Families of William Boone and Alice Estelle Lester Johns

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  • ID: I1335
  • Name: Joseph H. WILLIAMS 1 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: APR 1772 in Warren, North Carolina, United States 2
  • Burial: Williams Cem., Greenvale Rd., Wilson Co., TN 3 3
  • Death: 07 MAY 1824 in Wilson Co., TN
  • Note: Etta said that Joseph had arthritis so bad he was so stooped over he had to rock back on his heels to raise his head to see who he was talking to. There were other Williams buried in the cemetery: Sam G. Williams b. June 26, 1838, d. May 21, 1911 John Williams b. Nov 20, 1861, d. July 1862 Henry Williams **March 2004: This record was copied by Etta Lester and transcribed here by Estelle Hall. Williams Family History Robert Williams, born in Wales. All Williams descended from Robert. Robert Williams emigrated to America some time from 1730-1740. He was a tailor by trade. I suppose he settled either in Mechlenburg, Virginia or Warren, North Carolina. Many of his descendants are in both counties and on both sides of the Roanoke. Robert married in America. We do not know his first wifes maiden name but it is certain she had and raised 8 children viz. Robert and Seth. These, as far as I know, had large families, but who they married I know not. They all(as far as my information goes) worked and accumulated good fortunes. They are John, Francis, Nimrod, Simon, Dorcus, Ashkenaz, Robert and Seth, Archelus Permenas. Ashkenaz Williams married Sarah Hackney. There are many things of importance concerning the family, I might have learned from my father, but failed to do so. I remember to have heard him say that in his boyhood he had more than 70 cousins. Fidelity, truth and honesty was the characteristic pride of the family for the first two or three generations. Ashkenaz Williams married Sarah Hackney by whom he raised 10 children, namely: 1. Joseph married Mahala Howard 2. Sarah married Daniel Elenton 3. Henry married Frances Bowdon 4. Nimrod married Susan Andrews 5. Ashkenaz married Sarah Hackney 6. Elizabeth married John Hackney 7. Dorcas married Wiley Nevels 8. Anderson married Candice Hackney 9. Dolly married Bynum 10. Julius married Charlotte Temples Sarah Hackney was a daughter of Joseph Hackney who was from England. Robert Williams died and left his second wife a widow. Married her as his second wife, thus she became the step-mother to Ashkenaz Williams and Sarah Hackney Williams. (I do not understand this but this is how Etta has it written)She had two children by each. Our grandfather Robert Williams was an Englishman from Wales and a tailor by trade but married in America-had 9 children listed before. Roberts second wife was Ann Edwards. They had 1-2 sons. One son was named Seth Williams. Ann Edwards became the second wife of Joseph Hackney, my grandfather, after the death of Robert Williams. They had 2 daughters, one married Mark Bynum, the other Bradford Howard. They are both dead long ago. Grandfather Hackney had several children by his first wife, namely: John, Joseph, William, Daniel, Robert, Lote, Iomine(?), Sally, Mary, Elizabeth, Ailrey(?). (Some of these names are illegible and had to be guessed at.) J. H. Williams III Clerk & Master, Lebanon, TN. The original letter from which this information was taken is not in Dad's file. L. Williams, 1970, Lakeland, Florida. Joseph Willilams: He has already been aflicted with rheumatism till he was unable to do much work, hence he taught school as an expedient by which he could realize about $8.00 per month. But it was fatal to his health, he taught one session and walked 4 miles twice a day, which brought on severe spells of rheumatism that drew his neck and shoulders down so that from a remarkable straight man he ever after had to lean back to look up. I have so far detailed a few of the trials of his life but the worst is yet to come. He lived in the midst of a vivious community, gambling was common even among the leading men and all classes used intoxicating liquors. He kept a still of his own, did not distill whiskey but made a business of distilling his neighbors crops for toll. Drunkiness was common, hence it is no wonder if he became intoxicated himself, expecially considering it a temporary relief to his pain. But whether drunk or sober, he never used profane language, he was a man of impecable veracity an inflexable honesty, though irreligious, and if he possessed any cunning or deception, I failed to find it out. "State of Tennessee, Wilson Co. 1862" Joseph Williams moved from Warren County, NC to the western part of North Carolina, Rocky River in 1804. He lived there for the year then bought a farm in said county 2 miles north of Redfield ford on the Haw River. There he lived till the memorable 5th day of April, 1815 when he started to the west and emigrated to this county. It was here scenes took place in his eventful life, which led to the destiny of himself and family at least in this way if not the next. He prospered in his new home for the first 2 or 3 years and then came the days of adversity. He had sold his farm in Warren but before he sold it, he had given off one corner for a meeting house with the benefit of the family spring, the property line running through it, so it took but little work to dig out the head of the spring and move it entirely above the line on the meeting house land. After this there was a suit for years which was 100 miles from home. Joseph lost it with heavy damage. Thus, with the pressure of the times