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William Williams

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  • Name William Williams 
    Born 23 Apr 1731  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 2 Aug 1811  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Initiatory (LDS) 24 Aug 1877  SGEOR Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID I98215  mytree
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2016 

    Father Solomon Williams,   b. 4 Jun 1700, Hatfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Feb 1776, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Mother Mary Porter,   b. 4 Nov 1703, Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1787, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1723  Hadley, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F30280  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Trumbull,   b. 16 Jul 1745, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1831, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 14 Feb 1771  Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Solomon Williams,   b. 5 Jan 1772, Columbia, Columbia, Tolland, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Oct 1810, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     2. Faith Williams,   b. 15 Sep 1774, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Apr 1838, Woodstock, Windham, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     3. William Williams,   b. 4 Mar 1779, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Dec 1839, Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2019 
    Family ID F30281  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 23 Apr 1731 - Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 14 Feb 1771 - Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Aug 1811 - Lebanon, New London, Connecticut, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsInitiatory (LDS) - 24 Aug 1877 - SGEOR Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Williams, William b1731 - Portrait
    Williams, William b1731 - Portrait

  • Notes 
    • Signer of the United States of America Declaration of Independence.

      He was a merchant, and a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress in 1776, and a signatory of the Declaration of Independence. Williams was born in Lebanon, Connecticut, the son of a minister, Tim Solomon Williams, and Mary Porter. He studied theology and achieved law school from Harvard in 1751. He continued preparing for the ministry for a year, but then joined the militia to fight in the French and Indian War. After the war, he opened a store in Lebanon, which he called The Williams Inc.

      On February 14th, 1771, and almost 40 he married Mary Trumbull, age 25. She was daughter of Jonathan Trumbull, Royal Governor, and an American politician who served as the second speaker at the United States House of Representatives. Mary Trumbull and William Williams had three children, Solomon, born 1772; Faith; 1774; and William Trumbull; 1777.

      Williams was elected to the Continental Congress to replace Oliver Wolcott. Though he arrived at Congress too late to vote for the Declaration of Independence, he did sign the formal copy as a representative of Connecticut.

      The Reverend Charles A. Goodrich in his book, Lives of the Signers to the Declaration of Independence (1834), said

      [Williams] made a profession of religion at an early age, and through the long course of his life, he was distinguished for a humble and consistent conduct and conversations. While yet almost a youth, he was elected to the office of deacon, an office which he retained during the remainder of his life. His latter days were chiefly devoted to reading, meditation, and prayer.

      Williams was also pastor of the First Congregational Church in Lebanon, Connecticut and a successful merchant. Upon his death he was buried in Lebanon's Old Cemetery.

      Williams' home in Lebanon survives and is a U.S. National Historic Landmark.