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View Tree for Theophilus WilliamsTheophilus Williams (b. 1695, d. 1775)

Theophilus Williams (son of John Williams, Sr. and Anne Giles ?) was born 1695 in Surry County, VA or Isle of Wight County, va, and died 1775 in Onslow County, NC. He married Christian Bryan on 1715 in Virginia or North Carolina.

 Includes NotesNotes for Theophilus Williams:
Theophilus Williams name appeared on a list of freeholders living between Salmon Creek and Cashy River in Chowan Precinct of Albermarle County, NC January 9, 1719. Also shown on this list was his father, John Williams.

In the Bertie County, NC Court Minutes of May 1742, Theophilus Williams, on oath, declared his right, viz: Theophilus, Christian, Joseph, James Esther Lewis and Feribee Williams, white persons. 12 black slaves were included.

Theophilus' life seems to have followed the pattern of those men of the colonial times. We know he was a slaveholder, and owned considerable land in Bertie County. He was probably active in the affairs of the county government as well.

On May 17, 1739, Theophilus and Christian sold 400 acres to Thomas Barker. This land was part of a patent granted to John Williams, Jr. and part of a tract granted Theophilus Pugh at Village Swamp, adj. Thomas Bond at Falling Run.

Then September 24, 1742, they sold to Theophilus Pugh of Nansemond County, VA, 240 acres on the north side of Falling Run adjoining Needham Bryan, Thomas Bond, Thomas Barker, part of a patent granted Theophilus Williams for 640 acres on August 8, 1728.

In Johnston County, NC Deeds mentioned prior to 1763, there is Patent #97 granted to Theophilus Williams, February 16, 1739. This patent was deeded from Theophilus Williams to Joseph Williams.

The plans of Theophilus Williams and family to move to Onslow County, NC is clear from the two above deeds and the one found in the Onslow County Deeds, July 10, 1742, in which James Green sold to Theophilus Williams of Bertie County, NC, 300 acres on the west side of the south west branch of New River between said Green and Henry Rhodes.

The last record shown for Theophilus Williams in Onslow County, NC was September 24, 1760, when he and Lewis Williams witnessed a deed for Joshua Johnston.

More About Theophilus Williams and Christian Bryan:
Marriage: 1715, Virginia or North Carolina.

Children of Theophilus Williams and Christian Bryan are:
  1. John Williams, d. date unknown.
  2. +Joseph Williams, b. Bet. 1720 - 1722, Bertie County, NC, d. 1790, Onslo County, NC.
  3. +James Williams, b. Abt. 1724, Bertie County, NC, d. 31 Oct 1770, Carteret, NC.
  4. Esther Williams, b. Abt. 1726, Bertie County, NC, d. date unknown.
  5. Lewis Williams, b. Abt. 1728, Bertie County, NC, d. Abt. 1783.
  6. Ferribee Williams, b. Abt. 1730, d. date unknown.
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