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Charles Henry Williams, born abt. 1806 (believed to be the son of John Williams and Betsy Caynor, who is known to be a son of George Williams, who married first, Catherine Hore and second, Susannah Graham, who is known to be a son of George Williams and Alice Fowler of Stafford County, VA) is our earliest proven Williams ancestor found in Stafford and Fauquier Counties, Virginia. Charles was a carpenter by trade who married Emily O'Cain, b. abt. 1811, daughter of Thornton and Lydia O'Cain, on December 28, 1836.

Their sons James W. Williams, Ludwell A. Williams and John E. Williams, served in the CSA during the Civil War. James was a casualty, killed in the Battle at Williamsburg while Ludwell and John, who was injured in the skirmish at Darbytown, both survived.

Henry Teel, believed to be the son of Jacob Theil of Catoctin Manor, Loudoun Co, VA, is our earliest proven ancestor in this branch of the family. His son, William H. "Dick" Teel, also enlisted in the Confederate States Army. In 1879, he married Texanna Williams Gusling/Gosling, a widow.

Rev. Ralph McGee of Wilkes County, NC was a son of David McGee, who married Jane Amelia. His second wife was Ruth Davidson, daughter of James Davidson, and their son was Willis McGee. Willis migrated to Ashe County marrying Elizabeth Councill, daughter of Jordan Councill and Sarah Howard, all members of founding families of Watauga County and the town of Boone. Their sons, Jordan Councill McGhee and James Howard McGhee, were both soldiers in the Civil War, but fought on opposite sides; Jordan for the Confederacy, James for the Union.

Samuel Rivers married Rebecca Gray, September 8, 1817, in Southampton County, VA. Samuel, thought to have been born between 1792 and 1800, is known to have been a son of William Rivers and Susanna Richardson, married in Greensville County, VA in 1789, who was a son of Robert Rivers and Martha Hunt, of Brunswick County, NC. Rebecca is misidentified as Rebecca Morris in her marriage bond.

Sons William and Andrew Rivers served as Confederate Soldiers in the Civil War. Andrew survived but William, a prisoner of war, died in 1863 at the Camp Douglas prison camp and is buried in Chicago, IL.

In 1855, Dr. James Gray Rivers married Jane Lucretia Rhea, daughter of Robert Preston Rhea and Nancy Davidson of Sullivan Co, TN, daughter of Josiah Davisson of Clarksburg, Harrison Co, (W)VA and Greenup Co, KY. Stated in one of his son’s obituary, “The grim monster of war was devastating the South, Union sympathy was running high in East Tennessee, and Dr. and Mrs. Rivers and family of small children were brought into North Carolina in 1863. A guard was provided for them on account of their Confederate inclinations.” Later, Dr. Rivers served in the Western North Carolina Home Guard, which was formed to protect the citizens of the area against the rovers, marauders and bushwhackers of both sides.

This web page has been created in memory of my parents, Jasper Lee Williams, whose parents were Pembrook Thomas Williams and Rose Lee Teel(Diehl) of Loudoun County, VA, and Velma Rivers McGhee, whose parents were Joseph Frank McGhee and Velma Gray Rivers, of Boone, Watauga County, NC.

Daniel Mark Williams, son of Jasper L. Williams and Barbara Ann Harris Griffin, daughter of Velma Rivers McGhee, are both participants in the Family DNA and National Geographic Genographic DNA projects.

If you are related to this family, please contact me at the e-mail address shown on this page.

Williams, Teel, McGhee and Rivers Families of VA and NC
Updated January 4, 2011

Janelle Williams Gaughan

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