The WILLIAMS Family of Scituate
JOHN WILLIAMS (living 1677) of Scituate
John Williams died after 19 Dec 1677, when he signed his will. [Ref]
He married Ann Unknown.
It is claimed that John Barker and John Williams of Scituate arrived in 1632
and that John Barker married John Williams' daughter Ann that year. However,
Anderson [Ref] argues that it is more likely that
John Barker and John Williams arrived late in the decade.
John was one of the Conihassett Partners of Scituate.
He was a freeman in Scituate in 1639. [Ref]
He was a deputy from Scituate in 1643, 1644, 1647 and 1648. [Ref]
In his will, John Williams, Sr. of Scituate mentions his daughter Mary Dodson,
his son John, [granddaughter] Ann, the wife of John Pratt, [granddaughter] Deborah,
the wife of William Bordon, [granddaughter] Mary Barker, grandchildren John
and Abraham Barker and Nicholas Baker of Scituate. [Ref]
Children of John Williams:
- Ann Williams was John's eldest child. [Ref]
She married John Barker.
- Capt. John Williams died on 22 Jun 1694 in Scituate,
age 70 or about 73. [Ref] He married
married Elizabeth, who might have been a daughter of Rev.
John Lothrop. On 7 June 1665 the court admonished John for his abusive
behaviour toward his wife and his denial that her daughter was his. He returned
to court on 3 Oct 1665 to answer charges by Mr. Barnabas Lothrop that he had
behaved badly toward his wife, who was Barnabas's sister. On 5 June 1666 the
court ruled that Elizabeth's complaints against her husband were true and
ruled that she should live separately from him and that he should support
her. [Ref] John left no children;
his principal heir was his sister Ann's son Williams: he left him a 200-acre
John is in the Scituate section of the 1643 list of those able to bear arms.
[Ref] He was commander of a company in King
Philip's War. [Ref] He was a deputy from
Scituate in 1676 and 1681. [Ref]
When James Cudworth, one of the Scituate
residents who opposed the oppression of Quakers, was relieved of his command,
Lt. James Torrey and Ens. John Williams were ordered to act in his place.
Ens. John Williams was later fined forty shillings for entertaining a foreign
Quaker and allowing a Quaker meeting in his house; he did not lose his office,
however, as the court accepted his excuse that he had been hoping to reform
some of the Quakers. [Ref]
John Williams must have been one of the least likable characters in early
Plymouth Colony. He was charged with misusing his niece Deborah
Barker; fighting with John Bayley; erecting a fence that was prejudicial
to Edward Jenkins's land and the common
highway; he was plaintiff or defendant in almost a hundred pages of civil
cases. See Stratton [Ref] for an
entertaining and more complete account.
- Edward Williams died in 1671, leaving no family. [Ref]
He had a house on Kent Street in Scituate. [Ref]
- Mary Williams married Anthony Dodson on 12 Nov 1651 in Scituate. [Ref]
Parents: John Williams and Ann Unknown
Ann Williams died before 19 Dec 1677, as she is not mentioned in her father's
will. [Ref] She married John
Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New
England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, 1995, Note for John Barker.
Barker, Elizabeth Frye, Barker Genealogy, Frye Publishing Co., New York,
Deane, Samuel, History of Scituate Massachusetts, Digital Scanning Inc,
Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. Online Database: NewEnglandAncestors.org,
New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2007.
Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony: Its History and People 1620 -
1691, Salt Lake City, Ancestry, 1986.
Winsor, Justin, "Abstract of the Earliest Wills in the Probate Office,
Plymouth," New England Historical and Genealogical Register 7, 1853,