Jessica Sophia Williams (Webb) (1881 - 1990) MP

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Nicknames: "Jessie"
Place of Burial: Enumclaw, King, Washington, United States
Birthplace: Christiana, Manchester Parish, Jamaica
Death: Died in Enumclaw, King, Washington, United States
Managed by: NANCY WEBB VILLALOBOS
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About Jessica Sophia Williams (Webb)

Jessica Sophia Webb (1881 – 1990), daughter of Thomas Webb (1845 - 1928) and Emily Charlotte Ayers (1847 - 1894), was the ninth of fourteen children. She was born on 24 December 1881 at Christiana, Manchester Parish, Jamaica, the geographical center of the island. Jessie died at the age of 108 on 11 May 1990 at Enumclaw, King County, Washington, and was buried at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park.

Children of Charles Thomas Williams and Jessica Sophia Webb

  1. Headley Williams (born 1900 Jamaica)
  2. Roy J. Williams (born 1901 Jamaica)
  3. Neville Allan Williams (21 July 1903 Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica - 19 March 1992 Washington, D.C., United States)
  4. Robert L. Williams (born 1906 Missouri, United States)
  5. Nellie E. Williams (born 1908 Missouri, United States)
  6. Willie Williams (1908 – )
  7. Minna Williams (1912 – )
  8. Charles Herbert Williams (1914 – 2003)

Jessie's parents owned five plantations in Jamaica and were quite well off. The family visited the United States at least twice during Jessie's childhood. Jessie married Charles Thomas Williams (1879 - 1924) on 8 June 1899 at the age of 17, and they had three children before emigrating from Jamaica in 1903. She had at least five more children in the United States (Robert, Nellie, Willie, Minna, and Charles); she may have also had a son named Joseph.

By the 1910 Census the family was living in Missouri. Widowed in 1924, Jessie never remarried. She moved to Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, where she lived until well past her 100th birthday. Jessie Sophia Williams died in 1990 at Enumclaw, Washington, at the home of one of her sons. She was 108 years old. She is buried at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park, Enumclaw, King County, Washington, United States.

Discussion

  • Although family history does not include Willie, Minna, and Charles Williams as children of Jessie and Charles, they are enumerated in census records as members of the family.
  • Joseph H. Williams, born circa 1921 and enumerated as a household member in the 1930 United States Federal Census, may be a son or a nephew. Further research is needed.
  • Social Security Administration has Jessie's date of birth as 22 December 1881 instead of the December 24th date listed in family records. Jamaica birth records support the 22 December date.

