The Earliest Records of the Williams Family in Cumberland County, Virginia
This family history will attempt to piece together several generations of the Williams family traced back to its earliest point in Cumberland County, Virginia in the pre-Revolutionary War years with some clues pointing to earlier residence in New Kent, Hanover and Goochland Counties, Virginia. As early as the 1760’s, marriages were occurring in counties surrounding Cumberland between Williams men and their brides. These families remained in Cumberland County for most of the 1700’s. However, a great migration began to take place in the years just after the close of the American Revolution, when families headed westward through Virginia to Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and points beyond.
It is possible to identify the nucleus of the western settlers by examining Cumberland County land deeds, probate, census and court records. There were three men born between 1712 and the late 1720’s who lived in Cumberland County. Roger Williams was the first. Little is known of this man, except that he gave a tract of land to Roger Jr. in 1773, stating “me hereunto moving.”1 The relationship of the other two, Thomas and Matthias Williams, is certain because of a land transaction from Thomas to his brother, Matthias, in 1763.2
There are many families who have a folklore-type of tradition of three brothers coming to America. That same story has also been handed down among the Williamses. However, in this case, there are pieces of information that indicate that these three men might have been part of a family of a Roger Williams, born in the late 1600's.
First, Harriet Williams Pryor was the subject of a biographical sketch in the late 1800's in one of Goodspeed's books.3 Her sketch said she was descended from Roger Williams, although it identified Roger as Roger Williams of Rhode Island. While there is no indication that she fit into any New England group, she may, indeed, have been descended from a Roger Williams.
There are a number of names common to early Hanover County, Virginia that later appear in Goochland County. Several families appear to have moved in the same era to the area that later became Cumberland County, Virginia. Virginia land patent records show a Roger Williams receiving 200 acres of land adjoining John Johnson and Robert Allin (sic) on the north side of Chickahominy Swamp in New Kent County, VA as early as 1719.4 By Sept 1723, John Johnson received 250 acres on Chickahominy Swamp, now in Hanover County, on the lines of John Hogg and Roger Williams.5
There is a land deed dated Feb 1728/9 with Bouth Napier of Goochland selling land to Phillip Webber of King William County.6 The land was part of Thomas Mims' patent on Tuckahoe Creek. This sale was witnessed by Elizabeth Napier and William and Mary Williams. A William Williams died intestate in Cumberland Co. in 1761.7 It is not known whether this is the same man. However, later Williamses owned land on Tuckahoe Creek.
The Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish in Hanover Co. mentions in 1730 that the tithes of Capt. Thomas Anderson are to assist Roger Williams in clearing the road of which he is surveyor.8 The will of one Thomas Anderson was written 25 Oct 1757 and recorded 9 Mar 1758 in Albemarle County, Virginia.9 He named daughter Susannah Williams, among others, with witnesses shown to be John Gannaway Jr., John Gannaway Sr. and Roger Williams Sr. It is believed that this Susannah Anderson was the wife of Thomas Williams of Cumberland County. Thomas Anderson and Roger Williams in Hanover Co. may be the same men as those in Albemarle.
In Aug 1731, Michael Holland received 6,350 acres in Hanover Co. The land was adjacent to many men, including Roger Williams, John Johnson, Robert Allen and Thomas Lacy Jr.10
On 6 Nov 1734, one Thomas Williams was a witness noted in the Hanover Co. court minutes.11 Samuel's father, Thomas, was born in 1712 according to the Bible record.12 If the same man, Thomas would have been 22 and of legal age in 1734.
In addition, there are numerous records in Goochland County naming other Williams men along with surnames connected to the Williamses by marriage. Some of those early Williamses were Edward, John, William, Samuel and Robert. All are given names appearing in the Cumberland County group a generation later. Associated surnames with these Williamses in land deeds, wills or court records include Womack, Holman, Witt, Crouch, Woodson, and Wright. Those same names are also closely associated with the families of Roger, Thomas and Matthias Williams in Cumberland County.
In the adult lifetimes of Roger, Thomas and Matthias Williams, there are several records which indicate a relationship among Roger and Thomas’s family and Roger and Matthias’s family.
Thomas Williams sold land in 1765 that was adjacent to Richard Randolph's property.13 Roger Williams’ land also bordered Richard Randolph’s. Additionally, Cumberland Co., VA court orders for 28 August 1787 record Roger and Samuel Williams as administrators of the estate of Thomas Fitch, deceased.14 They had sued David Meade Randolph and Richard Randolph as executors of the estate of Richard Randolph, deceased. The relationship between Thomas Fitch and the Williamses is unknown, but perhaps he was a neighbor and there was a dispute over land ownership. On this particular day, the judgement against the Randolph defendants was set aside. Later, on 27 Mar 1788, Roger and Samuel Williams, administrators for Thomas Fitch, won another judgement against the Randolphs and Thomas Williams was paid 75 lbs. of tobacco for three days as a witness.
Court records of Halifax and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia show that one Thomas Williams, son of Roger, entered land in Pittsylvania Co. in 1752.15 Court pleas note in 1755 that Thomas Williams was the executor of Roger Williams, deceased.16 These records, if related to the Cumberland group, may actually refer to the earliest Roger in New Kent Co. in 1719 and Thomas later of Cumberland County.
Thomas Williams was a witness on behalf of Roger Williams in a 1755 lawsuit against William Hudgens in Cumberland County.17
In Cumberland County Court in 1763, Thomas Williams was sued for debt.18 His bondsmen were John Gannaway and Charles Williams (probably the Charles who lived in Halifax Co., VA, later Pittsylvania Co., VA). A son of this Charles, also named Charles, married Susannah Williams, daughter of Roger Williams and Cassie Ann Blair in 1797. This third Roger was the son of Roger b. in the 1720’s.
