Mary Jane Williams

Brief Life History of Mary Jane

When Mary Jane Williams was born about 1846, in Plymouth, Devon, England, United Kingdom, her father, Joseph Williams, was 37 and her mother, Susan Rowe, was 31. She lived in Charles, Devon, England, United Kingdom in 1861.

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Joseph Williams
Susan Rowe
Amelia Ambrosina Frances Williams
Mary Jane Williams
George Williams
Martha Williams
Rebecca Williams
Joseph Williams
Joseph Martin Williams
Joseph Williams
Alfred Williams
George H. Williams
Tamosine Williams
Samuel Williams
George Williams

Sources (3)

  • Mary J Williams in household of Joseph Williams, "England and Wales Census, 1861"
  • Mary Jane Williams, "England, Devon Bishop's Transcripts, 1558-1887"
  • Mary Jane Williams in household of Joseph Williams, "England and Wales Census, 1851"

World Events (7)

1854 · The Crimean War

The Crimean War was fought between Russia and an alliance of Britain, France, Sardinia and Turkey on the Crimean Peninsula. Russia had put pressure on Turkey which threatened British interests in the Middle East.

1880 · School Attendance Becomes Mandatory for Children

School attendance became compulsory from ages five to ten on August 2, 1880.


Art Nouveau Period (Art and Antiques).

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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