Lewis Williams ca 1645 – 1716/17 | his parents
& Mary —- ca 1670 – ca 1725 | her parents
of Bertie County, North Carolina
in the part now known as Hertford County
This is my working hypothesis – the way I see it as of this moment!!
Lewis Williams was in Nansemond Co, VA in 1667 when he signed the “Grievances” in support of Bacon’s Rebellion.
He is claimed as a headright by at least three different individuals in 1679 and 1680.
He patented land on the Southern Branch of the Nansemond River in 1682 when one of his headrights was Rowland Williams.
He was granted land in North Carolina in Chowan Prec. in 1697.
Lewis Williams was a member of the Vestry of Southwestern Parish of Chowan Prec.
Lewis Williams and his wife Mary — sold land West of the Chowan in what is now Hertford County by 1703.
Lewis Williams received several grants from the Province of North Carolina between 1697 and 1714; he also sold many of the tracts.
On April 30, 1707 the Virginia Council sends letter of protest about Lewis Williams presence west of the Chowan near Meherrin creek and then –
-In June, 1707 it is reported to Council that Lewis Williams was engaged in a dispute with the Meherrin Indians that the latter have attacked him in his house, and that “his life is doubted and his family in danger”.
Later …Lewis Williams is said to have driven the Indians away.
Colonial Papers of North Carolina.
April 6 1708 Lewis Williams to son-in-law and daughter, James and Elizabeth Rutland 100 acres Chowan Precinct
Mar 18 1717 Mary Williams, relict of Lewis Williams to James Rutland. Chowan Precinct.
Dr. Ben Holtzclaw compiled information found in Bodie’s Historical Southern Families.
there is a map made possibly by Edward Mosely showing Lewis Williams’ tract on the Chowan River in the general vicinity of present-day Tunis. It is in Chapel Hill either in the Southern Historical Collection or the North Carolina Collection. I remember that a photo of it appeared with an article in The Herald by Tom Parramore when I was a child. I think the article was on the general history of the Rayner Farm (Kenneth Rayner). It was later bought up and the site of the Farmers-Chemical complex, now defunct. E-mail from James E Moore 4 Aug 98
Children of Lewis Williams ca 1645- 1716/17 and wife Mary:
1. Anthony Williams c1675-1718
married Martha Bush dau. of William and Martha
a. Lewis Williams c1698 prob died single person
b. Anthony Williams c 1700-1752 Duplin Co, NC
married Mary Willis?
c. John Williams bef 1716/17 rem. to Duplin Co
d. Sarah Williams
e. William Williams rem. to Duplin Co.
f. Mary Williams
g. Eleanor Williams
?h. Elizabeth Williams
married John Jones who died 1734
a. John Jones bef 1716/17
b. Lewis Jones bef 1716/17
c. Samuel Jones
3. Martha Williams
married Charles Sowell died 1739
a. Charles Sowell bef 1716/17
b. Lewis Sowell
c. Thomas Sowell
d. Richard Sowell
e. Elizabeth Sowell
f. Hannah Sowell
g. Mary Sowell
h. Sarah Sowell
married John Patchett who died 1711 or bef
a. John Patchett ca 1710 –
5. Elizabeth Williams
married prior 1708 James Rutland
a. Mary Rutland
married ca 1725 Thomas Barfield
b. James Rutland Jr. ca 1707 –
6. Priscilla Williams
married Col. Peter West died 1751
a. Sarah West
b. Elizabeth West
married Alexander Cotten 1711 – Dec. 1764
c. Peter West father of William West
? 7. William Williams who died before 1716
married Susannah ?
a. John Williams bef 1716 –
? 8. Rowland Williams [headright in 1682 of Lewis Williams]
Lewis Williams granted 100 acres in Nansemond Co adjoining Richard Pierce April 24 1682. claimed the transportaion of Rowland Williams …Patent Book 7 p 170
Lewis Williams deeded land on Craney Creek in the Upper Parish of Nansemond to Aaron Blanchard who deeded it to John Parker in 1707. Henings “Statutes” 4 p 528
Lewis Williams 650 acres Chowan Co rent roll 1700.
Will of Lewis Williams of Chowan Precinct, dated Oct 1, 1716 and proved April 16, 1717:
son Anthony Williams and Martha his wife land etc. then to grandson Lewis Williams;
grandson John Jones 100 acres;
grandson Lewis Jones 100 acres;
grandson Charles Sowell 100 acres;
grandson John Patchett 100 acres;
John William son of William Williams, decd 5 pounds;
daughter Priscilla West land after decease of wife Mary;
grandson John Williams;
grandson Lewis Williams my cane and silver shirt buckle;
wife Mary and son Anthony, exrs.
NC Dept of Hist and Archives NC Wills 1663-1789 Vol 34 p 68
Peter West and Priscilla his wife to Mary Williams 300 acres, Oct 26 1722. Chowan Precinct