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William Herbert Hilton Talbert

Born on 1-27-1864. He was born in Red Bluff, CA. He was accomplished in the area of Business. He later died on 1-20-1930.
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The son of Robert and Anna Maria Harris Talbert, William was born in Red Bluff, California in 1864, and the oldest of several Talbert children. Robert Talbert is said to have gone to California during the gold rush and apparently took his family. Talbert also made his fortune in California and returned to Buffalo where he bought property, which enriched the family and made them one of the early prominent African American families.

On his return to Buffalo, William was educated in Buffalo Public Schools. William was active in the family's extensive real estate holdings beginning in 1889. He also worked as a clerk in the Office of the Treasurer of the City of Buffalo. In 1911 he was the president of the Buffalo Colored Republican League.

He was a member of the Michigan Street Baptist Church, which his grandfather Peyton Harris helped to build.

He married Mary Burnett on September 8 1891 in Talbert's home town, Oberlin, Ohio. Famed musician, Harry T. Burleigh served as the Best Man. Returning to Buffalo, the couple made their home on Michigan Street, first at 515 and later at 521 next door to the church. They had one child Sarah May in 1902 and one grandchild, Mary Yvette Keelan. His wife, Mary became a civil rights icon and club woman.

Following his wife's death in 1923 William remarried. His second wife, Elizabeth Smith Brown was also involved in the women's club movement having leadership roles in the Phyllis Wheatley Club and the Empire State Federation of Women's Clubs.