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Descendants of Joseph Williams, Jr.

Generation No. 1

1. REV. JOSEPH1 WILLIAMS, JR. (JOSEPHA, EDWARDB, LODOWICKC, THOMAS S.D) was born 1748 in Duplin Co., NC, and died Abt. 06 Jul 1825 in Anson Co., NC. He married MARTHA PARROTT 1761 in Duplin Co., NC, daughter of JOHN PARROTT and AGNES HICKSON. She was born 1750 in Edgecombe Co., NC, and died Abt. 08 Jul 1825 in Union Co., NC.

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"Genealogy of the Williams Family" by R. C. Griffin, Historian; a brief history of Rev. Joseph Williams in whose honor the Williams Family reunion is held at Wingate, North Carolina, on August 19, 1930.
"Rev. Joseph Williams, Jr., was born in eastern Carolina in 1737, supposed to have been in what was then Duplin County, now Sampson County. He enlisted with his brother, William Williams, in the Continental Army, June 10, 1777, and served until the end of the war, in Sept. 3, 1778. In 1761 he had married Martha Parrot and they lived in what was the Rock Fish Creek neighborhood in Sampson County. About 1785 or 1787 he was asked by the Council of Safety of North Carolina to come to Anson County and preach the Gospel, instructing the people as to the duties to Almighty God and in the ways of right living. Under these instructions he moved his family (in 1787) from Duplin County to Meadow Branch, North Carolina, and settled on what is now known as the Ervin Williams Plantation.
Note: My grandfather, Elijah Alexander Williams, had left Monroe, NC, with his family in 1899, and moved to Nashville, Arkansas. He attended this Williams Reunion in 1930, his only trip back to his home state before his death in 1942.
Joseph Williams, Jr. entered the purchase of a large tract of land from John Bivens on July 10, 1797. Total land owned by Joseph Williams, Jr. and his sons was later said to total more than 2,500 acres.
"Our Heritage: Genealogy of the Williams Family" by John B. Williams, Marshville, NC; The Monroe Enquirer, Monroe, NC, June 28, 1962:
" Rev. Joseph Williams lived to be an old man. He had often said that he and Martha having lived to a ripe old age, he hoped they might die together. He made his will July 4, 1825, having Nathan(iel) Bivens and Grissom Taylor witness it. A few days later he and his wife died within a few hours of each other but I do not know which went first.
They are buried at the Williams Griffin cemetery at the William Ervin Williams old home place about 5 miles east of Monroe, NC, on the old Monroe-Ansonville Road (Union Co., NC), being the first persons buried there. Their graves were marked with slate rock. A movement has been on foot to erect a suitable monument on the spot." (Bill Baker reported on March 20, 1999, that a newer marker by the DAR has now been placed there.)
"On July 17, 1999, I attended a small reunion of Williams family researchers in Charlotte, NC, and afterward was shown the Williams Griffin Cemetery by Howard B. "Billy" Williams, of McConnells, SC. The cemetery is fenced, many of the graves have collapsed, and fire ants have taken over some of the graves. We did locate the graves of Joseph Williams, Jr., and Martha Parrott Williams. They are near the large tree at one end. Quite a few broken markers are stacked under the tree." -- Charlotte Williams Jeffers
Colonial and State Records of North Carolina, Vol. 10, p. 693
"Rev. Joseph Williams, Jr. was missionary in Sampson County after Revolution and was sent to Anson County now Union by Governor to instruct."

The Heritage of Sampson County, North Carolina 1983
"After the Revolutionary War ended in 1781, Elder Joseph Williams, Jr. and wife Martha sold their land on Goshen Swamp* and moved to Anson County, the part of which is now Union County, where they purchased land and settled on the spot where Wingate College now stands. He was sent there to organize the first Baptist church in that frontier area. This church is known today as High Hill Primitive Baptist, located on the outskirts of Monroe."

