Ruth Williams

Femaleabout 1795–after 1850

Brief Life History of Ruth

When Ruth Williams was born about 1795, in Rhode Island, United States, her father, William Williams, was 30 and her mother, Acenath Nichols, was 25. She married Josiah Gibbs on 23 January 1816, in Clarence, Erie, New York, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 5 daughters. She lived in Lockport, Niagara, New York, United States in 1850. She died after 1850.

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Family Time Line

Josiah Gibbs
Ruth Williams
Marriage: 23 January 1816
Margaret Gibbs
William Gibbs
Samuel Otis Gibbs
Melita Sophia Gibbs
Frances Jane Gibbs
Elizabeth Gibbs
Hester Ann Gibbs

Sources (5)

  • Ruth Gibbs in household of Josiah Gibbs, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Ruth Gibbs in entry for James Morehouse and Mrs. Metita Schultz, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"
  • Ruth Gibbs in entry for R. S. McMechals and Frances J. Swan, "Wisconsin, County Marriages, 1836-1911"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 January 1816Clarence, Erie, New York, United States
  • Children (7)

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    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (10)

    +5 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

    Age 2

    Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.

    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.

    Age 5

    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    1811 · USS Revenge

    Age 16

    On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

    History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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