Thomas Williams, son of Matthias Williams, married Esther Morrow on 6 Aug 1780 in Prince Edward County. Roger Williams was the surety.
In Jan 1788, Thomas Williams sold land to Archibald Wright.19 The 200 acres were part of a tract conveyed to Samuel Williams, bounded by lands of said Samuel, Alexander Trent and Seymore Scott. Thomas noted the sale took place because of the 5 shillings received by Thomas, plus the 200 lbs. current money paid in hand to Roger Williams. Witnesses were John Lee, Saymer Scott and Creed Taylor.
By Nov 1790, Samuel Williams had been named guardian to Samuel, Nancy, Benjamin, Hannah and Saymour Scott, infant children of Saymour Scott, deceased, for the purpose of defending them in a suit in chancery brought by Benjamin and Sally Whitehead for the division of the decedent’s estate.20 In addition, Samuel and Mary Williams, William and Elizabeth Gannaway, John Wright, Saymour Wright, John and Ann Holman and Benjamin Wright sued Hannah Scott, adminstrator of Saymour Scott, deceased.
Apparently, the dispute arose because Saymour Scott had been the administrator of John Wright, deceased and the Wright heirs felt that additional money was owed to them. Interestingly, Saymour Wright married Frances Williams, daughter of Elvira Woodson Williams in Campbell Co. on 11 Aug 1788. Saymer Scott and John Woodson were bondsmen. Elvira’s apparently deceased husband and his relationship, if any, to the Cumberland Co. Williamses has not been discovered.
By Mar 1798, Samuel Williams was appointed to appraise Hannah Scott’s estate, along with Richard Gorden, John Lancaster and Peter Francis.21
Several citizens’ petitions that were generated and signed in Cumberland County survive, giving further evidence as to the time period that the Williams family lived there.22 On 10 May 1777, one petition was begun urging that Cumberland County be divided in two. Roger Jr., Thomas, Samuel and Roger Williams Sr. all signed. On 10 Nov 1780, a petition was circulated regarding rights of clergy who did not sign allegiance to the state. Samuel, Roger Jr. and Matthias Williams' signatures are found. This Matthias must be the Revolutionary War pensioner because his father's will was probated earlier in the year. A similar petition with the same date showed Thomas and Roger Williams Sr.'s signatures. On 14 May 1784, rights of pecuniary legatees and residual legatees were questioned. John, Roger, Samuel and Nathaniel Williams signed. Lastly, opposition to the act incorporating the Protestant Episcopal Church on 9 Nov 1786 included Thomas, Samuel, Nathaniel, Roger and Matthias Williams.
The above details are included in this introduction so that, perhaps in the future, someone may use this information to determine if the eldest Roger found in New Kent and Hanover Counties is indeed the father of Roger, Thomas and Matthias Williams and, thus, the immigrant progenitor of this line of Williamses.
1.”Deed from Roger Williams to Roger Williams,”
Deed Book 5:149, Cumberland County, Virginia.
Roger Williams (c1720-c1786)
Roger Sr1. was apparently married, but the name of his wife is not known. He is referred to as Roger1 since, at this time, there is no proof that Roger born in the 1600’s was the father of this man. It is also not known whether he had children other than Roger Jr. Roger Sr. recorded a land deed in Cumberland County, VA on 26 Apr 1773 transferring 350 acres on the Ash River to Roger Jr., stating that he was “hereunto moving.” It is likely that Roger Sr. had other children, but they have not have been identified.
It seems strange that no other potential children have been identified for this man and absolutely no clues have been found as to the possible name of his wife. Since Cumberland County was formed from Goochland, perhaps other children still lived there or moved back as they reached adulthood. Another possibility is that Roger and Cassie Ann Blair removed to Bedford County in the 1790’s to be closer to other relatives. There were other Williams families already living there. Perhaps some of them are actually unidentified children of Roger Sr.
Future research efforts may uncover more details about this man’s family.
2. i. Roger, born 1749 in Cumberland County, according to his Rev. War pension application, which was rejected. Roger married Cassie Ann Blair on 22 Feb. 1775, Amherst Co., VA. He died about 21 July 1835, probably in Bedford Co., VA, with Cassie Ann surviving him.
1”Deed from Roger Williams to Roger Williams,” Deed Book 5:149, Cumberland County, Virginia.
Roger and Cassie Ann Blair Williams
Roger2 (Roger1) was born Feb 1749, Cumberland Co. VA1; d. by July 1835, Bedford Co., VA2; m. Cassie Ann Blair on 22 Feb 1775 in Amherst Co., VA. Cassie Ann was born 1750-17603; died aft 1835, surviving Roger. Descendants have reported that Roger's death date is taken from a gravestone in a private cemetery, place not stated. However, the date does correspond with the probating of Roger's will. Roger applied for a Revolutionary War pension, but his application was rejected. Roger’s sons, Sam Allen and George W., the Nances and the Hudnalls migrated to Missouri, while Susannah went to Tennessee. As far as is known, Roger’s other children remained in Virginia. In 1820 Bedford, the household had 000111-000013. In Bedford Co., 1830, Roger's household was enumerated as 0000001-0000000014.
i. Nancy, born 4 Jan 1776; died June 1852,
Montgomery Co., MO; buried Nettle Cemetery, Montgomery Co., MO; married
(1) Archibald Nance, 10 Mar 1794, Bedford Co., VA (2) William Hudnall,
24 Nov 1804, Bedford Co., VA. William died 12 Oct 1844, Bedford Co., VA.
1.Revolutionary War pension file R11615.
The Descendants of Roger and Cassie Ann Blair Williams
Nancy3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 4 Jan 1776, probably Cumberland Co., VA1; died June 1852, Montgomery Co., MO.2 She married (1) Archibald Nance, 10 Mar 1794, Bedford Co., VA, the son of Thomas and Sarah H. Gibbs Nance (2) William Hudnall, 24 Nov 1804, Bedford Co., VA. Richard Hudnall was surety. William was born 20 Jan 1778; died 12 Nov 1844; he was the son of William and Frances Smith Hudnall.3 In 1830, the family was enumerated in Bedford Co., VA as 01000001-00220001.4 By 1840, they were still in Bedford Co. as follows: 000100001-000030001.5 In 1850 Montgomery Co., MO, Nancy Hudnall was 73, and head of household consisting of herself, daughter Patsey and son Richard. They lived next door to William and Susannah Elliott.6
i. Paschal W., born 7 Nov 1796, VA;
married Patsey Creasey, 22 Mar 1819, Bedford Co., VA. She the daughter
of Mary Creasey. Thomas Creasey was surety.
i. Jabez L., born 25 Oct 1805, Bedford Co.,
VA; died 10 July 1881, Bedford Co., VA; reportedly buried in the
Nance Cemetery, Bedford Co.; married Elizabeth Wood, 22 Mar 1832, Campbell
Co., VA. Elizabeth was born c1817; died after Jabez, as she is named as
Thomas3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 22 June 1777, probably in Cumberland Co., VA; died by 9 Dec 1831 when his estate was settled in Campbell Co., VA.9 Thomas married Elizabeth Woodson, daughter of Anderson Woodson, 13 Dec 1805, Campbell Co., VA. He named James Jones as guardian of his two youngest children. All of Thomas' children were named by Roger in his 1835 will. Additionally, William W. Williams and Samuel B. Williams are named on 9 Dec 1831 when Thomas’s account was settled.
i. William, born c1807; died after 1835.
Susannah3 (Roger2, Roger1) married Charles Williams (Charles2, ?Thomas1). See Charles for family.
Sam Allen3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 2 Mar 1782, Cumberland Co., VA; died c1859, Osage Co., MO10; married Peggy Blair; 8 July 1805, Amherst Co, VA; removed to MO, c1833/34, but perhaps first lived in Callaway Co., and apparently later in Osage. In 1840, Callaway Co., MO, there is one Samuel A. Williams, 1000011-0000201 in Auxvasse Twp.11
i. Archibald Nance, born 20 May 1806; died
before Dec 1862, probably Osage Co., MO; married (1) Mary Crouch,
30 Nov 1833, Campbell Co., VA; she was the daughter of Lewis Crouch;
(2) Maria Broughton, 7 June 1841, Callaway Co., MO. She was born
c1811, KY; died after Dec 1862.
Mary3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 17 Mar 1784; died 4 Nov 1872, Montgomery Co., MO2; married Richard Hudnall, 23 Mar 1802, Bedford Co., VA. He was born 22 Mar 1775, Lynchburg, Bedford, VA; reportedly died 15 Dec 1863, Rockingham Co., NC.3 His grave is in Leaksville on Joseph Covington’s former farm. He was the son of William and Frances Smith Hudnall.3 In 1820, Richard's family lived in Bedford Co., listed as 100001-3211.14 By the 1840 census, the family lived in Patrick Co., VA enumerated as 001100001-00211001.15 In 1850, the "Hadnell" family was still living in Patrick Co., VA16, but by 186017 had removed to Rockingham Co., NC, where Richard died. Polly continued to live in Rockingham Co. at least until the 1870 census.18 By 1872, she had removed to Montgomery Co., MO.
i. Susan, born 2 Jan 1803, Bedford Co., VA;
died 5 June 1830, probably Bedford Co., VA.
Elizabeth3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 4 Mar 1786, VA; died 27 Jan 1854, Lafayette Co., MO20; married Thomas F. Creasey, 7 Aug 1804, Bedford Co.,VA. Thomas was born c1780; died between 26 Nov-4 Dec 1843, Lafayette Co., MO.20 The Creaseys were apparently fairly well to do. Thomas's estate included 19 slaves and Elizabeth's estate was valued over $1700 in 1854. Elizabeth was in Lafayette Co. in 1850, heading a household with Larusha Creasey, 17, born in VA and Martha Williams, 20, also born in VA21. Neither were named as heirs. Paschal Gibbs stated that all of Thomas's and Elizabeth's heirs resided in Lafayette Co., MO at the time of their deaths. If this couple had other children, they apparently died young without issue.
i. Roger W(illiams?), born c1807, probably
VA; died June 1837, Bedford Co. VA; in Feb 1854, Paschal Gibbs was
named guardian of his minor children in Lafayette Co., MO; married Susanna
G. Wade, daughter of Archibald Wade, 2 Dec 1833, Bedford Co.; Roger was
surety at the marriage of Nancy Hudnall and Thomas Weeks in 1829.
George W.3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 24 Mar 1791; died c1841, possibly Grundy Co, MO, although no court records have been found and he has not been placed in the 1840 census; married Nancy A. Austin, 4 Nov 1826, Bedford Co., VA. Nancy was born 1800-1810; the daughter of Thomas and Nancy North Austin;24 died before 1 Apr 1858, It is possible that George died in VA and never went to MO. There is a Nancy Williams, 1840 Bedford Co. VA census (p. 245) who may be Nancy Austin Williams. Nancy’s heirs received her portion of her father’s estate in Bedford Co., VA in 1858. In 1830, George's family lived in Campbell Co., VA. The household enumeration showed 000001-20001.25
