The Williams Family, likely of Welch descent, settled on Queen's Creek in York Co VA prior to 1645. This are was near the line between York and New Kent. This records is in Fleet's "Colonial Abstract" Vol. 24, p.90. John Bell assigned 250 acres in Hampton Parish to John Williams on 1 Oct 1645. The children of this earliest John included John, Nathaniel, William, Randall, Lewis, Daniel, Sarah and Mary. His wife's name is unknown.
This birthdate as 24 Jan 1679 in York County is in doubt as there are records showing he was living on a plantation with his wife and family as early as 1685 - "Colonial Granville"
At a meeting of the York Co Court in Feb of 1688 there was a suit pending between John Williams, plaintiff, and William Clopton, defendant, which was passed over to the next meeting of the court. William Clopton was an important personage, who owned considerable property, both in York and New Kent County and the presence of litigation in the courts initiated against him by John Williams indicates they were probably of about equal standing in the Colony at that period.
The ancestral home in Hanover Co was called Studley, built sometime prior to 1712.
The date of 26 Sep 1684 for the birth of Mary is said to have been preserved by descendants. Her surname is unproved, but generally accepted as shown here. She is thought to have been the daughter of Capt. George Keeling and Ursula Fleming.
JOHN WILLIAMS and MARY KEELING had the following children: