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John Drayton Williams

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Surry County, Virginia Colony
Death: September 6, 1755 (76)
Bertie County, Province of North Carolina
Place of Burial: Bertie County, North Carolina, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Williams, of Isle of Wight and Elizabeth Whitley
Husband of Mary Williams
Father of Mary Graves; John Williams; Ann Rasberry; Daniel Williams, I; Nathaniel Williams, Sr. and 3 others
Brother of Thomas Williams; Ann Browne; William Williams; Nicholas Williams, Sr; Theophilus Williams and 4 others

Occupation: Soldier, judge
Managed by: Michelle Elaine Dooley
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About Lt. Col. John Drayton Williams

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Possible alternate birth location: Llangollen, Berwyn Valley, Wales. John is believed to have immigrated to America in the 1690's. He married to Mary Keeling once in VA.

John Williams, b. 1679 in Wales, married Mary Keeling, daughter of Capt. George Keeling, and sister of the Ursula Keeling that married Thomas Henderson. Daniel Williams, b. 28 Sept 1710, 3rd son of John Williams and Mary Keeling, married Ursula Henderson, his 1st cousin, and daughter of Thomas Henderson and Ursula Keeling. Their daughter Marya Williams married Benjamin Goodman, of Hanover / Louisa Co., VA. Many of these families lived in New Kent, Hanover, and Louisa Co., VA., and some removed to Granville Co., NC with Goodman families in the 1750s. Their descendants and allied families were the principal proprietors of the Transylvania Co., sponsors of Daniel Boone’s settlement at Boonesborough. sw

born: 24 January 1679 in Surrey County, Virginia

died: 1741 in Bertie County, North Carolina

Officer in the Colonial Militia

Early Descendants of John Williams, "The Wealthy Welshman" of Hanover County, Virginia.

The early generations of the Williams family were involved in the distilling of Whiskey, a trade that was probably brought over from Wales, as it seems to be a popular beverage from all the countries that border the Irish Sea. In fact as late as 1904, the family was advertising the sale of Old Williams Whiskey from their distillery in Williams, Surry County, North Carolina. It states that "The Old Williams Company" of Williams, N.C. was founded in 1768. This business was run by the descendants of John's son Nathaniel (b. 1712).

John Williams. (John is occasionally referred to as "Jonathon" in some sources. But I will use "John", as that is the name that John Drayton Williams recorded in 1845 and I will continue with this tradition.**). John Williams was born 26 January 1679 in Llangollen, Wales. (One source gives Slagallon, Wales as the place of origin--Williams Ancestors by Melton Williams of Amarillo, Texas).

  • * John Drayton Williams, the grandson of Brig Gen. James Henderson Williams (killed at the Battle of Kings Mountain), recorded in 1845, names and birthdates of early family members. These he kept with the family Bible. In 1910 Barbara A. McClung, copied these records, loaned to her by Wm. D. Williams, Jr. of Greenville, Tenn. Where ever possible I use the dates, like John's birth, used in this document.

John's wife was named Mary_____, b. 26 Sept 1684. (Mary's full name is generally accepted as Mary Keeling, the d/o of Capt. George Keeling and Ursula Fleming. If so she was born in America.) John is believed to have immigrated to America in the 1690's. He appears to have first settled on Queens' Creek in York County, Virginia but they later moved to Hanover County, Virginia and built their home "Studley" sometime before 1712.

Ancestral home ("Studley") in Hanover County, Virginia, circa 1700-1712. From Appleton's Cyclopedia, 1888.

John and Mary Williams had eight American born children. ( I. John (b. 1704), II. Mary (b. 1706), III. Ann (b. 1708), IV. Daniel (b. 1710), V. Nathaniel (b. 1712), VI. Elizabeth (b. 1714), VII. Sarah W. (b. 1716), VIII. Joseph, (b. 1721).

John Williams, b. 26 July 1704, Va.. Married Mary Womack.

John Williams, known as "John Williams of Mountpelier", b. 4 Mar 1731, Hanover Co., Va. d. 10 Oct. 1779. Buried at cemetery, Montpelier, NC. On 12 Nov 1759, married Agnes Bullock of Granville Co., NC . Not content with his trade in Carpentry, he became a crown attorney. In 1768 he served as deputy attorney general. He donated portions of his land for the creation of Williamsboro, North Carolina. He was a co-founder of the University of North Carolina. He served as a delegate to the Provincial Congress of 1775, a member of the Continental Congress, North Carolina Supreme Court Judge. [Congressional biography]

Charles Williams

William Williams

Nathaniel Williams, Married to Elizabeth Keeling (1/2 sister to the mother of George Washington)

Mary Williams, b. 1 Sept 1706, Hanover Co., Va.. Married Henry Graves.

Ann Williams, b. 1 Sept 1708, Hanover Co., Va.. Married John Daniel.

