Descendants of Thomas Williams, Cumberland County, Virginia, Part 2

Here are the two remaining known children of Thomas and Susannah (Anderson) Williams of Cumberland County, Virginia.

3. Hannah, born probably 1740s; died before March 1798; married Saymour Scott; Letters of administration on Saymour’s estate were granted to Samuel Williams and David Low on 20 May 1788 in Cumberland County, Virginia. By November 1790, Samuel Williams had been named guardian to Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymour Scott, infant children of Saymour Scott, deceased. Debtors to the estate included Matthias Williams and Thomas Williams Sr. In March 1798, Samuel was one of four men appointed to appraise Hannah’s estate.

Children: (Scott)

  • Samuel, born c1772
  • Nancy, born c1774
  • Benjamin, born c1776
  • Hannah, born c1778
  • Saymore, born c1780

I have no further information on what became of any of these children. Their birth years are guesses, assuming that they were named in birth order in the court record (which mayor may not be), but that they all still required a guardian in 1790. This fact makes it very likely they were born in the 1770s or even in the 1780s.

4. Samuel was born 18 Sept 1744; died before October 1823, Cumberland County, Virginia; married (1) Susannah Ligon, 22 December1766, Amelia County, Virginia; born c1745, probably Amelia County, Virginia; died before 13 Sep 1794, probably Cumberland County, Virginia; daughter of William Ligon,  (2) Mary Wright, daughter of John Wright and widow of George Wright, before 13 September 1794 when Samuel, Mary and other legatees of George sold part of the land which he owned before his death.  Mary may be the Mary Williams whose estate was probated in January 1823, as she is not mentioned in Samuel’s will. 

Cumberland County, Virginia court records show John Holcombe v. Charles and Samuel Williams on 20 June 1799. They did not appear and owed L8.80 plus interest. The same day shows John Richardson v. Charles and Samuel Williams, who again didn’t appear and had to pay L42.14.10, half each plus interest.

In November 1800, there is a case involving Reuben Williams v. Charles Williams.

In November 1790, Samuel Williams entered a chancery suit, as he was guardian to Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymor Scott, infant children of Saymore Scott, dec’d. and was defending them in a suit brought by Benjamin Whitehead and Sally, his wife for the division of the decedent’s estate. The legatees of John Wright (Samuel Williams and Mary, his wife; William and Elizabeth Gannaway, John Wright, Saymour Wright, John Holman and Ann, his wife and Benjamin Wright sued Hannah Scott, administrator of Saymour Scott dec’d, who was the administrator of John Wright, dec’d and guardian to Saymour, Benjamin and Ann Wright. In November 1791, it was decided that Saymour Scott’s estate owed John Wright’s estate L58.17.0. It also owed Elizabeth Wright L37.6.77 and William Ganaway L13.12.9. There was an inventory and appraisal of Hannah Scott’s estate on 23 Apr 1798.

Samuel left a will, but I only have a transcription shared from a genealogy buddy many years ago. The microfilmed version of his will is so faded that it is illegible even on the film.

Children:

  • Anderson, born c1767, Virginia; died after 1860, possibly in Botetourt County, Virginia; married Mildred Shepard, daughter of Samuel and Anne Burwell Shepard, 18 Dec 1786, Cumberland County, Virginia. She died before 1850, as Anderson was living with his daughter, Susannah Taylor, at that time. In 1860, Anderson, aged 91 years old, was living with daughter Elizabeth Garrett, .
  • William Ligon, born 6 June 1771, Virginia; died 13 October 1848, Coles County, Illinois, when his will was probated; married (1) Mary Gannaway, daughter of William and Elizabeth Wright Gannaway, before 1 December 1794, Cumberland County, Virginia. Mary died after 1820, probably Grayson County, Kentucky or Clark County, Illinois (2) Catherine Keller, 4 October 1830, Coles County, Illinois; died after 1850, probably Coles County, Illinois.
  • John, born c1773, Virginia; died by October 1853, when his will was probated in Roane County, Tennessee; married Mary Lee, daughter of Joseph Lee, before 1 December 1794, Cumberland County, Virginia. Mary was born c1780, Virginia; died after 1860, probably Roane County, Tennessee.
  • Charles, born c1775, Virginia; died between Aug 1825 and Jan 1826, Morgan Co., TN; married (1) Unknown (2) Elizabeth Cobb. She was possibly a Goddard by birth. Although Charles died in Morgan County, apparently his heirs left an unrecorded copy of his will in Roane County, found in the loose papers in the courthouse.
  • Reuben, born c1777, Virginia; died after July 1828, probably Roane County, Tennessee; married Elizabeth Butler, daughter of Thomas Butler, 25 June 1801, Campbell County, Virginia; Thomas Butler died in Anderson County, Tennessee in 1814.
  • Polly, born c1779, Virginia; married Mr. Love; nothing further is known of this couple. If Polly is the younger female in Samuel’s household in 1820, then she apparently married Mr. Love after 1820, but before her father wrote his will on 2 July 1821.
  • Samuel, born 19 March 1781, Virginia; died 29 Nov 1849, Bedford County, Virginia; married Betsey Wingo, December 1803, Amelia County, Virginia. She was born 19 June 1784; died 12 August 1846, Bedford County, Virginia.
  • Benjamin, born c1785, Virginia, died before 22 March 1855, Anderson County, Tennessee; married (1) Cizire (Keziah?) Williams, 4 June 1815, Roane County, Tennessee (2) Nancy McCormack, 23 June 1851, Roane County, Tennessee.
  • Robert, born 15 August 1786, Virginia; died 18 July 1865, Roane County, Tennessee; married Sarah A. Manley, born 9 July 1787, Virginia; died 23 March 1875, Roane County, Tennessee. Sarah was the daughter of Revolutionary War pensioner Ancel and Sarah Butler Manley. 
  • Joseph, born 14 May 1789, Virginia; died 29 May 1862, probably Howard County, Missouri; married (1) Susan Woodson, 10 June 1815, Cumberland County, Virginia. Susan was born 10 May 1799; died 6 May 1863, probably Howard County, Missouri.  There is a Joseph Williams in Cumberland County, Virginia who married Elizabeth Harrison, 11 Sept 1805.  It is not known if this is the same man who married Susan Woodson.  The Ligon Family and Connections also states he married Elizabeth Raine, no date or place given. Since Susan appears to be 10 years younger than Joseph, it is reasonable to conclude he may have had a prior marriage.  Additionally, one Hugh Raine was one of four witnesses to his father’s will.  If Joseph did marry Elizabeth Raine, she was likely a first wife who died young.

I have to wonder what Samuel thought of seven of his ten children heading off to Tennessee about 1805. He likely never saw any of them again. Anderson never left Virginia, but Joseph migrated to Missouri. However, he may not have left until after his father died, as he married in Cumberland County in 1815. What became of his only daughter, Polly Williams Love? I have never found a trace of her or her husband. I would have expected the marriage record to be in Cumberland County, but none is found there or anywhere else in Virginia.

I have further family records on the descendants of Thomas and Susannah (Anderson) Williams through the end of the Civil War. If you are descended from them, please leave a comment. I would be happy to share.

Descendants of Thomas Williams, Cumberland County, Virginia

Yesterday, I presented the relatively small number of details that have been learned about the lives of Thomas and Susannah (Anderson) Williams, who lived in Cumberland County, Virginia in the 1700s.

Circumstantial evidence has identified four possible children, Dorcas, Hannah, Samuel and Charles, although their exact birth order is unknown. There may be other as yet unidentified children.

Each of the four children married and had children, but the descendants of Samuel outnumber the others by quite a bit. He had a large family of children, most of whom went on to have another generation of large families. The least is known about Dorcas’s and Hannah’s descendants.

Thomas’s children are numbered, while the grandchildren are bulleted.

  1. Dorcas was born 15 Jan 1739; married Thomas Fitch, 26 May 1757; died after her husband, whose estate was administered on 28 Aug 1787 in Cumberland County, Virginia. The Fitch family information was provided from a family Bible by Margaret Fitch, aged 72 in 2002. She lived in Campbell County near Rustburg at that time.

Children: (Fitch)

  • Susannah, born 10 May 1758. No further information.
  • Frances, born 31 May 1761; died 4 June 1829, Buckingham Co., VA; married James Spears. James was born 1760; died May 1833, Buckingham Co., VA.
  • Sarah, born 17 February 1764. One Sarah Fitch married Benjamin Johnson, 23 Nov 1793, Albemarle County, Virginia.
  • Samuel, born 23 February 1769; died 17 April 1844; married Jane McIver, 1 March 1804. Jane died 25 April 1844, Campbell County, Virginia.
  • Charles, born 17 April1772; died 15 August 1829, Campbell County, Virginia; married Judith Walker, 17 May 1803, Prince Edward County, Virginia. Judith died 10 February 1836, Campbell County, Virginia. Charles left his estate to his wife and the following: children of Samuel Fitch, Elizabeth Burks, Frances Spears, niece Elizabeth Sorrells (daughter of Frances Spears) and nephews Charles Burks and Charles Fitch. He apparently had no children of his own.
  • Polly, born 19 November 1775. No further information.
  • Elizabeth, born 17 December 1779; married Joseph Burks. One Joseph (aged 72) and Elizabeth Burks (aged 70) lived in Appomattox County, Virginia in 1850 and neighbored two Fitch households, that of James, aged 40 and Thomas, aged 44.

2. Charles was born c1740’s; died before October 1805, probably in  Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  Charles left a will written 29 January  1801.  There is no definitive proof that he was a child of Thomas Williams.  However, there is also no evidence refuting this supposition.

One Charles Williams and John Gannaway Jr. posted bond for Thomas Williams in a lawsuit brought against him in Cumberland County Court in 1763. Another Charles Williams in the area has been eliminated as the possible bondsman, leaving this Charles.  Because Charles’s own son, Charles Jr., married Susannah Williams, daughter of Roger of Bedford County, it is certain that these families knew each other.  Charles married (1) Ann Wilson, 3 March 1770 (2) Sarah Dix, 21 April 1783, both in Pittsylvania County, Virginia and with Peter Wilson as surety for both marriages.

According to the History of Pittsylvania County, Charles served in the military as a captain during the Revolution. There is a Salley Williams in Pittsylvania in 1820, and gone by 1830.  She was likely his widow. She lived on or near the Dan River, which is where Charles Jr. lived in the 1820s.

On 15 November 1827, Charles and Susannah Williams and Sally Williams, with Charles and Sally identified as son and widow of Captain Charles, sold his land. Charles and Susannah migrated to Maury County, Tennessee.  Sally apparently died between 1827 and 30 October 1830, when Charles Williams of Maury County sued Thomas B. Fontaine (his brother-in-law), administrator of her estate, for distribution of the proceeds from Sally’s estate sale.

Children:

  • Peter, born c1774; died after 1840 census, possibly in Marshall or Maury County, Tennessee. He is probably the Peter who married (1) Sally Hill, daughter of Isaac Hill, 21 November 1792, Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  The Hill family migrated to Maury County, where Peter also lived, by 1830.  He married (2) Mary G. Beanland, widow of Edward Whitmill Beanland, who died in Maury County, Tennessee in 1815. Their marriage record was mistranscribed, giving her name as Mary B. Beasley, c1826-27, Maury County, with John H. Hill as bondsman.  The marriage return was undated, but in the box with 1826-27 papers.
  • Charles, born c1776, died by May 1844, Marshall County, Tennessee; married Susannah Williams, daughter of Roger and Cassie Ann Blair Williams, 11 Apr 1797, Bedford County, Tennessee, She survived him.
  • Susannah, born c1778, probably Pittsylvania County, Virginia; died 23 February 1845, Williamson County, Tennessee; married (1) John Crouch, 20 Oct 1794, Pittsylvania County, Virginia; consent of her father, Charles, given. John was born c1767, probably in Goochland County, Virginia, and possibly the son of John and Susannah Ellis Crouch of Goochland County; died 14 December 1813, Franklin, Williamson County, Tennessee.  Susannah married (2) Ephraim Brown, 6 May 1823, Williamson County, Tennessee. He was born c1764, possibly in Maryland; died 6 November 1840, Williamson County, Tennessee.
  • Nancy, probably born c1773; died after October 1805 and before 17 November 1823; married Thomas Ballard Fontaine, 17 Dec 1809, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She is identified on the bond as the daughter of Sally Williams. Thomas married (2) Anna Watkins, 17 Nov 1823, Pittsylvania County, Virginia. Anna was born c1784; died after 1850. Thomas may have married someone before Nancy, as there is a child in the census shown as born before the 1809 marriage date.

Tomorrow, I will finish up with the children of Hannah and Samuel Williams.

Thomas Williams of Cumberland County, Virginia

The Williams family of Cumberland County, Virginia was a large, extended family by the time of the American Revolution. In past posts, the families of Roger Williams and his likely cousin, Matthias Williams, have been shared.

Part of the difficulty in piecing this family together is that there are proven records for various family members in many Virginia counties:

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Williams Family Spread Over Wide Area

It is believed that the earliest Williams people settled in New Kent County, a severely burned county, by 1700. In 1719, St. Paul’s Parish in New Kent County was set off to form Hanover County. Goochland County was form in 1728 from Henrico County; Cumberland County was formed in 1749 from Goochland. Understanding the county formations, it is easy to see that the Williams family didn’t have to move much to produce records in as many places as they did.

