When Gleason Williams was born on 21 January 1906, in Mount Vernon, Jefferson, Illinois, United States, his father, Franklin Otis Williams, was 25 and his mother, Lorena D. Gleason, was 25. He died in 1967, at the age of 61, and was buried in Evansville, Knight Township, Vanderburgh, Indiana, 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.