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9. Joseph WILLIAMS16 was born on 1 January 1721 in Hanover County, Virginia.5 He died on 1 October 1792 at the age of 71 in Elbert County, Georgia.

As early as 1749, Joseph was living in Lunenburg Co. In 1764, he was in Mecklenberg Co VA. His lands of 795 acres joined the lands of Thomas Williamson's orphans, one of whom was Elizabeth who had married Joseph's nephew Col. John Williams, of Caswell Co NC.

Joseph married Henrietta Jouett, daughter of Matthew Jouett. She was born 20 Apr 1727, St Peter's Parish, New Kent VA and died after 1778 in Georgia.

Joseph Williams
Elbert Co. Georgia Will Book 2; page 347
In the Name of God Amen I Joseph Williams of the County of Elbert and State of Georgia being Weak and Low in Health but of Sound and Perfect Mind and memory do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament.

First I recommend my Soul to God in hopes of his most Gracious Acceptance through the Mediation of Jesus Christ and In Respect to What Worldly Property the Lord hath Blessed me With I dispose of it in the Manner following viz.


Item. I Give and bequeath to my son John Williams all the Negroes which I let him have many years ago, With their Increase to him and his Heirs for Ever.

Item. My Wish and Desire is that the following Negroes (to Witt) Charles, Hannah, Tiller, Jenny, Samen (?), Bartlett, Jacob, Miles, Clabourn, Lymans, Charles, Abey, Caleb and Mannuell, Be and Continue in the Possession of My Son Matthew Jouett Williams, Until the first Day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five at Which time the Said Negroes to Be Divided between My two Sons, John Williams and Matthew Jouett Williams. In Manner following (that is to Say) After an Estimation, or appraisement shall be Made of all the Negroes which I formerly Gave them, with the Increase Which Shall Be Living on the aforesaid first Day of February in the year one thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five, Each of My two Sons to have Such apportion of the thirteen Negroes aforesaid--With Their Increase if any as Will make Them Equal Shares of My Negro Property including and haveing Aperticular Regard in Such Division to the negroes which I formerly Gave them, and their Increase at the time Such Division Shall Take Place, Which Said Negroes, agreeable to Such Division, I Give to them and their Heirs for Ever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my aforesaid son Matthew Jouett Williams, all the Household Furniture and Stock of Every Kind that I am Possessed of at the time of My Death to him and his heirs for Ever.

Item. I Give and Bequeath to my Grandson Joseph Williams Son of Matthew Jouett Williams one Negro man named Edmond to him and his heirs forever. Which said Negro Man is to Be and Continue in the Possession of My Said Son Matthew Jouett Untill the first day of February in the Year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven.

Lastly. I Constitute and Appoint my two Sons John Williams and Matthew Jouett Williams Executors of this My Last Will and Testament in Witness and Confirmation Whereof I have hereunto Set my Hand and Affixed my Seal this the Nineteenth Day of September In the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety two.

Joseph Williams

Signed Sealed and Declared in the presence of

Wm. Hatcher
William Lancaster
Jenny (her mark) Freeman.
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Elbert County
Recorded this Inventory of the Estate of Joseph Williams Late of the County aforesaid Deceased the thirteenth day of January 1793.

The following Articles to Witt
A Stock of Horses - 25
A Stock of Hogs - 12
A Stock of Cattle - 8
Fourteen Negroes - 570
One pair of Cart Wheels - 1
Three Pots and Pot Racks - 1; 12
Three Pails and two Tubs and one Churn - 0/ 15
One Lamb - 1
Three Wheels and two pair of Carts - 1; 17
Two Saddles - 0; 15
Household furniture - 2; 13
Two Beds and furniture - 15
Plantation Tools - 2; 18

Total - 663

Appraised by
William Thompson Senr.
William Fletcher (?)
William Thompson Junr.
James Tate J.P.

Recorded by William Higginbotham R.P.

Recorded in Will Book 1791-1803, page 24; Elbert County Records, Office of Judge Probate Court, Elbert County, Georgia.
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Court of Ordinary, 1805
Elbert County, Georgia
page 61
March Term 1807 - Polly J., and Matthew J. Williams appointed Admrs. of
Joseph Williams, decd.
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Will Book 1791-1803, page 24; Elbert County Records, Office of Judge Probate
Court, Elbert County, Georgia.
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Court of Ordinary, 1805
Elbert County, Georgia
page 61
March Term 1807 - Polly J., and Matthew J. Williams appointed Admrs. of
Joseph Williams, decd.

Joseph WILLIAMS and Henrietta JOUETT were married. Henrietta JOUETT, daughter of Matthew JOUETT and Susanna Price MOORE, was born on 20 April 1727 in New Kent County, Virginia. She died after 1778 at the age of 51 in Georgia.

Joseph WILLIAMS and Henrietta JOUETT had the following children:

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i.

