Albert Williams, Jr. and Anna Culp

Albert Williams, Jr. was the second child of Albert Williams and Catherine Dugan and the grandfather of Florence Mosier. Family records indicate that Albert, Jr. was born on February 6, 1876 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and that he died in 1910 in that city. However, Albert Jr. is included in the 1870 U.S. Census at age 2 with the Albert and Kate Williams household in Philadelphia, indicating a birth year of 1868. He married Anna Culp around 1894.

Anna Martha Culp was born on June 1, 1876 in Philadelphia. She was the only child of John Culp and Isabella Reed. Albert and Anna had two daughters, Anna May (b. 1895, d. 1998) and Mary (b. 1898, d. 1927), both of whom were born in Philadelphia. The 1900 U.S. Census shows Albert and Anna Williams residing at 164 Hanson Street in Philadelphia with their two daughters. Albert’s occupation is shown as “Brakeman”, and he probably worked for a railroad company.

After Albert’s death in 1910 and before 1914, Anna married William Boyd. The 1920 Census lists Anna and William Boyd at 1037 Buttonwood St. N., Philadelphia, with Anna’s daughter Mary Williams, who was 21 at the time. William Boyd indicates that he was born in Pennsylavania in 1870 and that his parents were both born in Ireland. He was employed by the Pennsylvania Railroad. William Boyd was buried on January 19, 1929 in Fernwood Cemetery in Lansdowne, PA. Nothing further is known about this man or the marriage.

The 1930 census lists Anna Boyd, widow, as head of the household at 173 Louden St., Philadelphia. She owned her home, which was valued at $5,500. Her occupation is shown as “examiner, hosiery mill.” Living with her at the time were her daughter and son-in-law, Anna and Alvion Mosier, and their four daughters. Also living with her were George Boyce (husband of her deceased daughter, Mary) and his daughter, Martha. Between 1930 and 1937, Anna married Gustave Essling who was born about 1881 in Germany. He worked as a clerk in the Philadelphia County Sheriff’s Office. Gustave Essling was buried on October 11, 1937 in Fernwood Cemetery. After the death of her third husband, Anna lived for the remainder of her life with Anna and Alvion Mosier in Roxborough, Philadelphia, PA.

Anna Culp Williams Boyd Essling died on June 15, 1962 at the age of 86 and was buried in Fernwood Cemetery.