Williams & Sharp Family History

For this section, I began with my interpretation of the Williams-Sharp family bible which I have now. Then, a significant note of gratitude goes out to Scott K. Williams of Florissant MO, for he performed years of work and added tremendously to the wealth of knowledge of the Williams clan. By his reckoning, among all the different Williams families in the U.S., ours is a part of "DNA Group 12," i.e. the descendants of John Williams, born in Wales in 1679 and migrated to the Colonies in the 1690's. Scott's web site is no longer on the Internet, at least that I can find, so I have captured one of his last occurrences and show it here. I have also tried to trace back as far as possible many lines other than just the Williamses and Sharps, for example, the Harrises, Ridleys, Allisons, Ogilvies and, most proudly, the Washingtons.

{2} Lawrence Washington b. Sep 1659 Westmoreland Cty, Va, d. Mar 1698 Westmoreland Cty, Va, s/o John Washington, an immigrant from Tring England, & Anne Pope Washington. Lawrence m. Mildred Warner (b. 1670 or 71 Gloucester Cty, Va, d. Jan 30 1701 Gloucester Cty, Va, d/o Augustine & Mildred Warner of Gloucester Cty, Va, buried in Cumbria England). After Lawrence's death at age 38, Mildred m. George Gale on Mar 16, 1700, only 8 months before her death. George then became sole guardian of Lawrence & Mildred's young children of whom there were 3:

{3} John Washington III b. Nov 12 1692 Westmoreland Cty, Va, d. Sep 1 1746 Gloucester Cty, Va, s/o Lawrence & Mildred Washington, m. Catherine Whiting (b. May 22 1694 Gloucester Cty, Va, d. Feb 7 1743 Gloucester Cty, Va, d/o Henry & Apphia Bushrod Whiting) on Jul 9 1716 & had 6 children, the 1st of whom was:
{3} Augustine Washington (b. Nov 12 1694 Westmoreland Cty, Va, d. Apr 12 1743 Stafford Cty, Va, 2nd s/o Lawrence & Mildred Washington, m. 1st Jane Butler, b. ~1699, d.~1729, an orphan) & they had 4 children:
         After the early death of his 1st wife, Augustine m. Mary Ball (b. Nov 30 1708 Lancaster Cty, Va, d. Aug 26 1789 Spotsylvania Cty, Va, d/o Joseph & Mary Ball, but raised by George Eskind, her guardian after she was orphaned) on Mar 6 1931 & they had 6 children:
{3} John Williams (in some suspect writings referred to as a bishop; also sometimes contrarily called the "Wealthy Welshman") b. Jan 26 1679 Llangollen, Wales, d. 1741 in NC. He migrated to the American Colonies in the 1690's settling in Hanover Cty, Va. just north of Richmond. He m. Mary Keeling (b. Sep 26 1684 in Wales, d. in 1730, d/o Capt. George & Ursula Fleming Keeling) in 1704 & had 8 children:
{3} William Harris b. ~1652 New Kent Cty. Va, d. Mar 8 1687 Weyanoke Va, s/o Robert & Mary Harris, immigrants from Wales, m. Temperance Overton (b. 1657 Hanover Cty. Va, d. 19 Feb 1710 Hanover Cty. Va, d/o William & Mary Walters Overton, immigrants from Cromwell's England) in Edgecombe Cty. NC & had at least 1 son:
{3} James Glenn b. Sep 15 1664 Accomack Cty. Va, d. 1756 Accomack Cty. Va, s/o James & Catherine Glenn, m. Mourning Winn (b. 1668 Accomack Cty. Va, d. 1750 Accomack Cty. Va, d/o Samuel & Sarah Minor Winn, immigrants from Scotland) & had at least 1 daughter:
{3} Richard Harris b. ~1694, d. ~1745, s/o Richard - great-grandchild of an English immigrant, m. Margaret Kimbrough (b. Hanover Cty. Va, d. ~1745, d/o John & Elizabeth Bradley Kimbrough) in 1739 in Edgecombe Cty. NC & had at least 1 son:

{4} John Williams b. Jul 26 1704 Hanover Cty. Va, d. ~1735 Hanover Cty Va, 1st c/o John & Mary Williams, m. Mary Womack (b.~1704) & had 5 children:
{4} Daniel Williams b. Sep 28 1710 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Nov 15 1757 Granville NC, 4th c/o John & Mary Williams, m. Ursula Clark Henderson (b. 1709, d. 1765) on Oct 19 1732 & had 7 children:
{4} Nathaniel Williams b. Dec 2 1712 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Sep 1766 Charlottesville Va, 5th c/o John & Mary Williams, m. Elizabeth Washington (b. Jun 21 1717 Middlesex Cty, Va, d. Feb 5 1761 Gloucester Cty, Va, d/o John & Catherine Whiting Washington & 1st cousin of George Washington, 1st president of the US) in ~1738 & had 7 children:
{4} Joseph Williams b. Jan 1 1721 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Oct 1 1792 Elbert Cty. Ga, 8th c/o John & Mary Williams, m. Henrietta Jouett (b. Apr 20 1727 New Kent Va, d. ~1779, d/o Matthew & Susannah Price Moore Jouett of New Kent Va.) in ~1746 & had 2 children:
{4} Robert Overton Harris b. 1696 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Aug 8 1765 Albemarle Cty. Va, s/o William & Temperance Harris, m. Mourning Gleason Glenn (b. Mar 3 1702 Accomack Cty. Va, d. May 8 1775 Albemarle Cty. Va, d/o James & Mourning Glenn) in Jan 1720 & had 10 children, including 2 sons:
{4} William Ogilvie b. 1690 Ireland, immigrated to the colony of Virginia & m. Elizabeth "Bettie" Riske in 1716 or 1717 in Middlesex Cty. Va. & had at least 1 son:
{4} Robert Harris b. ~1710, d. 1786 Granville Cty. NC, s/o Richard & Margaret Harris, m. Leminder Smith (b. ~1713 NC) in 1732 & had at least 1 daughter:
{4} James Sharp immigrated to the American Colonies from the North of Ireland in 1712. He had at least 1 son:
{4} John Moore b. Aug 11 1686 Charles Town, Carolina, d. Oct 29 1749 New York NY, s/o John & Rebecca Axtell Moore, was an Alderman of NYC, a member of the King's Council for the Province of NY & a Colonel in the British Army. He m. Frances Lambert (b. Apr 17 1692 New York NY, d. Mar 21 1782 New York NY, d/o Daniel & Frances Brinkman Lambert, Huguenot immigrants) on Dec 9 1713 in New York NY & had 18 children of whom the 17th was a son:

{5} John Williams b. Jul 7 1740 Hanover Cty. Va, d. ~Nov-Dec 1804 Orange Cty. NC, 2nd c/o Nathaniel & Elizabeth Williams, was in the British Army during the French & Indian War & was a Lieutenant Colonel of the Hillsboro Minute Men in the American Revolution; later promoted to Colonel of the 9th NC Line. He served under George Washington (his 1st-cousin-once-removed) in NJ & under Nathaniel Green in NC. He m. Elizabeth "Betsy" Williamson (b. ~1744, d. Apr 15 1831 NC, the sister of Mary Ann (below) who m. brother Nathaniel Jr, d/o Thomas Williamson) on Mar 16 1767 in Lunenburg Cty. Va. & had 3 children:
{5} Nathaniel Williams Jr. b. Oct 1 1741, d. Jan 25 1805 by drowning in a swollen stream in Rockingham Cty. NC, 3rd c/o Nathaniel & Elizabeth Williams, was a member of the NC provisional Congress & fought in the American Revolution. He m. Mary Ann Williamson (b. Dec 12 1744, d. after 1803, sister of Betsy (above) who m. brother John, d/o Thomas Williamson) in ~1763 & had 9 children:
{5} Joseph "Joe" Williams b. Mar 27 1748 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Aug 11 1827 Surry Cty. NC, 5th c/o Nathaniel & Elizabeth Williams, served in the provisional Congress of NC & the Continental Army in the Revolution, known as the Duke of Surry. He m. Rebecca Lanier (b. Jan 27 1757, d. Mar 20 1832) at Oxford, NC on Sep 16 1772 & had 10 children:
{5} Christopher Harris b. Feb 5 1725 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Feb 1794 Madison Cty. Ky, s/o Robert Overton & Mourning Harris, m. Mary Dabney (b. Hanover Cty. Va, d. 1762 Albemarle Cty. Va, d/o Cornelius & Sarah Jennings Dabney) & had 7 children, including:
        After his 1st wife Mary died, he m. Agnes McCord (d/o John McCord) in Albemarle Cty. Va & migrated to Madison Cty. Ky, where he acquired a large tract of land & had 10 more children. He was known to be one of the early pioneer settlers of Kentucky, good friends with Daniel Boone & visited often at Boonesborough

{5} Tyree Harris b. Apr 8 1728 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Sep 1 1786, s/o Robert Overton & Mourning Harris, m. Mary Ann "Molly" Simpson (b. 1736, d. Sep 1 1786) & had at least 1 daughter:
{5} Robert Allison b. 1720 Glasgow, Scotland, d. 1797 Granville Cty. NC, m. Jeanette Sprowle (b. Aug 28 1725 Glasgow, Scotland, d. 1802 Granville Cty. NC) on Jul 10 1746 in Paisley, Scotland, immigrated to the colony of North Carolina & in 1757 had at least 1 child:
{5} William Ogilvie II b. Aug 17 1728 Va, d. Feb 6 1813 College Grove Tn, s/o William & Bettie Ogilvie, m. Mary Harris (b. 1735 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Jul 20 1807 College Grove Tn, d/o Robert & Leminder Harris). In 1800, they moved to & settled in Williamson Cty, Tn. in the College Grove area, building one of its first log homes. They had at least 1 daughter:
{5} John Sharp b. 1727, s/o James Sharp, m. Jemima Alexander & had at least 1 son:
{5} George Thomas Ridley b. Jan 11 1737 Guilford NC, d. Nov 29 1835 Nashville Tn, m. Sarah Vincent (b. May 23 1754 Tn, d. May 20 1836 Nashville Tn) in ~1760 & had at least 1 son:
{5} James William Webb b. Dec 5 1705 Essex Cty. NC, d. Apr 11 1771 Essex Cty. NC, s/o Richard & Mary Sanford Webb, m. Mary Ann Edmondson (b. 1712 Essex Cty. Va, d. May 5 1794 NC) on Feb 20 1731 in Essex Cty. Va. & had at least 1 son:
{5} Stephen A. Moore b. Oct 30 1734 West Point NY, d. May 20 1799 Person Cty, NC, s/o John & Rebecca Moore, was a hero with the British Army during the French & Indian Wars who renounced the Tory beliefs of his family & became a renowned General in the Revolutionary War. He also spent a year during the war as a prisoner of the British. The present day site of West Point was his inherited private estate which he sold to the new US government in 1790, having moved his family in 1775 to a plantation he named Mount Tirzah in Person Cty, NC. He m. Griselda Levi "Grizey" Phillips (b. Feb 18 1748 Southborough Ma, d. Jan 14 1822 Person Cty, NC) on Dec 25 1768 in Quebec (having been assigned there by the British Army) & had 10 children, the 3rd of whom was a daughter:

