Tar Heel Widow Becomes Richest Woman In South ~ 1913
Contributed by: Roger Kammerer
From Washington Progress Sept. 4, 1913
Kinston, Aug. 28. --Mrs. Jesse P. Williams, of Atlanta, formerly Miss Cora Taylor, of Bullhead,
Greene county, has succeeded to the princely estate of her late husband, who was a noted
southern capitalist. Mrs. Williams becomes the largest landowner of her sex in the world, and
the richest woman in the south.
Captain William died several weeks ago, and leaving no children and no will, his wife became
the sole heir.
His great estate is variously estimated at from $5,000,000 to 10,000 [sic]. She is the only
woman in the Southern states to control a 200-mile interstate railroad, with its trains, stations,
shops, terminals, docks and a steamboat line.
She owns a quarter of a million acres of farming and timber lands in Georgia and Florida. Mrs.
Williams is well-fitted to manage the property, having acted as the closest counsellor of her
husband and virtual manager of his extensive interests during the last few years, when he was
an invalid. Captain Williams has a brother at Mt. Olive, N.C. Mrs. Williams is connected with
leading families of this section.
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