Daniel Williams, b. 28 Sept 1710, Hanover Co., Va. d. 15 Nov 1757. Will proved 15 Nov 1759, Granville Co., NC. On 19 Oct 32, married Ursula Clark Henderson. Will of Daniel Williams Maria Williams, named spelled "Merya" in father's will.. 26 July 1733, Married Benjamin Goodman.

Henry Williams, b. 3 Nov, 1734. d. 1796 Caswell Co., NC. Married Elizabeth _________ In 1771 Charter Member of Meherrin Baptist Church, Lunenburg Co., VA. Executor of brother's will (Brig. Gen. James Henderson Williams). Also resided in Mecklenburg Co., Va. (1772 and before) and Orange County, NC. (Compiled by Fran Laird, Bel Air, MD) Will of Henry Williams, dated 1785, Caswell Co., NC

Sarah "Sally" Williams, b. bef 1771, prob Mecklenburg Co., Va. Married ________ Brooks.

Susannah Williams, b. bef 1771, prob Mecklenburg Co., Va.

Nancy Williams, b. bef 1771, prob Mecklenburg Co., Va.

Daniel Williams. b. prob Mecklenburg Co., Va. Married Ann Rice, 5 Jan 1786 Caswell Co., NC. (Marriage bondsman, Anthony Thompson.)

Nathan Williams, b. 26 Dec 1776, prob Orange Co., NC. Married Frances McNeil on 24 Nov 1796. d. 14 Jun 1838, Henry Co., TN.

John McNeil Williams, b. 28 Aug 1799, d. 1860. Married Lucy Ann Courts in Mar 23, 1819.

George Courts Williams, b. ca 1829. Married Ann Ferguson. (source: Eloise Phillips of Jackson, TN)

Fannie Williams, married ______ Morgan.

:Lou Ella Williams, married John Nathaniel McCutchen

Henry Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Joseph Williams, b. 10 Oct 1782 Orange Co., NC, d. 12 May 1876, prob Bedford Co., TN. On 21 Jan 1813 married Charity Turrentine, b. 6 Oct 1796 Orange Co., NC, d. 1 Nov 1878, prob Bedford Co., TN, daughter of James Turrentine and Ellena "Nelly" Neely. (Source: Turrentine Family, by. G. R. Turrentine, 1972. and Fran Laird, Bel Air, MD. The placement of Joseph and Charity Turrentine Williams family is probable but unconfirmed. Note: Further documentation and/or DNA tests are needed to confirm this relationship as a son of Henry and Elizabeth Williams. )

David Williams, b. ca 1815, prob Bedford Co., TN. d. 1887, Married Sarah Turrentine Harris, d/o of James Harris and Nancy Ann Thompson. David's will recorded in Bedford Co., TN, written 23 June 1887, probated Dec. 1887. Sarah T. (Turrentine) Williams will was recorded in 1902, Bedford Co., TN, probated in November 1910.

Almeida Jane, b. 6 Oct 1837 Bedford Co., TN. Living in 1887. Married William Jefferson Collins.

Louvinia (Levenia), b. 6 Sep 1839 Bedford Co., TN; d. 25 Feb 1900. Never married. It is likely this is "Effie" mentioned in father's will which states: Mary Williams, wife of Joseph Williams, dec'd. - land he holds in "trust for Effie."

Elvira Ann, b. ca 1843 Bedford Co., TN, d. 1928. Married James Garrett Green. (David in his will gives son-in-law, James G. Green, the "land where he now lives and west of Effie's".

Joseph, b. ca 1845 Bedford Co., TN, d. 1880. Married Mary Brittain (Mary alive in 1887 as mentioned above.)

Ellen T., b. 1848 Bedford Co., TN

James H. Williams, named as son and executor in father's will.

L. B. Williams, named as son and executor in father's will. (In Sarah T. Williams' will it states, "the original will was destroyed by L. B. Williams in the presence of J. G. Green on Oct. 14, 1910.")

Sam K. Williams, named as son and executor in father's will.

David Williams, Jr., named in Sarah T. Williams' 1902 will as a 'deceased son' with the following children:

Minnie Williams (named in grandmother's--Sarah T. Williams' will, probated 1910)

Mary Williams (named in grandmother's--Sarah T. Williams' will, probated 1910)

James Turrentine Williams, b. ca 1817, prob Bedford Co., TN. d. 1910. Married Caroline Lane

Michael F. Williams, b. 1820, prob Bedford Co., TN, d. 1900. Married Martha Gillie Ann Harris

Mary Jane Williams, b. 1849, d. 1876. Married Williams T. Rowland

Sam Hill Williams, b. Bedford Co., TN

Hiram A. "Biff" Williams, b. ca 1834 Bedford Co., TN

Spencer "Bob" Williams, b. ca 1837 Bedford Co., TN

Ellen Williams, b. Bedford Co., TN. Married Minos Finu Thompson

Martha A. Williams, b. ca 1830 Bedford Co., TN

Felix Williams, b. Bedford Co., TN

Mary Williams, Married ______ Slade.

