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29. Nathaniel WILLIAMS3,32 was born on 1 October 1741 in Hanover County, Virginia. He died on 25 January 1805 at the age of 63 in Rockingham County, North Carolina.

Nathaniel accidentally drowned while trying to ford a swollen stream.

Caswell DB G, p.125
8 Jan 1790 Nimrod Triplett of Chester Co SC to Nathaniel Williams of Rockingham, tract in Caswell, 140 acres on Horseley's Cr adj Jno Philpott, Jno Dill. Wit: Jere Williams, Thos. Pound, Nathaniel Williams [perhaps his son or maybe this is the son buying land and his father witnessed]
signed by Sherwood Nance with full power.

He resided in the part of Caswell that became Rockingham Co.
1790 Census; Salisbury District, Rockingham Co.
Nathaniel Williams: 3 white males of 16 and upwards. 1 white male under 16, 6 free white females, 13 slaves.

1800 Census - he may have been counted in Caswell, or he may have been living with his son. There were two Nathan Williams counted - the other is a younger man, likely the son of Henry Williams. This Nathanial had a son Nathaniel who had married in Caswell in 1792 and we would have been about age 32 in 1800. The following appears possibly to be a blended household of three generations.
Nathan Williams: 1m under 10, 2m 10-16, 3m 16-26, 1m over 45. 1f under 10, 1f 10-16, 4f 16-26, 1f over 45.

Nathaniel was a Captain in the North Carolina Militia and transferred to the Continental Army.

Will of Nathaniel Williams, (b. 1 Oct 1741)
Transcribed by Eugene Hampton from copy obtained from Lucille A. Wright, of Redlands, California
In the name of God, Amen.
I Nath'l (sic) Williams of the State of North Carolina and Rockingham County considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blesed (sic) be the almighty God for the same, do make ...... and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following ( to wit ). I give and bequeath to my son Duke Williams ten Shillings. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my son John Williams Ten Shillings. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Scales, wife of Joseph Scales ten Shillings. My reason for giving the above mentioned Sons and daughter Ann Scales at this time only ten Shillings each because they each of them have I give their share of my estate previous to making this my last Will and testament. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my son Duke Williams one hundred acres of land the North end of my land being John Watt's Land on the east side of Hogan's Creek which such land I do devise to him and his heirs forever. Fifthly (sic) I give and bequeath to my son Robert Williams my house man named Abram who is now in his possession. After my wife's death in case my son Robt. should depart this life before his Mother it's then my desire and will that my beloved Wife dispose of the said Negro as she pleases. Lastly, I devise and bequeath to my four daughters to wit Polly, Betsy, Rebecca and Lucinda, attend all manner of my estate both real and personal of what nature of kind however to them and their heirs forever to be divided between them at the decision of my two sons Robt. and Marmaduke Williams at any time that they think proper after allowing my beloved wife Ann WIlliams a sufficient portion also at their decision to support her without toil of labour (sic) and to be maintained genteely (sic) during her life. And I do hereby appoint my two sons to wit Robert Williams and Marmaduke Williams and my beloved wife Ann Williams my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of December in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three.
Signed N. Williams
Signed, dated and acknowledged in presence of us
John Nance
Wm. Nance
Fredrick Nance
State of N. Carolina ] May Session 1805
Rockington County ]
Williams Son was duly proved in open court by the Oaths of John Nance, William Nance and on mentioned ordered to be recorded.
Signed Re. Gullanway C.


A Nathaniel Williams Jr. died and left a will in 1815. I'm not sure which Nathaniel this would be - he names siblings and they do not match the children of Nathaniel above, nor did the elder Nathaniel mention a son of that name. Caswell Co NC Will Book G, p.133.
Nathaniel Williams Jr. Will written 7 Oct 1815. Sisters Patsy, Sally & Polly P. Williamson. All sisters and brothers: George, Thos. J., Swift, and Anthony; Fanny Prather, Patsy, Sally, Polly P., Betsy Smith, Peggy Simpson.
Exec: Brothers Thomas and Swift Williamson (sic???)
Test: Thomas Poyner, Thompson Porter.

Nathaniel WILLIAMS and Mary Ann WILLIAMSON were married about 1763. Mary Ann WILLIAMSON, daughter of John WILLIAMSON and Rebecca CHAMBERLAINE, was born on 2 January 1744. She died after 1803 at the age of 59.

Nathaniel WILLIAMS and Mary Ann WILLIAMSON had the following children:

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Robert WILLIAMS2,33 was born on 30 October 1766 in Orange County, North Carolina.2 He died on 25 January 1836 at the age of 69 in Oachita Parish, Louisiana.