*Navegation Project on Goshen Swamp" Duplin Co. 1785
From the book on Duplin Co.
The committee reported to the April 1785 Court ;
"From the great abundance of water in the said swamp-- there is a practicability of making it navigable by clearing the main run during the dry season. The justices then instructed the committee to search the run of Goshen, lay it off in districts and obtain a list of inhabitants living near each district.
The committee reported to the July 1785 court that it had layed off the run of Goshen Swamp into 17 convenient small districts. These districts were numbered consectively from where the Goshen empties into the Northeast Cape Fear, Westward along the Swamp to just beyond the mouth of Panther Branch in the west, which flows into the south side of Goshen a few yards west of where US 117, now crosses the swamp. This Panther Branch is not to be confused with Panther Creek, which empties into the northeast Cape Fear, just north of the mouth of Goshen Swamp in East Duplin County.
A description of each District, together with the names of overseers and hands follows ;
1st district thru 14th district, other surnames.
For the 15th District, from mouth of White Oak up to the Bridge ; John Bradley overseer, hands ; Jeptha Daniel, James Bradley, Shadrick Daniel, John Daniel Jr, William Gilly & his son, Thomas Wiggins & his negro, William Burnham, William Hurst and his two negroes, Thomas Flowers, Simon Flowers, Starling Powell & all others belonging to their families. "
There were other names listed for the 16th & 17th districts.
This was also in the Duplin Co. Court minutes book of 1784-1787.
Joseph Williams served in Mebane's Company 1st North Carolina Regiment in the Revolutionary War. A copy of his Revolutionary War Record Certificate is on p. 55 in the Margie Williams Baucom book, "History and Genealogy of the Williams Family" (1979). A copy of his will dated 1825 is also found in the book on p. 54.

See notes from Jerome Tew's research on Robert Tew about land sold in Sampson Co., 1798:
The earliest mention of Robert Tew is 28 May 1765, when he and Daniel Cameron patented land in Duplin Co., NC. On 26 October 1767 he patented 200 acres on the east side of the Great Coharie on Bryant's Marsh, which he sold 5 January 1771 to Ezekiel Walker. On 20 August 1772 Walker sold the land to Joseph Walker (both of Wake Co., NC), and the land is described as purchased from Robert Tew. On 4 March 1775 Joseph Walker patented 200 acres on the Great Coharie "on the head of Tews branch," and since it is described as adjacent to Robert Tew, it is assumed that this was some of the earlier patent land.
On 16 March 1798 Joseph Williams sold the 1765 patent land to Parrot Williams. On 17 March 1798 Joseph Williams sold part of this land to Henry Williams as it is described, and part to Hezekiah Williams. On 27 October 1803 Parrot sold his land to Ollen Mobley.
Other sources of information on Rev. Joseph Williams, Jr. are:
Colonial Records of North Carolina Vol. 15, p. 724; Vol. 17, p. 258.
DAR Roster of North Carolina, Soldiers in Revolution, p. 619.
A reunion was held August 17, 1926, for Joseph and Martha's descendants.
Source: "Saturday Before the Second Sabbath", a History of Meadow Branch-Wingate Baptist Church 1810-1984, by Carolyn Caldwell Gaddy, p. 10, "After serving during the Revolutionary War in the First North Carolina Regiment under Col. Thomas Clark, Joseph Williams came to Union Co. from Sampson Co. and bought land from John Bivens in 1797, near the location of the first Meadow Branch Church. Elder Williams and his second wife Martha were buried in the Williams' family graveyard near Wingate on the old Monroe-Ansonville road. A reunion is held at the grave in his honor on Tuesday after the third Sunday in August of each year. (Reference: C. J. Black, article in the Monroe Enquirer, 1917)
"As one stands today on the lonely hillside with virtually no visible evidence of the passing time, suddenly a feeling of the devotion of this man is overwhelming. How far-reaching has been his influence we can only guess. He remained a member of this church until his death in 1825."
More on Col. Thomas Clark:
"Regiments with Known Bertie Men"
1st N.C. Regiment - Continental Line
(Authorized 1 Sept 1775. Organized at Salisbury and Wilmington)
(For more complete history see
1776 - Col James Moore-Col. Francis Nash *Col James Moore promoted to brigadier general (along with Robert Howe of the 2nd NC) and commanding general in North Carolina. To fill this vacany, Col Francis Nash was promoted to Colonel. 1777 - Col Francis Nash - Col Thomas Clark (promoted to Lieutenant Col when F. Nash moved up) William Davies was Major. 1780 - Col Sam Jerris
Look also:
"The roll of Captain Griffith John McRee's Company of the 1st North Carolina Battalion, commanded by Colonel Thomas Clark ("Army Returns," Book 27). He was in the battles of Brandywine, Germantown, and Monmouth." He may have been paid at Warrenton, North Carolina. He may also have been granted land by the Act of 14 October 1783 for Soldiers of the Continental Line. Source: "Roster of Soldiers from North Carolina in the American Revolution," compiled by The North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, MD, 1988. ISBN 0-8063-0094-4, Library of Congress Catalogue Card Number 67-28097.