Matthias Williams had a brother, Thomas, proven by a 28 February 1757 land deed in which Thomas sold land to him. Today, the story of Thomas Williams will be told.

Thomas Williams left only slightly more in the way of written records than Roger and Matthias Williams.  He was born 26 Sept 1712 in Wales, according to a family Bible in the possession of his great great grandson, Roe Williams, of Washington in the 1990s; Thomas died after July 1794, the last time he is mentioned in the records.

There is circumstantial evidence that Thomas was the son of Roger Williams, who died in Halifax County, Virginia. Court records of Halifax and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia show that one Thomas Williams, son of Roger, entered land in Pittsylvania County in 1752.  Court records also note in 1755 that Thomas Williams was the executor of Roger Williams, deceased. These records, if related to the Cumberland group, may be the smoking gun that proves the relationship of Roger Williams to Thomas and Matthias.

Thomas  married Susannah Anderson, daughter of Thomas Anderson of Albemarle, based on Anderson’s will naming Susannah Williams as his daughter and supported by Thomas and Susannah’s son, Samuel, naming his first son “Anderson.”  Susannah appears to have predeceased her husband.

Thomas had financial problems through the years and made many appearances in the Cumberland County Court in the 1760’s, being repeatedly hauled in for debt. One Charles Williams and John Gannaway gave bond for Thomas when he lost one of the lawsuits.  Evidence points to Charles possibly being a son of Thomas and likely is the same Charles who resided in Pittsylvania County from the 1770’s onward.

Samuel paid tax for his father in 1786 in Cumberland County.

Cumberland County, Virginia court orders for 28 August 1787 record Roger and Samuel Williams as administrators of the estate of Thomas Fitch, deceased. They had sued David Meade Randolph and Richard Randolph as executors of the estate of Richard Randolph, deceased. On this particular day, the judgement against the Randolph defendants was set aside.  Later, on 27 Mar 1788, Roger and Samuel Williams, administrators for Thomas Fitch, won another judgement against the Randolphs and Thomas Williams was paid 75 lbs. of tobacco for three days as a witness.

Additionally, there is a Thomas Williams who married Mary Crantz, dau of Michael Crantz, in Campbell County, Virginia on 2 January 1790.  In 1796, Michael Crantz mentioned his “disobedient daughter Mary” in his will.  This Thomas is not Roger’s son, nor the son of either Matthias Williams. Perhaps Thomas married again in his old age to a young woman against her father’s wishes?

Thomas died sometime after July 1794, when he again appeared in Cumberland County court orders, being sued by Daniel Culp and another man whose name is illegible in the court orders.  The suit had been  continued from 24 June 1790, but no further details have been found after July 1794. Perhaps Thomas had died and the suit was dropped.

Thomas and Susannah Williams may have had other children, including possibly a Nathaniel Williams, mentioned briefly in Cumberland County records in the 1780s.

There are no definitive documents proving their children and these four are connected by circumstantial evidence.

 Children:

  1. Dorcas, born 15 Jan 1739; married Thomas Fitch, 26 May 1757; died after Thomas, whose estate was administered on 28 August 1787 in Cumberland County, Virginia.
  2. Hannah, probably born c1740s; married Saymour Scott. Letters of administration on Saymour’s estate were granted to Samuel Williams and David Low on 20 May 1788 in Cumberland County, Virginia.  By Nov 1790, Samuel Williams had been named guardian to Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymour Scott, infant children of Saymour Scott, deceased. Debtors to the estate included Matthias Williams and Thomas Williams Sr. In March 1798, Samuel was one of four men appointed to appraise Hannah’s estate.
  3. Charles, born c1740s; died before October 1805, when his will was probated in Pittsylvania County, Virginia; married (1) Ann Wilson, 3 March 1770 (2) Sarah Dix, 21 April 1783, both in Pittsylvania County, Virginia with Peter Wilson as surety for both marriages. Charles was a Revolutionary War soldier.
  4. Samuel, born 18 September 1744, probably; died by October 1823, when his will was probated in Cumberland County, Virginia; married (1) Susannah Ligon, daughter of William Ligon, 22 Dec 1766, Amelia County, Virginia (2) Mary Wright, daughter of John Wright and widow of George Wright, between 1790, when George Wright’s will was probated and 1794, when Samuel and Mary sold land. Her birth and death years are not known.

We will take an more in-depth look at Thomas’s children and grandchildren over the next two days.