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Rice Williams

Birthplace: Rappahannock, Virginia
Death: Died in Richmond, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Williams (1595-1667) and Mary Williams (Billington, b. 1600)
Husband of Mary Williams
Father of Elizabeth (Williams) Settle, of Virginia
Brother of John Williams; Henry Williams; Luke Williams and Mary Williams

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About Rice Williams of Virginia

He appears to have only been married ONCE, to Mary ------- (unknown surname and parents).

The Williams family apparently came to the colonies before 1634 and lived in Rappahannock and Richmond Co., Virginia.

1677- Francis Settle gave a deed of gift to George and Jane Bruce, children of George Bruce. [recorded in Rappahannock County, later Richmond,VA]

1692- Rice Williams has a Proprietor's Deed in Westmoreland Co., Virginia for 107 acres. [Virginia County Records, New Series, Vol. I, 1913: Westmoreland County, Proprietor's Deeds or Grants, Book I. page #144]

1701, 3 March - Thomas Radley files a will in Richmond County. He names his son Thomas; daughters Patience and Isabella Radley; wife Isabella to executor; witnesses Dominic Dawson, Rice Williams. [Virginia County Records, Volume VI, Richmond County Wills, book 2, page 417 on Ancestry.com digital records]

1701 - Rice Williams dies and his widow, Mary, rather quickly remarries to Francis Settle SR.1702. [Richmond Marriage Records, p. 164] (HRB: Francis Settle is also the father-in-law of Rice and Mary Williams' daughter, Elizabeth, married to Francis III.)

1701, 5 Feb. - Rice Williams files his will naming his wife as Mary; daughter Elizabeth Settle; grandson Francis Settle; son Thomas Williams to be executor. Witnesses were Elizabeth Jones; John Faver. Probate seems to have taken place on August 4, 1701 [Virginia County Records, Volume VI, Richmond County Wills, book 2, page 417 on Ancestry.com digital records]

Francis Settle has a long and interesting linage. His father was Francis Settle, (b. 1622, Potterton, Barwick in Elmet, England) and Elizabeth Bruce,(b. @ 1639, VA; died 1721-1722, VA.) Married: 1658, Rappahannock. Francis III marries Elizabeth Williams.


Rice Williams was born about 1620 probably in James City, VA. He married about 1650 to Mary whose maiden name is unknown. He died about 1700 in Richmond, VA. A Rice Williams is listed in the Muster of Inhabitants 1623/24 for Jamestown as Rice Williams/AP (the AP is for the Welsh language split between B and P. The name could have originally been Bryce or Price).


from Wells Family Index:

I have no other information on this family. The primary information comes from Melton Meek who is compiling volumes 3 and 4 on the Williams due to published shortly.


  • Records of Melton P. Meek. M. D., 3410 N. W. Oak, Lawton, OK 7350-5139 email - melmeek@sirinet.net
  • Wills of Richmond Co., VA
  • Richmond Marriage Records, p.164. Richmond Co., VA
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Rice Williams of Virginia's Timeline

Rappahannock, Virginia
Age 38
Rappahannock, Virginia, United States
August 1701
Age 76
Richmond, Virginia