When Cyrus Williams was born on 11 November 1838, in Ohio, United States, his father, Isaac Williams, was 48 and his mother, Anna Thurston Starbuck, was 42. He married Mary Jane Nixon on 9 March 1861, in Jefferson, Vernon, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 7 daughters. He lived in Fairmont, Martin, Minnesota, United States in 1880 and Sterling Township, Blue Earth, Minnesota, United States in 1895. He died on 21 May 1913, in Windom, Cottonwood, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Lakeview Cemetery, Windom, Cottonwood, Minnesota, 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.