Robert married 2 oct 1790 in Stokes Co NC to Minerva Elizabeth Winston, daughter of Maj. Joseph Winston and Elizabeth Lanier.

Served in Congress from NC and as Governor of the Territory of Mississippi, appointed by Thomas Jefferson.

Caswell DB P, p.328
15 Jul 1807 MDuke Williams recd of Conrad Kneeson, $900 for surrendering note dated 12 Nov 1806 which note is due by Gov. Robert Williams of Mississippi Territory and pd as his security to John Stamps. MDuke assigns all right, title to note against Robert Williams to Kneeson and mortgages negroes Jane, Thom, John & Judy to repay debts if Robert Williams fails to do so.

WILLIAMS, Robert, (Birth and death dates unknown)
WILLIAMS, Robert, (brother of John Williams, of Tennessee, and Lewis Williams and Marmaduke Williams), a Representative from North Carolina; possibly born in 1768 or 1773; two prominent men named Robert Williams from the same family are involved in politics at this time; elected as a Republican to the Fifth and to the two succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1797-March 3, 1803); died on either May 27, 1821 or January 25, 1836.
Biographical Directory of U.S. Congress.

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Nathaniel WILLIAMS2 was born on 14 August 1768 in Orange County, North Carolina.

Nathaniel married Elizabeth Frances Dixon, 26 Jun 1792, Caswell Co NC.

Caswell DB J, p.117
28 Jul 1795 Wynn Dixon and Robert Dixon, Nathaniel Williams and Francis Dixon of Caswell to Ignatius Nevis Tennison for 500#'s, 200 acres on Dobbins Cr adj Dixe's Ferry Road, Chapin's old shop. Wit: William Cannon, Ibzan Rice
This is probably a sale of heirs - perhaps siblings
Caswell DB K, p.201
6 Dec 1797 Thomas Davis of Rockingham to Wynn Dixon of Caswell, 210 acres on Johns Br & Moon's Cr adj Walker & James Perkins. Wit: J. Grant, Jr. N. Williams Jun, N Williams.

Caswell DB N, p.101
12 Nov 1802 Nathaniel Williams Jun of Rockingham to Henly Hemphreys of Caswell, for $200, negro woman Jude and boy John. Wit: Jno Matlock, Robert Goodloe.

A Nathaniel Williams Jr. died and left a will in 1816. I'm not sure which Nathaniel this would be - perhaps this man. Caswell Co NC Will Book G, p.133.

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Marmaduke WILLIAMS.

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Mary "Polly" WILLIAMS2 was born on 19 February 1776 in Caswell County, North Carolina. She died on 13 March 1852 at the age of 76 in Jackson, Hinds County, Mississippi.

Mary married Gideon Fitz on 5 Jul 1807, St. Landry Parish, LA. He was Surveyor General of the Mississippi Territory. He died 12 Sep 1859, LeFore Co MS.

1850 Census. Hinds Co MS. Hh 144
Gideon Fitz, age 71. Occupation given as "Rec. Pub. Moneys", b. NC
Mary, age 75, also b. NC

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John WILLIAMS Jr.2 was born on 15 August 1777 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He died after 1870 at the age of 93 in Bedford County, Tennessee.

John married (1) Susannah Dixon, 10 Jan 1800, Caswell Co NC. She was the daughter of Lt. Col. Henry Dixon and Martha Francis Wynne. John maried (2) to a widow, Nancy Byrams, in Bedford Co TN. He was a lawyer and raised horses.

He was probably named for his uncle John Williams and appears in Caswell records as John Jr. - his uncle Col. John had no son named John.

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Ann "Nancy" WILLIAMS2 was born on 16 February 1780 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Nancy married Joseph Scales. Her family moved to Iowa.

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Elizabeth WILLIAMS2 was born on 12 July 1784 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Elizabeth married Isaac Baldwin, 13 Jul 1815, St. Landry Parish, LA. Their only son, Isaac Baldwin Jr., died in 1845, unmarried. His succession is in the Civil District Court of New Orleans, 1845. Names were Mary Williams and husband Gideon Fitz as well as other living aunts and uncles. In Isaac Baldwin's will he gives most of his esate, money derived from the sale of his plantation, horses, cattle, land & slaves, to his slave Laura Taylor, who he emancipated along with her husband William Taylor. She was also to receive his personal effects. He made note that this slave resided with him in Florence. Will was dated 11 Aug 1845.

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Rebecca WILLIAMS2 was born on 28 June 1787 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Rebecca married Thomas Blackwell.

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Lucinda WILLIAMS2 was born on 3 January 1791 in Caswell County, North Carolina.

Lucinda married John Armstrong. It is said she died three months prior to the Succession of her nephew Isaac Baldwin and was therefore omitted.