Williams and Boykin Families
Of England, Virginia, and North Carolina
Updated January 28, 2018
This page contains family group sheets and timelines for my Williams and Boykin families, as well as a little on related families. These files contain as much documentation in the footnotes as could be found at this time. New information and corrections have been made to the files for George Williams, Sr., George Williams, Jr., Thomas Mann, Jr., and Bridgett Hooker, Thomas Mann, Sr., and Elizabeth (perhaps Booth), Daniel Boucher's timeline, and the timeline for the two George Williamses in North Carolina. Please note point 5 below concerning a different George Williams family that is frequently confused with mine.
1. Richard Williams of Bedminster, County Somerset, England, was probably born before 1555. For his name, location, and some of the information on his son, Walter Williams, Sr., I have depended on the family tree web page at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com, WorldConnect Project, of Charles C. Lucas, firstname.lastname@example.org, database: "clucas," page entitled "John Lucas of Eastern North Carolina Descendants and Related Families," last updated 24 Nov 2015; accessed 19 Feb 2017. For the father and birth location of George Williams, he cited "Bristol Apprentice Books 1600-1640," researched by Geoffrey Roberts, Genealogist, of Bristol, England, in 2000.
2. Walter Williams, Sr. (c. 1575-1625), was the son of Richard Williams of Bedminster, County Somerset, England, and he was apprenticed there as a tanner. He married Dorothea unknown about 1600, and they had five known children baptized at St. James Church, Bristol, Gloucestershire, England. A possible first child was baptized at St. Philip and St. Jacob's Church, but this is not proved. He died in Bristol in 1625 and is buried at St. James Church. Dorothea then married John Panter.
3. After Walter's death, his son George Williams, Sr. (1618-1672), was apprenticed as a tailor in Bristol in 1634, and he left England, arriving in Jamestown, Virginia, in December 1656 or January 1657. Not long after this George married a daughter of Daniel Boucher, whose first name is unknown, and they had at least three children in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. The oldest, William, died about 1665. A daughter, Elizabeth, married Richard Reynolds, Jr., about 1684. The third child was a son, George, Jr., born about 1670.
4. George Williams, Jr. (c. 1670-c. 1750), married Sarah Mann, daughter of Thomas Mann and Bridgett Hooker in Isle of Wight County about 1700. He was in Chowan County by May 26, 1723. He died about May 1750 in Northampton County, North Carolina. He appears to have had two wives, both named Sarah. Sarah Mann's father, Thomas Mann, Jr., did not name Sarah as a daughter in his will, although he named Sarah's husband and son, George Williams III. It may be that Sarah Mann had died before her father did. The will of George Williams, Jr., names his wife as Sarah. This is either Sarah Mann or a second wife named Sarah. He had eight children: George III, Mildred (sometimes shown as Millicent), Sarah, Robert, William, Ann, Samuel, and Jacob. I have added a little new information to this page for the parents of Thomas Mann, Jr., who were Thomas Mann, Sr., and Elizabeth, perhaps Booth.
5. There is another George Williams, Jr. (c. 1710-1735), who is frequently confused with him because they lived in some of the same parts of North Carolina. This George Williams, Jr., was the son of George Williams, Sr. (c. 1681-1738), and Joanna unknown (who was the son of Roger Williams and Mary unknown, of Surry County, Virginia). There is no known relationship between these two Williams families that I know of. George Sr. of Surry County, Virginia, married Joanna unknown about 1703, and they moved to Chowan County, North Carolina, by 1722. Joanna made her will in Bertie County, North Carolina, on January 12, 1747/8, and it was probated in July court 1756. They had seven children: Jean, Richard, Roger, George, Jr., Mary, Thomas, and Eliza. There was no overlap in children's names between the two George Williams families except that both had sons named George, Jr. Timelines for both these men are included on this page because it takes some effort to distinguish between them on the basis of their North Carolina records, and many people's family trees mistakenly mix the two families together. I also have made a timeline showing both men with the data for George of Isle of Wight in blue and the data for George of Surry in yellow, which is named "Two George Williamses in NC Timeline." This may help to separate them because both men were in Chowan County and Bertie County, North Carolina, at roughly the same times.
6. My line picks up with Mildred Williams, the daughter of George Williams, Jr., and unknown Mann (in 3. above). She married Francis Boykin. See point 9, below.
7. But first I'll introduce Edward Boykin, the Immigrant (c. 1650-1728), and Ann unknown (c. 1652/1660-after 1728). Edward Boykin was probably born in England, perhaps in Kent, but this is not known for sure. He first appeared in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, records in 1678, and could have been about 28 years old at this time. He died in this county about 1728. His known children were John, Edward, Jr., Thomas, and William. Some people think that his wife Ann's maiden name was Gwaltney or Williamson, but I have been unable to verify this in any way. William Gwaltney, Sr., of Isle of Wight County, made a will probated 2 Mar 1732 in which he left a cow to a grandson, Edward Boykin. This appears to be the source of the belief that William's unknown daughter married Edward Boykin the Immigrant. The grandson of William Gwaltney was likely a young boy or a young man, however, and his mother could not have been Ann, wife of the immigrant, who was too old to be having children at the approximate time the younger Edward Boykin was born.
8. John Boykin (c. 1678-1729), son of Edward, the Immigrant, and Ann unknown, probably was the father of Francis Boykin. Other children, if any, are unknown, and no wife's name is known. The children of his brothers, Edward, Jr., Thomas, and William, are accounted for in those men's wills (family group sheets included here), so, by the process of elimination, it appears that John was Francis's father. (Possibly John Boykin married the unknown daughter of William Gwaltney.)
9. Francis Boykin (c. 1700-1761) was born probably in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He married Mildred Williams about 1721, and she died before February 1752. He then married Sarah Wall. His will was recorded in 1761 in Northampton County, North Carolina. Although Mildred was identified as Mildred in her father's 1750 will, a 1748 deed shows her as Millicent. Francis Boykin and Mildred Williams had a daughter named Mildred, who married Richard Wall, and they had a daughter, Mildred. The evidence suggests Mildred is correct, rather than Millicent.
10. My line continues with Mary Boykin (c. 1726-after 1764), daughter of Francis Boykin and Mildred Williams. Mary's husband, Samuel DeLoach (c. 1706-1764), named Francis as his father-in-law in his 1764 will in Edgecombe County, North Carolina.
11. The daughter of Mary Boykin and Samuel DeLoach was Selah (perhaps Celia) DeLoache (c. 1744-after 1801), who married Joseph Barnes (c. 1744-1795). The Barnes lines are shown in my web page www.williambarnesgenealogy.com.
I have relied on the research of two people in particular. They include Robert W. Baird, www.genfiles.com, "Bob's Genealogy Filing Cabinet," and the family tree web page at www.rootsweb.ancestry.com, WorldConnect Project, of Charles Lucas, email@example.com, database: “lucama12,” page entitled “John Lucas and Descendants of Eastern NC,” last updated 27 Nov 2017; accessed 25 Jan 2018.
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