When Phillip Allen Williams was born on 16 February 1853, in Buckner, Franklin, Illinois, United States, his father, John J Williams, was 42 and his mother, Mary Ann "Polly" Brashear, was 35. He married Sarah Frances Day on 28 October 1875, in Odin, Marion, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 4 daughters. He lived in Odin Township, Marion, Illinois, United States in 1900 and Odin, Marion, Illinois, United States for about 10 years. He died on 24 January 1938, in Sandoval, Marion, Illinois, United States, at the age of 84, and was buried in Sandoval, Marion, Illinois, 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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