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  • Name John WILLIAMS 
    Born Abt 1714  Merthyr Tydfil, Glamorgan, Wales Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Jul 1763 
    Probate 21 Sep 1763 
    Buried Bill McClung Cemetery, Greenbrier County, WV Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Coffman, Edwin C., Sr., "John Williams," in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Family Heritage, 1997, p. 182:

      John Williams was born in Wales in 1714. He came to America in 1736 and settled near Warm Springs, VA. About 1758-1760 he built a cabin 2 miles south of present day Williamsburg, WV near the resurgence of Singing Creek and on land now known as Glendi Farm.

      In July of 1763, Cornstalk led a band of Indian warriors into the region and devastated the settlements, killed many men, and took many women and children captive to the Sciota region of Ohio. Among them were my ancestors: Mary McCoy Williams, David Williams (age 2), and Nancy (Jeanie, age 4).

      Mary McCoy Williams was the eldest daughter of James McCoy, an early settler in the region.

      John Williams struggled against the Indians and was cut in two with an ax in front of his wife and 2 small children. There were three sons who were away at the time and escaped captivity or death. They were Richard, Thomas, and John (Capt. Jack).

      After Col. Henry Bouquet defeated the Indians in 1764, Mary Williams and young David were returned to Fort Pitt, Jan 5, 1765. Nancy came later.

      Settlers began to come back to Greenbrier in 1769 and the following years. Richard, Thomas, John (Capt. Jack), and David returned to present day Williamsburg, WV. Thomas, John, and Richard fought in Battle of Point Pleasant. Thomas was killed. Richard, John, and David were heads of large families and have many descendants today in Greenbrier.

      Mary Williams, widow of John Williams, married William Hunter Cavendish. Nancy, daughter of John Williams, married Richard Jones. Richard, John and David were in Fort Donnally when it was attacked in 1778.

      (2) Coffman, Edwin C., Sr., "John Williams," in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, Family Heritage, 1997, pp. 182-183:

      John Williams was one of the earliest settlers in the Greenbrier Valley. He was born in Merthyr Tydfil, Wales about 1714. According to family tradition, he came to America in 1736 and settled near Warm Springs, VA. He married Mary McCoy, daughter of James and Jane McCoy. About 1758 he [w]as a ranger who kept a lookout for hostile Indians. By the early 1760's he had built a cabin and was living south of present day Williamsburg, WV, near the resurgence of Sinking Creek.

      Their children were Thomas, Richard, John (Captain Jack), Nancy, and David.

      At the time (July, 1763) when the Shawnee Indians attacked the Clendenin and Muddy Creek settlements they also killed John Williams and took Mary, Nancy (age four) and David (age two) captive to their villages on Sciota River in Ohio. Thomas, Richard and John were not at home at the time and escaped captivity or death. Mary and David remained together while they were with the Indians, but Nancy was separated from them. This was at the time of Pontiac's Conspiracy and many of our western settlements were destroyed or were under siege. Indians held many captives, some for many years. Col. Henry Bouquet defeated a large force of Indians at Bushy Run, east of Fort Pitt in 1763. As he led his soldiers against their villages, the Indians agreed to release their captives. In Col. Bouquet's records, Mary Williams and David were returned to Fort Pitt, 5th of January 1765.

      Descendants of this family have had difficulties documenting the record of Nancy's return. Some of us assume that shr is the Jeany Williams, age six, who is listed among "Woman Deliver'd 10th May 1765 by Shawanese." She is listed as being from "GreenBryer", Virginia and at being in captivity two years. As of now, I am assuming that this was John Williams' daughter Nancy. But I continue to search for facts. However, our Nancy did return, married Richard Jones and had descendants.

      Thomas, Richard, and John were in the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774. They served in Captain Robert McClennahan's Company of Greenbrier volunteers in the Boutetourt County Regiment. Thomas was killed.

      After Chief Cornstalk and his son were killed while they were held as hostages in Fort Randolph. Indians raided the Greenbrier settlers. This time they attacked Fort Donally near where John Williams was killed. In that fort were John, Richard, and David Williams, along with other persons of that community.

      Richard, John, and David married local girls and raised large families. Many of their descendants are in Greenbrier Valley.

      (3) Chalkley, Lyman, The Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia: 1745 to 1800 [Reprint, Originally Published, 1912], Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1980 <>, Vol. I:

      p. 80:

      Court of Claims - propositions and grievances: . . . John Williams, for ranging.

      pp. 108-109:

      SEPTEMBER 21, 1763. . . .

      Felix Gilbert qualifies admr. of John Williams.

      p. 109:

      SEPTEMBER 24, 1763. . . .

      George Wilson vs. John Williams - Abates by death of defendant.

      [Note by compiler: Chalkley is not without its problems, as Daphne Gentry of the Publications and Educational Division of the Library of Virginia has pointed out. (See Not all documents are included. There are not only errors of omission, but errors of transcription have also been documented. This simply means that the careful researcher should send for a copy of the original document, as with any secondary source, and should not assume that because it doesn't appear in Chalkley it does not exist.]


      John Williams
      Birth: 1714
      Death: 1763

      Burial: Bill McClung Cemetery, Greenbrier County, West Virginia, USA

      Created by: Marlene Bennett
      Record added: Apr 17, 2013
      Find A Grave Memorial# 108682420
    Person ID I40810  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 

    Family Mary McCOY,   b. Abt 1735, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1779, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years) 
     1. Nancy WILLIAMS  [natural]
     2. David WILLIAMS  [natural]
     3. John WILLIAMS  [natural]
     4. Thomas WILLIAMS  [natural]
     5. Richard WILLIAMS  [natural]
    Last Modified 29 May 2018 13:23:14 
    Family ID F17499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart