From Plantation to the City, Lovett, Bobby L., (The Southern Elite and Social Change, University of Arkansas Press, 2002), 77.