I've finished the early reconstruction of the Williams family from the Price papers and extracted wills, deeds and other papers from early Currituck County NC as part of the Hatteras Island Family Reconstruction project. The Williams family was particularly challenging and has many holes in the reconstructed family. There are many men mentioned in the early records for whom I have no data at all that connects them genealogically. If anyone can help with these early families, I'm be very, very grateful.
The Williams family was in the Currituck area of NC quite early.
Price records that there as a grant to William Williams of Albemarle intered in 1668 and granted in 1704, registered 1785, state file #21 abd 22m state book 1-139 Currituck deed 5-84 and 5085 for 150 acres at head of Tom's Creek, precinct of Currituck known as Long legate. It appears that Thomas who was granted land on Hatteras was son of William who obtained the first grant in 1668.
Grant to Thomas Williams 1723 on Cape Hatteras file #64 - state book 3-148, 211 acres also see file #575 - state book 111A, was in Currituck on Sand Banks bordering George Burrus (file #354), also bordering Jenjick Creek (George Burris 160 acres). George Burrus grant says 'on Cape Hatteras". Thomas Williams also borders Richard Johnson. Price says that this is the present Rodanthe area.
In 1732 Thomas Williams above made a will in 1732 and left land to his son Joseph Williams, along with land known as New Desire to son Samuel and mentione his wife Mary and daughter Mary. Joseph's land was noted as "on the Sand Banks".
A few years later, in 1775, Joseph also had a will mentioning wife Comfort and sons Caleb, Joseph and Jacob and his 2 youngest sons James and Robert.
The earliest tax records for Currituck are from 1714 and show both Thomas Williams and William Williams. Tax records from 1715 show Thomas with 3 tracts of 1300 acres and Mr. William Williams with 3 tracts and 900 acres, plus an Elizabeth Willliams with 1 tract of 100 acres. These men appear in 1716, 1717, 1718 with Elizabeth again, 1719, 1720 where William is noted with son Stephen and where they are joined by a Robert Williams, and in 1721 where William is again noted with his son Stephen.
The next tax record we have is in 1735 where we fine Stephen with 166 acres, Samuel wil 904 acres and Thomas with 420 acres.
In 1751, we have Stephen, now noted as Esquire with 7 tithes, Charles with 3, Thomas with 1, Joseph with 1 and Thomas, Esquire, 5.
1752 shows significantly more Williams men: Col Stephen, 8, Thomas, 5, John, 1, Thomas 1, Phillip, 1, William, 2, John, 2 Charles, 3, Joseph, 2 and James, 1.
It appears that Mr. William Williams was the first man in the area, and his son Thomas was probably the first to own land on and possibly live on Hatteras Island. Thomas's wife's name was Mary, but her maiden name is known. His son Joseph stayed on Hatteras, married Comfort Farrow, daughter of Capt. Jacob Farrow and his wife Elizabeth Amey. Their children as noted in his 1775 will were Caleb, Joseph, Jacob (who got a barrell of feathers), James and Robert.
Son Caleb's wife is unknown, but he had at least one daughter Sarah who married William Meekins.
Son Joseph married Willa, last name unknown.
Son Jacob married Rachel, last name unknown, and had 4 daughters, 2 of whom were Mary and Elizabeth.
James married Keziah and moved to Pasquotank County.
Nothing is known of Robert.
If anyone has any information about this family or knows if any of these lines have DNA tested, please let me know. Thanks.