THE WILLIAMS FAMILY
My direct descendants are in bold type.
This is a work in progress. Much of my direct line is documented, but some may not be. If there is a question, I usually include words like "seems likely" or "possibly" in hopes that it may help someone else or eventually get me closer to documentation. Also, I do make errors when transferring info to my files or to the site. If you find errors that you can correct, please e-mail me and I'll gladly make the changes or if you have more information on anyone mentioned here and can share it, I would be really appreciative.
George Williams was born in 1797 in North Carolina. He was married to Nancy F. who was born in 1810.
He was first mentioned in the Holly Grove Baptist Church minutes on December 13, 1828 as “Brother” George Williams.
Holly Grove Baptist Church in Bertie Co., NC was originally organized as Outlaw's Chapel in 1804 with 99 members. It was apparently in 1825 that Outlaw's Chapel officially became Holly Grove Baptist Church.
In the January 1829 minutes, George Williams was referred to as an Elder. He was unanimously chosen to pastor the church for one year on March 9, 1833. On March 28, 1833, he accepted the call of the church to serve them as pastor for one year provided that the church would change their meeting times from the second to the first Sunday in each month.
In the April 12, 1834 Minutes, $24 for his services during the previous year was mentioned. On May 3 of the same year, he agreed to serve "as long as convenient." In May 1835, he and Henry White agreed to serve the church together. In March 1836, the church wanted Mr. Williams and Mr. White to serve again. Henry White served. Nothing further was mentioned in the minutes of Holly Grove Baptist Church about George Williams. Source: Lynn from Bertie Co., NC
Meanwhile, many of the residents of Bertie Co., NC had moved to Haywood Co., TN. A church was being formed which would be called Zion Baptist Church.
According to A History of Zion Church, in mid-November, 1836 the new church convened in their new church and elected a pastor. Brother Leggit moved that an offer be extended to George Williams and Brother Rooks seconded the motion. Brother Outlaw was intrsucted to write him letting him know he had been chosen as the first pastor of Zion Baptist Church and requesting that he join them for the next meeting.
1836 -- Saturday before the 3rd Lords day in November, 1836, the church convened in their new building and conference was opened by prayer. The church then proceeded to elect a pastor. It was moved by brother Leggett and seconded by Brother Rooks that Brother George Williams be our pastor for the ensuing year. Brother Outlaw was instructed to write Brother Williams informing him that he was chosen pastor of Zion Baptist Church and requesting him to attend the next meeting.
1838 - George Williams elected pastor - salary $60.00 per year
1846 - Salary of pastor $75.00 paid in installments April 1849 - Brother George Williams wrote an epistle of three pages reminding church of preaching under the oak trees and reminding them to pray for the young people, that God would convert, prosper and keep them in heavenly places.
Cobb, Bernie W., A History of Zion Baptist Church, pg. 23
In the 1850 United States Federal Census, George Williams and his wife Nancy were living in district 11 in Madison County, TN. He was 53, Nancy was 40 and their daughter, Harriet A. was 17. His occupation is listed as "Baptist minister." The value of his real estate was $3,700. He was living next door to his son, George Solomon Williams and his family.
Living on the other side of the George Williams family was the family of Hugh A. Montgomery. Montgomery was the husband of George's daughter, Mariah Williams. She had died before the 1850 census. Hugh and Mariah had a son, James Alexander Montgomery who was five years old in 1850.
George Williams died on 3 Oct 1852. Although it is it not known for certain, he was possibly buried in the Montgomery family's cemetery alongside his daughter.
After his death, George Williams' property and proceeds from the sale of his slaves were divided between his son, Solomon, his wife Nancy F. (who remarried a man named Edward Williams - possibly a brother of George) and his grandson, James Alexander Montgomery, who was still a minor.
At the time of his death, Williams was the owner of four slaves: Milly, a woman who was young enough to be the mother of small children; Ned, Millie's son who was around three years old in 1853 during the probate of the estate; Winnie, Millie's daughter who was around nineteen months old; and Henrietta, a young girl who was fifteen years old.
