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Joseph Williams

Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Providence, Providence Plantations, (Present Rhode Island)
Death: Died in Providence, Providence County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Place of Burial: Providence, Providence County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Roger Williams, Founder of Rhode Island; Private User and Mary Williams
Husband of Lydia Williams
Father of Joseph Williams; Lydia Dyer; Thomas Williams; Joseph Williams, Jr.; Mary Whipple and 3 others
Brother of Mary Sayles; Freeborn Clark (Williams); Providence Williams; Mercy Winsor; Daniel Williams and 7 others

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About Joseph Williams

Roger Williams and Mary Barnard had the following children:

  1. Mary2 Williams, b. Aug 1633; m. John Sayles.
  2. Freeborn Williams, b. 4 Oct 1635; m. Thomas Hart; m. Walter Clarke.#
  3. Providence Williams was born Sep 1638; he died Mar 1686 at age 47.#
  4. Mercy Williams, b. 15 Jul 1640 at Providence, RI; m. Resolved Waterman; m. Samuel Winsor.#
  5. Daniel Williams, b. Feb 1641 at Providence, RI; m. Rebecca Rhodes.#
  6. Joseph Williams, b. 12 Dec 1643 at Providence, RI; m. Lydia Olney.

Joseph2 Williams (Roger1) was born 12 Dec 1643 at Providence, RI; he married Lydia Olney 17 Dec 1669 at Providence, RI; he died 17 Aug 1724 at Providence, RI, at age 80.

Children of Joseph2 Williams and Lydia Olney were as follows:

  1. Joseph3 Williams was born 26 Sep 1670.
  2. Thomas Williams, b. 16 Feb 1671/72 at Providence, RI; m. Mary Blackmar; m. Hannah Sprague.
  3. Joseph Williams, b. 10 Nov 1673 at Providence, RI; m. Lydia Hearnden.
  4. Mary Williams, b. Jun 1676; m. Obediah Brown(e).
  5. James Williams, b. 24 Sep 1680 at Providence, RI; m. Elizabeth Blackmar.
  6. Lydia Williams was born 26 Apr 1683; she died 1717.


  1. Note:
   Emily Jane Angell:
   "the epileptic son of Roger and Mary ( ) Williams (Correspondence of Roger Williams 2:496)"
   Memoirs of the Wilkinson Family
   Author: Israel Wilkinson
   This book contains the history and genealogy of the Wilkinson family of Rhode Island.
   Bibliographic Information: Wilkinson, Israel. Memoirs of the Wilkinson Family. Davis & Penniman. Jacksonville, Ill. 1869.
   VI. JOSEPH, b. in Providence and always lived there, m. Lydia Olney, daughter of Rev. Thomas Olney. She died Sep. 9, 1724. Their children were (1) Thomas, b. Feb. 16, 1671, m. first Mary Blackman. She d. July 1, 1717. Second Hannah Sprague, and had Joseph, Thomas, John, and Abigail. (2) Joseph b. Nov. 10, 1673, m. Lydia Harrington, (3) Mary b. June, 1676, (4) James b. Sept. 20, 1680, (5) Lydia b. April 26, 1683.

Father: Roger WILLIAMS b: ABT 1604 in London, England

Mother: Mary BARNARD b: ABT 1609

Marriage 1 Lydia OLNEY b: 1645 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island

   * Married: 17 DEC 1669 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island 2 3


  1. Has No Children Joseph WILLIAMS b: 26 SEP 1670
  2. Has Children Thomas WILLIAMS b: 16 FEB 1672 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
  3. Has Children Joseph WILLIAMS b: 10 NOV 1673 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
  4. Has No Children Mary WILLIAMS b: JUN 1676 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
  5. Has Children James WILLIAMS b: 24 SEP 1680 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
  6. Has No Children Lydia WILLIAMS b: 26 APR 1683 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island
  7. Has No Children Providence WILLIAMS b: 1685 in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island


  1. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 7, Ed. 1
     Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
     Publication: Release date: October 17, 1996
     Note: Customer pedigree.
     Media: Family Archive CD
     Page: Tree #3182
     Text: Date of Import: Mar 17, 1999
  2. Title: World Family Tree Vol. 7, Ed. 1
     Author: Brøderbund Software, Inc.
     Publication: Release date: October 17, 1996
     Note: Customer pedigree.
     Media: Family Archive CD
     Page: Tree #3182
     Text: Date of Import: Mar 17, 1999
     Providence Vital Records, p. 140
  3. Title: The Ancestry of Emily Jane Angell, 1844--1910; Dean Crawford Smith, edited by Melinde Lutz Sanborn; Boston, NEHGS; 1992
     Page: p. 449 

RI History:

Island on which Newport located also called RI, both state & island might be named in honor of Greek Island of Rhodes, possibly because shape of island. No confirmation of this. Island on which Newport is located also known as Aquidneck. Island was 1st to be populated by those who left MA Bay Colony because of religious differences. Providence, founded in 1636 as settlement by Eng clergyman Roger Williams, aft he was banished by MA Great & Genl Crt. Williams selected name in gratitude for "God's merciful providence" that Narragansett have granted him title to site. Anne Hutchinson exiled from MA Bay Colony in 1638 & brought more settlers attracted to colony by promise of religious freedom to est Pocasset, now Portsmouth. Wm Coddington & others founded Newport in 1639. In 1643 Saml Gorton founded Shawomet, now Warwick. RI & Providence Plantations also gave protection to Quakers in 1657 & Jews from Holland in 1658. In 1776 RI became 1 of 13 Colonies to renounce allegiance to Grt Britain. Aft Am Rev, shipping declined, but Saml Slater built 1st successful US cotton-textile mill at falls of Blackstone Riv, later called Pawtucket, by Saml Slater & ironmaster David Wilkinson (1790). Abundance of water power led to rapid development of mfg. RI's political & economic life dominated by mill-owners until well into 20th Cent, when competition from South resulted in continuing decline in state's textile industry. Recent growth of new industries such as electronics helped to revitalize economy. Block Island is off southern RI at eastern entrance to Long Island Sound. Named for Dutch explorer Adriaen Block who visited island in 1614. He returned to Amsterdam in Oct after exploring New Eng coast, sailing up CT Riv, & mapping coast of Manhattan. Block Island was 1st settled in 1661. It became pt of RI in 1663 under Charter. In 1786 RI farmers burned grain, dumped milk, & left apples to rot in orchards in farm strike directed against Providence & Newport merchants who refused to accept paper money that depreciated to pt of being virtually worthless. Strike had little effect, since 90% of Am raised own food in gardens & let hogs forage in woods for acorns.

Brief RI Timeline:

1614: Dutch explorer Adriaen Block visited island now named for him.

1634: William Blackstone 1st RI settler.

1636: Providence founded as RI settlement by Roger Williams.

1638: Portsmouth compact signed. Picture of plaque in Founders Park, Portsmouth taken May 1997 by Elliot J Wilcox.

1639: Newport Compact, which formed basis of settlement, signed in Apr by John Clarke, Wm Coddington, Wm Dyer, Nicholas Easton, John Coggeshall, Wm Brenton, Henry Bull, Jeremy Clarke & Thos Hazard.

1643: Saml Gorton founded Shawomet, RI's 4th settlement. Town named Warwick few yrs later in honor of Earl of Warwick.

1643-44: Name of Aquidneck chged to "Isle of Rhodes, or RI."

1652: 1st record of African slaves.

1663: Charles II granted Charter of RI & Providence Plantations Jul 8. Remained constitution until 1842.

1664: Seal of colony "Mottoe, RI & Providence, w/word HOPE over head of anker."

1675: Decisive battle in King Philips War fought against Narragansett.

1708: 1st census taken; pop 7,181.

1724: RI est property ownership qualifications for voters.

1730: Census taken; pop 17,935.

1748: Census taken; pop 32,773.

1755: Census taken; pop 40,414.

1772: British trade restrictions angered colonists. Burn British revenue cutters Liberty & Gaspee.

1774: Census taken; pop 57,707.

1774: CT & RI colonies prohibit further import of slaves.

May 4 1776: Colony declared its independence.

1776-1779: Newport occupied by British.

1778: Genls John Sullivan & LaFayette won partial victory, but failed to oust British.

1779: British forces evacuate RI in Oct of Rev War.

1780-1781: French troops under Genl Rochambeau stationed in RI.

1782: Census taken; pop 52,347.

1784: Emancipation act passed providing gradual abolition of slavery. All children b aft Mar 1 1784, free.

1786: Farmers struck against merchants who refused to accept depreciated paper money.

Statehood, May 29 1790 (13th of orig 13 states to ratify Constitution).

1790: 1st successful US cotton mill est by Saml Slater & David Wilkinson.

1812: RI refused to participate in War of 1812.

1840: Pop over 100,000.

1841: Providence lawyer Thos Wilson Dorr founded People's Party to liberalize RI charter of 1663. Submitted new, liberal constitution to extend suffrage to those who didn't own property.

1842: Dorr's Rebellion in RI forces state's conservatives to abolish Charter of 1663 & expand suffrage.

1843: Present state constitution adopted.

1877: State Flag established.

1897: New State Flag adopted.

1910: Pop over 540,000.


1643, December 12: "Joseph, a son of Roger and Mary (Barnard) Williams was born at Providence Settlement, Rhode Island Colony and Providence Plantations "about the beginning of the 10th month" [PrTR 1:7]. "Descendants of Roger Williams" by Dorothy Higson White and Kay Kirlin Moore; I:ix; Roger Williams Family Association; Gateway Press, Inc.; Baltimore, Maryland; 1991 CS71.W72 1991a CSL)

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Joseph Williams's Timeline

December 12, 1643
Providence, Providence Plantations, (Present Rhode Island)
September 26, 1670
Age 26
December 13, 1671
Age 28
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
February 16, 1672
Age 28
Providence, Providence, RI
November 10, 1673
Age 29
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
June 10, 1676
Age 32
Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
September 20, 1680
Age 36
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States