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23. Col. Joseph WILLIAMS3,5,29 was born on 6 September 1742. He died in 1773 at the age of 31 in Granville County, North Carolina.

Married Sarah Lanier, dau of Thomas Lanier & Elizabeth Hicks, on 3 Jan 1766 in Granville Co NC. Robert Lanier, security, for the marriage of Joseph Williams and Sarah Lanier. She married (2) his cousin Col. Robert Williams of Pittsylvania Co VA.

From the "Logan Manuscript" published in Vol. III of the Joseph Habersham Chapter DAR of GA, p. 111:
Maj. Joseph Williams, cousin of Col. James Williams killed at King's Mountain, was the youngest son of Nathaniel Williams ........Hanover Co VA. Joseph lost his father when he was 15 years old and was taken care of by a namesake, and kinsman, Joseph Williams, a merchant of Williamsboro, Granville Co NC. Joseph Williams settled at the Shallow Ford of the Yadkin before the Revolution, and died in Aug 1827, his widow surviving until 1832. The following is a letter from his son Alexander Williams of Greenville TN, written 28 Jun 1845, this being the postscript: "I expect I received a letter from the same gentleman you speak of, from Baltimore, Mr. Lyman C. Draper, who wishes to know something of my father, and particularly as to the battle between the Whigs and Tories fought near Shallow Ford of the Yadkin, at which battle my father headed and commanded the Whigs. It is a little singular, history has never named this battle, although nearly 100 Tories were killed and only one Whig lost his life. A.W."
From the above letter it will be observed that Maj. Joseph Williams (son of Nathaniel) was partly, if not mostly, raised at Williamsboro in Granville Co NC by his cousin, a Joseph Williams. This Joseph Williams (the cousin) was the son of Daniel Williams and his wife Ursula Henderson....... there were two Joseph Williams, prominent merchants in this section of North Carolina; Joseph of Granville (now Vance) at NutBush or Williamsboro, and Maj. Joseph Williams, merchant at the Shallow Ford, on the Yadkin.

Halifax Co VA Deed Book 5, p. 73
18 Oct 1763 Joseph Williams of Granville Co NC sold to Thomas Tunstall of Halifax Co 400 acres of land for £80. This tract was the upper half of a great Tract granted by patent 10 Apr 1751 to William Irby and by him conveyed to Daniel Williams who devised the same to be equally divided between his sons James Williams and the said Joseph Williams. Signed: Joseph Williams. Wit: Richard Brown, John Hunt, John Grizzel, Henry Wade. Proved by two fo the witnesses in Halifax Co, May Court 1764.

From post to NCCASWEL, Rootsweb mail list, 1 Sep 2005 by E.W.Wallace.
Joseph's will recorded in Granville Co NC late 1773.

Caswell Co NC; WB B, p.421
July Court 1791 The exec. of Henry Williams in acct. with Joseph Williams orphans. [must refer to children of Henry's brother Joseph]. 17 Jul 1791. Approved by David Hart, Lanslotte Johnston, James Williamson
WB C, p.143; Oct Court 1795. Letter of attorney. Sarah Williams, exec. of Joseph Williams late of Granville Co NC to Matthew Clay of Pittsylvania Co to collect and recover a Judgment obtained in Pittsylvania Co in May 1788 by Exec. of said Joseph Williams against Daniel Williams Junr and Elizabeth Williams, executors of Henry Williams dec'd who was exec. of James Williams dec'd, for the sum of 58£, or 345 #'s tobacco. 11 Sep 1795. Wit: Greaf Barksdale, Jno C Russell, John Dawson.

Col. Joseph WILLIAMS and Sarah LANIER were married on 3 June 1766 in Orange County, North Carolina.30 Sarah LANIER31, daughter of Thomas LANIER and Elizabeth HICKS, was born (date unknown).

Duncan Campbell, Security, for marriage.

Caswell Co NC Jan Court 1794, WB C, p.143
Power of Attorney. Sarah Williams, exec of Joseph Williams late of Granville Co NC, to Matthew Clay of Pittsylvania Co VA, to collect and recover a judgment obtained in Pittsylvania, May 1788, by the Exec. of said Joseph Williams, against Daniel Williams Jr. and Elizabeth Williams, exec. of Henry Williams, dec'd, who was exec. of James Williams, dec'd. for the sum of 58#'s which is 345 lb. tobacco.
11 Sep 1795. Wit: Greaf Barksdale, John C. Russell, John Dawson.