placed him in straitened circumstances. In those days he made tobacco and paid carriage 60 miles and sold it at $2.00 to $4.00 per hundred and sold corn at $1.00 to $1.25 per bushell. He had a large family and nobody to work til his children were old enough to help him. One day father was gone from home and mother was sitting in the door when an officer rode up on his horse, she ask him to alight. Where is Mr. Williams? She told him. The officer said I have an execution and must levy on property. She mildly pointed out the circumstances and he went off and staid. Joseph Williams died in Wilson County May 7, 1824 at 52 years, 9 months and 21 days old. Mahala Howard Williams, his wife, died June 1835, 63 yrs and 2 months old in Wilson Co., TN. Both are buried on Greenvale Road in the Joseph Williams family Cemetery (Dillon Place then, now Melvin Floyds place(2004). Julius I or II died May 1862, 68 yrs. 6 mo. & 20 days old Elbert H. died Aug 1871 at 76 yrs. 1 mo & 26 days old Sarah H. died June 1835 at 38 yrs. old Henry H. died 1804 at 3 yrs. old Mary S. died Warren City, NC Washington died Sept 1845 at 43 yrs. of age. Martha died June 1825 at 21 yrs old + 2 days Elizabeth died Aug 6, 1870 at 65 yrs. 8 mo. 16 days old Dorcas died April 1838 at 33 yrs. 4 mo. 4 da. old Thomas G. died Dec 1865 at 58 yrs. 7 mo. Ashkinaz William H. died Sept 6, 1850 at 38 yrs. 3 mo. 2 days old. All after the word Sept. has a mark drawn through it. Joseph Williams, son of Ashkinaz Williams and Sarah Hackney Williams was born in Warren City, NC on the 16th day of July 1771. He married Mahala Howard on the 22nd of Sept 1792 by whom he had 12 children. Mahala Williams, dau. of John & Mary Howard was born in Warren City, NC on the 7th day of April 1772. Mary Howard's maiden name was Sanders or Nichols; I can't remember which. Of the 12 children, 6 were born in Warren on the Roanoke, NC and the other 6 were born in Chatham City, NC. Julius Howard (the 1st) born Tuesday Sept. 24, 1793 Elbert Nichol born Thursday June 25, 1795 Sarah Hackney born Friday Sept. 22, 1797 Henry Bosdel born Sunday March 27, 1799 Mary Sanders born Monday Feb 2, 1801 her clothes took fire in the smoke house and she burned to death in a few hours, Feb 1804. Washington born Thursday Oct 7, 1804 Martha born Sunday June 17, 1804 Born on the Rock River, Chatham City, NC she professed religion and was baptised into the fellowship of Union Church in 1824. She died June 19, 1825. Elizabeth & Dorcas born Thursday Nov. 21, 1805 Thomas Gardner born Wednesday May 6, 1807 Ashkenaz born Wednesday Dec 6, 1809 William Howard born Thursday July 8, 1812 The crisis, the pressure of hard times had been growning worse for a number of years. In 1814 was the hardest. Just then he was pressed for an amount of money (mainly security debts) that he could not pay without selling so near all of his property that he could not have enough to live on in that country. He sold his farm and at a very reduced rate and resolved to move. It was shear necessity. But, where should he move to? He first decided to Georgia, but the Lord (as I believe) sent an angel in the person of an old man who changed that plan. This old man lived in Orange County, NC about 20 miles off and he had a farm in GA and was going to it for some purpose with an empty wagon. Father sent to him to come and see him, that he wished to hire him to move him. The man came and when he saw a large number of little children he told him GA was not the place for him. He then decided to go to Giles Co., TN. His cousin Anderson Hackney agreed to go with them and he furnished one horse, he thus fitted out an able 4 horse team (2 of them were blind). Joseph settled his business and got ready to start by the 5th of April with 10 children and 2 little negroes. Father, mother and cousin Anderson Hackney made 15 people in all (brother Elbert was left behind). I have no recollection of an hours sickness on the road among all the 15. He started with about $100.00 in money and when he reached Falling Creek on the 6th day of May he did not have enough left to go on to Giles. It would be almost incredible to relate the hardships of this year. See an old man placed among strangers with his neck and shoulders drawn down. He was unable to work and only 2 boys nearly big enough to plow (Julius was free?). With a large family to maintain and no means till obtained by hard struggling. Hitherto the struggle had been of a different kind, but now it was for a subsistence. See a dear old woman (Mahala) furnish a large family plenty to eat out of what would not be considered nothing or nearly so, is enough to remind one of the Loaves and Fishes, but, though I and my father before we suffered hunger more that year than any year. I always found plenty of wholesome diet at home if it was coarse. My father ran his wagon all he could that year and he always took me (Julius Howard) and Washington with him and then we frequently suffered (end).**



    Father: Ashkenaz WILLLIAMS
    Mother: Sarah HACKNEY

    Marriage 1 Mahala HOWARD b: 07 APR 1772 in Warren, North Carolina, United States
    • Married: 30 AUG 1792 in Warren, North Carolina
    Children
    1. Has Children Julius Howard WILLIAMS b: 22 SEP 1793 in Warren, North Carolina, United States
    2. Has Children Ashkenaz(Ash) WILLIAMS b: 08 DEC 1809

    Sources:
    1. Title: Etta Moore Lester
    2. Title: Tombstone
    3. Title: Tombstone in Willliams Cem., Greenvale Rd., Wilson Co., TN seen by Estelle Hall
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