Williams Ancestors

It appears that William Williams and Asher Williams were brothers. In "Our County and It's People: A Historical and Memorial Record of Crawford County, Pennsylvania," the following is recorded: "It is generally believed that the settlement of Greenwood commenced soon after the location of the Meads at Meadville, although it seems to be impossible to clearly establish the date. Asher and William Williams settled in the southern part of the township, on a tract of 800 acres, and were probably the first to arrive."

On the surface it would seem that Darius is the son of William Williams because he names his first born son, William, seemingly after his father. But in 1850 he lives one door down from Elijah Williams who is apparently the son of Asher Williams. And in 1860, Darius, Elijah and Amos are almost side-by-side. Is this just a case of cousins who were obviously close or were they brothers? If they were brothers, then who was their father, Asher or William?

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Generation No. 1

DARIUS WILLIAMS was born about 1815 in Pennsylvania and died after 1880 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He married ABIGAIL SMOCK, daughter of PETER WAYNE SMOCK and REBECCA TAYLOR. She was born about 1823 in Pennsylvania and died after 1880 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Children of DARIUS WILLIAMS and ABIGAIL SMOCK are:

  1. REBECCA WILLIAMS, b. 1841, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  2. WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS, b. August 7, 1844, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; d. March 30, 1915, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  3. JESSIE WILLIAMS, b. 1847, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; d. before 1860
  4. JAMES A. WILLIAMS, b. 1850, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  5. ELIZABETH WILLIAMS, b. 1853, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  6. LILLIAN WILLIAMS, b. 1856, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  7. GEORGE PLUMMER WILLIAMS, b. 1859, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  8. WATSON WILLIAMS, b. January 1862, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

Generation No. 2

WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS (DARIUS WILLIAMS1) was born August 7, 1845 in Pennsylvania and died March 30, 1915 in Cambridge Springs, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He married WELTHY EUNICE CARPENTER in 1865, daughter of HARVEY CARPENTER and MARY. She was born August 15, 1845 in New York and died December 18, 1904.

Notes for WILLIAM HARVEY WILLAMS & WELTHY EUNICE CARPENTER
WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS was known throughout life as "HARVEY." This is something I had always known.
WELTHY EUNICE CARPENTER was apparently known as "EUNICE." This was something I didn't know until I saw the newspaper clipping about their divorce.
HARVEY and EUNICE were divorced in 1892 in Bradford, McKean County, Pennsylvania.

Children of WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS and WELTHY EUNICE CARPENTER are:

  1. MARY A. WILLIAMS, b. January, 1867, Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin; m. LEWIS COWLES
  2. JAMES WILLIAMS, b. February, 1868, Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin
  3. ALICE EDITH WILLIAMS, b. August 28, 1869, Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin; d. April 23, 1937
  4. JOHN L. WILLIAMS, b. January, 1871, Pennsylvania
  5. MINNIE R. WILLIAMS, b. July, 1873, Wisconsin
  6. MAJOR HARVEY WILLIAMS, b. February 20, 1875, Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin
  7. MAGGIE WILLIAMS, b. February, 1879, Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin

JAMES A. WILLIAMS (DARIUS WILLIAMS1) was born November 16, 1849 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and died November 29, 1883 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. He married LOUISA "LIDE" WILLIAMS, daughter of (THOMAS?) JEFFERSON WILLIAMS and EMILY ANN PETERSON. She was born July 27, 1855 in Pennsylvania and died October 18, 1941 in Sandy Creek, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for LOUISA "LIDE" WILLIAMS
After JAMES died, LOUISA married JOHN L. WILLIAMS and had two children by him: JOHN CLYDE WILLIAMS, b. 1898 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania and BRUCE D. WILLIAMS, b. December 25, 1900 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. JOHN L. WILLIAMS was born 1856 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania and died 1916 in Pennsylvania. He was the son of ALEXANDER WILLIAMS and ELIZABETH.

Children of JAMES A. WILLIAMS and LOUISA "LYDA/LYDE" WILLIAMS are:

  1. FREDERICK S. WILLIAMS, b. October, 1873, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  2. EMORY D. WILLIAMS, b. August 7, 1879, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  3. HARRY WILLIAMS, b. April 16, 1881, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; d. September 28, 1882, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

WATSON WILLIAMS (DARIUS WILLIAMS1) was born January, 1862 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and died after 1930 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He married MARY A. in 1885 in Pennsylvania She was born January, 1865 in Pennsylvania and died after 1930 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Children of WATSON WILLIAMS and MARY A. are:

  1. MINNIE P. WILLIAMS, b. June 1886, Pennsylvania
  2. HARRY W. WILLIAMS, b. May 1889, Pennsylvania
  3. HAZEL WILLIAMS, b. May 1892, Pennsylvania

Generation No. 3

ALICE EDITH WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born August 28, 1869 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin and died April 23, 1937 in Albion, Wisconsin. She married JOHN HARVEY RHEAD, son of TRUMAN RHEAD and PHEBE CATHERINE GREGORY. He was born January 5, 1864 in Flint, Michigan and died January 20, 1937 in Black River Falls, Wisconsin.

