Williams Family History & Genealogy

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Williams Last Name History & Origin

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Updated Nov 06, 2020

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Name Origin

In Welsh, the surname Williams means "the son of William."

Spellings & Pronunciations

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Nationality & Ethnicity

The Williams family comes from Wales. The Williams family is Caucasian.

Famous People named Williams

Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, United States of America.

Early Williamses

These are the earliest records we have of the Williams family.

1405 - Unknown
1460 - Unknown
1469 - Jun 15, 1508
1569 - Feb 2, 1614
1638 - Jul 25, 1686
1647 - Oct 20, 1724
1682 - Sep 7, 1735
1702 - 1748
1713 - Dec 19, 1778

Williams Family Tree

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Sample of 20 Williams Biographies

Sep 29, 1914 - Unknown
Mar 12, 1915 - April 1968
Nov 23, 1901 - Jul 20, 1992
Sep 22, 1916 - October 1980
Aug 6, 1897 - May 1981
Jun 8, 1908 - February 1987
Oct 20, 1919 - September 1978
Oct 12, 1899 - April 1986
Dec 15, 1927 - Aug 21, 2007
Mar 11, 1900 - January 1968
Oct 10, 1914 - Apr 17, 2007
Aug 17, 1953 - May 13, 2002
Jan 20, 1924 - November 1969
Aug 9, 1911 - October 1974
c. 1966 - Unknown
c. 1957 - Unknown
c. 1921 - Unknown
Aug 20, 1919 - May 21, 1964
Unknown - Unknown
c. 1918 - Unknown

Williams Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Williams family member is 68.3 years old according to our database of 563,289 people with the last name Williams that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

68.3 years

Oldest Williamses

These are the longest-lived members of the Williams family on AncientFaces.

Apr 8, 1887 - Mar 15, 2009
121 years
c. 1804 - May 2, 1923
119 years
c. Mar - c. Jun

Jun 29, 1855 - December 1971
116 years
Jul 2, 1875 - Feb 1, 1990
114 years
Jun 26, 1863 - April 1978
114 years
Jan 25, 1863 - December 1977
114 years
Dec 11, 1864 - June 1978
113 years
Mar 8, 1866 - November 1979
113 years
Sep 29, 1864 - November 1977
113 years

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Sandra Nolan
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I have been searching for some info on my step grandfather. his dad is william williams and his mom was a frances matilda, he had one sister as i now. her name was mabel,he was married to a sarah thibodeau,burns.and they lived in somerville,mass. fred died in 1963 and he was buried somewhere in scotia,new york. i am trying to find any family member.
Dec 01, 2002 · Reply
Shirley Williams
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JACK ELBERT WILLIAMS WAS BORN SUPPOSEDLY IN 1893 TEXAS. WE ARE NOT SURE IF HIS FIRST NAME IS FOR REAL. HIS FATHER WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE BEEN ANDREW WILLAMS & MOTHER- AGNESS COLLINS.A BROTHER NAMED ANDY. HE MARRIED NY MOTHER IN 1925 IN IDAHO & DIED THERE IN 1956. HE IS A MAN OF MYSTERY& I HAVE FAiLED TO FIND THIS MAN WHO HAPPENS TO BE MY DAD.I AM RUNNING OUT OF TIME SO PLEASE HELP ME IF YOU CAN,I WOULd BE GRATEFUL, SHIRLEY WILLIAMS
Jan 19, 2004 · Reply
Donald Boggs
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Samuel Reed Williams was born 25 Feb 1804 in Tinicum Twp., Bucks Co., Pa.
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.
Jun 11, 2004 · Reply
Daphne Partin
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I am looking for george washington williams.I do not have to much on him.he has a son by the name of Tom D. williams and he married julie ann wise.
Mar 15, 2006 · Reply
Amy Taylor
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I am searcing for information on my Great Grandfather William Cherry. As the stories have been told, his name was William Cherry but he got in some trouble with the law and fled and then assumed the name William Williams. I found a 1920 census record showing William Cherry was born in Florida; his father was born in Florida and his mother was born in Tennessee but I can't find any records of his parents. He married my Great Grandmother, Minnie Ola McKendree. I have been looking for a few years but can't find anything further on William Cherry or William Williams! Email me at a5xgrandma@verizon.net if you have any information.
Nov 01, 2007 · Reply
Larry Baldwin
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I HAVE A PHOTO OF GEORGE W. WILLIAMS AND ELIZABETH WHITE GEORGE WAS B.JULY/4TH,1829 IN GALLIA,CO. HIS DAD IS JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS WHO M. NANCY UNKNOWN IN NORTH CAROLINIA JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS B. 1772. I CANT FIND HIS DAD OR WHERE THEY CAME FROM. CAN ANYBODY HELP ME I WOULD APRECEATE IT. VERY MUCH. I HAVE A LOT OF HISTORY ON THE WILLIAMS IN GALLIA,CO. OHIO ON GEORGE W. WILLIAMS. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS raike@core.com THEY ARE RELATED TO THE BOSTER/WOOTEN/WAUGH/AND DEWITT FAMILY,S IN GALLIA,CO. OHIO MY GREAT UNCLE NOAGH EDGER WILLIAMS WAS IN WW1 NEVER M. I HAVE SOME TIN PLATE PICS. OF GEORGE AND ELIZABETH WHITE WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER AND BY THEM SELF
May 22, 2009 · Reply
Susan Williams
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My name is susan williams. I am trying to locate any of my fathers family who may be still alive
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 cat@pl.net 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.
Dec 27, 2009 · Reply
Ann Di Coio
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John M and Patince Louisa Williams are my gg grandparents. Do you have any history on their parents or families? Thanks for checking, Ann

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
Age: 78
Birth Date: Feb 1822
Birthplace: North Carolina
Race: White
Ethnicity: American
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
Dec 28, 2009 · Reply
Larry Baldwin
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I HAVE A JOHNATHAN WILLIAMS B. 1772 IN NORTH CAROLINIA MAYBE IN GATES,CO. NOT SURE I FOUND HIM ON THE HERITAGE QWEST IN THE 1820 CENUS BUT WAS B. 1772 HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE 1790 CENUS BUT I WAS TOLD HE WAS A SCOUT LEADING PEOPLE TO OHIO AND I DONT WHERE HE TRAVELED . BUT HE MARRIED A NANCY? SHE TO WAS B. AROUND 1772 IN NORTH CAROLINIA BUT DONT KNOW WHERE IN N. C. JOHNATHAN HAD A AUNT OR SISTER WHO WAS IN NORTH CAROLINIA. LATER BOTH JONATHAN AND NANCY CAME TO GALLIA,CO. OHIO IN AROUND 1818 THAT IS IN THE RECORDS IN THEFIRST FAMILIES IN GALLIPOLIS,OHIO A FRENCH CITY NAMED CITY OF THE GULLSI IS IN GALLIA,CO. WHERE I LIVE. BUT I AM STILL TRYING TOFIND JOHNATHANS DAD AND MOTHER SO I CAN GO BACK FATHER AND TRACE THEIR FAMILY WHERE THEY CAME FROM . BEFORE COMING TO AMERICIA . DID THEY COME FROM ENGLAND/ MAYBE FROM FRANCE OR SOME OTHER COUNTRY. CAN ANYBODY HELP ME OR RESHEARCHING THE SAME FAMILY. MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS raike@core.com I ALSO HAVE OTHER FAMILYS CONNECTED TO THE WILLIAMS LINE BALDWIN /WAUGH/WOTTEN/ DSEWITT/BOSTER/HAZALETT/WHITEAND SOME OTHERS MY NAME IS LARRY BALDWIN
Mar 21, 2010 · Reply
Clydene Williams
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Being a Williams researcher myself, I get lots of queries from people searching for their Williams ancestors. This one touched my heart.

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 wmscan@att.net
Clydene Williams Cannon
Apr 29, 2010 · Reply
Daniel Pinna
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Great story!
Mar 03 · Reply
Diane Kuntz
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The Williams family was joined to the Threlkelds when Elizabeth Threlkeld, daughter of Rev. Joseph Threlkeld, married Samuel Williams in Montgomery Co, MD. The couple moved to Chariton Co. MO. They had 5 children, John Peter, Henry T.,Thomas B., Eliza, and Harriet.
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.
diankuntz@gmail,com
Nov 17, 2012 · Reply
Deborah Roberts
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Hi my name is deborah roberts, my mother was barbara roberts here maiden name was williams i am hoping to connect with some of my relatives
Jul 31, 2014 · Reply
Deborah Roberts
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my mother was a williams, she had sisters martha, janice, amy, and a brother Dan Williams. I am trying to locate all of my family, My mother Married George Albert Roberts Sr. I am the youngest daughter of Barbara Williams Roberts And George Roberts Sr., I had an older Brother Harold Lee Roberts, he passed away in 2003, My mother Barbara Jane Williams Roberts Passed away March 15, 2004. I have another brother George Jr. who lives in texas
Jul 31, 2014 · Reply
Cj King
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My name was Connie Jo williams - (now King). Harry E Williams and Edith Rose Williams were my grandparents. They were born in the South Dakota area. I am looking for information on his parents and sister and brother. I know he had a brother named Ray and a sister named Edna. They called his mom "mommy". I never knew her by any other name.
I remember names such as Minnie and Olie and Delores and Andy. Thank you for any information.
Sep 21, 2014 · Reply
Dez Taylor
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My great grandfather was Ben Williams. He is buried in Ephraim Utah. He was married to Higinia Martinez from New Mexico. They had 6 children, 1 died in infancy. I am looking for any relation or information about him as all of the children (Odelia (Lela), Concepcion (Chon), (Joe Maximino (Máx), Viola, Rosalina (Rose was the infant), and José Federico (Fred) Williams are now deceased and I do not know any information about him except that he died in 1970. Any relations out there?
Dec 18, 2014 · Reply
Jesse Dean Williams
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Seeking parents and siblings of Mary Elizabeth Williams born 1811 in Ohio, married Henry Tawney 4 Aug 1831 in Tuscarawas, Ohio. Died 1865 in Adel, Iowa. Margaret Williams born 1817 in Ohio, married Lewis Hayden in 1836 at Tuscarawas, Ohio. William Lewis Williams (my Great Grandfather) born 1818 in Ohio, married Priscilla Shellhammer, died 1869 in Des Moines, Iowa and Hugh Benjamin Williams born 1827 in Ohio, married Isabella or Isabelle Diddy. After Isabella died he remarried to Mary Lucy Stacy. He died 1889 in Colorado. They all briefly lived in Elkhart County, Indiana.

I am the last of my line as a great grandchild, stemming from William Lewis Williams. My father emphatically and often told me these sibling's father came from Wales and I am pretty sure that their mother was born in Pennsylvania. I believe also that there are a lot more siblings. I have hit a solid brick wall that I have sought to break through, for many years now and am hoping someone out there has one of their siblings that we could reconnect with and get this family back together again. Hoping of course to discover their parent's names and whatever info I can get. Thanks to anyone who may respond.
Sep 21 · Reply

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