Elizabeth Williams

Brief Life History of Elizabeth

When Elizabeth Williams was born on 15 October 1771, in Neath, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom, her father, Evan Williams, was 19 and her mother, Mary Griffith, was 22. She married John Davies on 1 January 1803, in Swansea, Glamorgan, Wales, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters.

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Family Time Line

John Davies
1772–
Elizabeth Williams
1771–
Marriage: 1 January 1803
John Davies
1797–
David Davies
about 1809–
William Davies
about 1812–
Elizabeth Davies
1807–
Catherine Davies
1810–
Ann Davies
1811–
Margaret Davies
1811–
Ann Davies
1817–

Sources (7)

  • Elizabeth Davies in household of John Davies, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • Glamorganshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1570-1994
  • Elizabeth in entry for Elizabeth Davies, "Wales, Glamorgan Parish Registers, 1558-1900"

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World Events (6)

1815

The defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at Waterloo marks the end of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon defeated and exiled to St. Helena.

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.

1839 · The Rebecca Riots Take Place

The Rebecca Riots were a group of protests in west Wales from 1839-1843. The people involved were mostly poor farmers, primarily men dressed as women. The group was called “Rebecca and her daughters”, a title believed to have come the book of Genesis. They mostly fought against the toll-gates. There is only record of one death during the riots: a young Sarah Williams had been warned that the rioters were coming, but upon refusing to leave, was killed.

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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