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Richard Williams

Birthdate: (86)
Birthplace: St. Mary, Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
Death: February 11, 1693 (82-90)
Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Neck O Land Cemetery Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of William Williams and Jane Williams
Husband of Frances Williams
Father of John Williams; Elizabeth Williams; Samuel Williams, Sr.; Nathaniel Williams; Joseph Williams, Sr. and 4 others
Brother of Ann (Anna) Hall; Elizabeth Williams; Jane Williams; John Williams; Samuel Williams and 2 others

Occupation: tanner
Managed by: Peter Douglas Olson
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About Richard Williams (immigrant)

Richard Williams was born on 26 Jan 1606/1607 in St. Mary, Wotten-Under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. He died on 15 Sep 1693 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He was buried in 1693 in Taunton, Bristol, Massachusetts. He was baptized on 28 Jan 1606/07 in Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Wotten-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England. He immigrated about 1636 from England to Dorchester, Massachusetts. He was employed as a tanner. He resided in 1632 in Parish of St. John, Gloucester City, England.

Richard married Francis (Deighton) DIGHTON daughter of John (Dighton) DEIGHTON on 11 Feb 1632/32 in Parish of Witcomb Magnor, Gloucester, England by Mr. Stubbs, teacher.


Richard Williams was born in Jan 1606 in Gloucester, England. He was christened on 28 Jan 1607 in Gloucester, England. He died on 15 Sep 1693 in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married Frances Dighton\Deighton on 6 Feb 1632 in Gloucester, England.

Was the original immigrant to the US. Was a tanner by trade. Baptismal record can still be seen in St. Mary the Virgin Church in Gloucester, England. (Page 584, Vol. 2 of "Representative Men and Old Families of Southeastern Massachusetts" states he "was among the first purchasers of Taunton. He was a man of good abilities, was deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony from 1645 to 1665; selectman in 1666 and 1667. He was one of the proprietors of "New Purchase," now Dighton. He was a member and deacon of the First Church.

He died in the year 1693, aged eighty-seven years. The children born to Richard and his wife Frances (Dighton)--the eldest two being born while the parents were living in Gloucester, in the parish of Whitcombe Magna, and both of whom died when young--were:

  1. John was baptized March 27, 1634. Died 1636.
  2. Elizabeth was baptized Feb. 7, 1635-36. Died young.
  3. Samuel, born 1638 Dorchester, MA. Died Aug 1697 Taunton, MA. Married Mary (Jane) Gilbert.
  4. Nathaniel Williams, born Nov 17, 1639, Taunton, MA. Died August 16, 1692, Taunton, MA. Married
  5. Joseph Williams, born 1642, Taunton, MA. Died August 27, 1692, Taunton, MA. Married
  6. Thomas Williams, born 1645.
  7. Elizabeth Williams, born 1647, Taunton, MA. Died Oct 20, 1724, Dorchester, MA.
  8. Hannah Williams, born 1649.
  9. Benjamin Williams, born 1651, Taunton, MA. Died July 1701.

From The genealogy and history of the family of Williams in America: more ... By Stephen West Williams (Google Books)

"Richard Williams came to this country from Glamorganshire, England, in 1632, and settled soon after at Taunton, Bristol county, Massachusetts. It is believed that the first Englishmen who traversed the soil of the ancient town of Taunton, (called by the Indians Cohannet,) were Edward Winslow and Stephen Hopkins, in their visit to Massasoit, in July, 1621. They found it depopulated and desolate; the ravages of the great plague was every where discernable. At Fetiquet and Namasket there were Indian villages. The territory of Taunton proper (which formerly included within its limits the towns of Berkley and Raynham) were claimed by the sachem of Fetiquet. In this territory there were no Indian settlements except in a small part of Raynham. It appears, however, that the country bordering on the river had been thickly populated on the land on both sides for considerable distance. When first visited many of the remains of the natives were discovered unburied. At the head of the list of the purchasers of Taunton, stands the name of Henry Uxley; who he was, does not appear. His house and lot was sold to Richard Williams, who may in some measure be considered the father of Taunton, as he was in the place before the purchase of Miss Pool. Mr. Williams was a Welshman, and it is not improbable that he was a relation of Roger Williams. A tradition has always existed among his descendants, that he was related by blood to Oliver Cromwell, (which name was changed from an estate,) and one of Cromwell's ancestors bore the name of Williams. (Rural Repository, 1846.)"

Ancestry of Richard Williams and Francis Deighton

Previous historians and genealogists have have shown royal descent for the Richard Williams family, either through Richard Williams or his wife Frances Deighton, who is traced to Charlemagne by the medieval historian von Redlich, (NEHG 97:342-343). In his "Descent of General Douglas McArthur." von Redlich produced an ancestry chart leading from Richard and Frances to "Charlemagne, King of the Franks and Emperor of the West, born 2, Apr 747, died 28 Jan. 814; married in 771 the Swabian Princess Hildegard, died 30 Apr. 783."