Wesley Duke Williams,

John Williams, b. 4 Nov 1737, Hanover Co., VA, d. 1794 Edgefield County, SC. Will probated 14 Oct 1794. Married 1st Mary Atwood; 2nd Anna Maria Gooch (spelled "Gouge" in transcribed will at SC State Archives.). She was the widow of Joseph Minter, that died ca 1784. In 1771/2 moved to Dist 96, SC. Settle on Mudlick Creek.

Duke Williams, b. ca 1770, prob. Granville Co., NC, d. 1795/1796 Edgefield Dist., SC. Married Martha Caldwell, 2nd Jesse Paine (Payne).

James Atwood Williams, Married 1st cousin, Mary Williams, d/o James Henderson Williams and Mary Wallace.

Joseph Williams

Mary Williams

Rebecca Williams, Married 1st John Bullock, Jr. Married 2nd, 1st cousin, Col. James Williams, Jr., s/o James Henderson Williams and Mary Wallace.

Elizabeth Williams. Married William Caldwell (William was the executor of Col. John Williams' will) William Caldwell

died, Dec.1814, and his son, Williams Caldwell was born after his death. The mother, Elizabeth died soon afterwards. Source: "Annals of Newberry County".

James Henderson Williams, b. 10 Nov 1740. near Old Fork Church, Hanover Co., VA, died 8 Oct 1780, Battle of Kings Mt., Gaston Co., NC. Married Mary Wallace in 1762. Left Granville Co., NC in 1772. Was living along the Little River in Laurens Co., SC in 1773. He was a farmer, ran a mill, and a merchant. In physical appearance, he was a man of five feet, 9 inches. His complexion dark with black hair, eyes brown. Spiritually, he was an elder in the Little River Presbyterian Church of the Laurens District. In the Revolutionary war he served in the 1775-1776 1st and 2nd South Carolina Provincial Congress. In 1775 he became the Captain of Militia. At the Siege of Ninety-Six, Capt. James H. Williams watched the loyalist forces surrender under a white flag. Promoted to Lt. Col. of Militia in 1776, during the campaign against the pro-British Cherokees, his unit withstood being encircled and suffered deadly fire. A bayonet charge broke the Cherokees force and they took flight. His unit was then ordered to Florida to fight a Tory force there. The Army suffered from heat, hunger, thirst, not to mention disease and had to turn back. His time in the Army was not without controversy. He had to improvise unorthodox ways to obtain supplies, meet the needs of his men, as well as to provide support for the civilian population often defenseless in times of local crisis. Much of the wartime criticism Williams received was based upon individuals who only knew part of the story of the danger that Williams' militia faced. In spite of this Lt. Col. Williams led his men the Battle of Stono Ferry, Briar Creek, Siege of Savannah, Battle of Musgrove's Mill. For his victory at Musgrove Mill, he was awarded the rank of Brigadier General of South Carolina Militia by the Governor. At the Battle of Kings Mountain, James was mortally wounded and died the next day. According to eyewitnesses he was shot after the enemy raised the white flag. Before dying, Williams was carried by horse 12 miles before dying on the banks of the Broad River near the mouth of Buffalo Creek. He was initially buried at this location but in 1917, his remains were transferred to an vault at the Carnegie Library in Gaffney, SC. Today there is a large monument erected for him at Kings Mountain National Battlefield. (Sources: "Commanders At Kings Mountain", by J. D. Bailey, A Press, Inc., Greenville, SC; 1992. Article by Isabell Witherspoon Foster.)

Daniel Williams, b. ca 1763 Granville Co., NC. Served as Lieutenant and Captain under Col. Benton and Gen. Marion. He served under his father at the Battle of Kings Mountain in Oct. 1780 and witnessed his death.. Daniel was later executed alongside his brother on 9 Nov 1781 by "Bloody Bill" Cunningham at Haye's Station, South Carolina during the American Revolution. (Source: The Patriots at Kings Mountain, by Bobby Gilmer Moss, Scotia-Hibernia Press, 1990.) The situation at Haye's Station came when Col. Joseph Hays' blockhouse came under attack by the Tory, Bloody Bill Cunningham. The block house sat near the Little River Presbyterian Church. Among the 23 defenders of the block house, including Daniel and his brother, Joseph, were women and children. The house was set ablaze, by red-hot blacksmith irons thrown on the roof. Colonel Hays requested they be allowed to surrender if they be treated as prisoners of war. Cunningham consented but violated his oath when the group exited the blockhouse. Sparing only one man, Reuben Golden and some women and children, he began executing the defenders. Cunningham personally hacked them to pieces with his sword.

Joseph Williams, b. ca. 1767 Granville Co., NC. He served under his father at the Battle of Kings Mountain in Oct. 1780 and witnessed his death.. Joseph was later executed alongside his brother on 9 Nov 1781 by "Bloody Bill" Cunningham at Haye's Station, South Carolina during the American Revolution. (Source: The Patriots at Kings Mountain, by Bobby Gilmer Moss, Scotia-Hibernia Press, 1990.) After seeing his older brother about to be executed and believing he was going to be spared, Joseph cried out, "Oh! Brother Daniel, what shall I tell mother ?" To this Cunningham yelled, "You shall tell her nothing, you d__d Rebel Suckling!"