i. Susan Catherine, born 1827; died after
1870; married Theodore Penniston, 17 Feb 1848, perhaps in Daviess
Co., MO. He was born 6 May 1812, Jessamine Co., KY, the son of Robert
P. and Nancy Nuttall Penniston; died after 1882, perhaps in Daviess Co.
Martha3 (Patsey) (Roger2, Roger1) was born 20 Mar 1793; died after 1880 census, probably Bedford Co., VA; married Benjamin Witt, 27 Dec 1810, Bedford Co., VA. Benjamin died before Dec 1843, probably Bedford Co., VA, as the court ordered an inventory of his estate at that time.27 Inventory was taken 1 Jan 1844 by Samuel P. Mitchell, Jabez Hudnall and Claiborne (X) Creasy. Settlement was completed in 1846 for $157.73. Buyers at the estate sale included George, William, Martha, Henry, Charles and Roger Witt, Alexander Irvine and Matthew Creasey. In 1830, the household had 3110001-011301.28 In 1840, it showed 25311101-1105301.29 There must have been farm workers or other relatives with them at that time. In 1870, Catherine Creasey, 17, lived with Martha in Otter Twp. as a domestic servant.30 In 1880, Patsey headed a household consisting of herself, grandchild Cassie Creasey, and another relative, illegible.31
i. Elizabeth, born c1812, VA; died after 1850.
Charles B.3 (Roger2, Roger1) was born 31 Oct 1797; died after 1860, probably Daviess Co., MO34; married (1) Unknown, before 1835 (2) Matilda Wade, 22 Oct 1838, Bedford Co., VA. Matilda was born c1811, VA, the daughter of Archibald and Nancy Wade. In 1826, there is a Charles B. and Ann Williams selling land along with Mildred, Phillip and William B. Williams in Pittsylvania Co.35 It is not known if this is the same man. Charles may have married his first wife c1835; she may have died giving birth to Roger. There is a Charles B. Williams enumerated in Campbell Co., VA in 1830, listed as 010002-410011.36 It is not known if this is the same man as the one in Lafayette Co. either. In 1840, the Lafayette Co. enumeration shows 000001-00001.37 Another relative may have been caring for Roger, b. 1836. The family lived in Howard Co., MO in 1850.38 In 1860, Charles was a farmer with $5000 in real estate and $1500 in personal property. One Charles B. Williams married Luella Boling, 11 Apr 1866, Daviess, MO.
i. Roger, born 12 Feb 1836, VA; died 20 Feb
1915; buried at Civil Bend Christian Cemetery, Daviess Co., MO; married
(1) Elvira Creasey, 7 Apr 1859, Daviess, MO (2)Mrs. Martha C. Conner, 1
Aug 1878, Daviess, MO. She was born 18 Oct 1840; died 16 Feb 1938.
1.Privately printed family history booklet
on the family of Roger Williams, copy in possession of Mrs. N. Williams
of Dallas, TX.
The Descendants of Roger and Cassie Ann Blair Williams
Paschal Nance4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 7 Nov 1796, VA1; died after 1840; married Martha Creasey, 22 Mar 1819, Bedford Co., VA. She was born c1804-1810; died after 1840. Mary Creasey consented to Martha’s marriage. The 1820 Bedford Co. census lists 00010-1010 in Bedford Co, VA.2 By 1830, the family was enumerated as 110011-120013 and in 1840, appeared as 1001001-120101.4
i. Martha E., born c1820, VA; died 5 Aug 1855,
Bedford Co., VA; married Samuel Wade, 26 Feb 1855, Bedford Co, VA.
Polly Nance4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 12 Oct 1798, probably Bedford Co., VA; died 3 Feb 1838, probably Callaway Co., MO5; married John Dearing, 22 Dec 1817, Bedford Co., VA; Paschal Nance was surety and Nancy Hudnall consented to the marriage. John was born c1798, VA; died Nov 1882, Daviess Co., MO, according to his War of 1812 pension file.6 John served as a private in Capt. John Hewitt’s Co., VA Militia. He enlisted 1 Sept 1814 and was discharged 8 Dec 1814. He received bounty land #102884-40 –‘50 and 33716-120-’55 (presumably in 1850 and 1855?) In those years, John resided in Daviess Co. However, in 1871, he had removed to Bullitt Co., KY, with the closest post office identified as Fairmount, Jefferson Co., KY. In 1878, he was back in Jameson, Daviess Co. The 1820 Bedford Co., VA census shows John’s household as 000100-00100.7 Two other Dearins (sic) are listed. Richard Dearin’s household is 021110-310100-301. Jemimah Dearin’s is listed as 110000-100110-100.7 Jemimah was the mother of a couple of Dearings who married 1800-1810 and likely is John’s mother. Richard may be a brother. In 1830, John was still in Bedford Co., with 110001-120001.8 According to a Daviess Co. biographical sketch,9 the Dearings removed to Callaway Co., MO in 1836 and John’s family is found there in Nine Mile Twp. in 1840 as 1211001-00120001.10 The oldest female’s identity is not known, but John and his eight children in 1850 fit the pattern of the remaining family members.11 In addition to the children listed below, the 1850 Dearing household also showed Jesse Dearing, 8. His parents have not been identified. In 1860 the family lived in Grundy Co. and Jesse was still in the household, aged 18. Texanna Dearing, a seven year old girl, also lived in the household at that time.12
i. Susan, born 24 Apr 1821, Bedford Co., VA;
died after 1882; married William C. Atkinson, 2 Oct 1861, Grundy Co., MO
as his second wife.5 He was born 25 Apr 1809, Rockingham Co., NC,
the son of William and Mary Clark Atkinson, who came from Maryland; he
died after 1882. Susan had one daughter, Sarah M., born 9 Feb
1868, probably Daviess Co., MO; died after 1882.12
Allen Blair Nance4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 16 Sept 1801, VA; died 5 Mar 1893, aged 91 yearrs., 5 mos., 19 days, Gentry Co., MO; married Polly Wade, 6 Feb 1826, Bedford Co., VA. She was born 19 Nov 1807, VA; died 9 Jan 1879, Daviess Co., MO; both are buried at Civil Bend Christian Church Cemetery, Daviess Co., MO.13 Polly was one of eleven daughters of Archibald and Nancy Wade. In Bedford Co., VA 1830, Allen's household is shown as 10001-10001.14 The family removed to MO in 1836 and resided in Callaway Co., MO in 1840, with Allen B. Nance’s household listed as 121001-111001.15 The Nance family remained in Daviess Co. in 1850,16 186017 and 187018.
i. Frances A., born c1827, VA; married John
McLaughlin, 18 May 1851, Daviess Co., MO.
