THE WILLIAMS FAMILY

 

CHARLES THOMAS WADE WILLIAMS

Charles Thomas Wade Williams, Sr. was born on November 1, 1900 in Wilson County and died November 11, 1966. He was the youngest son of William David (Dave) Williams (1855-1931) and Sallie Ann Jackson (1862-1913). After his mother's death when he was 13, Charlie and his two brothers, John David and Willie, continued to live with their father. William David Williams never remarried. After Charlie's marriage to Lucille Taylor in 1922, Dave lived with the C. T. Williams family.

Charles Thomas Wade Williams

 

WILLIAM DAVID WILLIAMS

William David Williams was the son of Abisha Williams (1822- 1900) and Amanda Moore (1829-1897).Charlie and Lucille Williams lived for a while at the home of Dave Williams, and Cleo was born there. Charlie later bought a farm near Sugar Hill, in Wilson County, only a couple of miles from the James Thomas Williams farm. After they

 

William David Williams with Charles [left] and John

moved to her parents' farm, Mildred says, "I cansee Papa and Uncle Dave walking out in the yard and thinking how much they resembled each other. I don't know where any of them were born, not even my dad."

Sally Jackson was born while the War Between the States was being waged. She died at age 51, and Dave lived another 18 years. He raised his three sons and lived his later years with his youngest son, Charlie. Dave and Sally are buried in the Jackson family cemetery near Arlington Street Extension in south Rocky Mount.

 

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AMANDA AND ABISHA WILLIAMS

Abisha and Amanda were married for fifty years and had thirteen children. In addition to William David Williams, the fourth child, the other children were Nancy Gore, Martha Ann, Andrew Jackson Williams, Samuel Williams, Jesse Lawrence Williams and his twin, James Thomas Williams, Amanda Frances Boone, Spencer Epinitis Williams, Louisa (Lou) Williams Robbins, Wiley Gray Williams and Walter Williams. Abisha was born on Nov. 17, 1822 and died on March 4, 1900 [age 78]. Amanda Moore was born July 22, l929 and died on Nov 29, 1897 [age 68].

Dave and Sallie Williams lived in southern Edgecombe County near the community of Temperance Hall. Their homeplace was located just off Highway 42. Mildred Williams Mosley, the daughter of James Thomas Williams, remembers visiting there. "The house is gone now, but I can visualize how the place looked with the long porch on one side that held the water bucket, wash pans, soap and towel for drying hands. There was no running water, of course. Uncle Dave looked very much like my daddy. Aunt Sallie was tall and slender. Uncle Dave was an easy-going person. He always wore suspenders and Aunt Sallie wore a long skirt and apron, as all women did then."

Abisha and Amanda Moore Williams

Amanda and Abisha Williams also lived their later years in southern Edgecombe County in the Temperance Hall community. They and several of their relatives are buried in the Williams family cemetery which is two miles from the Temperance Hall club house on the Faith Baptist Church Road in the direction of Highway 43.

Despite extensive genealogical research, the Williams family lineage has not been documented beyond Abisha Williams. In Aunt Lou's Bible, Abisha and his brothers and sisters are recorded as the children of John Williams who was married to Sarah "Sally" Taylor (b. 1780). Other descendants of John and Sally Williams are listed in Williams-Barnes Family 1645-1988. This Bible may have been the one that "Bisha" Williams bought in 1845 at the sale of the personal estate of John Williams. John and Abisha and their families originally lived in the Elm City area of Wilson County.

 

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WILLIAMS CEMETERY

This is a small cemetery located on the East Side of Temperance Hall Road about 1-1/2 miles South of Route 43. It is along the edge of the woods about 700 feet from the road. The tombstones appear to have replaced with new similar stones and a chain inside white PVC pipe is draped in front of the cemetery. The following inscriptions are on the tombstones.

1. Father Abisha Williams Born Nov 17, 1822 Died March 4, 1900     

   "Kind father of Love. Thou art gone to thy rest"

2. Our Mother Amanda Williams Born July 22, 1829 died Nov 29, 1897  

   "Kind mother of Love. Thou art gone to thy rest"

3. Maggie R. Williams Born and Died Oct 4, 1881    

   "Gone but not forgotten"

4. Our Brother Samuel J T Williams Age 22 years    

   "May he find joy in the life everlasting"

5. Lizzina D. Williams Born June 12, 1878 Died Sept 10, 1880

   "Gone but not forgotten"

6. W.J. Williams Born Feb 8, 1871 died June 18, 1874   

   "Gone but not forgotten"

7. Andrew Williams Born and Died Oct 18, 1886   

   "Gone but not forgotten"

8. Our Sister Nangie Gore Born Nov 16, 1848 Died May 15, 1871  

   "How sweet to think of her in her new home"

9. Jessie L. Williams Born March 6, 1868 Died May 1868   

   "Gone but not forgotten"

To Get There: The Abisha and Amanda Williams Cemetery is located on NC State Road No. 11244 [known as the Temperance Hall Road] in Edgecombe County. To get there, take Highway 43 from Rocky Mount heading east toward Pinetops. You will see State Road 1124 on the right which leads to Temperance Hall. Agnes Lancaster Walker , a relative, is the current owner of the land where the cemetery is located.



Grandchildren of Charles and Lucille Williams

 

 

WILLIAMS FAMILY DEEDS

DAVID W. LANCASTER to GEORGE W. LANCASTER
EDGECOMBE DEED BOOK VOL.53 p.336
1882

This deed made the 8th day of August 1882 Between David W. Lancaster and wife of the County of Edgecombe and State of North Carolina of the first part and George W. Lancaster of the County and State aforesaid of the second part.,Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of Four Hundred & fifty Dollars in hand paid to David W. Lancaster the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged and himself self satisfied has bargained and sold and by these presents do bargain grant and sell & convey unto George W. Lancaster a certain tract or parcel of land lying in No. 14 Township Edgecombe adjoining the lands of Sally Lancaster Jesse Taylor and others containing forty nine acres more or less to him the said George W. Lancaster his heirs, executors and administrators.

To have and to hold the same together with all the improvements thereto appertaining,

We ,David W. Lancaster & wife Louisa Lancaster do for ourselves our heirs and assigns warrant and forever defend the title in said land to George W. Lancaster free and clear from the lawful claim or claims of any and all persons whatsoever.

In testimony whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals the day and date first above written.

His Witness: Jno B. Lancaster David W. Lancaster seal

Louisa Lancaster seal

I , Jesse W. Williams Justice of the Peace of Edgecombe County, hereby certify that David W. Lancaster and his wife Louisa Lancaster personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the foregoing deed of conveyance and Louisa Lancaster

his wife being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband to touching her voluntary execution if the same doth state that she signed the same freely & voluntarily without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person and that she doth still voluntarily assents thereto. Witness my hand and seal the 8th day of September A D. 1882

Jesse W. Williams

 

Mary Barnes and Cleo Matthews [2001]

DEED BOOK 42 p 129
Edgecombe County

Abisha and Amanda Williams to David W. Lancaster

This indenture made and entered into this the 13 day of Feby 1877 Abisha Williams& his wife Amanda Williams of the County of Edgecombe & State of North Carolina of the first part and David W. Lancaster of the County of Edgecombe and State aforesaid of the second part. WITNESSETH that the said Abisha Williams & his wife Amanda Williams for & in consideration of the sum of Three Hundred and Fifty dollars to them in hand paid by the said Lancaster at & before the execution of these presents (the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged) Has given granted Bargained & Sold and by these present Do Give Grant Bargain and Sell Alien and Convey unto the said David W Lancaster his heirs & assigns, a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying & being in the county aforesaid, lying on Honey Branch(& on the West side where of ) adjoining the lands of the said Lancaster on the East & North, the Nany Proctor place belonging to Franklin Lancaster on the South, and the land of William Williams & Wiley Barnes & wife on the West side there of , containing 44 1/4 acres(??) more or less being the land which the said Amanda Williams inherited from her father the late Samuel Moore.. TO HAVE AND TO HOLD the said tract or parcel of land unto the said David W Lancaster his heirs and assigns & issues And the said Abisha Williams& his wife Amanda Williams the lands and Premises above scibed and conveyed untyo the said David W. Lancaster his heirs & assigns Will forever warrant and defend against the lawful claim or claims of any and all persons whomsoever.
In Testimony whereof they the said Abisha Williams and his wife the said Amanda Williams have herewith subscribed their names & set their seals, the day month & year above written.

Witness John Norfleet n Abisha (x) Williams seal

Amanda Williams seal

 

Geraldine Horne, Mildred Mosley and Cleo Matthews on Mildred's 94th birthday in 2010.

 

 

EDGECOMBE DEEDS
Microfilm 037.40018
1841-1849
vol 23,24
1848 Williams, Bisha to Redding S. Petway Book 24 page 367-368

This Indenture made this 6th day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight between Bisha Williams of the county of Edgecombe and State of North Carolina of the one part and Reddin S Petway of the County and State aforesaid of the Second part and William D Petway of the County and State aforesaid of the third part.
Witnesseth that the Said Bisha Williams for and inconsideration of the Sum of one dollar to him in hand paid by the said Redding S Petway the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and himself states…..and paid hath bargained Sold and by those present doth grant bargain Sell unto the Said Redding S Petway his heirs executors administrators and assigns one certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in County of Edgecombe bounded as follows: one side by the lands of Arthur Taylor, Henry Proctor , (C issa?) Braswell and the lands of Elizabeth Griffin and David Lancaster-containing forty four acres and one third acres be the same more or less to have and to hold the said lands and appurtenance unto the said Reddin S Petway his heirs and assigns never the less in trust for the following purpose that whereas the said Bisha Williams is justly indebted to Williams D Petway in the sum of thirteen dollars and thirty six cents interest from 29 Feby 1848 due by note. Now if the said Bisha Williams shall neglect or refuse to pay the aforesaid note on the 1st day of January next then and in that case the said Redding S Petway is to sell the aforesaid land and appurtenance at any time and place after giving ten days notice of such sale in at least three places in the neighborhood for cash and pay the said note interest and cost of selling and the balance if any to pay to the aforesaid Bisha Williams or his order-In witness whereof the party of the first party have hereinto put his hand & seal the day and year above written…
Signed Sealed & delivered his
In presence of Bisha Williams
Mark
W D Petwa

Grandsons of C.T. Williams Sr.

State of North Carolina The foregoing Deed in trust was this day proven
Edgecombe County before me by oath of Williams D. Petway the subscribing witness thereto -who Swore that he witnessed etc the execution by Bisha Williams whose name is Signed thereto-therefore let it be Registered
1848 March 7th Jno Norfleet Clk
This Deed was received for Record the Seventh day of March 1848 and recorded
the same day. Jas J Porter Regt

Noah Williams to Samuel Moore
EDGECOMBE DEED BOOK VOL. 20 P. 453
1833

This Indenture made the Twenty Ninth day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and thirty three Between Noah Williams of the County of Edgecombe and State of North Carolina of the one part and Samuel Moore of the County and State aforesaid of the other Part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the Sum of Three Hundred & Sixty two Dollars and fifty Cents to him in hand paid by the Said Samuel Moore the receipt here of hereby acknowledged and himself fully Satisfied Contented and paid hath Bargained and Sold and doth by these presents bargain Sell and Convey unto the Said Samuel Moore a Certain piece or parcel of Land lying and being in the County aforesaid Viz. Beginning at a Litewood Stump in a branch John Williams line & Running West to a pine tree{?} North 196 poles to a small Red Oak Then South 80 E to a pine & white oak on the swamp then up Sd Swamp to the first Station Containing by Estimation One Hundred and Forty Five acres be the same more or less to have and to hold occupy & possess all the above land premises with all and every part thereof to him the Said Samuel Moore his heirs and assigns forever and I the Said Noah Williams doth for myself my heirs Executors Adm. And assigns by these presents relinquish all right title or claim the same & doth forever warrant and defend the above bounded premises to free and clear from all encumbrances of any kind whatsoever unto him the Said Samuel Moore his heirs and assigns forever in Witness whereof the Said Noah Williams hath hereunto Set his hand and affixed his seal the day and year first above written.

Signed Sealed
In the presents of

William P{?} Armstrong Noah x Williams

Willie Williams

Edgecombe County February Court 1833 The foregoing Deed of Sale was exhibited in open court & proved by the Oath of William J. {P} Armstrong a subscribing witness there to --ordered be recoreded Test. Michael Hearn

NORPHLET MOORE to JESSE LANCASTER
EDGECOMBE DEED BOOK VOL. 21 P. 597-598
1836

This indenture made this twelvth of January in the year of Our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Six between Norphlet Moore of the County of Edgecombe and State of North Carolina of the one part and Jesse Lancaster of the County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said Norphlet Moore for and in consideration of the sum of one hundred dollars to him in hand paid by the said Jesse Lancaster hath bargained and sold and doth by these presents bargain sell convey and confirm unto the said Jesse Lancaster all the right title and claim in the land that fell to me by the death of my father Samuel Moore to have and to hold occupy possess and enjoy the above right with all and singular the appurtenances there unto belonging or in any wise intended to be bargained and Sold to him the said Jesse Lancaster his heirs and assigns by forever and I the Said Norphlet Moore doth for myself my heirs and assigns by these presents relinquish all rights title claim or interest in the said right of the above named land confirming the same unto the said Jesse Lancaster and doth forever warrant and defend the right and title to be free and clear from all encumberances and from the ;lawful claim of all manner of persons whatsoever unto him the siad Jesse Lancaster his heirs and assigns forever in withness whereof the said Norphlet Moore have hereunto set his hand and signs Sealed and delivered in presence of

Kinchen Curl Robt. Barnes Norphlet Moore x

Edgecombe County: The forgoing Deed of Sale was exhibited in open court proven by the oath of Robt. Barnes on of the subscribing Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Test. Michl Hearn CC

SALLY WILLIAMS
WIDOW OF JOHN WILLIAMS
EDGECOMBE DEED BOOK 22 P 286
1839

State of North Carolina Agreeably to an order of the Court of Pleas and
Edgecombe County Quarter Sessions of said County February Term 1839

Commanding the Sheriff of Said County to Summon a jury of good and lawfull men of this county to lay off and allot unto Sally Williams Widow of John Williams decd her legal dower in the lands that her late husband died Seized and possessed of in Said County,

We the undersigned having been Summoned by the Sheriff of Said county have this day met on the premises and after being Sworn we proceeded to lay off and allot unto her as follows(viz) Beginning at a stake and oak in Duncan L. Braswells line then North 1 E 270 poles to a stake and post oak in Joseph Lancasters line then West 114 poles along Whiteheads & Joseph Lancasters line to a pine in Augustin Whiteheads line, then South one degree West 270 poles to a pine in an old field then East 58 poles to a poplar in the Spring branch then along Duncan L Braswells line to the beginning containing one hundred and ninety three acres--Including the dwelling house orchard outhouses be where the Said Decd most generally dwelt wit(?) before his death.

Given under our hands & Seals this 15th day of March 1839----
Matthew Whitehead seal Willi Bridgers seal
Henry Whitehead seal William Williams seal
John Bridgers seal Luvet Long seal
Matthew Whitehead Jun seal Jeremiah Batts seal
Joseph Lancaster seal Na______ Long seal
Jesse Lancaster seal Joab Proctor seal

Edgecombe County May Court 1839 I, Jon Bell clerk of Said court do hereby
certify that the written report of the Dower of Sally Williams was exhibited in open
court & ordered to be recorded. Jo Bell CC

DIVISION OF LAND
SAMUEL MOORE
EDGECOMBE DEED BOOK VOL 21 P55
SAMUEL MOORE

AGREEABLY to an order of the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Edgecombe Court Nov Term 1836 to us directed as commissioners appointed to divide the real estate of Samuel Moore decd among his lawful representatives of said decd. We have this day met on the premises and report as follows(viz) with the assistance of a Surveyor proceeded to survey the lands and find agreeably to his plat which is hereunto assessed . Three hundred and fifty six acres- Beginning at a pine Henry Proctors corner thus along the Griffin line N/E 134 to a water oak in a pond(now down) Thus S 87 1/2 W 202 poles to a white oak Meedy Willifords corner in Jacob Proctors line. Then along Willifords line N3W 140 poles to a pine Mrs. Braswell's corner at the corner of the field where Looper lived. Thence along Mrs. Braswell's line N87 1/2 E 206 poles to a pine in long line thus along said line S3E31 poles to a pine said line S3E31 poles to a pine and gum on side of a branch Long{?} corner , thus along his line S80 E160 poles to a white oak and ash in the Corn {?}branch. Thus up the various courses of said branch to the mouth of Harris Henry? Branch then up the various courses of said Harris ( Henry ?)branch to a stump John Williams corner. Thence along Proctors line West 111 poles to the beginning containing three hundred and fifty six acres which we have before mentioned which we divided and subdivided as follows to wit

First Lot No 1 Drawn by Andrew Moore containing forty four and a half acres Beginning at a white oak Meedy ? Willifords corner in Jacob Proctors line then along Willifords line N 3 W 140 poles to a pine Mrs. Braswell corner then along her line N 871/2 E 501/2 poles to a stake then S3E140 poles to a small oak in Jacob Proctors line then along his line to the beginning….valued to One hundred and eleven dollars and twenty five cents and his to pay to lot No 2 which was drawn by Purity Moore Eight dollars thirty four and a half cents. Second Lot No 2 Drawn by Purity Moore containing forty four and a half acres..Beginning at stake in Braswells line the corner of Lot No 1 then S3 E 140 poles to a small oak in Jacobs Proctors line, then along Said line N871/2 E 50 1/2 poles to a pine then N3 W 140 poles to a stake in Mrs. Braswell line then along Said line to the beginning Valued to Eighty nine dollars and receives from Lot No 1 Eight dollars thirty four and a half cents..and from lot No 5 which was drawn by Lawrence Moore five dollars and fifty six cents.

Third Lot no 3 Drawn by Patsy Moore containing forty four and a half acres. Beginning at a pine in the line of the Griffin Land then along the line of Lot No 2 N3 W 140 poles to a stake in Mrs. Braswell line then along Said line N871/2 East 501/2 poles to a stake and small oak on the side of the field then S3East140 poles to a post oak in the line of the Griffin Land then along Said line to the beginning value to One hundred dollars twelve and a half cents and is to receive from Lot 5 which was drawn by Lawrence Moore two dollars and seventy eight cents..

Fourth Lot No 4 Drawn by Abraham Moore in right of his wife Rebeccah containing forty four and a half acres. Beginning at a post oak in the line of the Griffin Land the corner of Lot No 3 then along the line of lot No 3 N3 W 140 poles to a stake and small oak in the Braswell line then along said line N871/2 East to a pine in Lovet Long line then along said line S3 East 31 poles to a gum and pine on side of the branch continue Same course on to a water oak in a pond the corner of the Griffin land..Thence along said line of the Griffin Land to the beginning Valued to seventy seven dollars Eighty seven and a half cents..and is to receive from Lot no 5 wh ich was drawn by Lawrence Moore Eleven dollars and thirteen cents and from lot No 6 which was drawn by Spencer Moore thirteen dollars and ninety cents..

Fifth Lot No 5 drawn by Lawrence Moore containng forty four and a half acres..Beginning at a whte oak and ash in the Corn ? cora? Branch Lovet Long corner then along his line N80 W 160 poles to a pine and gum in side of a branch then S3E57poles to a pine then East 140 poles to a gum in Harris Henry ? Branch then down the various courses of said branch to the Corn branch then down the meanders of said branch to the beginning Valued to one hundred and twenty two dollars and thirty seven cents..And has to pay to lot No 2 five dollars and fifty six cents to lot No 3 two dollars and seventy eight cents and to lot No 4 Eleven dollars and thirteen cents.

Sixth Lot No 6 Drawn by Spencer Moore containing forty four and a half acres Beginning at a gum in Harris Henry? Branch the corner of Lot No 5 then along the line of lot No 5 West one hundred and forty poles to a pine in the line of lot No 4 then along Said line 53 E50 poles to a pine in the line of lot no 5 West one hundred and forty poles to a pine in the line of lot No 4 then along Said line S3 E 50 poles to a water oak in a pond then East one hundred and ten poles to a gum in Harris Henry? Branch then down the various courses of Harris branch to the beginning..Valued to one hundred and trwenty two dollars and thirty seven cents and has to pay to lot No 4 thirteeen dollars and ninety cents

Seventh Lot No 7 Drawn by Jesse Lancaster in right of Norfleet Moore containing forty four and a half acres..Beginning at a gum in Harris Branch a corner of lot No 6 then along the line of lot No 6 west 110 poles to a water oak in a pond then along the line of the Griffin Land S1 W 67 poles to a stake in Said line then East eighty nine poles to a sweet gum in Harris branch then down the various courses of said branch to the beginning. Valued to one hundred and twenty two dollars and thirty seven cents.And has to pay to Lot No 8 which was drawn by Amanda Moore nineteen dollars and forty six cents.

Eight Lot No 8 Drawn by Amanda Moore containing forty four and a half acres..Beginning at a sweet gum in Harris Branch a corner of lot No 7 then along the line of lot No 7 West Eighty nine poles to a stake in the line of the Griffin land then along Said line S1 W69 poles to a pine Henry Proctor corner then along his line East 111poles to a literwood Stump John Williams corner in Harris branch then down the various courses of said Harris branch to the beginning.. Value to Seventy seven dollars and Eighty and a half cents.. and is to receive from Lot No 7 which was drawn by Jesse Lancaster in right of Norfleet Moore nineteen dollars and forty six cents.

Given under our hands and seals this 2nd day of February AD 1837
Jacob Proctor
Joab Proctor
M Williford
Edgecombe County February Court 1837


The foregoing divisions of the lands of Samuel Moore decd was exhibited in open Court and ordered to be recorded.. Test….Michl Hearn CC

[Question of location:Is there a Harris or Henry Branch?]

[Appreciation is expressed to Benjamin Williams who contributed the information on Williams family cemetery and Williams deeds]