{6} Marmaduke Williams b. Feb 14 1768 Hillsborough NC, d. Sep 22 1834 Lexington Tn, 1st c/o John & Betsy Williams, is buried in the "Old City" section of the Lexington Cemetery with tombstone reading "Duke Williams, Son of John and Elizabeth Williams, Born Feb. 14, 1768, Died Sept. 22, 1834." He m. Ede Harris (b. Sep 6 1775 Hanover Cty. Va, d. Nov 26 1816, d/o Tyree & Molly Harris) on Nov 4 1790 & had 9 children:
{6} Henrietta Williams, 2nd c/o John & Betsy Williams, m. Col. Richard Simpson & had 9 children: Betsy, John, Richard, Duke, Maria, Francis, Ede, Thomas & Henry.
{6} Elizabeth "Betsy" Williams b. Oct 15 1773 Orange Cty. NC, d. Aug 21 1841 Caswell Cty. NC, 3rd c/o John & Betsy Williams, m. Azariah Graves (b. Oct 29 1769, d. Mar 1 1850) on Jun 3 1790 & had 9 children: John (m. Martha Hinton), Betsy (m. Lewis Graves), Nancy (m. Wm. B. Graves), Henrietta (m. Thomas Settle), Martha (m. Mr. Dick), Francis (m. Benj. Settle), Rebecca, Mary & Calvin.
{6} James Thomas Allison b. 1757 Granville Cty. NC, d. 1821 College Grove Tn, s/o Robert & Jeanette Allison, moved to Williamson Cty. Tn, bought ~400 acres near College Grove & helped start a community along with the Ogilvie family. On May 3 1796 still in NC, he m. & brought with him to Tn, Nancy Ogilvie (b. Jun 14 1774 Granville Cty. NC, d. Jan 7 1849 College Grove Tn, d/o William & Mary Ogilvie) & had several children, including:
{6} John Sharp b. Apr 28 1752, d. Nov 1 1824, s/o John & Jemima Sharp, was a Major in the Continental Army in the American Revolution. On Aug 4 1780, he m. Martha Young & had at least 1 son:
{6} Thomas E. Ridley b. Feb 16 1780 Sullivan Tn, d. 1854 Grenada Ms, s/o George & Sarah Ridley, m. Susan Margaret "Peggy" Harwood (b. 1781 Sussex Cty. Va, d. Jun 29 1828 Williamson Cty. Tn, d/o John Richardson & Mary Murray Harwood) on Jul 6 1805 in Nashville Tn. & had at least 1 daughter:
{6} William Webb b. May 1 1745 Essex Cty. Va, d. Apr 11 1809 Granville Cty. NC, s/o James William & Mary Edmondson Webb, m. Frances Young (b. May 1 1751 Essex Cty. Va, d. Feb 27 1810 Granville Cty. NC, d/o Henry & Rachel Smith Young) in May 1771 & had at least 1 son:
{6} Jesse Dickens b. ~1765 Person Cty. NC, d. 1836 Person Cty. NC, s/o Robert & Mary Browne Dickens, m. Frances Moore (b. Nov 5 1775 West Point NY, d. Mar 1819 Roxboro NC, d/o Stephen & Grizey Moore) on Nov 7 1791 in Caswell Cty. NC & had at least 1 daughter:
{6} Paul Fulton b. Jul 6 1776 Ga, d. Sep 27 1840 Hale Cty. Al, m. Martha Montgomery Armstrong (b. Nov 7 1785 SC, d. Mar 30 1844 Hale Cty. Al, d/o James & Mary Agnes Frierson Armstrong) & had at least 1 son:
{6} David Montgomery Dial b. Oct 3 1785 Newberry Cty. SC, d. Sep 24 1834 Sumter Cty. Al, s/o John & Mary Montgomery Dial/Doyle, m. Jennett Spence (b. Oct 1 1783 Newberry Cty. SC, d. May 24 1855 Sumter Cty. Al, d/o Joseph & Mary Elizabeth Boyd Spence) in ~1808 in SC & had 13 children, the 2nd of whom was a daughter:

