William Williams

Brief Life History of William

William Williams was born in 1826, in Harlech, Merionethshire, Wales, United Kingdom. He married Margaret Rowland Eames on 27 January 1849, in Ffestiniog, Merionethshire, Wales, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 6 daughters. He lived in Talyllyn, Merionethshire, Wales, United Kingdom in 1881 and Llanddwywe-is-y-graig, Merionethshire, Wales, United Kingdom in 1891.

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William Williams
Margaret Rowland Eames
Marriage: 27 January 1849
Catherine Williams
Mary Williams
Jane Williams
John W. Williams
Margaret Eames Williams
William John Williams
David E. Williams
Elizabeth Ellen Williams
Sarah Anne Williams

Sources (12)

  • William Williams, "England and Wales Census, 1851"
  • William Williams, "England and Wales, Marriage Registration Index, 1837-1920"
  • William Williams in entry for David Williams, "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994"

World Events (8)


Eclectic Period (Art and Antiques).

1831 · Merthyr Uprising 

Sparked by a depression that was going through Wales the previous three years, the Merthyr uprisings were carried out by workers that were in debt. In the process, twenty-four people were killed and twenty-six were arrested. Troops were brought in to stop the protestors.

1867 · Great Reform Act of 1867

The Great Reform Act of 1867 gave males the right to vote. This also helped to form the Welsh Liberal Party. It was the second of three reforms that would take place.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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