John WILLIAMS2 was born in 1747 in Hanover County, Virginia. He died on 30 April 1795 at the age of 48 in Lunenburg County, Virginia.

John married Frances Harefield Hughes, 4 Jan 1768, Cumberland Co VA. He was a Baptist preacher.

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ii.

Matthew Jouett WILLIAMS was born about 1750 in Virginia. He died on 14 August 1818 at the age of 68 in Surry County, North Carolina.

Matthew died on a trip while visiting relatives. His will was proved in Elbert Co GA.

Recorded 26 May 1818
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Matthew Jouett Williams, Sr. of the State of Georgia and County of Elbert, do make, ordain and declare this instrument which is written with my own hand, to be my last Will and Testament, revoking all others.
Inpremise all my just debts are to be punctually paid as soon as possible, and the legacies herein after bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit.

Item, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Walker Williams, one half the tract of land I purchased of Col. Z. Lamar, whereon I now live, beginning at the River and run to the back line and for him to have the lower part. I also give unto him my ox carts and work steers. Also one bed and furniture, and the best low bedstead, also my Desk, Side Board, and the folding Table that stands in the Hall, to him and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Barbara Williams, the four following Negroes, viz., Caleb, Charlotte and her two children, Salina and Burnell and their increase. Also two Hundred and Fifty Dollars, my gigg and harness I had of Wm. Rembert, her choice of my horses. I leave at my Death two feather beds and furniture, and the high Bedstead that Stands in her Room. Two good cows & calves and the dining Table and all the geese. To her and her heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Ann Black, Rebecca Anthony and my Granddaughter Henrietta Jouett Williams three Hundred Dollars apiece, to them & their heirs forever.

Item, I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Richardson my big Bible.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my granddaughter Martha Bailey Williams one large family Bible to be worth at least ten dollars. I also give and bequeath to my granddaughters Barbara Floyd, Barbara Cook Harrison, Barbara Williams, and Barbara Anthony, my Gun, Saddle & Bridle and Ten dollars to them & their heirs forever.

Item, as the following Negroes are old now and but of little account, viz., Tom, Wappin, Tillor, Nanny, and Jinny, I give and bequeath them to my son Thomas Williams and if any of them are desirous to go to any of the rest of my children, I would advise him to let them go, provided that they should be treated well, but if any of them at my death should not be able to maintain themselves, my will and desire is that my estate shall do it.

Item, the Negroes and household furniture I bought at Sheriff's sales of the Estate of Clement K. Harrison Dec'd, I lend and give in the following manner, the Negroe girl Sally & the household furniture and land to my Executors for the use of my daughter Elizabeth Richardson as long as she lives and at her death to be equally divided between Clemt. K. Harrison's children and his granddaughter S. A. Sammons. The rest of the negroes I also lend to any Executors interest, for the use of my granddaughters, Henrietta Harrison, Polly B. Sammon, Mat. R. T. Harrison, Barbara Harrison and my great granddaughters Elizabeth A. Sammon, viz., Jinney and her child Malinda, Charles, Robin, Nathen, Dilsey and Charlotte, to be equally divided among my grandchildren and great grandchildren above named. When my Executors thinks propper, to them and their heirs forever.

Item, after the above debts and legacies are paid off, the residue of my Negroes and property of any kind, to be divided, in the following manner, it shall be put in six equal lots by good men chosen for that purpose, and that my son Thos. W. Williams have his first choice. My son Mat. J. Williams 2d choice Rebecca Anthony the 3d choice, my daughters Barbara Williams the 4th choice, the other lots to be sold private sale by my Executors to good masters and for them not to be parted from their wives nor husbands, one half the money, when got, I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Black, the other half to be put out upon interest, and my daughter Elizabeth Richardson to have the interest yearly if she stands in need of it for I expect she will, and when my granddaughter Rebecca Richardson comes of age or marries, for her to draw one third of the money, and when my grandson John Walker Richardson comes of age he is to draw another third, and when my grandson Robert Williams Richardson comes of age he is to have the third, to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly I constitute and appoint my two sons Matthew J. Williams and Thomas W. Williams and my son-in-law Macajah Anthony, Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness of all and each of the things herein contained, I have set my hand and seal this Twenty Sixth day of May in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighteen (1818).

Mat. Jouett Williams (Seal)

Acknowledged in the presence of
Simeon Oliver
Milly Oliver
Frances Wyche

Georgia
Elbert County


Court of Ordinary.
January Term 1819
Personally appeared in open Court Simeon Oliver, Milley Oliver and Miss Frances Wyche and after being duly sworn said that they were present and heard Matthew J. Williams acknowledge the written instrument as his last will and testament and that they and each of them in the presence of said Testator and at his request and that the said Testator was of sound mind and memory at the time he executed same.

Sworn in Court this 5th day of January 1819
Simeon Oliver
Milley Oliver
Frances Wyche

Whereupon it was ordered to be Recorded.

Job Weston, C.C.O.