{7} Robert Harris "Gentleman Bob" Williams b. Oct 10 1796 Caswell Cty. NC, d. Sep 11 1880 Tx, 3rd c/o Duke & Ede Williams, moved with his older brother John to Matagorda Cty. Tx. in 1823 (Texas still part of Mexico) as one of Stephen Austin's "Old 300." He m. Mary Lawson White (b. 1815, d. Jan 2 1888, d/o B. J. White of Knoxville Tn.) on May 2 1833 & had 5 children:
{7} Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams b. Dec 18 1798 Hillsborough NC, d. Nov 22 1857 Lexington Tn, 4th c/o Duke & Ede Williams, named for his mother's uncle (see {5} Christopher Harris above), became a prominent attorney in Lexington Tn. & as a Whig, served as U.S. Congressman from 1837 to 1843 & from 1849 until his retirement in 1853. Buried in the "Old City" section of the Lexington Cemetery with tombstone reading: "Christopher Harris Williams, Son of Duke and Ede Harris Williams, Born Dec 18 1798, Died Nov 22 1857, For Ten Years Member of US House of Representatives from this District". He m. Jane Allison (b. Nov 11 1804 Nashville Tn, d. Apr 2 1871, d/o James & Nancy Allison) on Dec 9 1819 in Williamson Cty, Tn & had 9 children
{7} John McKnitt (or McNitt) Sharp b. Nov 22 1795, d. May 20 1862, s/o John & Martha Sharp, built the Sharp family home on Cedar Grove Plantation near Benton in Yazoo Cty. Ms beginning in the late 1820's & completed in 1834. In the Mexican War begun in 1846, he was a Captain serving under Jefferson Davis. He died in the service of the Confederacy in 1862. On Apr 16 1825, he m. Sarah "Sally" Vincent Ridley (b. July 4 1807 Williamson Cty. Tn, d. Aug 31, 1834 Benton Ms, d/o Thomas & Peggy Ridley). After Sarah's death, in Dec 1835, he m. Mary Allison "Polly" Martin (b. 1799, d. Feb 17 1885, d/o James & Nancy Allison, sister of Jane Allison – the wife of {7} Kit Williams above & widow of Samuel Nesbit Martin), who – then twice widowed – raised the orphaned John Sharp Williams (the future US Senator) and his brother Kit. Polly became known in the family as "Grandma Sharp." Before Sarah's death, she & John had 5 children:
{7} Samuel Smith Webb b. May 1 1791 Granville Cty. NC, d. May 5 1861 Sumter Cty, Al, s/o William & Frances Webb, m. Ann Moore Dickens (b. Mar 11 1798 NC, d. Apr 30 1861 Marion Ms, d/o Jesse & Frances Dickens) in ~1812 & had at least 1 son:
{7} William Frierson Fulton b. Aug 25 1805 Williamson Cty. Tn, d. Oct 3 1886 Gainesville Al, s/o Paul & Martha Fulton, m. Elizabeth Dial (b. Sep 14 1809 Newberry Cty. SC, d. Sep 26 1842 Sumter Cty. Al, d/o David & Jennett Dial) on Jun 17 1826 in Greene Cty. Al. & had at least 1 daughter:

{8} Christopher Harris "Dr. Kit" Williams b. Feb 28 1838 Matagorda Cty. Tx, d. Mar 27 1916, s/o Gentleman Bob & Mary Williams, became a well-known physician in coastal Tx. & served as an officer in the War Between the States. In 1865, he m. Theresa P. Herbert (d. Sep 13 1874) & had 4 children: 1 daughter m. James Spillman (or Spillane) & another m. Bert "Johnnie" Rugeley. On May 30 1881, he m. Alice B. Gunn Heidt (d. Jul 30 1899) & had 5 children incl 1 son, Christopher H. "Kit" Jr. In 1914 at 76 years old, he m. Nannie Gunn in Bay St. Louis, Ms.
{8} Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams Jr, b. Mar 14 1830 Lexington Tn, d. Apr 6 1862 Shiloh Tn, s/o Kit & Jane Williams, was a well-known attorney living in Memphis Tn. who m. a Yazoo Cty. Ms. woman from a distinguished family, Anne "Annie" Louise Sharp (b. Sep 11 1832, d. May 23 1859, d/o John McKnitt & Sarah Sharp) on May 30 1853. In 1859, Annie died 1 month after giving birth to her 3rd child, Kit, and when her 1st & 2nd were 4 & 2, respectively. Single father Kit Jr. was then commissioned Colonel of the 27th Tennessee Infantry Regiment in the Confederate Army & was killed at the Battle of Shiloh, leaving 2 young orphan sons.  [This – the 2nd Kit Williams among ten in our family – was the man who initiated, maintained & passed down to me his Family Bible.]  Their 3 sons were:
{8} Robert Dickens Webb b. Nov 14 1824 Granville Cty. NC, d. Feb 23 1894 Benton Ms, s/o Samuel & Ann Webb, m. Julia Emaline Fulton (b. Dec 29 1834 Hale Cty. Al, d. Apr 10 1915 Yazoo Cty. Ms, d/o William & Elizabeth Fulton) on Apr 25 1853 in Sumter Cty. Al. & had at least 1 daughter:

