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Granville Williams

Male 1836 - 1901


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  • Name  Granville Williams 
    Born  6 May 1836  Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  1901 
    Person ID  I20467  My Genealogy
    Last Modified  29 Dec 2009 

    Father  Nathan Williams,   b. 11 Dec 1804, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Dec 1883, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Esther Pratt,   b. 31 Dec 1806,   d. 16 Apr 1841, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  18 Mar 1830  Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F5268  Group Sheet

    Family  Elizabeth S. Worrall,   b. 1 Nov 1838, Delaware, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1907 
    Married  14 Feb 1861  Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Elwood Williams,   b. 20 Jan 1862, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1864, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Esther Williams,   b. 15 Oct 1863, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1864, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Abbie Thatcher Williams,   b. 6 Mar 1865, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Lewis P. Williams,   b. 11 Nov 1867, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Nathan Williams,   b. 10 Apr 1870, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. Emma G. Williams,   b. 23 May 1872, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     7. Granville C. Williams,   b. 19 Oct 1876, Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  7 Mar 2007 
    Family ID  F5270  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 6 May 1836 - Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Feb 1861 - Willistown, Chester, Pennsylvania, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Biographical Sketch of Granville WILLIAMS (1893); Chester County, PA

      Source: "Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chester County, Pennsyl-
      vania, comprising a historical sketch of the county," by Samuel T. Wiley
      and edited by Winfield Scott Garner, Gresham Publishing Company, Phila-
      delphia, PA, 1893, pp. 444-6.

      "GRANVILLE WILLIAMS, a worthy representative of one of the oldest Welsh
      families of this county, and a well known farmer and highly respected
      citizen, residing near Sugartown, is the third child and only son of
      Nathan and Esther (Pratt) Williams, and a native of Chester county, having
      been born in Willistown township, May 6, 1836. He was reared on his
      father's farm in that township, and received his education at Prof.
      Strode's boarding school and the school taught by Joseph Foulke, a minister
      of the Society of Friends. On leaving school he engaged in farming, and
      has devoted his whole life to agricultural pursuits, in which he has been
      successful. He now owns a fine farm containing one hundred and thirty-one
      acres of choice land, all well improved and in the best state of cultiva-
      tion. His farm buildings are substantial and pleasantly situated. For a
      number of years Mr. Williams served as a director of the Farmers' Market
      Company, of Philadelphia. Politically he is a republican, and has served
      as school director of his township. In religion he is a Quaker and a
      member of the Goshen monthly meeting.

      "On the 14th of February, 1861, Mr. Williams was wedded to Elizabeth S.
      Worrall, a daughter of Sharpless and Abigail (Thatcher) Worrall, of Willis-
      town township, this county. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams was born a family of
      seven children: Elwood, born January 20, 1862, and died August 23, 1864;
      Esther, born October 15, 1863, and died August 23, 1864; Abbie T., born
      March 6, 1865, married Harry R. Sharpless, and resides in West Chester;
      Lewis P., born November 11, 1867, and resides at Wyebrook, this State;
      Nathan, born April 10, 1870; Emma G., born May 23, 1872; and Granville C.,
      born October 19, 1876, the three latter living at home with their parents.

      The family of which the subject of this sketch is a member, is of Welsh
      descent, and traces its American ancestry back to Robert Williams, who
      settled in this State prior to 1691, and came to what is now Goshen town-
      ship, this county, about 1700, being, it is thought, the first settler
      within the bounds of that township, where he took up a large tract of
      land from the original Penn grant. At the home of Hugh Roberts, April 19,
      1691, he married Gwen Cadwalader. In 1715 they removed to Uwchlan town-
      ship, and in 1734 Robert Williams died, aged eighty-seven. His children,
      so far as known, were Elizabeth, Ellis, Lewis, John, Ann, William, Grace,
      Hannah, and Sarah. Ellis Williams (great-great-grandfather) was born in
      East Goshen township, where he lived all his life. He married in 1712,
      and died in 1756. His children were Robert, Esther, Mary, Thomas Garrett,
      Ellis (2), and Isaac. In religion he was a Quaker, as was his father.

      "The second Ellis Williams (great-grandfather) was also a native of East
      Goshen township, and on February 1, 1748, married Lydia Haines, a daughter
      of Isaac and Catharine Haines, of East Goshen, by whom he had six
      children: Jesse, Ellis (3), Isaac, Nathan, Jane and Lydia.

      "The third Ellis Williams (grandfather) was born in East Goshen township,
      about 1765, and died in Willistown township, May 31, 1821, aged fifty-six
      years. He was a farmer by occupation, and a life long member of the
      Society of Friends. On November 19, 1789, he married Jane Garrett, a
      daughter of Josiah and Mary (Yarnell) Garrett, by whom he had a family
      of eight children: Lydia, born December 19, 1790, and died February 12,
      1815; Mary, born September 9, 1792, and died March 31, 1810; Jesse, born
      November 19, 1794, and died August 22, 1872; Ellis, born November 24,
      1797, died December 28, 1874; Josiah, born July 4, 1800, died February
      27, 1817; Jane, born December 24, 1802, died December 23, 1889; Nathan
      (father), born December 11, 1804, died December 26, 1806; Garrett, born
      December 26, 1806, died February 6, 1875; and George, born October 7,
      1808, died July 17, 1811. The mother, Mrs. Jane Williams, passed to her
      final rest July 8, 1839, aged 72 years.

      "Nathan Williams (father) was born in Willistown township, as were all
      his brothers and sisters, and after obtaining an education in the private
      schools of his neighborhood, engaged in farming and followed that occupa-
      tion all his life, in his native township. Politically he was a whig and
      republican, and became prominent in his community. In religion he adhered
      to the faith of his childhood and was a member of the Society of Friends
      all his life, being connected with the Goshen meeting. On March 18, 1830,
      he married Esther Pratt, a daughter of Joseph and Priscilla Pratt. To
      their union was born a family of five children, one son and four daugh-
      ters: Priscilla, born January 25, 1831, and died August 7, 1841; Emma,
      born March 12, 1833, and still living; Granville, the subject of this
      sketch; Henrietta, born October 4, 1838, died September 15, 1841, and
      Sarah, born November 23, 1840, died September 2, 1841. The mother, Mrs.
      Esther Williams, was born December 31, 1806, and passed away April 16,
      1841, at the early age of thirty-five years. On November 17, 1847,
      Nathan Williams remarried, wedding Susannah R. Smith, nee Russell, but
      had no children by this second marriage."