Sunday, June 22, 2014

William Williams and Abigail Jane Beers

William Williams and Abigail Jane Beers are my third great-grandparents.

William Williams (son of Zadok Williams and Polly Bennett) was born at Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut in January 1835/6.  His death record indicates he was 60 years 6 months which would make his date of birth January 21, 1835.  In the family record section of a Bible in possession of my grandmother and appearing to belong to my great-great-grandfather, Frank Williams, William's date of birth was January 25, 1836.  William died July 21, 1895 at Weston, Fairfield County, Connecticut.  He married December 31, 1856 at Weston Abigail Jane Beers, daughter of Anson Beers and his second wife, Rachel Squires.  Abigail Beers (known as Abby) was born June 27, 1840 at Weston as calculated from her death record.  She died August 10, 1921 at Weston at age 81 years, 1 month, 14 days.  The family record section of the Williams family Bible lists her date of birth as June 25th, 1840.

William was a miller and had moved to Weston by 1860 according to the 1860 U.S. Census, although since he married Abigail in 1856 it is probable that he had moved to Weston either before or when they married.  William served in the Civil War, enlisting on August 28, 1862 in Company E, Connecticut, 17th Infantry Regiment.  He was discharged for disability on January 17, 1863.  He also has a record of service in Company K, 6th Regiment, Artillery, New York Volunteers.

By 1870 William and Abby were living in Norwalk, Connecticut.  By 1880 they are found in the U.S. Census in Weston.

William died in 1895.  His death record states his cause of death was paralysis; duration 10 months.  He is buried in Coley Cemetery (also known as Norfield Cemetery) in Weston.

Abby Beers Williams was born and raised in Weston.  After William died she went to live with her granddaughter, Maud (Williams) Beers and Maud's husband Eugene.  Abby appears in the 1900 census living with Maud, Eugene, and their daughter Elsie (my grandmother) who was two at the time.  Abby was still living with Maud and her family in Weston in 1920.  Abby's cause of death in 1921 was listed as fracture of femur, exhaustion.  I am still trying to locate where she is buried.

Children of William Williams and Abigail Beers:

     i.  Frank E. Williams, b. 6 Nov 1858 Weston, d. 7 Aug 1910; m. 7 Feb 1877 at Wilton Belle Middlebrook, daughter of Samuel Middlebrook and Artemesia Olmstead

    ii.  Emma J. Williams, b. 29 Jan 1861 probably Weston, d. 28 Jul 1895; m. Lester Bennett

The family record section of my grandmother's Bible

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