Saturday, September 12, 2015

Surname Saturday ~ WILLIAMS of Salem and Manchester, Massachusetts

The following post has been revised in April 2016 
See this post for explanations:


George Williams, my 9th great grandfather, is of unknown origins.  He was a cooper in Salem, Massachusetts who became a freeman there on 14 May 1634.  He owned land at Jeffrey’s Creek, which became the town of Manchester-by-the-Sea, and a houselot by the current William Street, which intersects Washington Square North by the Salem Common.

His will, dated 23 September 1654 mentioned his wife Marie (Mary) and his children, including Sara who was due a double portion “in respect of her infirmitie”. His wife’s will was dated 1 October 1654 and proved 29 November 1654 left a large portion of her estate to Sara.  The court ordered on 1 December 1654 that Joseph and George Williams, Jr. were to live with their older brother John until they were 21 years old, and Bethia was to be “put out to a good family”. 

Joseph Williams is my 8th great grandfather. He was also a cooper.  I descend from two of his three children, Abigail and Daniel, who married ALLEN siblings from Manchester. My mother’s maiden name was ALLEN, from another branch of this same family from Manchester.

Some sources for the WILLIAMS family:

Great Migration Begins, by Robert Charles Anderson, Volume III, pages 2002 – 2005 for a sketch of George Williams and his family.

A description of the Salem house and house lot owned by George Williams and left to his son John, and sold to Samuel Williams, can be found in The Essex Antiquarian, Volume 8, page 75.

My WILLIAMS genealogy:

Generation 1:  George Williams, born about 1605 probably in England, died between 23 September 1654 and 18 October 1654 in Salem, Massachusetts; married before 1630 to Mary Unknown.  She died between 1 October 1654 and 17 November 1654, probably surviving her husband a few days or weeks. Eight children.

Generation 2: Joseph Williams, baptized on 10 May 1640 in Salem, Massachusetts, died about 1696; married on 20 November 1661 in Salem to Sarah Browning, daughter of Thomas Browning and Mary Hindes.  Three children, and I descend from two of them.

Lineage A:

Generation 3: Abigail Williams, born 7 July 1663 probably in Manchester, Massachusetts; married on 17 March 1686 in Marblehead, Massachusetts to Samuel Allen, son of Samuel Allen and Sarah Tuck. Nine children and I descend from two of them.  Abigail died unmarried

These generations are descendants of Abigail Williams (daughter of Jenkin Williams and Abigail Cloyes) and Samuel Allen  - not descendants of George Williams above. 
Generation 4:  Abigail Allen m. Nehemiah Preston
Generation 5: Hannah Preston m. Robert Woodbury
Generation 6: Molly Woodbury m. Westley Burnham
Generation 7: Henry Burnham m. Sally Poland
Generation 8: Sarah Ann Burnham m. Samuel Mears
Generation 9: Sarah Burnham Mears m. Joseph Gilman Allen
Generation 10: Joseph Elmer Allen m. Carrie Maude Batchelder
Generation 11: Stanley Elmer Allen m. Gertrude Matilda Hitchings (my grandparents)


Generation 4: Jeremiah Allen m. Lydia Tuck
Generation 5: Jeremiah Allen m. Eunice Gardner
Generation 6: Abigail Allen m. Comfort Haley
Generation 7: Comfort Haley m. Rebecca Crosby
Generation 8: Joseph Edwin Healey m. Matilda Weston
Generation 9: Mary Etta Healey m. Peter Hoogerzeil
Generation 10: Florence Etta Hoogerzeil m. Arthur Treadwell Hitchings
Generation 11: Gertrude Matilda Hitchings m. Stanley Elmer Allen (see above)

Lineage B:

Generation 4: Daniel Williams, born 3 February 1672 in Manchester, died 1758 in Beverly, Massachusetts; married Alice Allen, daughter of Samuel Allen and Sarah Tuck (see above, two WILLIAMS siblings married two ALLEN siblings.  She was born 20 September 1674 in Manchester. Six children.     

The following generations are descendants of Daniel Williams (son of Jenkin Williams and Abigail Cloyes) and Alice Allen.  They are NOT descendants of George Williams. 

Generation 5: Ruth Williams, born 13 June 1710 in Manchester; married Moses Platts on 2 December 1731 in Gloucester, Massachusetts, son of Moses Platts and Hannah Platts.  He was born 9 April 1707 in Rowley, Massachusetts and died before 1753 on an expedition to attack Louisburg, Nova Scotia.  Ruth had seven children with Moses.  She married second to Jabez Blackledge on 10 May 1753 in Rowley. She married third to Samuel Clark on 6 July 1658 in Rowley.

Generation 6: Sarah Platts m. George Southwick
Generation 7: Mary Southwick m. Robert Wilson
Generation 8: Mercy F. Wilson m. Aaron Wilkinson
Generation 9: Robert Wilson Wilkinson m. Phebe Cross Munroe
Generation 10: Albert Munroe Wilkinson m. Isabella Lyons Bill
Generation 11: Donald Munroe Wilkinson m. Bertha Louise Roberts (my grandparents)


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "Surname Saturday ~ WILLIAMS of Salem and Manchester, Massachusetts", Nutfield Genealogy,  posted September 12, 2015 ( : accessed [access date]).

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