John Williams, b. ca. 1769, d. "poisoned at close of Revolutionary War while away on family business", possibly in Virginia.

Elizabeth Williams, d. ca 1807 Musgrove Mill, Laurens Co., SC. Married James Tinsley. Buried Williams Fam Cem, Laurens Co., South Carolina

Mary Williams, Married James Atwood Williams, son of John Williams and Ann Maria Gouge.

Sarah Williams, Married John Griffin abt 1787.

James Williams, Jr., d. August 13, 1833, Newberry, SC. Married Rebecca Watts. (2nd wife: Rebecca Williams Bullock, his widowed 1st cousin, d/o Col. John Williams of Edgefield, S.C.)

Washington Williams, b. August 22, 1771 Laurens Co., South Carolina, d. June 24, 1829. Married Sarah Griffin.

John Drayton Williams, b. 20 Jan 1798, Laurensville, SC. Died 25 Jun 1870. Married Phoebe Cox Young on 20 Dec 1825. John Drayton Williams owned vast real estate in Laurens County. He lived in an Italian style villa in Laurens. He owned another estate was called "Spring Grove". A summer house was known as "White Plains". Another estate known as "Milton". He owned 225 slaves. He was a promoter of education: Commissioner of Free Schools, on the Board of Limestone Female High School, and trustee of Laurensville Female College. He was generous supporter of various churches including an Independent Church, Presbyterian Church, a "Free" Church and the Bethabara Baptist Church. He earned his title of Colonel from serving as a State Representative. He served on the Southern Rights Convention. As a State Representative he voted in favor of the Secession from the Union. Perhaps most importantly, John Drayton Williams was a person who recorded family history. (Source: Article by Isabell Witherspoon Foster.)

Sarah R. Williams, b. 18 May 1828, d. Aug 1829

James Washington Williams, b. 1830, d. 1835

John Griffin Williams, b. 1833, d. 1902. Married Nancy Isabel Campbell. No children.

Mary Elizabeth Williams, b. April 1835, d. Jun 1863 Married Prof. Robert Garlington. (Died in childbirth.)

Susan Nancy Williams, b. Aug 1837, d. Jun 1866. Married Capt. John G. Garlington.

Washington Albert Williams, b. 1839, d. 25 Sept 1863 at the Battle of Chickamauga

Caroline Ketturah Williams, b. May 1842, d. 1846.

Lucy Margaret Williams, b. Oct 1845.

Pheobe Young Williams, b. Aug 1848. Married Dr. James Harvey Witherspoon on 25 Jun 1873. Three sons produced from this marriage.

Joseph Williams, b. 6 Sep, 1742. d. 3 Jun 1766 Orange Co., NC. Married Sarah Lanier. (widow, Sarah Lanier Williams, married 2nd: Joseph's cousin, Robert Williams (b. 1744), s/o Nathaniel and Elizabeth Williams.

Mary Williams, b. 30 May, 1745. Married Isaac Mitchell

Daniel Williams, b. 2 Jul 1747. On 30 July 1755, Orange Co., NC, married Ann Henderson, his 1st cousin. War Service: Lt. in American Revolution; Capt. in Tennessee Militia.

David Williams, Jr.

Henry Williams

Nathaniel Williams, b.2 Dec 1712, Hanover Co., Va., d. ca. 1763. Va.; Abt. 1763, married to Elizabeth Washington, b. 21 June 1717, Middlesex Co., Va.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Williams, b. circa 1739. Married ______ Hicks.

John Williams, b. 7 July 1740, Hanover Co., Va. d. in late Nov or early Dec, 1804, Orange Co., NC. Buried at Locust Hill cemetery, on his old plantation between Yanceyville and Reidsville, NC. Married 16 Mar 1767, Lunenburg Co., Va to Elizabeth "Betsy" Williamson, b. abt 1744 in Lunenburg Co., Va., d. 15 Apr 1831 NC. She was the daughter of Henry and Rachel Williamson of Fairfax, Va. Member of the Hillsboro Provincial Congress, along with his brothers Nathaniel and Joseph. War Service: Served in the French and Indian War. Appointed Lt. Col. in Revolutionary Army, promoted to Colonel in 1776 by Provincial Congress. Served under George Washington and Nathaniel Greene. Will of John Williams

Marmaduke "Duke" Williams, b. 14 Feb 1768, Hillsboro, Orange Co., NC, d. 22 Sept 1834. Married 4 Nov 1790, to Ede Harris, b. 6 Sept, 1775, d. 26 Nov 1816. Ede was the daughter of Tyree Harris.

John Williams, b. 8 Jan 1792 Caswell Co., NC. Came to Matagorda County, Texas with his brothers in Dec 1823. Listed as one of Austin's "Old Three Hundred". Settled on land in the Cedar Lake area. Never married, will probated 2 May 1839..