The children of George and Nancy Williams were:
|Last||First||Born||Location Born||Died||Location Died||Spouse|
|Williams||George Solomon||March 1820||North Carolina||1864||Haywood Co., TN
|Catherion Arthur Nowell
b. 06 Feb 1828
m. 06 Feb 1844
d. 03 Aug 1895
|Williams||Harriet A.||1833||North Carolina||6 Feb 1878
|Haywood Co., TN
||Andrew Jackson "Jack" Outlaw
b. 22 Mar 1825
m. 28 Dec 1859
d. 12 Nov 1903
|The children of Jack and Harriett Williams Outlaw were: William Price Outlaw, Solomon Andrew Jackson Outlaw, George Arthur Outlaw, Luday Elizabeth Outlaw and Minnie Outlaw. Only William and Elizabeth lived to adulthood. For more about Jack and Harriett, visit my blog.|
|Williams||Mariah||unknown||North Carolina||Before 1850
||Madison County, TN
||Hugh A. Montgomery
m. 07 Dec 1843
|Hugh A. Montgomery and Mariah Williams Montgomery had a son, James Alexander Montgomery. Mariah died before 1850 when her son was still a small child. Hugh married a woman named Elizabeth. For more about the Montgomery family, visit my blog.|
George Solomon "Sol" Williams was born March 1820. On 6 Feb 1844 he married Catherion Arthur Nowell. She was 16 and he was 24 at the time. Catherion was the daughter of Dempsy Nowell and Elizabeth Rawls. Dempsy left Bertie Co., NC around 1832 to settle in Haywood Co. and just a few years later, in 1839 was ordained a deacon at Zion. From the activies in which Dempsey participated, it is evident that he was well educated. He could read and write and there were several "lots of books" in the inventory of his estate. According to his will, at the time of his death in 1852 he owned over 600 acres of land and many slaves. (source). At age 13, in 1841, Catherion "professed faith in Christ" and was baptized into the fellowship of Zion Baptist Church by Elder Hugh Coffen (A History of Zion Baptist Church, Cobb). Solomon's father had, only a year before, been the pastor of Zion so it can be assumed they met at church. In the 1850 US Federal Census, he used the name Solomon and was then 30, living in District 11, Madison Co. TN. Catherion was 23 and they had two children, Elizabeth who was six and George who was four. Solomon listed his occupation as "farmer." By the time of the 1860 census, the Solomon Williams family had moved to district five in Haywood Co., TN. Elizabeth and George were then 15 and 13 and had been joined by siblings John, Edward and William E.
Solomon died 14 years later at the age of 44 and his widow Catherion lived another 31 years.
Catherion's lands are divided among her heirs. "...said commisioners alloted and set apart Lot No.6, and during the natural life of Catherion A. Williams with remainder after her death to said Jno. N. Williams..."
Haywood County Court Minute Bk 6:608-618 March 19, 1894
Obituary of Catherion Arthur Williams
Sister C.A. Williams is gone. She was born in North Carolina Bertie County Feb 6, 1828. Her parents moved to Tennessee Haywood County when she was quite young. She professed faith in Christ and was baptised into the fellowship of Zion Church by Elder Hugh Coffen at the age of 13 years which she lived a consistent member til her death. She was married February 6, 1844, and was the mother of eleven children of whom 5 are living and members of the Baptist church. She departed this life the 3rd day of August 1895 being 67 years 5 months old. Our loss is her gain and we say to her relations and friends to strive to meet her in Heaven where the wicked cease from broubing and the weary are at rest. September 14, 1895. Written by JCW Cobb and W.T. Morris Zion Baptist Church Book of Obituaries
The children of Sol and Catherion Williams were:
Martha Jane Watridge Williams Obituary
Martha J. Williams died 22 Dec 1888 wife of G.D. Williams and daughter of James Watridge and granddaughter of Bro. Decaon W. Watridge. Married George D. Williams 17 Dec 1868. She was born 27 Aug 1852. Leaves husband and 4 Children, one and infant babe.
Source: Zion Baptist Church Book of Obituaries, pg. 5
George D. Williams Obituary
G.D. Williams died 2 April 1919, born 6 Nov 1847. Professed religion 1862 at Zion Church. Baptized by Rev. G.E. Thomas.
Source: Zion Baptist Church Obituary Book, pg. 88
|My father mentioned to me that when he and his father, Lloyd "Bo" Williams would go hunting, he would point over to a section of a cotton field and tell him that his own grandfather, George Williams was burried there. My father and one of his childhood friends both remember the cemetery and that there were several headstones that were located within an iron fence. One day, my father's friend, Milton Booth, took me back through the cotton field to check it out. While no headstones remain, the remnents of an iron fence is still visable. I returned with my father in the winter when the brush had died in hopes of finding some headstones but found none. George Williams' death certifcate indicates that he was burried in the "Family Buriel Ground" and a relative of the Williams family was recently able to confirm the location. Another relative, Maggie Williams Sullivan was also likely burried here as well. You can check out my blog for more details.|
The children of George and Martha Jane Watridge Williams were: