Mollie (Nugent) Williams

Mollie (Nugent) Williams (circa 1867-1936) was George and Anna Nugent’s first child of four, born circa 1867. Mollie married Thomas Williams in a large ceremony with over 250 guests on October 10, 1889. Over the years, Thomas worked as a butler and a porter. From the 1900 through the 1920 censuses, Mollie’s occupation was listed as a dressmaker or seamstress. Mollie was part of many clubs that aimed to improve the black community by striving towards equality and the vote. Along with her sisters, Mollie was a charter member of the Woman’s Improvement Club. On December 31, 1903, she helped found the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. She was very involved with the Federation and was delegated to draft its constitution and by-laws. Mollie was also chosen to serve on the Finance Committee for the State Federation of Colored Women’s Clubs. Additionally, she was an avid attender of Lampton Baptist Church. Current records indicate that Mollie was President of the Willing Workers Club of Lampton Baptist Church from July 1928 to January 1934. It is possible that she was president of this club for a longer amount of time. As part of the Willing Workers Club, she skillfully planned many community gatherings. Mollie also attended at least one Baptist Women’s Educational Convention, and probably many more. She was an excellent hostess and known for her entertaining skills. Mollie passed away on March 17, 1936. Photo of Mollie is from Carol Mattingly. – Bio by Girl Scout Laura Bache. Her project’s FB page: Shattering the Glass Ceiling: A Girl Scout Gold Award Project. Her Instagram featuring more role models like Mollie: @rolemodelmoxie