Jabez Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 25 Oct 1805, VA; died 10 July 1881, Bedford Co., VA of old age20, informant was his son-in-law, W.W. Pollard, who was also informant on Elizabeth’s certificate; Jabez was reportedly buried at Nance Cemetery, Bedford Co., VA; married (1) Elizabeth Wood, 22 Mar 1832, Campbell Co., VA; she was born c1813, VA; died 12 Oct 1896, Bedford Co., VA, of old age. In 1830, Jabez appears to have been unmarried.21 His household consisted of only two males, both aged 20-30. A brother may have been living with him. In Pittsylvania Co. 1840, the household listed as 110001-0001.22 The family lived in Pittsylvania Co., VA until 1849, when they removed to Bedford Co., VA. By 1850, Jabez was in Campbell County.23 In 1860, the oldest female is "F.", 45 years old.24 At that time, Jabez had $1360 in real estate and $400 in personal property.
i. Robert A., born 6 Dec 1834, Pittsylvania
Co., VA; died after 1860; married Mary Brown, Nov 1861, probably in Jackson
Co., MO, where he moved in 1857. In 1860, he was a clerk living with
merchant James P. Matthews with personal property worth $400.
Samuel William Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 15 July 1808, Bedford Co., VA; died 2 May 1896, Montgomery Co., MO25; married Julia Ann Hewitt, 23 Feb 1835, Bedford Co., VA. Julia was born c1814, VA; died 1884.25 In 185026 and 1860, they lived in Montgomery Co., MO.27 In 1860, Samuel had $1200 real estate and $1072 in personal property.
i. Frances, born c1836, VA.
Nancy Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 13 Apr 1812, VA; died 1898, Montgomery Co., MO25; married William M. Hopkins, 12 Oct 1832, Bedford Co., VA. He was born c1802, VA; died after 1860, probably Montgomery Co., MO.
i. Edward, born c1836, VA; died after 1860;
perhaps the E.R. who married Sallie Randolph, 18 Oct 1866, Montgomery Co.,
Parthena Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 16 July 1815, VA; died 4 July 1855, Clay Co., MO28; married John S. Howard. John was reportedly born in Clark Co., KY and came to MO c1850.30 However, this family not been located any census. A marriage record for one John S. Howard to Rebecca Prewitt on 10 Aug 1843 is found in Grundy Co., MO. It is possible that his first four children were from a previous marriage. (Robert William, born 8 Mar 1842, KY; died probably before 1860, Samuel Austin, born 21 Nov 1843, KY; died probably before 1850, Martha, born 5 May 1845, KY; died probably before 1850 and Nancy Matilda, born 28 Nov 1846, KY. Since Virginia, Jane and Susan were sent to stay with Hudnall relatives after Parthena died, the girls may be her only children. John next married Henrietta Mabe. She died soon after their son, John Absolum, was born on 9 Mar 1858. John last married Elizabeth Sharp, 14 Jan 1859. One son, Lewis Grigsby was born 4 Dec 1859 and another, Elizah S., was born 20 July 1863. John died of consumption 13 Sept 1863, Jefferson City, MO. Few facts have been found on this family and it appears that more research is needed. A first step would be to verify the identity of the Grundy Co. John S. Howard. It also appears that one John L. Howard lived in Clay Co., MO at the same time that John S. reportedly lived there.
i. Virginia Ellen, born 25 Dec 1850 or 1853,
MO; died 31 Dec 1939; married William N. Gibbs, 22 Jan 1889. William
was born 22 June 1848, Fincastle, Botetourt, VA; died 2 Aug 1919.
He lived with Sam W. Creasey's family in Lafayette Co., MO in 1870.29
Susannah Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 14 May 1818, VA; died 11 Mar 1853, Montgomery Co., MO; aged 34y, 9m, 27d; married William Elliott. William was born c1820, VA; died after 1860. Both are buried in Nettle Cemetery, but with no dates on William’s gravestone. In 1850, this family lived in Montgomery Co., MO.30 In 1860, William was head of household with son, Benjamin, and sister-in-law Patsey Hudnall, aged 45. He was a carpenter with no land and personal property valued at $200.31
i. Benjamin, born c1849, MO; died after 1860;
buried Nettle Cemetery, with no dates on stone.
Archibald Nance4 (Sam Allen3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 20 May 1806; died 1862, Osage Co., MO32; married (1) Mary Crouch, 30 Nov 1833, Campbell Co., VA (2) Maria Broughton, 7 June 1841, Callaway Co., MO. In 1850, they were in Osage Co., MO.33
i. Sam Lewis, born c1837, MO. He was raised by his stepmother.
Elizabeth R. Hudnall4 (Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 10 May 1805, Bedford Co., VA; died 20 Jan 1881, Montgomery Co., MO; married Joseph Covington, 5 Dec 1833, probably Rockingham Co., NC. Joseph's family is in the 1860 Rockingham Co., NC census.34 He is shown as born c1785, being 75 years old. Elizabeth's parents, sister Sarah and brother Samuel were also living with them. Joseph was listed as head of household. It is not known whether they had children other than Charles. In 1870, R.A. was head of household with Elizabeth, Charles, Elmira and Mary Hunley (Mary, 45), Rosie Rhodes, and Charles Rhodes, 9, living with her.35
i. R.A., born c1835, NC; died after 1870,
possibly Callaway Co., MO; unmarried in 1870.
