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Nicknames: "Frances Deighton"
Birthplace: Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
Death: Died in Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Managed by: Peter Douglas Olson
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About Frances Williams (Dighton)

Dighton was originally part of Taunton's South Purchase and other surrounding towns. It was separated in 1672, officially incorporated in 1712. It was named for Frances Dighton Williams, wife of Richard Williams, a town elder. "True, Dighton, a former part of Taunton, "was named for Frances Dighton Williams, wife of Richard Williams, a town elder" [*]

Ancestry of Richard Williams and Francis Deighton

Previous historians and genealogists have have shown royal descent for the Richard Williams family, either through Richard Williams or his wife Frances Deighton, who is traced to Charlemagne by the medieval historian von Redlich, (NEHG 97:342-343). In his "Descent of General Douglas McArthur." von Redlich produced an ancestry chart leading from Richard and Frances to "Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Emperor of the West, born 2, Apr 747, died 28 Jan. 814; married in 771 the Swabian Princess Hildegard, died 30 Apr. 783. .

The line continues with

  1. Pepin, King of Italy,
  2. Bernard, King of Italy,
  3. Pepin, Count of Senlis,
  4. Herbert I, Count of Vermandois,
  5. Herbert II,
  6. Albert 1,
  7. Herbert III,
  8. Otho,
  9. Herbert IV,
  10. dau. Adelaide (Adelheid), who m. Hugh, the Great, Duke of France and Burgundy, son of Henry I, King of France, by Anne, dau. of Yaroslav I, Grand Prince of Kiev;
  11. Isabel de Vermandois who m. 2nd William de Warenne, second Earl of Surrey,
  12. Gundred de Warenne w. m. Roger de Newburgh, second Earl of Warwick;
  13. Waleran de Newburgh,
  14. Alice de Newburgh, w. m. William, Baron Mauduit,
  15. Isabel de Mauduit, who m. William, fifth Baron Beauchamp of Elmley Castle;
  16. Walter de Beauchamp, Steward of the Household of Edward I, King of England;
  17. Giles de Beauchamp,
  18. John de Beauchamp,
  19. Sir William de Beauchamp,
  20. Sir John de Beauchamp, Lord Treasurer of England;
  21. Sir Richard de Beauchamp,
  22. Anne de Beauchamp.
  • (See family tree for the more recent lines that lead to Richard and Frances Williams). Richard Williams is Charlemagne's 21st grandson.

Born- Glamorganshire, England Married Gloucesterhire,England- , Williams Family

Richard Williams of Taunton, Massachusetts Bay Colony, was baptized in the parish of St. Mary the Virgin in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, England in 1607 and died in Taunton, Massachusetts in August 1693. Richard married Frances Deighton, sometimes spelled "Dighton". Richard and Frances Williams' descendants are linked in marriage with many well-documented early American families such as those of Captain John Gallup, Governor Thomas Dudley, John Woodbridge VI, Pilgrim Thomas Rogers, Pilgrim John Howland, Pilgrim Samuel Fuller (the son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller), Reverend John Lothrop, and Governor William Leete.

Richard was a tanner by trade. He was a man of good abilities, was deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony from 1645 to 1665; selectman in 1666 and 1667. It is not known exactly when Richard Williams came to New England, nor upon which vessel. The biographer Charles Williams believes him to have come about 1636/7, rather than in 1633, as Pope suggests. He came with his wife, Frances and two children, probably her two eldest sisters and their spouses. Richard and Frances settled soon in Taunton. He was among the original purchasers of the Teticut Purchase, The North Purchase and the South Purchase, now comprising collectively the towns of Taunton, Raynham, Berkeley, Norton, Mansfield, Easton and Dighton, the last so named for his wife Francis. He was one of the original shareholders in the Iron Works of Taunton and received income from this venture until 1691. In 1693, his son Thomas directed that these moneys go to his Mother, Francis, these sums continuing until 1700. He, himself, was a tanner, as his son Joseph succeeds to this business after his death about 1692/3. He was called by Emery, the "Father of Taunton." He was a member and deacon of the First Church. He died in the year 1693, aged eighty-seven years. The children born to Richard and his wife Frances (Dighton) were: John (died England), Elizabeth (died England), Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Benjamin.

