Williams Family History & Genealogy
Williams Last Name History & Origin
Nationality & Ethnicity
These are the earliest records we have of the Williams family.
- Jevan Williams born 1405
- Alice Alice Williams born 1460
- John Williams born 1469
- Sir Henry Williams Alias Cromwell Williams Mp born 1520
- Jane (Woodward) Williams born 1569
- Mary Gilbert Wiliams born 1638
- Elizabeth Williams Bird born 1647
- Daniel Williams Williams born 1682
- Millicent Williams born 1702
- Abiel Williams born 1713
Williams Biographies & Family Trees
Find birth, death records, and obituaries of Williamses on AncientFaces:
Most Common First Names
- John 3.1%
- James 2.8%
- Mary 1.9%
- Robert 1.9%
- William 1.8%
- Charles 1.5%
- George 1.4%
- Thomas 1.3%
- Willie 0.9%
- Henry 0.9%
Sample of 763,551 Williamses bios
Williams Death Records & Life Expectancy
According to our database of 563,289 people with the last name Williams that have a birth and death date listed:
These are the longest-lived members of the Williams family on AncientFaces.
- Thomas A Williams lived 122 years
- Sarah Williams lived 119 years
- Jesse E Williams
- Frankie Williams lived 116 years
- Oscar Williams lived 115 years
- Angela Williams lived 115 years
- Pamela Williams lived 114 years
- Walter Williams lived 114 years
- Kelo Williams lived 113 years
- Cinda Williams lived 113 years
In 1849 Samuel & his eldest son decided to join the Gold Rush to California. The son, Joseph P. traveled by land while father, Samuel by sea. By the time Samuel reached California, Joseph had died of pnemonia 5 Oct 1849. Samuel returned to Providenc, R.I. in 1851 with some Gold & capital to open a small Grocery store with his second son, Washington Irving Williams. The store grew and prospered particularly under the direction of Washington who became quite wealthy & was known as the Dean of Providence grocers.
This family claimed to be direct descendants of Roger Williams who founded Rhode Island, but Samuel died 18 Mar 1868 without leaving record of who his parents were or how the connection could be proved. This is this family's Gold Brick Wall.
My father Geoffrey Wilfred Williams was born 19 december 1920 at cardiff wales
His fathers name was Wilfred Williams Mothers name was Clare Maude Williams.
If anybody could give any information about my dad I would much appreciate it as I am trying to do my family history on my dads side and I wondered if I had any relatives living over in the UK
I can be contacted at the following email [contact link] or cellphone 0277682190 I reside in New Zealand.
Would Irene Williams plaease make contact with
susan again as I tried to contact you back but
the number you left seemed to be wrong it was not a working number I would really like to hear from you again.
Notes for JOHN M. WILLIAMS:
The following info is from Carol Jean Tanner, a gg-granddaughter of John Williams:
This is the story my grandfather told me that his grandfather (John Williams) told him. Neither set of their parents approved of their marriage because she was Eastern Cherokee Indian and he was white. They were married in the middle of the road in front of her parents house in NC and left to go to Arkansas to settle. Neither would speak of their families in NC and neither would give any family info prior to their marriage. John Willliams was a Union Army Soldier and also a veternarian.
Info I have collected over the years.
U S Federal Census 1 Union Twp: June 11, 1860, Union Twp, Marion Co, Yellville Post Office, ARK, with wife and 3 children, occupation was farmer. John M Williams age 36 white male b N C. wife Patience 29 white b N C, children Emily 6, Joseph B 4, Elizabeth J 1, all b ARK. real estate value 400.00
U S Fed. Census 2: Aug. 22, 1870, Union Twp, Marion Co, Yellvillle P O, ARK, with wife and 3 children, occupation was farmer, John M Williams, age 53, b N C, Louisa 39 b N C, Emily P 16, Joseph B 14, James D 9. all children b ARK. value of real Estate 200.00.
1900 Fed Census Ark
Name: John M Williams
Home in 1900: Bates, Sebastian, Arkansas
Birth Date: Feb 1822
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relationship to head-of-house: Father
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Widowed
Residence : Bates & Bloomer Townships, Sebastian, Arkansas
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Household Members: Name Age
Joseph M Williams 44
Isabel F Williams 43
Etta Williams 17
Ora L Williams 15
Alberta Williams 13
Henry C Williams 10
Hubert Williams 6
Lellia Williams 5
John M Williams 78
Sarg contacted me searching for information on his father, Leroy Williams, probably born about 1917-20. His picture, too large to submit, was taken on an Army base near ElPaso, TX during WW11 in training and the only thing Sarg has to go on. He was standing next to a jeep. Leroy was about 5'10" or 11, fair complexion with blondish/brown hair between the age of 20 - 30 and probably had blue eyes. In the picture the insignia on his uniform appears to be just a large black symbol of some kind that I have been unable to identify. The story goes that Leroy met a girlfriend and she became pregnant. The two planned to marry but Leroy was shipped overseas and killed in action somewhere. Sarg's pregnant mother was contacted by Leroy's mother notifying her of his death. Where the mother lived is unknown; I suspect Leroy would have been from one of the southern states but this is pure speculation. At any rate, Sarg was born to his unwed mother and has been searching to find his father's Williams Family for some years with no success.
If you recognize any part of this story please contact me at [contact link]
Clydene Williams Cannon
Samuel married Elizabeth in MD then traveled to MO where he purchased land, and returned to bring his family west. A pioneer settler of the county among the Indians and wolves. He died in 1821. Elizabeth died in 1835.
Henry T. was a leader in one of the earliest Indian Wars commanding a regiment of militia. He was a leading lawyer in his state. Eventually moving to New Orleans where he became surveyor-general of Louisiana. He died in 1859.
Thomas B. was prominently connected to the government Indian Service. and died of a cold while escorting Indians to Iowa.
Eliza was married 3 times, first to Dr.John Holman, next to Nathaniel Patton who published the first newspaper west of St Louis the 'Missouri Intelligencer'. He died in St Charles in 1837. Finally she married Major Wilson Overall. She died in 1878.
Harriet married Rev. R N Kelly, a leading Methodist minister and a pioneer editor in Liberty, MO. He died in 1840. Harriet then married John Boyd of Montgomery Co. She died in 1877.
John Peter became a leading planter in Chariton Co. He owned 3300 acres of land and raised annually from 30,000 to 50,000 pounds of tobacco and hemp. He also owned 25 Negroes. He also ran a large saw mill and grist mill on the Chariton River. He married twice, first to Miss Amanda Williams and had 8 children. Then to Polly Watts and had 4 more children
Of John's children by his 1st marriage was John Peter Jr. who would father one William E Williams, who would then sire 9 children Boyd Williams. and Virgil H Williams my grandfather.
I will gladly provide all of the family information in detail for those of you to whom I am related.
I remember names such as Minnie and Olie and Delores and Andy. Thank you for any information.