Nancy Hudnall4 (Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 6 Feb 1808, Bedford Co., VA; died 20 Nov 1883, at the residence of her son, Charles T. Weeks; married Thomas Weeks, 22 Dec 1829, Bedford Co., VA. He was born 20 Jan 1806, Bedford Co., VA; died 24 Nov 1883, at the residence of his son, Samuel. Both died suddenly of pneumonia. Both are buried at Old Holt Cemetery, east of Williamsburg, Montgomery Co., MO.36 All children survived their parents, except for Linah Jane, who died in 1842. Their obituary said one son was in Colorado, one daughter was in California, a son and daughter lived in Montgomery Co., three daughters and a son were in Callaway Co. and a daughter was in Vernon Co., MO.37 In 1850, this family still lived in Rockingham Co., NC.38
i. Charles T., born c1831, VA; married Mary
E. Clements, 14 Feb 1867, Montgomery, MO.. Lived in Montgomery or Callaway
Co., MO in 1883.
Richard N. Hudnall4 (Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 14 Oct 1810, Bedford Co., VA; died 15 Apr 1887, Callaway Co., MO28; buried at Nettle Cemetery, Montgomery Co., MO26; married Catherine Covington, 11 Feb 1834, Rockingham Co., NC. Catherine was born 1 Jan 1816, NC; died 23 Oct 1894, Callaway Co., MO28. In 1840, the Hudnalls were in Patrick Co., VA with the following household - 100001-20001.39 They still resided there in 1850.40
i. Claudis Buchanan, born 20 Mar 1836, Patrick
Co., VA; died 6 Jan 1918, poss Audrain Co., MO; buried at Nettle
Cemetery, Montgomery Co., MO; married Elizabeth J. Craig, 2 Sept 1866,
Patrick Co., VA. She was born c1846; died 26 Jan 1911, at home in Venice,
Audrain Co., MO; left a husband, two daughters, three sons according to
obituary in The Audrain County Oracle.
Elmira Hudnall4 (Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 5 Apr 1816, Bedford Co., VA; died 6 Apr 1894; married (1) John Clark, 28 Sept 1841, Patrick Co., VA (2) Claiborn Hundley, 24 Nov 1853, Rockingham, NC as his second wife. He married (1) Sarah Hopper, 26 Dec 1842, Rockingham Co., NC. In 1850, Elmira was living in her father's household in Patrick Co., VA.40 Rose was also listed as a household member. It is not known if John Clark died or if the couple separated/divorced. In 1860, the household included Daniel, born 1847, James, born 1849, Nancy, born 1851, and Sallie, born 1853.41 Sallie might be Elmira’s child, but it is more likely that Frances was her only child by Claiborn. In 1870, Elmira, Mary Hunley, Rose and Charles Rhodes were part of the R.A. Covington household.42
i. Rosetta, born c1844, VA; d. aft 1870; married Noel Rhodes, 13 June 1858, Rockingham Co., NC. He was born c1831 and died 1860-1870. Charles Rhodes, 9, in 1870, was likely her son.
ii. Frances (female), born c1854, NC; died after 1860.
Charles William Hudnall4 (Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 14 Jan 1821, Bedford Co., VA; died 18 Feb 1862; buried in Leaksville on Joseph Covington’s former farm; married Sophia Weston Suttenfield, 21 Dec 1847, Henry Co., VA. She was born c1825, VA; died after 1870. In 1850, Charles and Sophia were living in Richard's household, along with Elmira.40
i. Elmira, born 1850, VA; died after 1860.
He may be Blain, 20, born NC, lving with G.B. Wade 74, Mary S. Wade 70
and Ruth M. Thomas 17 in Rockingham Co., 1870, p. 40.
Tabitha F. Hudnall4 (Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 21 Apr 1824, Bedford Co., VA; died 30 June 190925; married Daniel Hundley, 10 June 1856, Rockingham Co., NC. Tabitha was unmarried and living in her father's household in 1850 in Patrick Co., VA.47 Daniel was b. c1830 in VA, according to the 1860 census.41 However, in 1870, D.W. Hundley is shown as 52 years old, giving a birth year of 1818.42
i. Rufus, born c1861, VA.
Roger W. Creasey4 (Elizabeth3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1807; d. June 1837, probably Bedford Co, VA43; married Susanna G. Wade, 2 Dec 1833, Bedford Co, VA. She was born 1812, VA; died 1886, probably in Lafayette Co., MO; buried at Greenton Cemetery there.53 She was the daughter of Archibald Wade. A biographical sketch of S.W. Creasey says he came to MO in Apr 185344, with his mother, his father having already passed away.45 In 1850, Susanna was living with her parents in Bedford Co., VA with the two boys.46 By 1860, Susan Creasey was a well-to-do widow as head of household with her two sons.19 Real estate was worth $14,000 and personal property was listed at $5,000. In 1870, she lived with her son, Sam.47 Her real estate at that time was valued at $13,500.