The line continues with

  1. Pepin, King of Italy,
  2. Bernard, King of Italy,
  3. Pepin, Count of Senlis,
  4. Herbert I, Count of Vermandois,
  5. Herbert II,
  6. Albert 1,
  7. Herbert III,
  8. Otho,
  9. Herbert IV,
  10. dau. Adelaide (Adelheid), who m. Hugh, the Great, Duke of France and Burgundy, son of Henry I, King of France, by Anne, dau. of Yaroslav I, Grand Prince of Kiev;
  11. Isabel de Vermandois who m. 2nd William de Warenne, second Earl of Surrey,
  12. Gundred de Warenne w. m. Roger de Newburgh, second Earl of Warwick;
  13. Waleran de Newburgh,
  14. Alice de Newburgh, w. m. William, Baron Mauduit,
  15. Isabel de Mauduit, who m. William, fifth Baron Beauchamp of Elmley Castle;
  16. Walter de Beauchamp, Steward of the Household of Edward I, King of England;
  17. Giles de Beauchamp,
  18. John de Beauchamp,
  19. Sir William de Beauchamp,
  20. Sir John de Beauchamp, Lord Treasurer of England;
  21. Sir Richard de Beauchamp,
  22. Anne de Beauchamp.
* (See family tree for the more recent lines that lead to Richard and Frances Williams). Richard Williams is Charlemagne's 21st grandson.

Born- Glamorganshire, England Married Gloucesterhire,England- , Williams Family

Richard Williams of Taunton, MA, was baptized in the parish of St. Mary the Virgin in Wotton-Under-Edge, Gloucester, England in 1607 and died in Taunton, Massachusetts August 1693. Married Frances Deighton, sometimes spelled "Dighton". Richard and Frances Williams' descendants are linked in marriage with many well-documented early American families such as those of Captain John Gallup, Governor Thomas Dudley, John Woodbridge VI, Pilgrim Thomas Rogers, Pilgrim John Howland, Pilgrim Samuel Fuller (the son of Pilgrim Edward Fuller), Reverend John Lothrop, and Governor William Leete.

Richard was a tanner by trade. He was a man of good abilities, was deputy to the General Court of Plymouth Colony from 1645 to 1665; selectman in 1666 and 1667. It is not know exactly when Richard Williams came to New England, nor upon which vessel. The biographer Charles Williams believes him to have come about 1636/7, rather than in 1633, as Pope suggests. He came with his wife, Frances and two children, probably her two eldest sisters and their spouses. Richard and Frances settled soon in Taunton. He was among the original purchasers of the Teticut Purchase, The North Purchase and the South Purchase, now comprising collectively the towns of Taunton, Raynham Berkeley, Norton, Mansfield, Easton and Dighton, the last so named for his wife Francis. He was one of the original shareholders in the Iron Works of Taunton and received income from this venture until 1691. In 1693, his son Thomas directed that these moneys go to his Mother, Francis, these sums continuing until 1700. He, himself, was a tanner, as his son Joseph succeeds to this business after his death about 1692/3. He was called by Emery, the "Father of Taunton." He was a member and deacon of the First Church. He died in the year 1693, aged eighty-seven years. The children born to Richard and his wife Frances (Dighton) were: John (died England), Elizabeth (died England), Samuel, Nathaniel, Joseph, Thomas, Elizabeth, Hannah, and Benjamin.

Richard and Frances' children married children of other early settlers, e.g., children of John Rogers and Anna Churchman of Duxbury, Thomas Gilbert and Joan Rossiter of Taunton, George Macey and Susanna Street of Taunton, and Thomas Bird Sr and Ann ? of Dorchester. Samuel married Mary (Jane) Gilbert. Samuel married as his second wife Hannah (Anna) Rogers, daughter of John Rogers (her third marriage) late in life. Nathaniel married Elizabeth Rogers, daughter of John Rogers, granddaughter of Pilgrim Thomas Rogers. Joseph married Elizabeth Watson. Elizabeth married John Bird of Dorchester. Thomas married Mary Macey. Hannah married John Parmenter of Boston. Benjamin married Rebecca Macey, Mary's sister. See the Richard Williams Family project for more details. MASSACHUSETTS.

Immigration 1636/7


circa January 28, 1607  
Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England  


February 11, 1693  (86) 
Taunton, Bristol County, Province of Massachusetts  

Richard Williams Memorial

Birth: Jan. 28, 1607 Wotton-under-Edge Stroud District Gloucestershire, England Death: Sep. 15, 1693 Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA

Family links:

 Frances Deighton Williams (1611 - 1706)*

 Nathaniel Williams (1630 - 1692)*
 Joseph Williams (1640 - 1692)*
 Elizabeth Williams Bird (1647 - 1724)*
 Benjamin Williams (1651 - 1701)*
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Burial: Neck O Land Cemetery Taunton Bristol County Massachusetts, USA

Created by: Anonymous Record added: Jun 30, 2005 Find A Grave Memorial# 11266104

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Richard Williams (immigrant)'s Timeline

January 28, 1606
Parish of St. Mary the Virgin, Wotton-Under-Edge
January 28, 1607
Wotton Under Edge, Gloucestershire, England
January 28, 1607
Wolton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, England
March 1634
Age 27
Gloucestershire, England
February 7, 1635
Age 28
Gloucestershire, England
Age 29
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts)
November 17, 1639
Age 32
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
February 7, 1641
Age 34
Taunton, (Present Bristol County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
Age 37
Taunton, MA, USA