Brigade Marker-McIntosh's Brigade
Continental Array
Valley Forge December 19, 1777 June 18, 1778
Sullivan's Division
Major General John Sullivan
McIntosh's Brigade
Brig. General Lachlan McIntosh

1st North Carolina Infantry Colonel Thomas Clark *
2nd North Carolina Infantry Colonel John Patton
3rd North Carolina Infantry Colonel Jethro Sumner
4th North Carolina Infantry Colonel Thomas Polk
5th North Carolina Infantry Lieut. Col. William L. Davidson
6th North Carolina Infantry Colonel Gideon Lamb
7th North Carolina Infantry Colonel James Hogun
8th North Carolina Infantry Colonel James Armstrong
9th North Carolina Infantry Colonel John Williams

LOCATION: North of Route 23 near North Carolina huts.

DESCRIPTION: Granite with bronze plaque 6' x 4' x 2'.

DONOR & DATE: The Valley Forge Park Commission under the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 1908.

HISTORICAL DATA: The North Carolina troops at Valley Forge faired poorly because of the distance supplies from their state had to travel. They were also unaccustomed to the northern winters and seemed to suffer more because of it.
This obituary of Rev. Joseph Williams, Jr. and wife, Martha Parrot Williams copied from "Western Carolinian", a newspaper published in Salisbury, NC, August 16, 1825:

At their place in Anson County, the Rev. Joseph Williams and Martha, his wife, the former on the 6th of July and the latter on the 8th, being about forty hours between. Williams was in his 77th year, his wife two years younger.
7th N.C. Regiment - Continental Line
Formed Sept 16, 1775 - Edenton - 4 companies (Edenton District -- Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates, Hertford, Pasquotank, Perquimans, and Tyrrell )
Col. James Hogun
Lieut Col Robert Mebane
Note: There is an L. Williams buried in the Williams Cem., Union Co. NB D/10 Aug 1787. Aged 93 years. (b:1694). Could this be Joseph's grandfather.?
July 26, 1825. THE CATAWBA JOURNAL (Charlotte, Mecklenburg County, NC)
-Died: Rev. Joseph WILLIAMS, 77, on July 6, 1825 in Anson County, NC.
-Died: Martha WILLIAMS, 75, wife of Rev. Joseph WILLIAMS, on July 8, 1825 in Anson County, NC.
Notes for JOSEPH WILLIAMS: Revolutionary War, 1st NC Regiment, card no. 32449252; Established Primitive Baptist churches per History of the Brown Creek Union Baptist Association by Charles J. Black, chapter XII, entitled: ELDER JOSEPH WILLIAMS. 1825. 1790 Duplin Co., NC census; 1810 and 1820 Anson Co., NC census

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Parrots were probably in Duplin Co., NC. This is where Rev. Joseph Williams Sr. and Jr. were living after the Revolutionary War.

" Martha Parrott was the daughter of John Parrott and Agnes, his wife. They died in Georgia but just when I do not know. There are many Mewbourns in Georgia and some in Jefferson County, Alabama that belong to this family." -- Nannie C. Williams Longcrier (Mrs. J. H. Longcrier) handwritten - Age 89, Jefferson Co., AL

Before me the undersigned authority personally appeared Mrs. J. H. Longcrier, (Nannie Williams Loncrier) who being duly sworn, deposes and says that the facts as given above are true as given her by her grandmother and committed to writing in the year 1912. (handwritten) - given under my hand and seal this 15th day of Jan. 1955
signed - Will F. Franke, Notary Public
State of Alabama at Large.

Martha Parrott was the daughter of John Parrott of Edgecombe County, NC. These families later left Edgecombe County. Joseph Williams, Jr. came to Duplin Co., before Sampson Co. was formed. When the county was divided his land fell into Sampson County. My mother knew the Parrott kin and had letters from them.
I can remember my great uncle Lamuel Williams who lived to be 93 years old who talked of Mewborns and Parrotts as well as Williams kin.
Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of August, 1954.

signed - Mrs. S. B. Bundy (SEAL)
State of North Carolina
Union County

Before me the undersigned authority in and for said county, in said State, personally appeared Mrs. S. B. (Elizabeth "Betty" Stewart) Bundy, who being duly sworn, deposes and says on oath that the facts as given above have been told to her by her mother and grandmother.
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  i.   EDWARD2 WILLIAMS, b. Bet. 1765 - 1775; d. Aft. 1800.
Edward Williams was probably a son of Rev. Joseph Williams. He lived in the Meadow Branch community. He and Joshua Williams sold their land about 1798 and probably moved west.
Anson Co, NC Abstracts of Early Records - (McBee) 975.675
Joshua Williams       #4308      24 Oct 1782      Rocky River
Edward Williams       #4599      23 Sep 1785      ?

