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1. JOHN WILLIAMS1,2 was born on 24 January 1679 in York County, Virginia.3,4 He died after 1721 at the age of 42 in Queen's Creek, York County, Virginia.5

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"
Another citation is 26 Jan 1679, born in Llongollen Wales. The date is said to have been preserved by a descendant.
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/mo/county/stlouis/williams/ Accessed 20 Jan 2008.
This website states that John did not emigrate until circa 1690. If this is true, then some of these records are obviously those of another John Williams.

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.

JOHN WILLIAMS and MARY KEELING were married.5 MARY KEELING2,5, daughter of GEORGE KEELING and URSULA FLEMING, was born on 26 September 1684.3

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:

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John WILLIAMS.

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Mary WILLIAMS.

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Ann WILLIAMS3,6 was born on 1 September 1708 in Hanover County, Virginia.2

Married John Daniel, son of John Daniel and Ann Bates. John moved from York to Hanover, then to Goochland, then Caroline near cousins, and finally moved to Granville Co NC where he died leaving a will naming his children in 1762.

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DANIEL WILLIAMS.

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Nathaniel WILLIAMS.

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Elizabeth WILLIAMS.

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Sarah WILLIAMS2 was born on 15 February 1716 in Hanover County, Virginia.

Sarah married Thomas Castello.

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Joseph WILLIAMS.