{9} John Sharp Williams b. Jul 30 1854 Memphis Tn, d. Sep 27 1932 Cedar Grove Plantation, Benton Ms, s/o Kit Jr & Annie Williams (orphaned at 7 years old & raised at the "Sharp Place" by his step-grandmother, Polly, John McKnitt Sharp's 2nd wife, on Cedar Grove Plantation), was a prominent national politician in the Democratic Party, elected by the Yazoo Cty. Ms. area as their Congressman in 1892, selected as the Minority Leader of the U.S. House in 1903 and served as U.S. Senator from Ms. from 1911 until his retirement in 1923. On Oct 2 1877 in Livingston, Al., John Sharp m. Elizabeth Dial "Betty" Webb (b. Apr 23 1855 Sumter Cty. Al, d. Nov 28 1935 Yazoo City Ms, d/o Robert & Julia Webb) & had 8 children:
{9} Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams II b. Apr 19 1859, d. May 14 1926, s/o Kit Jr & Annie Williams (orphaned just before his 3rd birthday & raised with his brother at Cedar Grove Plantation by his step-grandmother), m. Sallie Shelby Cocke May 8 1884 & had 1 daughter, Jane Allison b. Feb 17 1885

{10} Robert Webb Williams b. Aug 23 1881 Livingston Al, d. ~1971, 2nd c/o of John Sharp & Betty Williams, m. Helen Schenck (b. ~1887 NC, d. Feb 1982 Goodman Ms) on Oct 26 1914 in Washington DC & had at least 3 children:
{10} John Sharp Williams Jr. b. Dec 15 1886 Yazoo City Ms, d. Jul 25 1949 Jackson Ms, 4th c/o of John Sharp & Betty Williams, m. Pauline Webb Nov 15 1911 & had 2 daughters:
{10} Allison Ridley Williams b. Aug 10 1891 Yazoo Ms, d. Aug 27 1966 Vicksburg Ms, 6th c/o John Sharp & Betty Williams, was a successful inventor & engineer. In addition to inventing thermostatically-controlled brakes for jet airplanes, he worked on the secret Manhattan Project which created the 1st atomic bomb. He m. Elizabeth Busick Jones (b. ~1908 Ms) in ~1926 & had 2 daughters
{10} Christopher Harris "Kit" Williams III (later dropped the suffix altogether) b. Jan 20 1896 Washington DC, d. Aug 31 1948 Memphis Tn, 8th c/o John Sharp & Betty Williams, m. Gladys Virginia Walter (b. Mar 8 1900 Brooklyn NY, d. Jul 16 1961 Memphis Tn, d/o Frank & Emma Walter[See my research on the Duryea-Murray-Walter line]) on Nov 3 1917 in Washington DC & had 5 children, the 1st two of which died in childbirth. The remaining are:

{11} John Sharp Williams IV b. Apr 8 1918 Washington DC, d. May 11 2007 Little Rock Ar, s/o Webb & Helen Williams, m. Harriett Holder (b. Nov 15 1919 Holmes Cty. Ms, d. Feb 5 1996 North Little Rock Ar, d/o Andrew Bowles & Mariah "Missie" Bridgforth Holder) on May 29 1943 in West Philadelphia Pa & had at least 2 children
{11} Pauline Elizabeth Williams b. Oct 16 1912 Tx, d. May 13 2002 Yazoo City Ms, d/o John Sharp (Jr) & Pauline Williams, m. Joseph Hines Howie (b. Aug 2 1905 Jackson Ms, d. Mar 29 1995 Yazoo City Ms) on Mar 30 1935 at Cedar Grove Plantation, Benton Ms & had 2 children

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