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Samuel Wright Williams

Birthdate: (71)
Birthplace: Howell's Ferry, York District, South Carolina, United States
Death: March 14, 1900 (71)
Place of Burial: Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Aaron Williams and Elizabeth James Williams (Davis)
Husband of Mary Jane Williams (Marshall) and Elizabeth Frances Williams (Mumford)
Father of Margaret Eudora Bright (Williams); John Edwin Williams; Gilbert Marshall Williams; Mary Lesueur; Martha Eleanor Stone (Williams) and 1 other
Brother of James Edwin Williams; George Davis Williams; Harriet Newell Williams; Elizabeth Ann Woods (Williams); Martha E. Williams and 2 others

Occupation: Politician, Confederate officer
Managed by: Private User
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About Lt. Col. Samuel Wright Williams

From A History of Royal Arch Masonry, By Everett R. Turnbull, Ray V. Denslow

Samuel Wright Williams: He was born near Howell's Ferry, South Carolina, Aug. 23, 1828, and settled in Arkansas in 1842. He practiced law in partnership with Judge E.H. English, and served as Attorney General in 1855, and again in 1863. He organized the 17th Regiment, Arkansas Militia (actually, this was Lemoyne's 17th Arkansas Infantry, regular Confederate army), and was made Lieutenant Colonel. He was grand master in 1870 (Grand Lodge of Arkansas, F&AM), grand high priest in 1873-74 (Royal Arch Masons), grand master of the grand council in 1881 (York Rite), and grand commander in 1873 (Knights Templar). He passed away Mar. 19, 1900.

His splendid mental, moral, and social attainments, and his unremitting devotion to Masonry, have at all times commanded the respect and esteem of the Fraternity.


His name apparently appears in the Index of the Abstracts from Masonic Records from the Grand Lodge of Arkansas, 1870-1872:

Williams, Sam W., 7, 10, 29, 30, 32, 36, 48, 116, 118, 130

It should be noted that the GLE-recognized GL AR has been offline since about 2010.


From his Find A Grave page:

Samuel Wright Williams

  • Birth: Aug. 23, 1828
  • Death: Mar. 14, 1900

Of Rev. Aaron & Elizabeth James Davis Williams;

  • Mason;
  • Knights Templar;
  • Eclectic Society of Little Rock 1881;
  • rendered Confederate service;
  • St. John's College Board 1859;
  • Pulaski County representative to State Legislature 1856;
  • State Attorney General 1862;
  • elected to State Senate 1878 (info from Mt. Holly Burial Index)
    • supplied by jwb

Family links:


  • Mary Jane Marshall Williams (1829 - 1886)


  • Margaret Eudora Williams Bright (1855 - 1935)
  • John Edwin Williams (1857 - 1911)
  • Gilbert Marshall Williams (1859 - 1872)
  • Martha Eleanor Williams Stone (1862 - 1927)
  • Elizabeth Davis Williams Crawford (1864 - 1933)

Note: Attorney General of Arkansas, 1862. Husband of (1) Mary Jane Marshall and (2) Elizabeth Francis Mumford.

Burial: Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, USA

  • Maintained by: Robert A. Young, Jr.
  • Originally Created by: Anonymous (inactive)
  • Record added: Oct 19, 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 8000334
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Lt. Col. Samuel Wright Williams's Timeline

August 23, 1828
Howell's Ferry, York District, South Carolina, United States
November 12, 1855
Age 27
November 20, 1857
Age 29
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States
February 25, 1859
Age 30
January 22, 1861
Age 32
Little Rock, Pulaski County, Arkansas, United States
August 20, 1862
Age 33
Age 35
March 14, 1900
Age 71