I came across 2 William H Lanier's who were african american that may be
promising connections in my search...
One was born 1851 in Huntsville, died 1909 in MS. There is a high school
named after him there.
The other, the more promising of the two, died just this year. He was 69
years old. His name was William H. Lanier, Jr. but he was known by everyone,
including his wife, as David. He and his wife died in a car crash, they had