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Children of ALICE EDITH WILLIAMS and JOHN HARVEY RHEAD are:

  1. MADGE RHEAD, died an infant
  2. NORMA EDITH RHEAD, b. June 13, 1891; d. December, 1968
  3. MINNIE RHEAD, b. March, 1893; d. 1923
  4. WALTER EARL RHEAD, b. September 29, 1894; d. September, 1976
  5. KATHERINE W. RHEAD, b. September, 1899; d. January 10, 1902
  6. HUGH ELMO RHEAD, b. November 4, 1901; d. March 26, 1980
  7. ROBERT LAWRENCE RHEAD, b. April 7, 1915; d. September, 1976

JAMES P. WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born February, 1868 in Wisconsin and died unknown. He married FLORENCE FOSTER about 1897, daughter of GEORGE FOSTER and MARGARET. She was born May, 1880 in Pennsylvania and died unknown.

Notes for JAMES P. WILLIAMS
Living in Oakdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1900
Living in Mars, Butler County, Pennsylvania in 1910
Living in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California in 1920
Living in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California in 1930

Child of JAMES P. WILLIAMS and FLORENCE is:

  1. HELEN WILLIAMS, b. 1900, Oakdale, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

MARY A. WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born January, 1867 in Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin and died after 1930 in Alma Center, Jackson County, Wisconsin. She married LEWIS COWLES, 1887 in Wisconsin, son of CURTIS COWLES. He was born October, 1857 in Wisconsin and died after 1930 in Alma Center, Jackson County, Wisconsin.

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Children of MARY WILLIAMS and LEWIS COWLES are:

  1. ANN COWLES, b. February, 1889, Jackson County, Wisconsin
  2. HAZEL R. COWLES, b. May, 1892, Jackson County, Wisconsin

MINNIE R. WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born July, 1873 in Pennsylvania and died after 1930 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. She married (1) GEORGE H. KIDD about 1900. He was born December 30, 1862 in Pennsylvania and died April 1, 1927 in Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania. She married (2) WILLIAM ADAM HERMAN. He was born March 8, 1881 in Pennsylvania and died after 1930 in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

A photo of Minnie Williams

Children of MINNIE WILLIAMS and GEORGE H. KIDD are:

  1. JAMES BENTON KIDD, b. 1892, Pennsylvania; d. January 30, 1901, Pennsylvania
  2. WALTER KIDD, b. June 26, 1894, Pennsylvania; d. April, 1966, Saegertown, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; m. MILDRED, b. about 1905, Pennsylvania


JOHN L. WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born January, 1871 in Pennsylvania and died unknown. He married HATTIE M. She was born May, 1875 in Pennsylvania and died unknown.

Children of JOHN L. WILLIAMS and HATTIE M. are:

  1. MILDRED WILLIAMS, b. May, 1897, McKean County, Pennsylvania
  2. ROY WILLIAMS, b. April, 1900, Lafayette, McKean County, Pennsylvania
  3. GLADYS WILLIAMS, b. 1901, Pennsylvania
  4. RAYMOND H. WILLIAMS, b. 1904, Pennsylvania
  5. LIDA WILLIAMS, b. 1908, Pennsylvania; d. before 1920, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  6. JOHN EARL WILLIAMS, b. 1910, Waterford, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  7. MARGARET E. WILLIAMS, b. 1915, Erie County, Pennsylvania
  8. VIRGINIA M. WILLIAMS, b. June, 1917, Erie County, Pennsylvania

MAJOR HARVEY WILLIAMS (WILLIAM HARVEY WILLIAMS2) was born February 20, 1875 in Alma, Jackson County, Wisconsin and died after 1930 in Erie County, Pennsylvania. He married MARY THOMAS in 1899 in Pennsylvania. She was born May, 1878 in Pennsylvania and died after 1930 in Erie County, Pennsylvania.