Betsy W. Williams, b. 3 Oct 1793. Possibly "Elizabeth" that married Robert P. Harrison.

Robert Harris Williams, "Gentleman Bob", b. 10 Oct 1796 Caswell Co., NC; Arrived in Texas, Dec 1823 and settled in Matagorda County, then a part of Mexico. Founded a plantation known as Caney Crossing or Camp Crossing which was on the road from Matagorda to Brazoria. In Dec 1826 he was already an "Alcade", appointed by Stephen Austin to serve as a kind of magistrate. In the early days he had many engagements fighting Indians. By 1827 Williams had married his 1st wife, Anna. Williams pledged allegiance to Mexico and faithfully enforced its laws. In 1827 he once ordered a Baptist preacher to stop addressing the people as it violated the laws. He also recollected marriages were by legal bonds, then later sanctified by the Holy Catholic Church. By 1827, he had the third cotton gin in the colony of Texas. In 1832, with the rank of a Colonel, Robert Harris Williams the Battle of Velasco where he lost an eye to a splinter (after which he wore a patch the rest of his life). In 1833, he married 2nd to Mary Lawson White, daughter of Benjamin Jobe White. During the Texas Revolution, Robert provided provisions to the Army. From 1847 to 1851, he was Postmaster of Caney Crossing. Died 11 Sept 1880.

Christopher H. "Kit" Williams, b. 1838, d. 1916. "Kit" attended the University of Nashville in Tennessee, then attended medical school at the old Louisiana School of Medicine. In 1861 Kit married Miss Theresa Herbert. During the Civil War, "Kit" entered service as a Lt. of Infantry. He was in command of a fort at the mouth of the Brazos River in Texas. All was quite until the fort was shelled all day by an Union ironclad, until he was ordered to withdrawal to another location (Brownsville) on the Rio Grande. There he was promoted to a Captain, prior to the war ending in June of 1865. Kit's home was known as Rotherwood, located on Caney Creek. In 1873, Mrs. Theresa Herbert Williams died. On 30 May 1881, Kit married 2nd to Mrs. Alice B. Heidt (widow, daughter of Judge Rugeley). Five children born to the second marriage. "Kit" Williams also served Justice-of-the-peace, Notary Public and County Commissioner. Photo of Dr Christopher H. Williams and family.

Jane Williams, married Mr. Spillman of Galveston. (first marriage)

Laura Roberta Williams, married John Rugeley (first marriage)

unknown child (first marriage)

unknown child (first marriage)

Christopher H. Williams, Jr. (2nd marriage)

Jessie M. Williams (2nd marriage)

Ada C. Williams (2nd marriage)

Robert H. Williams (2nd marriage)

Carlisle H. Williams (2nd marriage)

Lydia E. Williams, b. 1840; Married George W. Caldwell. Resided in San Antonio.

Maria L. Williams, b. 1842; Married Joseph T. Fry, 21 Nov 1859, a physician from Tennessee.

Laura Roberta Williams, b. 1845; Married George P. Bass.

Robert H. Williams, Jr., b. 1852 (killed in accident at age 16.)

Christopher Harris Williams, b. 18 Dec 1798, Hillsboro, Orange Co., NC, d. 22 Nov 1857. Married Jan Allison on 9 Dec 1819. U.S. Congressman for 1837-1843 and 1849-1853. Practiced law in Lexington, Tennessee.

Mary Ann Williams, b. 17 Sept 1821, d. 3 Oct 1821

Ede Harris Williams, b. 31 Aug 1822, d. 24 Aug 1826

James Allison Williams, b. 26 Oct, 1824, d. 7 Dec 1827

Duke Williams, b. 30 July 1827, d. 24 Mar 1857.

Christopher Harris Williams, Jr., b. 14 Mar 1830, d. 6 Apr 1862. Married Annie Louise Sharp. Annie died after giving birth to her third child, "Kit". Served in the U.S. Army under Jefferson Davis in the Mexican War. Was appointed Colonel of the 27th Tenn Vol. Infantry, CSA. He was killed leading a charge at the Battle of Shiloh.

John Sharp Williams, b. 30 July 1854 in Memphis, TN; d. 27 Sept 1932. Married Elizabeth Dial Webb, d/o Dr. Robert Dickens and Julia Fulton Webb. John's mother died when he was age five. During the Civil War he had no choice but follow his father around from Army camp to Army camp. After his father was killed at the battle of Shiloh, he was sent to live with his maternal step-grandmother who was raising his younger brother. After a world class education and being trained in law, John Sharp Williams served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1893 to 1909. Following this he served in the U.S. Senate, through World War I. After the collapse of the League of Nations, John Sharp had become disgusted with politics, saying he would "rather be a hound dog and bay at the moon than to spend one minute in the Senate after the expiration of my term of office." John Sharp is buried in the family cemetery at Cedar Grove Plantation nar Benton, Yazoo Co., MS. [Congressional Biography]

Duke Williams, b. 20 Oct 1856, d. 1 Oct 1861

Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams, b. 19 Apr 1859, Married 8 may 1884 in Yazoo City, MS to Sallie S. Cocke.