Richard and Frances' children married children of other early settlers, e.g., children of John Rogers and Anna Churchman of Duxbury, Thomas Gilbert and Joan Rossiter of Taunton, George Macey and Susanna Street of Taunton, and Thomas Bird Sr and Ann ? of Dorchester. Samuel married Mary (Jane) Gilbert. Samuel married as his second wife Hannah (Anna) Rogers, daughter of John Rogers (her third marriage) late in life. Nathaniel married Elizabeth Rogers, daughter of John Rogers, granddaughter of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers. Joseph married Elizabeth Watson. Elizabeth married John Bird of Dorchester. Thomas married Mary Macey. Hannah married John Parmenter of Boston. Benjamin married Rebecca Macey, Mary's sister. See the Richard Williams Family project for more details.

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  • 15. ELIZABETH LYGON; m. Edward Basset of Uley, co. Gloucester, will dtd. 3 June 1601. pr. 5 Nov. 1602.
  • 16. JANE BASSET, d. 23 Apr. 1631; m. Dr. John Deighton, gent., d. 16 May 1640, of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, co. Gloucester, will made 31 Jan 1639, pr. 21 May 1640.
  • 17. KATHERINE DEIGHTON, bp. Gloucesster, 16 Jan. 1614/5, d. 29 Aug. 1671, m. (1) Samuel Hackburne; m. (2) Roxbury, Massachusetts, 14 Apr. 1644 GOVERNOR THOMAS DUDLEY, (50-14); m. (3) Rev. John Allin of Dedham; children by all three husbands. (DEBORAH DUDLEY, m. Jonathan Wade; GOVERNOR JOSEPH DUDLEY, A.M., Harvard College, 1665, Governor of Mass., 1702-1715, m. 1669 Rebecca Tyng, dau. of Major-General Edward Tyng; HON. PAUL DUDLEY, m. Mary Leverett.)
  • 17. FRANCES DEIGHTON, bp. 1 Mar. 1611, d. Taunton, Mass., Feb. 1705/6; m. Witcombe Magna, co. Gloucester, 11 Feb. 1632, Richard Williams, bp. Wooton-under-Edge, 28 Jan. 1607, d. Taunton, Mass., Aug. 1693.
  • 17. JANE DEIGHTON, bp. 5 Apr. 1609, St. Nicholas Church, Gloucester; liv. at Boston, Mass., 1671; m. (1) St. Nicholas, 3 Jan. 1627, John Lugg, came to New England, 1638, d. aft. 1644; m. (2) by 27 Oct. 1647, Jonathan Negus, b. c. 1601, England, d. bet. 1675/6 and 1682, Boston, Mass., appointed clerk of the writs, 1651, by the General Court in which capacity he served through 1675/6; children by both husbands. (The Genealogis, 6: 195-196).

