When Jesse Williams was born on 20 July 1784, in Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States, his father, Jonathan Williams, was 43 and his mother, Esther Wilmarth, was 43. He married Betsey Morse on 19 October 1805, in Douglas, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 24 December 1871, in Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Belchertown, Hampshire, Massachusetts, 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.