i. Samuel W., born c1835, Bedford Co, VA;
died 6 June 1886, Lafayette Co., MO; buried at Greenton Cemetery, Lafayette
Co., MO44; married Mary R. Renick, 7 Feb 1866, Lafayette Co., MO. The marriage
record shows 1865, but was recorded on 17 Feb 1866. It is also listed
between two other 1866 records. As Samuel reported he married in
1866 in a county biography, the minister most likely erred in recording
1865. Mary was born 1839; died 5 May 1867, probably Lafayette Co.44
Samuel was a veteran of the C.S.A., Shelby's Brigade.45
Cassie Ann Creasey4 (Elizabeth3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1812, VA; died 18 Feb 1877,44 probably Lafayette Co., MO; married Paschal A. Gibbs, 12 Dec 1833, Bedford Co., VA. Paschal was born 21 Nov 1807; died 10 Nov 1883, aged 76 years; buried at Greenton Cemetery there. He was the son of Byrd Gibbs. In 1837, the family removed to Lafayette Co., MO.45 The 1840 Lafayette Co. census shows 100101-000001.48 In 1850, Paschal had $2400 in real estate.49 He was a farmer. By 1860, his worth had grown considerably with $11,000 in real estate and $12,000 in personal property.50
i. Samuel R., born c1838, MO; died in the
Battle of Corinth, probably about the same time as his cousin, Madison
Creasey, who died in Oct 1862. Veteran of the C.S.A, Shelby's
Susan Catherine4 (George W.3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 1827, VA; married Theodore Penniston, 17 Feb 1848, probably Daviess Co., MO. He was born 6 May 1812, Jessamine Co., KY, the son of Robert P. and Nancy Nuttall Penniston; died after 1882, probably Daviess Co., MO51; In 1850, this family was living with Theodore's family.52 In 1860, they lived in Daviess Co., MO.53 In 1870, Blair Williams, 10, born MO, was living with them in Jackson Township.54
i. Frances Matilda, born c1848, MO; married
Dr. Albert F. McFarland of Gallatin, 19 Nov 1868, Daviess Co., MO.
He was born 5 Aug 1838, Platte Co., MO. In 1882, he was Clerk of
the Circuit Court.55
Cassie Ann Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1813; died after 1850; married Matthew Creasey, 2 Jan 1836, Bedford Co., VA. This family lived in Bedford Co., VA in 1850.56 They have not been found in 1860.
i. Charles D., born c1837, VA; died after
Elvirah F. Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1814-22, VA; married William M. Stevens, 28 Oct 1850, Bedford Co., VA. He was born c1825, VA; died 29 Sept 1879, Bedford Co., VA of dropsy.57 William was the son of William and Matilda Stevens. According to the 1870 census, Elvirah was born c1819. It appears she was older than her husband and her age varied from census year to census year. In 1860, he was a farmer with land valued at $1200 and personal property at $2000.58 By 1870, he had no real estate, and personal property was valued at $400.59
i. Charles R., born c1852, VA; married
Sina F. Creasey, 1888, Bedford Co., VA.
Martha Jane Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1816, VA; died after 1850; married William Creasey, 19 Jan 1837, Bedford Co., VA. There are several William Creaseys in the 1850 census. However, Martha is shown as head of household living next door to her mother in 1850.61 One William Creasey, living in Pittsylvania Co.,62 was also 34 years old, with Mary, 27, Mary, 1, and William, 2 months old. It is possible that this, or one of the other Williams, is the man who married Martha and that the couple divorced.
i. Elsy, born c1837, VA; died after 1850.
Nancy Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1822, VA; died 1 Dec 1895, Bedford Co, VA of dropsy63; married Jacob A. Clinkenspeal, 25 Jan 1840, Bedford Co., VA. Jacob was born c1822, VA; died 11 July 1895, Bedford Co., VA of old age.73 He was the son of John and Molly Clingenpeel. In 1850, he was a carpenter.71 The family was still in Bedford Co. in 1860.64 By 1870, Jacob was listed as a farmer. Isaac Hall, 12, and William Creasey, 6, lived with them family at that time.65
i. Cynthia J., born 1 June 1842, VA; died
17 July 1918, Bedford Co., VA; married (1) Alfred Lee Creasey, 3 Dec 1862,
Bedford Co., VA. He was born 14 Apr 1826, VA; died 14 June 1865,
Union Prison Camp, Point Lookout, MD (2) Preston Lee Leftwich, 2 Oct 1866,
Bedford Co., VA. He was born 6 Apr 1845, VA; died 9 Oct 1919, VA.
Thomas M. Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1820, VA; died after 1880; married Martha J. Wright, 20 Jan 1856, Bedford Co., VA. Martha was born c1824, VA; died 4 May 1881, Bedford Co., VA of unknown causes. She was the daughter of Price and Sarah S. (Hudnall) Wright. In 1870, this couple lived next door to Thomas’s mother. Thomas was listed as unable to read or write according to that census.69 Thomas still lived close to his mother, Patsey, in 1880.70
i. Heenan T., born 30 Aug 1860, VA; died 9
June 1928, Bedford Co., VA; married (1) Ethlena Z. Goode, 1882, Bedford
Co., VA. She was born 4 Feb 1858, VA; died 15 Sept 1896, Lynchburg,
VA (2) Ida Padgett, c1907. She was born c1873, Amherst Co., VA.
Susanna D. Witt4 (Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1822, VA; died after 1880; married John M. Stephens, 11 Oct 1853, Bedford Co., VA. He was born c1832, VA; died after 1880. In 1860, he was a carpenter.71 This family lived in Otter Township, Bedford Co., VA in 1870 and Susanna was listed as 37 years old, rather than 47.72
i. Elizabeth J., born c1854, VA; married Ed
N. Wade, 1873, Bedford Co., VA.
1.Dates are often cited by descendants, but
no primary source confirmation has been found.
