William was at Oyster River, NH before 1646. He had a grant of 20 acres 24 Aug. 1651 bounded by John Bickford and Ambrose Gibbons "from William Williams his house to the next creek westward and from his house to the eastward eight rods."(14) William was made a freeman in 1655.
"August the 21st 1655...the grand Jury Do present philip Chesly for Disorderly living with his wiffe in Calling god to witnes that he would never have any more sosiety with hir with many other vowes: witness william Roberts & william williams... william williams atendance 2 days 00-04-0".(16)William was sworne a member of the Grand Jury for Portsmouth for the year beginning 25 June 1656.(17)
William appears in the rate list for the first time in 1657.(12)
"May 7th 1657
A Jurie beinge sworne to inquire into the death of Robert Champion... william williams... wee the aforesaid Jurie finde that Robert Champion was drowned by accidente.
A Jurie beinge sworne to inquire into the death of George Branson & apoynted to veiw his corps, whoe died... william williams... wee the aforesaid Jurie havinge searched the bodie of George Branson doe finde by the testimonie of John Alt that Branson went well out of his house, and hee went after him, & found branson liinge one the grounde and crying the bull had dilled mee: with one wounde up towards his shoulders, and another athawrt the small of his backe; wth his members brooke all wch wee aprehend was the cause of his death: Edward Shaw wittnessinge the same wth John Alt:This courte doth grante John Alt and Richarde yorke Joynte adminestrators for the estate of George Branson whoe died the 2 day of Julie 57 & to bringe in a Just Inventorie to the session of this courte. ".(19)
"The depostition of ffreeborne Balch aged 23 years
This deponent saith that hee beinge att oyster river to see some masts to bee turned into the water, that Henrie Thorner orderinge the workemen what to doe: & they accordinge to his word turninge the formost mast wch lay before the other mast, the formost mast beinge removed & hee beinge upon the other mast, they turninge after cast him off, & run upon him, & soe brused him wch was the cause of his death & further saith not...wee Whose names are here under written being chosen of the Jurie doe finde accordinge to this evidence that the rowlinge of the mast unexpectlie was the cause of his death... william williams..."(20)
"wee whose names are under written beinge cald togeather & pannild a Jury by Phillop Chesley Constable of Dovor to vew & take notis of ye soden death of Thomas Canyda, doe fine & declare as ffolloweth
That ye sayd Thomas Canyda accordinge to our understandinges was killd by a tree neare to ye house of Thomas Humfres, ye tree beinge found uppon him, & was forced to be cutt before he could be got from under it, & this we judge was ye cause of his death witnes our handes 26:10:60 [26 Dec. 1660]... willm willyams".(27)
He was chosen constable between 1657 & 1663, however: "At a Court held at Dover the 30th of June 1657... william williams chosen constable for oyster river hee refusinge the office is fined 40s by the courte".(18)
On 6 Apr. 1659 John Goddard sold to William Williams Sr., 40 acres on the south side of Oyster River "butting upon a creek commonly called Stimpsons Creek, which was John Pillions with ye necke of land wch lyes betweene Stoney Brooke & the Meeting house Lott." William and Agnes sold this lot on 18 June 1674 to Joseph Field.(13)William was the highway surveyor in 1659.(1)
"Oyster River provition Rate maed the 22:9::59... William Williams, sin 1-5-8 Rate 2-11-4."(2)
William had a grant of five acres in 1660 and one of 100 acres in 1662.(3)
At the October court 1659 William Williams Sen was one of the people convicted for not "going to meeting".(28) Also in 1660 he was fined for being absent from meeting perhaps because he was attending the Quaker meetings.(4)An effort was made to reconcile the differences between Dover Neck and Oyster River concerning support of the minstry in July 1661:
"We whose names are hereunder written being chosen by the Town of Dover are appointed by their order to hear and determine all such differences as appear betwixt the inhabitants of the two thirds of the Town of Dover and the one third of the town in Oyster River, do conclude at present as followeth, that is to say:
1ly. That from the first of April 1657 and so forward from year to year it is hereby mutually agreed upon that the neighborhood of Oyster River shall enjoy full right and interest of twenty pounds out of the rents of the town to be from Lamperill River grant rent performed, as also two penny rate rising from within themselves, both which twenty pounds and two penny rate is for the supply of the ministry within themselves and to be ordered by themselves for the end expressed.
