John Williams, of Sciuate

Is your surname Williams?

Research the Williams family

John Williams, of Sciuate's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


John Williams

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Probably England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)
Immediate Family:

Son of father of John Williams, of Sciuate and Unknown mother of John Williams, of Sciuate
Husband of Ann Williams (Watkins)
Father of Anna Blish; Lucy Barker; Edward Williams; Capt John Williams and Mary Williams

Managed by: Ed Ekins
Last Updated:

About John Williams, of Sciuate

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


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.

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.


John Williams was from England and lived at Sciuate, MA. His daughter, Anna Barker, (Blish) (born Williams) was born circa 1614/15 Eng., died Feb 1658, MA.

view all 11

John Williams, of Sciuate's Timeline

Probably England, (Present UK)
Age 23
Age 28
Probably England
Age 30
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, United States
Age 32
Scituate, Plymouth, MA, United States
August 26, 1627
Age 35
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
Age 75
Scituate, Plymouth County, Province of Massachusetts, (Present USA)