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  • 14. ISABEL (or ELIZABETH) LIGON, was a legatee in her father's 1577 will. She married EDWARD BASSET, Gent., of Uley, Gloucestershire, son and heir of William Basset, of Uley and Highfield, Gloucestershire, by Jane, daughter of John Ashe (or Asshe), Esq. They had four sons, William, Esq., Barnaby, Edward, and Giles, and four daughters, Elizabeth (wife of William Clayfield, Gent., and Thomas Poyntz, Gent.), Margery (or Margaret) (wife of Samuel Shellom), Susanna (wife of Michael Dorney), and Jane. EDWARD BASSET, Gent., left a will dated 3 June 1601, proved 5 Nov. 1602 (P.C.C. 77 Montague), requesting burial in the chapel of Uley, Gloucestershire. His widow, Isabel, married (2nd) (as his 2nd wife) RICE (or REES) DAVIS (or DAVIES), Esq., of Tickenham, Somerset. They had no issue. At some unknown date, Rice and his wife, Isabel, conveyed a 1/ 9th share of the manor of Furnax (in Warminster), Wiltshire to Simon Sloper, of Warminster. Following her death, he married (3rd) MARY PITT, widow of Robert Owen of Bristol, merchant, by whom he had a daughter, Eleanor (wife of Nicholas Poyntz). RICE DAVIS, Esq., left a will dated 28 Aug. 1638, proved 23 April 1639 (P.C.C. 41 Fairfax), requesting burial at the chapel of Backwell, Somerset between his 1st wife, Dorothy Rodney and his 2nd wife, Isabel Ligon. .... etc.
  • 15. JANE BASSET. She was a legatee in her father's 1601 will. She married at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 12 April 1605 JOHN DEIGHTON, Gent., of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, surgeon, Sheriff of the City of Gloucester, son of Thomas Deighton, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, by his wife, Anne (or Agnes). He was baptized at Cirencester, Gloucestershire 18 Nov. 1568. They had three sons, John, John (again), and Thomas, and five daughters, Jane, Frances, Katherine, Damaris, and Mary. His wife, Jane, died 23 April 1631. JOHN
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  • DEIGHTON, Gent., died 16 May 1640. He left a will dated 30 Jan. 1639, proved 21 May 1640. He and his wife Jane, were buried in the south aisle of the church of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire. .... etc.
  • Children of Jane Bassett, by John Deighton, Gent.:
    • i. JANE DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, England 5 April 1609. She married (1st) St. Nicholas, Gloucester 3 Jan. 1627/8 JOHN LUGG. They had two sons, one unnamed and John, and four daughters, Jane, Esther (wife of James Bell and Richard Marshall), Elizabeth, and Mary (wife of Nathaniel Barnard). They immigrated to New England in 1637-8, whre JOHN LUGG died after 1644. His widow, Jane, married (2nd) at Boston, Massachusetts 27 Oct. 1647 JONATHAN NEGUS, of Boston, Massachusetts, Clerk of the Writs. He was born about 1601. They had one son, Isaac, and one daughter, Maria. His wife, Jane, was living at Boston, Massachusetts in 1671. JONATHAN NEGUS died there shortly before 11 April 1682. .... etc.
    • ii. FRANCES DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, England 1 March 1611/2. She married at Great Witcombe, Gloucestershire 11 Feb. 1632/3 RICHARD WILLIAMS, baptized at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire 28 Jan. 1607/8, son of William Williams, of Synwell (in Wotton under Edge), Gloucestershire, yeoman, by his 2nd wife, Jane Woodward. They had six sons, John, Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, and Benjamin, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Elizabeth (again) (wife of John Bird), and Hannah (wife of John Parmenter). He was a legatee in the 1618 will of his father. He and his family immigrated to New England about 1636 or 1637, where they settled at Taunton, Massachusetts. RICHARD WILLIAMS died at Taunton, Massachusetts in Aug. 1693. His widow, Frances, died there in Feb. 1705/6. .... etc.
    • iii. KATHERINE DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 16 Jan. 1614/5. She married (1st) at Sst. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 25 Dec. 1633 SAMUEL HACKBURNE (or HAGBORNE). They had two sons, Samuel and John, and two daughters, Elizabeth (wife of John Chickering) and Hannah (wife of Samuel Hunting). They immigrated to New England, where they settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts. SAMUEL HACKBORNE was buried 27 Dec. 1642. His widow, Katherine, married (2nd) at Roxbury, Massachusetts 4 April 1644 (as his 2nd wife) [Gov.] THOMAS DUDLEY, of Cambridge, Ipswich, and Roxbury, Massachusetts [see DUDLEY 18 for further particulars of his life]. They had two sons, Joseph and Paul, and one daughter, Deborah (wife of Jonathan Wade). [Gov.] THOMAS DUDLEY died at Roxbury, Massachusetts 31 July 1653. Katherine married (3rd) at Dedham, Massachusetts 8 Nov. 1653 (as his 2nd wife) [Rev.] JOHN ALLIN, of Dedham, Massachusetts. They had three sons, Benjamin, Daniel, and Eliezer. She died 20 Aug. 1671. .... etc.

