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John Williams, Sr.

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Probably England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of Nathaniel Williams; Nathaniel Williams and Elizabeth Williams
Husband of Ann Williams (Watkins)
Father of Anna Blish; Lucy Barker; Edward Williams; Capt John Williams and Mary Dobson

Managed by: Ed Ekins
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About John Williams, Sr.

His will was dated 19 December, 1677. His father may have been a Nathaniel. His mother is unknown.

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One of the most noteworthy seventeen century homes in America, the Williams-Barker house is said to be the second oldest standing house in the United States. In this historic building, the heavy beams and wooden walls, once pierced for portholes, bear witness to its use as a garrison in the year 1676. John Williams, the builder of the house, moved to Scituate with Mr. Hatherly from London. That he was of the same family of Oliver Cromwell is a tradition in the town.

Upon the death of John Williams, his son Captain John Williams inherited the house and farm of some two hundred acres. He was the captain of the military company that pursued King Philip to Mount Hope and commanded the right wing of the ambuscade when the chief was killed. The courageous captain died in 1694 and his gravestone, the oldest one in the Scituate burial ground, can still be seen.

http://cs.clarku.edu/~djoyce/gen/report/rr01/rr01_315.html#P413

John Williams. Born ca 1600.

Otis and Deane claim that John came to Scituate in 1632, but the earliest record of him in New England is on 5 Mar 1638/9 when he was propounded for a freeman of Plymouth Colony. The likely time of arrival for John is late in the 1630s.

“John Williams came, we believe, with Mr. Hatherly from London 1632, and took up a farm on the north side of Scituate Harbour, very early. In 1646 he was one of the Conihasset partners, when his farm was included in Mr. Hatherly’s 400 acres, which he accepted as his quarter of the purchase. The house which was erected by John Williams as early as 1634, has been built upon since, and if tradition is be true, there is one part of the original building preserved. The massive beams, the wooden walls, interlined with brick, and the port holes, witness that it was a garrison house, as we know from records that it was. It is the oldest house in Scituate, if this be the original house. The Stockbridge house was built 20 years later. We think there are few if any older houses in New England than these.”

It is sometimes said that John Williams was a son of a Nathaniel Williams.

John married Ann ______.

Their children include:

  1. Ann Williams (-16 Mar 1657/8)
  2. Capt. John Williams (ca 1624-22 Jun 1694)
  3. Edward Williams (-1671)
  4. Mary Williams

One source listed as Sir John Williams.

Since the Pilgrims arrived in the 1620's I beleive that this generation was born in England.

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John Williams, Sr.'s Timeline

1597
1597
Probably England, (Present UK)
1615
1615
Age 18
England
1620
1620
Age 23
Probably England
1620
Age 23
1622
1622
Age 25
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, United States
1624
1624
Age 27
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, United States
1627
1627
Age 30
Scituate, Massachusetts
1667
1667
Age 70
Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
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