Lydia Harris Williams, married Jesse Taylor.

Charles H. Williams

Flora Aspasia Narcissa Williams, married Tobiah Wolf.

Mary Williams, married Dr. J. Hand.

Edna Williams, married Mr. Meleria.

Augustus Williams

Henrietta Williams. Married Col. Richard Simpson, Richmond, Ky.

Elizabeth "Betsy" Williams, b. 15 Oct 1773, d. 21 Aug 1841. Married to Brig. Gen. Azariah Graves of Caswell Co., NC, a veteran of the War of 1812.

Nathaniel Williams, (sometimes referred to as Nathaniel Williams, Jr.) b. 1 Oct 1741, Hanover Co., Va., d. 25 Jan 1805, Rockingham Co., NC. (Accidentally drowned while trying to ford a swollen stream.) Married abt 1763 to Mary Ann Williamson, born 2 Jan 1744, d. aft 1803. Mary Ann was the daughter of Thomas Williamson - and sister of Eliz. Williamson, wife of Nathaniel's brother, John Williams (b. 7 July 1740). Resided in portion of Caswell County that became Rockingham County. From the Salisbury District, Rockingham Co., 1790 Census of N.C. Nathaniel Williams entry listed: 3 white males of 16 years & upward including heads of the family, 1 white male under 16 years, 6 free white females including heads of families, 13 slaves. Member of the Hillsboro Provincial Congress. War Service: Captain, North Carolina Militia at the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge. Also was on the expedition to Wilmington and Cape Fear. Transferred to the Continental Army. Nathaniel B. Williams, 2nd Lt., 8th North Carolina Nov 28, 1776; 1st Lt. 10th North Carolina Jan 23 1781; Transferred 4th North Carolina, Feb 6, 1782. [Nathaniel Williams' Will]

Robert Williams, b. 30 Oct 1766, Orange Co., NC, d. 25 Jan 1836, Ouachita, La. Buried on his plantation near Monroe, Louisiana. Married 2 Oct 1790, Stokes Co., NC to Minerva Elizabeth Winston, b. abt 1775 NC, d. 25 Jul 1814 MS. Daughter of Major Joseph Winston and Elizabeth Lanier. North Carolina Representative to Congress 1797-1803. Commissioner of Land Titles, Mississippi Territory, 1804. Appointed Territorial Governor of Mississippi Territory by President Thomas Jefferson, until his term expired in March 1809. [Congressional Biography]

John Williams, b. 1679 in Wales, married Mary Keeling, daughter of Capt. George Keeling, and sister of the Ursula Keeling that married Thomas Henderson. Daniel Williams, b. 28 Sept 1710, 3rd son of John Williams and Mary Keeling, married Ursula Henderson, his 1st cousin, and daughter of Thomas Henderson and Ursula Keeling. Their daughter Marya Williams married Benjamin Goodman, of Hanover / Louisa Co., VA. Many of these families lived in New Kent, Hanover, and Louisa Co., VA., and some removed to Granville Co., NC with Goodman families in the 1750s. Their descendants and allied families were the principal proprietors of the Transylvania Co., sponsors of Daniel Boone’s settlement at Boonesborough. More on these families later.

An important related Williams line in Virginia was descended from Morgan ap Williams, 5th son of William ap Gruffyd, and youngest brother of William Williams, Esq. of Cochwillian. Morgan ap Williams married Katherine Cromwell, sister of Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex and vice-regent under Henry VII, who sent him to the block in 1540. Morgan ap Williams then took the name Cromwell in honor of his wife’s family name. Their son, who signed his name as Sir Richard Cromwell Alias Williams, married Frances, daughter and co-heir of Thomas Murphyn, Knight. Sir Richard Cromwell was knighted by Henry VIII. Their eldest son was Sir Henry Cromwell, called the Golden Knight. He married Joan, daughter of Sir Ralph Warren, Lord Mayor of London in 1536. Henry Cromwell was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I in 1563. He served in the House of Commons, and died in 1603. Their second son was Robert Cromwell, who was the father of Oliver Cromwell, later Lord Protector of England.

The eldest son of Sir Henry Cromwell Alias Williams and Joan Warren, was Sir Oliver Cromwell of Hinchenbrook. Sir Oliver Cromwell married Elizabeth Bromley, daughter of the Lord Chancellor of England, and their eldest son, Henry, came to Virginia with his wife in 1620. Henry Cromwell Alias Williams received grants in Virginia in 1618 from the Virginia Company and another in 1639 from Sir John Harvey. He may have earlier come in the "Treasurer" in 1615, and settled at Dale’s Gift. In 1625, he was living on his land in Charles City. All of this family added Alias Williams to their names, and some reverted to the Williams name in America, forever confusing genealogists as to which were Cromwell, and which were Williams. A Morgan Williams, obviously named after his illustrious ancestor, was in New Kent Co., VA since before 1638, and by his name, was almost certainly the son of Henry Cromwell Alias Williams.


