When Rose Alice Williams was born on 28 May 1879, in Herdland Township, Clay, Iowa, United States, her father, Thomas Williams, was 48 and her mother, Helen Melvina Onion, was 35. She married Jesse Henry Halstead on 6 March 1897, in Spencer, Clay, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in White, Brookings, South Dakota, United States in 1935 and Brookings, Brookings, South Dakota, United States in 1940. She died on 27 June 1966, in Flandreau, Moody, South Dakota, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Brookings, Brookings, South Dakota, 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.