When Joel Williams was born on 28 January 1888, in Meadows of Dan, Patrick, Virginia, United States, his father, John William Williams, was 29 and his mother, Lucy A. Cox, was 29. He married Berta D. Gardner on 22 April 1916, in Meadows of Dan, Patrick, Virginia, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Patrick, Virginia, United States for about 42 years. He died on 18 March 1970, in Roanoke, Virginia, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Patrick, Virginia, United States.
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.
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