2ly. It is agreed and determined that the said neighborhood shall have liberty from time to time to make choice of a minstrey for their accommodation, provided that they have the approbation of the said town or any three adjacent Elders.
3ly. That in case the neighborhood of Oyster River shall be without a ministrey above four months they shall return the twenty pounds abovesaid unto the common treasury with proportionable contribution, they of Dover doing the like to them in proportion in the like case, and this mutually to be done so long as there is defects of either side.
4ly. It is ordered for the minstrey of Dover Neck there is set apart fifty five pounds of town rents with the two-penny rate upon all the inhabitants, except Oyster River is set apart for the minstrey thtere, and in case this do not make up the salary, then to be made up by a rate upon the said inhabitants, Bloody Point excepted only paying the two penny rate.5ly. It is ordered for the supply of Cochecho there is set apart fifteen pounds of town rents for the ministrey there in the winter season.
6ly. It is agreed that the house of Mr. Valentine Hill which is his now dwelling house at Rocky Point shall be within the line of division to Oyster River.
Witness our hands this 17th of July 1660.
Valentine Hill, Richard Waldron
William Wentworth, Ralph Hall
Richard Otis, William Furber
John Davis, Robert Burnham
William Williams, William Roberts".(29)
"Oyster River 3d Raet. 4:9 mo. in ye yeir 61... William Willyams sinyer 2-2-0 Rate 1-5-8."(5)"Att Dover Court Anno: 61... we present Ann Pittman ye wife of William pittman of Oyster river for seeking to macke strife betwene william williams of Oyster River seanior and his family in telling untruths
ye Complaint of william williams of Oyster River seanior given into ye grand Jury upon Oath to send attacht to bring you to next court protsmoth".(21)
"Ann pitman being Som'oned to this Court to answr to her prsentmt for makeing or endeavouring to make disturbance & difference in wm williams his famyly, her husband appearing before this Court to answer confest the same in her behalfe This Court senence her to pay a fine of 5s & to pay the Constable Tho Nock 2s for som'ons him & 3s for som'ons of 3 witnesses & fees Court 2s 6d wch he wm pitman engaged to pay"(22)
"Provition Rate made the 19th of the 9th month (1662) apon the inhabitants in Oyster River at a penny apon the pound... William Wilyams sinyer 0-13-4."(6)At the Portsmouth court 1 July 1663:
"Wm Williams senr of Oyster River prsented for not coming to meeting for severall mo The Court finds 8 dayes: & sentence him to pay fortie shillings fine & ffees of Court 30s.
Ann ye wife of patrick Denmark for fighting & Scuffling with phillip chesley two severall times owned & proved: sentence of Court is to be whiped to the number of 5 stripes or pay a fine of 10s & fees 2s 6d
This Court being informed by the Constable of oister River that William pitman was distempered with drinke & for abusing patrick Denmarkes wife & causing strife proved Sentence to pay a fine of 8s 4d & fees 2s 6d
phillip Chesley being bound in a bond of 20l at the Last court held at protsmo & to appear at this Court to take of his bond of 20l in Keeping the peace, between wch two sayd Courts this Court being informed that sd chesly hath been fighting & Scuffelling with patrick Denmarkes wife This Court Judg him to have broken his bond & it further appearing by sufficient proof that sd Chesley hath broken the Law by swearing and Cursing severall times sentence him to pay a fine of 20s & fees 30s & forthe with to pay 50s of ye forfiture of his bond, & the rest respetted untill next Court held at portsmo...William Williams of oyster river Constable is allowed for his trouble aboute pitman & Denmarks wife 4 shill to be pd by them 2s a peece".(23)
"Oyster River Provetion Rate made throwe the hole towneship ye 7th 10th month 1663... William willyams siney 0-12-1."(7)
In 1665 William was granted another 20 acres of land: "to be joined to his house loot bounded twelve pooll by the water side next to the meeting house and the rest adjoining to his former loot backwards."(14)"At a Countie Court held in Dover ye 27 June 1665...