The following history was written by the late Rev. Dr. Thomas Pritchard, of Charlotte, North Carolina: The father of Eliz. Williams, John Williams of Wales, settled in Hanover County, Virginia. He had four sons and two daughters. One married a Graves and the other John Daniel, of Virginia. Mrs. Graves had four sons: Henry, William, John, and Elijah. Her daughters married John Christmas, Joshua Coffee, father of Gen. John Coffee, and ____ Barnett. Mrs. Daniel had two sons and two daughters; offspring unknown. Daniel Williams, who married a Lanier, and Daniel, who married his cousin, Nancy Henderson. Henry, son of this Daniel, had a numerous family. John Williams who settled in Granville County, North Carolina, had four sons: John, Charles, Nathaniel, and William. John, who was a judge in 1774 and a member of the Continental Congress in 1778, married the widow Keeling, and had one daughter, who married Col. Robert Burton. William married a Bickham, and had two sons and two daughters. One of the latter married Stephen Snead and the other Col. Hogg. Charles had a numerous family, of which nothing is known. Nathaniel had six daughters, who married Farvar, Hart, Ford, Bowdown, Lowe, and Mormon. The sons were: Joseph, nicknamed "Yadkin;" John, "Tobacco Mouth;" Nathaniel; and Robert. Joseph had two sons, John and Matthew. The latter was a Baptist preacher.

Why was John wealthy? Some surmise he earned his wealth like other immigrants to Virginia often did, by growing tobacco. That is possible. He probably was a good wheeler-dealer, made money off that, possibly land as well. But most definitely, the early generations of the family were involved in the distilling of Whiskey. This I am sure is a trade that was brought over from Wales, as it seems to be a popular beverage from all the countries that border the Irish Sea. In fact as late as 1904, the family was advertising the sale of Old Williams Whiskey from their distillery in Williams, Surry County, North Carolina. It states that "The Old Williams Company" of Williams, N.C. was founded in 1768. This business was run by the descendants of John's son Nathaniel (b. 1712). It is probably a family trade handed down over the generations dating much earlier. Just my guess.

Source: Williams Family Website. - picture of the company's trademark.,-Williams,-N%25C%25/m-497190/tm.htm - picture of early Williams corn whiskey bottle.

Per Find A Grave Memorial # 7868641: "born c.1676, John Williams died "in ye 79th year of his Age". His brown sandstone stele features a soul effigy of the "winged skull" type, a grim, Puritanical image which gave way to more portrait-like, if generic, effigies in the mid- to late 1700's." The picture of the headstone on this memorial gives date of death as Feb. 8th 1755. NOTE: ? Is this is the same John Williams as the John Williams, III listed in this profile? Needs more research - don't take as fact, but use only for clues. -

This John Williams, Jr. may be the son of John Williams, Sr. John Williams, of Isle of Wight

A John Williams will was probated in 1687 [John who md. Elizabeth Ann Whitley]

A John Williams, Sr.'s will was probated in 1692. If this were the son of John (b. ca 1640), he might be called John, Sr. after his father's death, especially since John (b. 1673) also had a son, John.

For this study we'll refer to them as John I, John II, and John III

Children of John I according to will: sons John and Thomas, daughters Elizabeth, Ann, Sarah.

Children of John II according to will:

John b abt 1670 VA

William b abt 1674 VA

Elizabeth b abt 1676 VA

Thomas b abt 1678 VA

Mary b abt 1680 VA

Jane b abt 1682 VA

Nicholas b abt 1687 VA

Richard b abt 1684 VA

Theophilus b abt 1690 VA

Record of Wills and Deeds, Vol 2, page 317 1662-1715

Will of John Williams dated 9 March 1692, probated 9 August, 1692, Isle of Wight Co., VA.

In the name of God Amen I John Williams Senr of the lower parish of the Isle of Wight County in Virginia: being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory do give and bequeath all my wordly goods as followeth

Imprimus I give and bequeath my Soul to almighty God my maker hoping through the merits of Jesus Christ my Saviour to obtain remission for my sins through his death and passion and my body to the earth from whence I came to be decently buried by my beloved wife Ann Williams and my children.

Secondly I give my now dwelling & plantation unto my beloved wife Ann Williams during her life with all edifices and buildings thereunto belonging and after her decease the manor plantation be returned unto my eldest sonn John Williams and to the hyers of his body and in case he the said John Williams had rather stay in Surrey County on the plantation that he is now seated or then to take the manor plantation then the said manor plantation is do descend to my youngest sonn Theophilus Williams and the hyres of his body truely begotten and in case John Williams wishes to take manor plantation then Theophilus to enjoy the plantation in Surry County that John Williams is now seated containing one hundred and fifty acres

Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son William one parcel of land lying and being in Newport parish which parcel of land contains two hundred acres lying near Meadows which parcel of land my foursaid Sonn William Williams is to enjoy with all appurtenances thereunto belonging to him and the hyers of his body truly begotten.