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  • 16. ISABEL (or ELIZABETH) LIGON, was a legatee in her father's 1577 will. She married EDWARD BASSET, Gent., of Uley, Gloucestershire, son and heir of William Basset, of Uley and Highfield, Gloucestershire, by Jane, daughter of John Ashe (or Asshe), Esq. (descendant of King John) [see BASSET 15 for his ancestry]. They had four sons, William, Esq., Barnaby, Edward, and Giles, and four daughters, Elizabeth (wife of William Clayfield, Gent., and Thomas Poyntz, Gent.), Margery (or Margaret) (wife of Samuel Shellom), Susanna (wife of Michael Dorney), and Jane. EDWARD BASSET, Gent., left a will dated 3 June 1601, proved 5 Nov. 1602 (P.C.C. 77 Montague), requesting burial in the chapel of Uley, Gloucestershire. His widow, Isabel, married
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  • (2nd) (as his 2nd wife) RICE (or REES) DAVIS (or DAVIES), Esq., of Tickenham, Somerset. They had no issue. At some unknown date, Rice and his wife, Isabel, conveyed a 1/ 9th share of the manor of Furnax (in Warminster), Wiltshire to Simon Sloper, of Warminster. Following her death, he married (3rd) MARY PITT, widow of Robert Owen of Bristol, merchant, by whom he had a daughter, Eleanor (wife of Nicholas Poyntz). RICE DAVIS, Esq., left a will dated 28 Aug. 1638, proved 23 April 1639 (P.C.C. 41 Fairfax), requesting burial at the chapel of Backwell, Somerset between his 1st wife, Dorothy Rodney and his 2nd wife, Isabel Ligon. .... etc.
  • 17. JANE BASSET. She was a legatee in her father's 1601 will. She married at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 12 April 1605 JOHN DEIGHTON, Gent., of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, surgeon, Sheriff of the City of Gloucester, son of Thomas Deighton, of Cirencester, Gloucestershire, by his wife, Anne (or Agnes). He was baptized at Cirencester, Gloucestershire 18 Nov. 1568. They had three sons, John, John (again), and Thomas, and five daughters, Jane, Frances, Katherine, Damaris, and Mary. His wife, Jane, died 23 April 1631. JOHN DEIGHTON, Gent., died 16 May 1640. He left a will dated 30 Jan. 1639, proved 21 May 1640. He and his wife Jane, were buried in the south aisle of the church of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire. .... etc.
  • Children of Jane Bassett, by John Deighton, Gent.:
    • i. JANE DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, England 5 April 1609. She married (1st) St. Nicholas, Gloucester 3 Jan. 1627/8 JOHN LUGG. They had one son, John, and two daughters, Elizabeth and Mary (wife of Nathaniel Barnard). They immigrated to New England in 1637-8, whre JOHN LUGG died after 1644. His widow, Jane, married (2nd) at Boston, Massachusetts 27 Oct. 1647 JONATHAN NEGUS, of Boston, Massachusetts, Clerk of the Writs. He was born about 1601. They had one son, Isaac, and one daughter, Maria. His wife, Jane, was living at Boston, Massachusetts in 1671. JONATHAN NEGUS died there shortly before 11 April 1682. .... etc.
    • ii. FRANCES DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, England 1 March 1611/2. She married at Great Witcombe, Gloucestershire 11 Feb. 1632/3 RICHARD WILLIAMS, baptized at Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire 28 Jan. 1607/8, son of William Williams, of Synwell (in Wotton under Edge), Gloucestershire, yeoman, by his 2nd wife, Jane Woodward. They had six sons, John, Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, and Benjamin, and three daughters, Elizabeth, Elizabeth (again) (wife of John Bird), and Hannah (wife of John Parmenter). He was a legatee in the 1618 will of his father. He and his family immigrated to New England about 1636 or 1637, where they settled at Taunton, Massachusetts. RICHARD WILLIAMS died at Taunton, Massachusetts in Aug. 1693. His widow, Frances, died there in Feb. 1705/6. .... etc.
    • iii. KATHERINE DEIGHTON, baptized at St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 16 Jan. 1614/5. She married (1st) at Sst. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire 25 Dec. 1633 SAMUEL HACKBURNE (or HAGBORNE). They had two sons, Samuel and John, and two daughters, Elizabeth (wife of John Chickering)
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    • and Hannah (wife of Samuel Hunting). They immigrated to New England, where they settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts. SAMUEL HACKBORNE was buried 27 Dec. 1642. She married (2nd) at Roxbury, Massachusetts 4 April 1644 (as his 2nd wife) THOMAS DUDLEY, Esq., Governor of Massachusetts [see PUREFOY 18]. They had two sons, Joseph and Paul, and one daughter, Deborah (wife of Jonathan Wade). [Gov.] THOMAS DUDLEY, Esq.., died at Roxbury, Massachusetts 31 July 1653. She married (3rd) at Dedham, Massachusetts 8 Nov. 1653 (as his 2nd wife) [Rev.] JOHN ALLIN, of Dedham, Massachusetts. They had three sons, Benjamin, Daniel, and Eliezer. She died 20 Aug. 1671. .... etc.

[*] Frances Deighton Williams or Frances Williams (born Deighton), along with her mother Jane Deighton (born Basset), are some of the Americans of Royal Descent listed until1800 as shown in this link: http://www.constitution.org/primarysources/royal.html ____________________________

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Frances Williams's Timeline

1610
March 1, 1610
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
1611
March 1, 1611
Age 1
Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
March 1, 1611
Age 1
church of St. Nicholas, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, England
March 1, 1611
Age 1
St. Nicholas Church, England
1632
February 11, 1632
Age 21
Parish of Whitcombe Magna, Gloucestershire, England
1634
March 1634
Age 24
Gloucestershire, England
1635
February 7, 1635
Age 24
Gloucestershire, England
1637
1637
Age 26
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
1639
November 17, 1639
Age 29
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
1641
February 7, 1641
Age 30
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)