John Williams, Sr (1648 - 1687) MP

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Birthplace: Isle of Wight Co, VA
Death: Died in Isle of Wight Co, VA
Managed by: Marsha Gail (Kamish) Veazey
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About John Williams, Sr

Virginia Census: 21 Feb 1669/70 Will of John Whitley mentions son-in-law John Williams.

June 1, 1651 - March 9, 1689?

Whitley, Elizabeth Date: Feb 21, 1670 Location: Isle Of Wight Record ID: 20824 Description: Daughter Prove Date: Feb 9, 1671 Book Page: 2-105 Remarks: John Whitley. Leg.-son John; wife Ann; son Thomas 200 acres I purchased of Capt. Anthony Fulgham, adjoining the land of William Godwin; son William 200 acres adjoining Mr. William Bressie; daughter Elizabeth; to my son-in-law John Williams; to Ann Notes: This probate record was extracted from microfilmed copies of the original Will Book.

John Williams made his will 7 Feb 1686 which was proved 2 May 1687.

P267 Isle of Wight Record of Wills Book 2 1661-1719 Library of Virginia In the name of God amen in ye 2nd day of May in the year of our Lord 1686 I John Williams being sick and weak in body but in perfect memory thanks be to God doth make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first I bequeath my Soul and Spirit unto the hands of almighty God my heavenly father by whom of his mercy and only grace I hope to be saved and enter into eternal life my body in hope of a Joyfull resurrection commit to the earth to be buried with such__ and in such place as my dear wife shall think good as touching the distribution of my mortal goods I disposed of the same as followeth Imprimus I Will that all by debts be truly paid

I doo give unto my Son Thomas a mare called Jimmy and the sixth part of my Cattle

I doo give unto my daughter Elizabeth one florid bed with the Sixth part of my Cattle and six pewter dishes and a bolster and rugg

I doo give unto my Sonn John a young heifer going on of three years ould and a Sixth part of my Cattle

I doo give unto my two daughters Anna and Sarah a mare called Bonnie to be divided between them and each of them a Sixth part of my cattle and a pewter dish

I doo give unto Charles Durham a three year old heifer

I doo give and bequeath unto my dear wife all the rest of my household goods and my riding horse and a young horse of a year ould and the Sixth part of my Cattle and all my stock of hoggs and I doo make my dear and loving wife hole Executrix of all the rest of my mortal goods moveable and immovable and for her my dear wife to chose what person or persons she shall think fitt or competent to assist her to see my Will performed as Witnesseth my hand and seale the day and year first above written.

his John x Williams seal Signed and Sealed in the mark presence of us

Will Bradshaw Proved in open Court for the Isle of signed Wight County May the 2nd 1687 Charles Durham by Wm Bradshaw & Charles Durham Test John Pitt CkCt

-------------------- From the will of John's father-in-law, John Wheatley (Whitley):

I give unto my daughter, ELIZABETH, one floral bed and rug colored green, one ......., one new pair of sheets and one pewter basin, one great pewter platter. To my son-in-law, JOHN WILLIAMS, I give one shilling. To my grandchild, ANN WILLIAMS, the daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS, I give and bequeath one large pewter platter and one heifer two years of age.


From the will of John's mother-in-law, Ann Whatley (Whitley):

To my daughter, ELIZABETH, two thousand pounds...and to my grandchild, ELIZ. WILLIAMS, the daughter of JOHN WILLIAMS, one thousand pounds...


John Williams died after Feb 1686 in Isle of Wight, VA. He married Elizabeth Ann WHITLEY in 1671 in Isle of Wight, VA.

His will was dated 2/7/1686 and probated 5/1687. "His legatees were: sons John and Thomas, daughter Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah. Witnesses were Will Bradshaw and Charles Durham, who would later marry Elizabeth Ann (Whitley) Williams (the widow of John Williams).

10/1693 Son, John Jr, petitioned the court saying he was of age and desired to manage his possessions currently being handled by his father-in-law, Charles Durham and his mother, Ann Durham.

John and Elizabeth Ann had the following children:

1 John Williams

2 Thomas Williams

3 Elizabeth Williams

4 Ann Williams – Mentioned in her grandfather Whitley’s will

5. Sarah Williams


The children listed in John, Sr.'s tree are very likely the children of John, Jr. instead of John, Sr.


John Williams was probably the John Williams who was the headright of Col. Robert Pitt in 1643 (Nugent 1,145) and whose land in Nansemond is shown on a patent of 1662 to be near Robert Pitt of Isle of Wight--property granted in 1663 to Thomas Davis but assigned to John Williams (ibid 488-89). When the widow Ann Whitely filed to administer her late husband's estate in 1672 the bondsmen were Col. Pitt's son John Pitt and Thomas Poole. John Williams made his will 7 Feb 1686 which was proved 2 May 1687. Dr. Barry Hayes


John WILLIAMS was born in 1640 in Wales or Lower Parish, Isle of Wight County, VA. He died between 1691-92 in Isle of Wight County, VA. John WILLIAMS and Anne MOORE were married in 1671 in Isle of Wight County, VA.

Anne MOORE was born in c. 1637 in Isle of Wight County, VA. She died in Apr 1694 in Isle of Wight County, VA.

Documentation in my possession:

1. Anne Moore Williams made a gift of land to her children in April 1694, Isle of Wight County, VA. It may be assumed that she died shortly after that date.

2. John Williams made out his will in 1691, and it was probated in 1692.

3. John Williams was a planter and a Quaker preacher, Isle of Wight, VA according to Encyclopedia of Quaker Genealogy, 1750-1930, Vol VI, Pagan Creek MM, p. 42.

4. Historical Southern Families, Vol XIX, Pitts of Georgia and Alabama, pp 161-163.


1. John Williams, Jr., (b. after 1671, Isle of Wight, VA) 2. Bridgett Williams Brown (b. after 1671, Isle of Wight, VA) 3. Elizabeth Williams Wright (b. 1672, Isle of Wight, VA) 4. Thomas Williams (b. 1678, Isle of Wight, VA; d. Nov 1759, Southampton County, VA; m. Susannah Blount c. 1700, Isle of Wight, VA; m. Patience Gregory c. 1726) 5. Mary Williams (b. 1682, Isle of Wight, VA) 6. Jane Williams (b. 1684, Isle of Wight, VA) 7. Nicholas Williams (b. 1686, Isle of Wight, VA) 8. William Williams (b. 1686, Isle of Wight, VA) 9. Richard Williams (b. 1688, Isle of Wight, VA; m 1710 to Sarah Daughtry (?); was a captain in some branch of the military or law enforcement—maybe a sheriff?) 10. Theophilus Williams (b. 1690, Isle of Wight, VA; died at a young age)

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John Williams, Sr's Timeline

Isle of Wight Co, VA
Age 12
February 21, 1669
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