Sources

  • Jamaica Births and Baptisms, 1752-1920, index, FamilySearch (Webb: accessed 17 Aug 2013), Webb, 22 Dec 1881; citing reference Item 8 cn 90, FHL microfilm 1511620.
    • Name: Webb; Gender: Female; Birth Date: 22 Dec 1881; Birthplace: Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica; Father's Name: Thomas Webb; Mother's Name: Emily Ayres Webb; Indexing Project (Batch) Number: I04033-0; System Origin: Jamaica-EASy; GS Film number: 1511620; Reference ID: Item 8 cn 90.
  • New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957. Name: Jessica Sophia Webb [Children] ; Arrival Date: 13 Apr 1887; Birth Date: abt 1880; Age: 7; Gender: Male; Ethnicity/ Nationality: English; Place of Origin: England; Port of Departure: Kingston, Jamaica and Savanilla; Destination: United States of America; Port of Arrival: New York, New York; Ship Name: Alvena. Source Citation: Year: 1887; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: M237; Microfilm Roll: 505; Line: 35; List Number: 401. Source Information: Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Original data:
    • Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1820-1897; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M237, 675 rolls); Records of the U.S. Customs Service, Record Group 36; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    • Passenger and Crew Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York, New York, 1897-1957; (National Archives Microfilm Publication T715, 8892 rolls); Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
    • Supplemental Manifests of Alien Passengers and Crew Members Who Arrived on Vessels at New York, New York, Who Were Inspected for Admission, and Related Index, compiled 1887 - 1952; (National Archives Microfilm Publication A3461, 21 rolls); RG 85, Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787 - 2004; Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • United States Census, 1910, index and images, FamilySearch (1910 U.S. Census: accessed 17 Aug 2013), Jessie S Williams in entry for Charles T Williams, 1910.
    • 1910 United States Federal Census. Name: Jessie S Williams; Age in 1910: 29; Birth Year: abt 1881; Birthplace: Jamaica; Home in 1910: Lebanon Ward 1, Laclede, Missouri; Race: White; Gender: Female; Immigration Year: 1903; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Charles T Williams; Father's Birthplace: Jamaica; Mother's Birthplace: Jamaica; Household Members: Charles T Williams 32; Jessie S Williams 29; Headley Williams 10; Roy T Williams 9; Neville Williams 7; Robert L Williams 4; Nellie E Williams 1 [1 7/12] . Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Lebanon Ward 1, Laclede, Missouri; Roll: T624_793; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0044; FHL microfilm: 1374806. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006. Original data: Thirteenth Census of the United States, 1910 (NARA microfilm publication T624, 1,178 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • 1920 United States Federal Census. Name: Jessie S Williams [Jerri S Williams]; Age: 36; Birth Year: abt 1884; Birthplace: Jamaica; Home in 1920: Lebanon, Laclede, Missouri; Race: White; Gender: Female; Immigration Year: 1904; Relation to Head of House: Wife; Marital Status: Married; Spouse's Name: Chas T Williams; Father's Birthplace: Jamaica; Mother's Birthplace: Jamaica; Able to Read: Yes; Able to Write: Yes; Household Members: Chas T Williams 43; Jessie S Williams 36; Neville Williams 16; Robert Williams 14; Willie Williams 12; Minnie Williams 7; Chas Williams 5. Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Lebanon, Laclede, Missouri; Roll: T625_931; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 50; Image: 168. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  • United States Census, 1930, index and images, FamilySearch (1930 U.S. Census: accessed 17 Aug 2013), Jessie S Williams, 1930.
    • 1930 United States Federal Census. Name: Jessie S Williams; Gender: Female; Birth Year: abt 1882; Birthplace: Jamaica; Race: White; Home in 1930: Casper, Natrona, Wyoming; Marital Status: Widowed; Relation to Head of House: Head; Father's Birthplace: Jamaica; Mother's Birthplace: Jamaica; Household Members: Jessie S Williams 48; Robert L Williams 24; Minna S Williams 17; Charles H Williams 15; Joseph H Williams 9; Fredrick Higgins 16. Source Citation: Year: 1930; Census Place: Casper, Natrona, Wyoming; Roll: 2624; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 298.0; FHL microfilm: 2342358. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.
  • U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989. Name: Jessie S Williams; Gender: Female; Residence Year: 1952; Street Address: 217 Indiana av; Residence Place: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Spouse: Chas Williams; Publication Title: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, City Directory, 1952. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current. Name: Jessie S. Williams; SSN: 520-10-6850; Born: 22 Dec 1881; Died: 11 May 1990; State (Year) SSN issued: Wyoming (Before 1951). Source Citation: Number: 520-10-6850; Issue State: Wyoming; Issue Date: Before 1951. Source Information: Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-Current [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2011. Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 86829014
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Jessie S. Williams's Timeline

1881
December 24, 1881
Christiana, Manchester Parish, Jamaica
1887
April 13, 1887
Age 5

The Webb family sailed on the Alvena to New York. The Alvena was built by London & Glasgow Shipbuilding Company, Govan, Scotland, in 1870. 1,670 gross tons; 274 (bp) feet long; 33 feet wide. Compound engine, single screw. Cargo ship. Built for British owners, British flag, in 1870 and named Glengyle. Allan C. Gow & Co., Glasgow.

Interestingly, the family of 14 people carried just 12 pieces of luggage, whereas a Miss Phillips, 28 years old, apparently traveling alone, carried 12 just for herself.

Despite the Web family's stated intention at disembarkation that they wished to immigrate from Jamaica to New York, they returned to Jamaica within the next few months, and the next child, Minna Wilhemine Webb, was born there on 7 October 1887.

1898
1898
Age 16
Jamaica
1900
1900
Age 18
Jamaica
1901
1901
Age 19
Jamaica
1903
July 21, 1903
Age 21
Mandeville, Manchester Parish, Jamaica
1906
1906
Age 24
MO, USA
1908
1908
Age 26
MO, USA
1990
May 11, 1990
Age 108
Enumclaw, King, Washington, United States
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Enumclaw, King, Washington, United States