The Williams Families of Person County,
By Kent Williams
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Hopefully the method used in this rendering will make for an understandable and interesting read. Many authors do not use a simple linage chart, which I consider the best means of keeping tract of family names, especially if the name is numbered. In this book each person that is historicized will have a number beside their name on the chart as well as on their personal history. This should alleviate confusing people who have the exact same name, which in some families happened frequently through several generations. Also in this history I will give a biographical sketch of each individual. This should be much more interesting than naming a man and his wife and then listing their children and grandchildren, etc. I should also add that what is being written about here is the Williams family, it is not a book of families that married into the Williams family. Research has not been extended in that direction because that endeavor was considered as too time consuming at the time of this writing.
In each biography I will give as many facts and details as was deemed necessary to provide a true understanding and meaning of that personís life. Some people will have more information than others simply because there was more in the records on one person than another. To do a comprehensive family study involves extensive and meticulous research, therefore it is very time consuming. For this reason I decided not to pursue the effort so far into the 1900s, this will be left to later family historians. People who were born well back in the 1800s but didnít die until on in the 20th century will obviously be written up to their end. The linage chart however is carried beyond the individual histories so as to give the present generation someone they can identify with and to which line they belong.
On occasion question marks will appear beside words or numbers. This means that the item was not legible or clear in the records, a common problem when attempting to read and understand old documents. Also, different spellings of proper names will be found; this being a common occurrence in times past, I choose to show it as such. This book has numerous references to legal proceedings. Much of this information came from old court docket books and the entries were sometimes brief and incomplete, therefore difficult to decipher all the facts. The reader is asked to keep this in mind when trying to glean and understand that part of the research. Another item to keep in mind concerns tax lists. Often the listing of land that a person owned is not congruent with the deed records, as are the number of slaves owned are seldom in accord with the number shown in wills, inventories and census records. It is known that some locations in the South did not require that slaves under the age of 12 and over the age of 50 to be listed for tax purposes. I suspect that this was common throughout the South.
Roxboro, North Carolina
December 2, 2011