Ann the wife of patrick Denmarke, and Ann the wife of Wm pitman for fighting & scuffline & Raling on against another being owned them are sentenced to set in the stockes one houre both of them with a paper pined on their brests with their faults written therein in Capitall Letters on sum publique day, Capt Walden to se the execution of this sentence performed & pay fees court 2s 6d apeeceWitness Mary Williams Elizabeth Williams".(24)
"A Provetion Rate maed the 2d 10th mo. 1666 for Mr. Raynes at a penny in the pound throwe the hole towneship... Oyster River... William willyams sinyer 0-12-4."(8)
In 1667 Naomi Hull was in court for a misdemeanor. She was sheltered in the time of her sore distress by William Williams, who was next neighbor to Rev. Joseph Hull when he was minister at Oyster River a few years prior. On 17 Sept. 1668 it was ordered at the Dover Town Meeting that the "Constable take William Williams sinyer by way of distress the som of nineteen shillings for a fine for a Breach of Town order for entertaining Naomi hull."(9)
In 1669 John Bickford deposed that "about four and twenty years agoe or there about naomy hulls father and mother they went for England: and left theyer Children to the wid wilderness: and Left them very young and wear not tutred as they ought to have been.(10)
John Church of Dover was granted 60 acres on condition that he take Naomi's child and keep her until she reached age 20. Peter Coffin had a grant "in consideration of what charge I have been out unto John Church concerning the child of Naomi Hull, as by the record bearing date ye fifth of March in ye year 1667".(11)"1 octob: 73...
Lt peter Coffin assign to Wm Wms senr pl agt Steven Jones & Jos: ffeild defte in an acc'on of debt due by bill to ye vallue of 50 pownds with due damages."(25)William was taxed in the Privision rate for 1675 for Oyster River.(30)
"At a Countie Court held in portsmo ye 27th of June 1676...
The Comissonrs of Dover & portsmo in march Last [see NHSP p. 417] having Granted Administrac'on to ye estate of Wm Roberts deceased unto Wm ffollett Wm Williams Senr Wm Williams Junr James Bunker & Richard Oates, all wch persons refusing to accept save only Ric: Oates, wherefore This Court grants administrac'on on to ye sd roberts his estate unto ye sd Rich: Oates alone & binds him in a bond of 200l sterl..."(26) One has to wonder why the Williams and James Bunker refused to serve as administrators.
Later in life William went to live with Samuel Hill and Elizabeth. On 23 Mar. 1686 William and Mary, and Samuel and Elizabeth Hill sold to Stephen Jenkins of Kittery land "on which the aforesaid William Williams now liveth, containing fforty acres as it is bounded between the lands called Roberts his Land on the North west and the High way or the Ministers Lot on the South east, and butting upon Oyster River."(15) William's home was near the river bank, 20 rods west of the parsonage lot. The cellar hole was destroyed later by the building of the brickyard there.
Ref:(1) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.758
William had a 10 acre grant at Oyster River, NH on 10 Aug. 1653 beginning at Bunker's Creek below Oyster Point. This is the area on the river where the oyster beds were found giving the name to the river and the town.(13) He was made a freeman in 1655 and he or his father was the constable in 1657. He was granted a small lot between that of his father and Matthew in 1658 and 5 acres in 1660.(1) Later he inherited land and had "a handsome estate known as the Williams farm which was retained by the family till after the Revolution"(2)
"Oyster River provition Rate maed the 22:9::59 Juner William Williams 8-0 Rate 0-16-0."(3)
"Oyster River 3d Raet. 4:9 mo. in ye yeir 61... Will Williams Juner 12-6 Rate 0-8-4."(4)
"Provition Rate made the 19th of the 9th month (1662) apon the inhabitants sin Oyster River at a penny apon the pound... william williams juner 0-4-8."(5)
"Oyster River Provetion Rate made throwe the hole towneship ye 7th 10th month 1663... will willyams Juner 0-5-2."(6)
"At a Countie Court held in portsmouth the 28 of June 1664... Wm Williams Junr tooke oath of Constable for oyster Rivr in the towne of Dover for the yeere ensuing."(14)
"A Provetion Rate maed the 2d 10th mo. 1666 for Mr. Raynes at a penny in the pound throwe the hole towneship... Oyster River... Will wilyams juner 0-5-0 1/4."(7) William was taxed again in 1675.(8)
William had sold one half of his plantation in Oyster River to John Cutt of Portsmouth, NH before 1680 when Cutt made his will.(9)William appears on the tax list in 1681.(12)
In 1695 William signed a petition to make Oyster River a township.(10) He was on the jury in the following year.(11)
Ref:(1) Genealogical Dictionary of Maine & New Hampshire- p.758
Pioneers of Maine & New Hampshire- p.237
Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England- Savage, Vol. IV, p.572