4th I give and bequeath unto my next Sonn Thomas Williams and the heyrs of his body truly begotten one hundred and fifty acres of the aforesaid land lying and being in Surry County and part of the same tract where my sonn John William now liveth and he the sayd Thomas Williams and his heirs to enjoy the same with all benefits and appurtenances there unto belonging

5th I give and bequeath unto my next Sonn Nicholas Williams and the heyrs of his body truly begotten one parcel of one hundred and fifty acres of the aforesaid land lying and being in Surry County and part of the same tract of land where my Sonn John Williams now liveth to his heyrs truly begotten with all appurtenances and benefits there unto belonging

6th I give and bequeath unto my Sonn Richard Williams and the heirs of his body truly begotten one parcel of land lying and being in Surry County containing one hundred and fifty acres being part of the same tract of land which my aforesaid Sonn John Williams liveth and to him the sayd Richard Williams and the heirs of his body truly begotten with all benefits and appurtenances there unto belonging and after the possession of the same. I and in this my last Will and Testament I do bind charge and command all an every of my Sonns from the eldest to the youngest neither to sell lease or morgage any part or parcell of any of the aforesaid tracts of land by any means but to remain unto them and the heirs of their bodys truly begotten and in case that any of these my Sonns decease without Issue that then that parcell of land to whom it belongs shall be bound to the next surviving heir.

7th I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary one feather Bed and boulster one Rugg one blanket one sheet

8th I give and bequeath unto my next daughter Jane Williams one feather bed boulster Rugg one blankett one sheet

9th I give and bequeath unto Anne Brown my grand daughter one yearling heifer

10th I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Bridgett Brown one yearling heifer, next I give and bequeath unto my boy William Hickman one yearling heifer, likewise there is belonging unto Mary Brown one cow and yearling which I order to be delivered to her according to the direction of my wife, likewise I give and bequeath unto my aforesaid grand daughter Mary Brown one feather bed and boulster, likewise I give unto my Sonn Thomas Williams the marr foal which goes with the marr likewise I give all the future increase of my mare among my children and this increase be provided as they fall in course beginning at the eldest and for as they fall to the youngest whether heifer or mare as it happens and after my children and should then my grandchildren to have a part of the increase and likewise the mare at Thomas Wrights the first foal that she bring I give and bequeath it unto Daniel Long Junior and after Daniell hath his foal the mare and her after issue to be bound to Thomas Wright and the heyrs of his body lawfully begotten and after all these ligaties in this my Will and for the performance of the same I do constitute and appoint my most beloved wife Ann Williams my whole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament to for and endeavour to perform all these many ligaties as they shall be demanded in Course of my children come to age and my aforesaid Wife Ann Williams to enjoy all my proper estate and plantation which is not here exprest as long as they live and for acknowledgement this is my last Will and Testament as Witness my hand this ninth day of March in the year of our lord god 1692 Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of us John (F) Williams Senior Seal Boaz Gwine Thomas (T) Gwynie Proved in open Court for the his mark Isle of Wight County august the 9th 1692 by the Witness and his mark ordered to be recorded. Alexander (T) Matthew’s

Test John Pitt Ck Ct

Hard Copy on File

Transcribed by Jean Mayo Hirsch from documents located at the Library of Virginia Archives in Richmond, Virginia

If the above John died in Isle of Wight, who was the John who died in Bertie County, North Carolina? More research needs to be done on these John Williams.


As for Roger being the father of John II, consider the following:

Submitted By: Adrian Williams - My earliest proven ancestor is Roger Williams (Roger Sr.), who married Mary unknown and stayed in Surry Co. until his death in ca. 1704. Roger?s first definitive appearance is in the 1668 Surry Co., Virginia tythables, where he is enumerated with his lifelong friend, Christopher Lewis, who was quite a bit older than Roger Sr. From Roger?s will, we know he had at least 3 sons; Roger, Samuel and George.

It is proving quite difficult to determine which, of the many Williams is our immigrant patriarch. A very strong possibility is in a land patent, in Isle of Wight Co., VA, to John Upton in 1638, for the transport of Roger Williams and Christopher Lewis (among others). It is thought that Roger (who I will call Roger the Elder) had a few children by wife unknown. Other possible children have been theorized to be John and Lewis Williams (of Isle of Wight). Another possibility is that the Roger of 1638 was the brother of John of 1640 (married Anne Whitley)...

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Lt. Col. John Drayton Williams's Timeline

January 26, 1679
Surry County, Virginia Colony
Age 15
Hanover County, Province of Virginia, Colonial America
July 25, 1704
Age 25
Hanover County, Province of Virginia
September 1, 1708
Age 29
Henrico County, Province of Virginia
September 28, 1710
Age 31
Henrico County, Virginia, Colonial America
September 12, 1712
Age 33
Hanover, Hanover, VA
November 14, 1714
Age 35
Hanover County, Province of Virginia