North Carolina General Assembly, Nov-Dec 1800 Session
Box 3, Petitions (separate County, Elections, or Muster)
North Carolina State Archives
This petition refers to a Bill passed by the General Assembly in Dec 1799.
(Parts of the following are missing in the original document)
To the Honorable the General Assembly of N---
-rolina now siting at Raleigh, the petion---
Inhabitants of Anson County humbly Shew---
that your petitioners for a long time has been---
a great disadvantage of going to General Musters
Elections by reasons of the Court house being Six or-
miles from the center many of us having upwards
Thirty miles from said Court house we did---
for a long time wish for a separate muster & Electi---
and some time before the last general assembl---
Did give Publish notice as the law directs and sign---
Petition for that purpose and agreeable to our
the General Assembly did pass a law and in a---
it much more Convenient for all the upper---
Said County but now we are informed that a
few designing men for some sinister view
without any just cause are about to petition your
honorable body to Repeal said act---
your petitioners pray that the said act for
Separate Muster & Election may Continue to the great
Satisfaction of the upperend of the said
County, and your peptitioners as in duty bound
will ever pray & C near three hundred

(Below is a partial list of the names:)

Richard Leg captain Jacob Little
Daniel Coburn Capt **Edward Williams Capt.
John Culpepper Joshua Williams
John Pressley Anthony Lee
Nathan Morris Young Stokes
Book D (typed as Book 4)

237 Thomas TURNER to Edward WILLIAMS, 25a on Cross Creek; wit: Charles PISTOLE, James YARBOROUGH; 4 Feb 1812
(A James Yarborough served with Edward and Joshua Williams in Anson Co., NC in 1799; there were also Charles Pistole's in Anson Co. at this time.)

238 Thomas TURNER to Edward WILLIAMS, 25a on N Cross Creek, entered as warrant #1612; wit: Charles PISTOLE, James YARBOROUGH; 4 Oct 1811

240 Caleb WILLIAMS to James YARBOROUGH (Montgomery County), 180a on Dicks Fork of N Cross Creek, adj. Green HILL, WILLIAMS' upper 640a tract, including the Indian Mount; wit: Edward WILLIAMS, Nathan YARBOROUGH; 7 Dec 1811
"I am searching for any information on how the Pistole, Yarborough, Allen, and Williams families may be tied in to my McGregor line in Marengo and then Sumter County, AL. I notice in my research that these families basically stuck together through the years 1800 to 1850. I somehow feel that they may have been related (cousins, etc.). If you research any of these families, I would love to hear if you have found any indicators in your cross-referencing."

Jenny McGregor Abell <>

2. ii.   HENRY WILLIAMS, b. 23 Aug 1769, <Sampson Co., NC>; d. 1853.
3. iii.   MARTHA "MATTIE" WILLIAMS, b. Bet. 1769 - 1795, <Duplin Co., NC>; d. Bef. 04 Jul 1825.
4. iv.   HEZEKIAH WILLIAMS, b. 19 Dec 1773, Duplin Co. (later Sampson Co.), NC; d. 02 Oct 1823, Jefferson Co., AL.
5. v.   WILLIAM "BILLY" WILLIAMS, b. 1774; d. 1867.
6. vi.   PARROT WILLIAMS, SR., b. Bet. 1774 - 1780, NC; d. Aft. 17 Feb 1846, NC.
7. vii.   NEWBORN WILLIAMS, b. Bet. 1775 - 1794; d. <Weakley Co., TN>.
8. viii.   JOSHUA WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1776.
  ix.   REUBEN WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1778, Sampson Co., NC; d. <MS or GA>.
Records show that Reuben Williams and some other family members sold their land and possessions on Richardson Creek (about the year 1830) and probably moved to Mississippi, Georgia, or some other western state. The folks in North Carolina lost track of the families of Hosea (Reuben Henry) James, William Bennett, and Reuben and Newbern Williams. --- 1930 Williams Family genealogy by R.C. Griffin.
New research:
Recently I've found information in deeds, etc. which point to the possibility that Edward Williams, Joshua Williams, and Martha "Mattie" Williams Bennett and her husband William Bennett all moved to the area of Stewart Co., TN.

Also, it appears that Newborn/Newburn Williams and his sister, Rebecca "Reba" Williams James and her husband, Hosea James all moved to Weakley Co., TN.

9. x.   REBECCA "REBA" WILLIAMS, b. Bet. 1783 - 1806, NC; d. Aft. 1850, <Poinsett Co., AR>.
10. xi.   LEMUEL "LAMB" WILLIAMS, b. 10 Aug 1787, NC; d. 1881, Union Co., NC.
Cynthia Porcher mentioned this son of Rev. Joseph Williams and that he was a member of the clergy.

  xiii.   ELAM WILLIAMS.

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