Children of MAJOR H. WILLIAMS and MARY THOMAS are:

  1. BESSIE M. WILLIAMS, b. 1900, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  2. HARRY L. WILLIAMS, b. 1903, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  3. FLOYD L. WILLIAMS, b. 1907, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  4. PAUL R. WILLIAMS, b. March, 1909, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  5. EVELYN WILLIAMS, b. April, 1910, Cussewago, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; d. May, 1910, Cussewago, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  6. JAMES WILLIAMS, b. 1913, Crawford County, Pennsylvania
  7. GORDON E. WILLIAMS, b. 1917, Crawford County, Pennsylvania

FREDERICK S. WILLIAMS (JAMES A. WILLIAMS2) was born October 21, 1873 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and died December 20, 1941 in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He married GRACE E. SMOCK about 1893 in Crawford County, Pennsylvania. She was born August, 1874 in Pennsylvania and died July, 1926 in Geneva, Crawford County, Pennsylvania.

Child of FREDERICK S. WILLIAMS and GRACE E. SMOCK is:

  1. SADIE V. WILLIAMS, b. June 3, 1898, Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; d. January 11, 1980, Greenville, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; m. HARRY J. CALDWELL

EMERY D. WILLIAMS (JAMES A. WILLIAMS2) was born February, 1879 in Greenwood, Crawford County, Pennsylvania and died April 6, 1956 in Pennsylvania. He married NETTIE MAE MCKNIGHT about 1898 in Pennsylvania. She was born November 21, 1880 in Kansas and died March, 1972 in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Notes for EMERY D. WILLIAMS
According to the 1910 census, EMERY and NETTIE only had one child, ADDIE. Yet in 1920, they are shown with three sons. Two were born after 1910 but the oldest was born in 1904 so why wasn't he shown on the 1910 census?
Living in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in 1900
Living in Crawford County, Pennsylvania in 1910
Living in Mercer County, Pennsylvania in 1920
Living in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1930

Children of EMERY D. WILLIAMS and NETTIE MAE MCKNIGHT are:

  1. ADDIE LAURA WILLIAMS, b. March 13, 1899, Deer Creek, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; d. December 27, 1990, Crawford County, Pennsylvania; m. EDWARD CHARLES SPARGO
  2. JOHN ROY WILLIAMS, b. April 27, 1904, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; m. HELEN M. SAUNDERS
  3. JAMES EMERSON WILLIAMS, b. January 30, 1912, Mercer County, Pennsylvania; m. DORTHA MAE SEELEY
  4. PAUL M. WILLIAMS, b. 1917, Mercer County, Pennsylvania

Generation No. 4

JOHN ROY WILLIAMS (EMERY D. WILLIAMS3) was born April 27, 1904 in Mercer County, Pennsylvania and died March 6, 1969 in Meadville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. He married HELEN M. SAUNDERS, November 5, 1921, daughter of CHARLES SAUNDERS and DORA DUGAN. She was born March 21, 1906 in Finley Lake, Chautauqua County, New York and died March 30, 1993 in Meadville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Children of JOHN ROY WILLIAMS and HELEN M. SAUNDERS are:

  1. DORA MAE WILLIAMS
  2. HARRIET WILLIAMS
  3. MARY ELLEN WILLIAMS, b. November 17, 1933; d. April 12, 2008; m. RICHARD L. WINKLER
  4. GLADYS ARLENE WILLIAMS, b. December 11, 1936; d. March 17, 2007; m. GAYLORD HENDERSON
  5. EMORY LEROY WILLIAMS
  6. PAUL ARTHUR WILLIAMS

Generation No. 5

MARY ELLEN WILLIAMS (JOHN ROY WILLIAMS4) was born November 17, 1933 in Greenville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania and died April 12, 2008 at Meadville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married RICHARD L. WINKLER, November 17, 1950, son of CHARLES ALLEN WINKLER and MARY ESTELLA HENDERSON. He was born July 18, 1933 in Erie, Pennsylvania and died October 30, 2008 in Meadville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania.

Children of MARY ELLEN WILLIAMS and RICHARD L. WINKLER are:

  1. DALE WINKLER, m. CHERYL
  2. DONALD WINKLER
  3. MARLENE WINKLER, m. JAMES LUCAS

GLADYS ARLENE WILLIAMS (JOHN ROY WILLIAMS4) was born December 11, 1936 in Slippery Rock, Mercer County, Pennsylvania and died March 17, 2007 in Meadville, Mercer County, Pennsylvania. She married GAYLORD "BUCKY" HENDERSON, December 11, 1955.

Children of GLADYS ARLENE WILLIAMS and GAYLORD "BUCKY" HENDERSON are:

  1. BARBARA A. HENDERSON; m. RICHARD L. FINK
  2. JANET M. HENDERSON; m. WILLIAM H. GREENAWALD
  3. GERALD E. HENDERSON; m. BRENDA
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