The Descendants of Roger and Cassie Ann Blair Williams
Nancy Nance5 (Paschal W. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1823, VA; died after 18701; married Silas G. Wade, 29 Jan 1850, Bedford Co., VA. Silas was born c1819. VA; died 18942. He was a blacksmith.
i. H., (female), born c1851, VA; died after
Archibald Nance5 (Paschal W. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1823-5; died 2 May 1886, Bedford Co., VA of dropsy; married (1) Elizabeth Williams, 30 Nov 1850, Bedford Co., VA. She was the daughter of Samuel Williams of Botetourt Co. (2) Lucy F. Hughes, 15 Jan 1857, Botetourt Co, VA. Lucy was born c1839, VA; died Archibald.
i. Mary Elizabeth, born c1851, VA; married
Jesse Whitfield Dowdy, 26 Dec 1871, Bedford Co., VA.
Frances Nance5 (Allen B. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1837, VA; died after 18604; married John McLaughlin, 18 May 1851, Daviess Co., MO. He was born c1825, KY; died after 1860. He was a farmer, with $800 in real estate and $230 in personal estate.
i. Mary, born c1853, MO; died after 1860.
Archibald Whitfield Nance5 (Allen B. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 15 Feb 1827, VA; died 2 July 1924, probably Gentry Co., MO5; married (1) Surilda Prewitt, 14 July 1853, Daviess Co., MO. She was born 3 Jan 1830, MO; died before 1864. (2) Susan Evaline Prewitt, 1 Nov 1855, Daviess Co., MO (3) Lovery Amanda Hardwick, c1864, Greenup Co, KY. She was born 26 Dec 1843, KY; died 8 Dec 1922, Gentry Co., MO. Archibald and Lovery are buried at Wheeler-Hardwick Cemetery, Gentry Co., MO. In 1860, the family lived in Gallatin, Daviess Co. with Susan the eldest female and Susan, aged 6, and Darcy F., aged 16. Neither child was in the household in 1870. This family lived in Keller Township, Gentry Co., MO in 18707.
i. Susan Surilda, born 21 May 1854, Daviess
Co., MO; married Eli Hefley Woodring. He was born 1 Aug 1845, Elisabethtown,
Charity Wilmuth Nance5 (Allen B. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 1 Sept 1832, VA; died 15 Feb 1894, Daviess Co., MO; married William T. Miller, 6 July 1853, Daviess Co., MO. He was born 4 Dec 1828, TN; died 10 Aug 1905, MO. Both are buried at Civil Bend Christian Cemetery, Daviess Co., MO.
i. Ethelbert W., born c1855, MO; died after
Peter H. Nance5 (Allen B. Nance4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1834, VA; died 26 May 1876, probably Daviess Co., MO; buried at Civil Bend Cemetery, Daviess Co.9; married Sarah F. Powell, 14 Mar 1861, Daviess Co., MO. Sarah was born c1842, IN. She is also buried at Civil Bend Cemetery. Peter had real estate valued at $700 in Marion Township and personal estate worth $250 in 1870.10
i. Sterling D., born c1862, MO; married
Sarah James, 1 Mar 1885, Daviess Co., MO.
Robert A. Hudnall5 (Jabez Hudnall4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 6 Dec 1834, Pittsylvania Co., VA; died after 188011; married Mary Virginia Brown, Nov 186112, probably Jackson Co., MO, where she was from. In 1870, the family lived in Jackson Co., MO13, but had moved to Lafayette Co. by 1880. Robert apparently migrated to Jackson Co. by 1860, and was unmarried at that time.14
i. Elizabeth, born 30 Aug 1862, MO; died 30
Nov 1889; married Thomas Blakey Fishback, of Napoleon, MO. He was
born 18 Oct 1861; died 15 Mar 1891. Both are buried at Pleasant Prairie
Cemetery, Lafayette Co., MO.
Mary A. Hudnall5 (Jabez Hudnall4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 31 Dec 1841, VA; died 14 Dec 1891,15 probably Callaway Co., MO; married William T. Craghead, c1860, possibly Bedford Co., VA. He was born 15 Nov 1834, VA; died 14 July 1911.15 William Weeks and Mildred Craghead lived with them in 187016. Mary may have married first to a Mr. Whitten. Mollie Whitten, sister of Wood Hudnall, was informant on his death certificate in 1862. Mary’s son, George L. then may actually be a Whitten.
i. George L., born 24 Sept 1859, VA; died
13 Apr 1947; married Virginia C. She was born 5 Feb 1865; died 13
John H. Weeks5 (Nancy4, Nancy3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1834, VA; died after 187017; married Mary D. She was born c1834, MO; died after 1870. In 1870, he was a farmer with land valued at $5000 and property at $600. Gilbert Williams, 16, and John Williams, 14, lived with them at that time.
i. Stonewall Jackson, born c1865, MO; died
Rosetta Clark5 (Elmira Hudnall4, Mary3, Roger2, Roger1) was born about 1842, VA; died after 187019; married Noel Rhodes, 13 June 1858, Rockingham Co., NC. He was born c1831, NC; died 1860-1870.
i. Susan, born c1859, NC; not in the 1870
Susannah B. Gibbs5 (Cassie Ann Creasey4, Elizabeth3, Roger2, Roger1) was born 26 Sept 1840, Lafayette Co., MO; died aft 1880's20; married Col. Benjamin Elliott, 29 Jan 1861, Lafayette Co., MO. In 1870, Susannah was living with her parents in Lafayette Co.21 Her son was with her, but not the Colonel.
i. Benjamin, born c1862, MO; died after 1870.
Cassie Ann Creasey5 (Martha Jane Witt4, Martha3, Roger2, Roger1) was born c1841, VA; died after 188022; married Addison Blankenship, 1860, Bedford Co., VA. Addison may have been ill in 1870, as Cassie was head of household with Addison enumerated as a household member.23 No other households nearby were listed this way. Addison was b. c1835, VA and listed as a farmer. He died after 1880. Both were listed as unable to read or write. Cassandra was shown as keeping house.
i. John W., born c1865, VA; died after 1880.
1.Bedford County, Virginia 1880 census, p.
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