Brunswick County NC Genweb

Descendants of Henry H Williams, Sr
Brunswick County, North Carolina
Contributed by Kitty B Hoffman
May 2005; Revised May 2008

Generation No. 1
Henry H. Williams

Henry H. WILLIAMS, SR. was born in North Carolina abt. 1810/1811. He had two known marriages:
(1) Elizabeth (Lizzie) REGISTER, daughter of Gibson and Mary Ann REGISTER.
(2) Mary Catherine PETERSON, Daughter of Timothy PETERSON.

Henry WILLIAMS and Mary Catherine PETERSON md. January 17, 1864 in Brunswick Co., NC (Source: Brunswick Co., NC, US GenWeb, Natasha Miles, Coordinator) (Source: Death certificate of Agnes Williams)

Children of HENRY WILLIAMS and Elizabeth (Lizzie) WILLIAMS are:
1. GIBSON WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1834, North Carolina.
2. MARY WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1838, North Carolina.
3. ELIZA WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1840, North Carolina.
4. AGNES WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1843, North Carolina.
5. ABRAM WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1846, North Carolina.
(Sources: 1850 Fed. Census, NW District, Brunswick Co., NC)

(Source: Dowager Petition of Mary Ann Register King, March Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, Sampson Co., NC, 1848)

Document: 1847 Petition of Mary REGISTER

Source: Brunswick Co. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions, March Term 1848

State of North Carolina
Brunswick Co.
Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
March Term 1848

To the Worshipful Justices of the Court aforesaid. The petition of Mary REGISTER humbly complaining sheweth unto your Worships that Gibson REGISTER late of this county departed this life some time during the year 1847 intestate, seized and possessed of one hundred acres of land situate in said county on the Wilmington Road just above Saml ROWELL, also one other tract, situate in said county on Dan’s Creek containing one hundred acres. Your petitioner further sheweth unto your Worships, that she is the lawful widow of the said Gibson REGISTER, and he left him surviving, Mary Ann, who is intermarried with George B. KING, John REGISTER, Kilby REGISTER an infant, Shadrack REGISTER an infant, and Henry H. WILLIAMS who intermarried with Elizabeth REGISTER a daughter of said Gibson, said Eliza having died before the decease of said Gibson, leaving her surviving the following children to wit Gibson, Mary Jane, Ann Eliza, Agnes, and Abram WILLIAMS minors. Your petitioner therefore prays your worships that Dower in said lands many be allotted to her according to the provision of the Act of Assembly in such case made and provided, and that a copy of this petition may be served upon such of the parties as are of age and that some suitable person be appointed guardian ad litem to protect the interests of the minors mention in this petition, & your petitioner as is duty bound will ever pray.

M. London
Sol for petitioner

Marriage Bond of Henry H Williams and Mary Catharine Peterson (obtained at the State Archives in Raleigh, NC):

State of North Carolina
Brunswick County
Know all men by these present that we H H Williams and T Peterson - are held & firmly bound unto the State aforesaid in Sum of One thousand dollars the payment whereof well & truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs executors administrators & assign jointly severally & firmly by these present Signed & sealed this 15th day of January 1864.

The condition of the above delegation is Such that the above bounded H H Williams has made application for a license of marriage to be celebrated between him & Mary Catharine Peterson Now if it shall not hereafter appear that there is any lawful cause to Obstruct Said marriage then this obligation to be void otherwise to remain in full force and virtue

Jesse G. Drew
H H Williams
By T Peterson
T X Peterson

The rites of matrimony Celebrated and
Solemnized by Me the 17th day of January 1864.
Franklin Galloway J.P.

State of North Carolina
Brunswick County
To any Regular Minister of the Gospel of whatever denomination or to any Justice of the Peace in & for Said County You or any of you are hereby authorized to Celebrate and solemnize the rites of matrimony between H H Williams and Mary Catharine Peterson and join them together as man & wife

Witness Jesse G. Drew Clerk of the Court of Brunswick County at office this 15th day of January 1864
Jesse G. Drew Clerk

Children of Henry WILLIAMS and Mary Catherine PETERSON:
1. ROBERT ASBURY (Barry) WILLIAMS, b. 1867. (twin)
2. HENRY (Harry) H. WILLIAMS, JR. b. 1867 (twin)
3. JOHN PAUL WILLIAMS b. 1869 md. Mary Alice SUMRALL, daughter of William Franklin SUMRALL and Mary Frances ANDERSON of SUMRALL, MS. John Paul died and is buried in Green Cove Springs, Florida. He worked most of his life in the turpentine business in (FL, MS, LA, and TX). (A descendant of John Paul WILLIAMS is participating in the WILLIAMS FAMILY DNA project (#9263 James C. WILLIAMS). This project can be followed online at

In 1880, Mary Catherine and her three sons were found living with her great Uncle, Isham PETERSON in Bladen Co., NC . She is buried in the Natemore Cemetery, (a.k.a Holmes Hill Cemetery) in Bladen Co., NC.
M. C. WILLIAMS, Feb. 4, 1842 - Sept. 17, 1892. A grave of a possible grandson is near her.
Elwood WILLIAMS, Jan. 23, 1900 - Aug. 14, 1901

Generation No. 2:
Family of Gibson Williams

GIBSON WILLIAMS was born Abt. 1834 in North Carolina. He married Adeline (Addie) ROBBINS, daughter of Joel Absalom ROBBINS. Addie was born Feb 13, 1836 in the North West District of Brunswick Co., NC. She died July 12, 1911 in Wilmington, NC. and is buried in the Benfield-Chinnis Cemetery, Phoenix, NC.

Children of GIBSON WILLIAMS and Adeline (Addie) ROBBINS are:
1. ROBERT WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1863.
2. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1865.
3. JULIA ANN WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1873.
4. ALICE VIRGINIA WILLIAMS, b. 1874; d. 04 Mar 1946.
5. LIZZIE WILLIAMS, b. Abt. 1877.

Gibson was found living in New Hanover Co., NC when the 1880 NC Federal Census was enumerated. He was working as a laborer. His sister, Agnes WILLIAMS, was also living with his family and working as a seamstress.

Generation No. 3:
Family of Alice Virginia Williams

Alice Virginia WILLIAMS, daughter of James Gibson WILLIAMS and his wife, Addie ROBBINS, was born in 1874, and died March 4, 1946. She married (1) Thomas ROBBINS abt. 1890. She married (2) Wallace Henry STYRON, II, son of Wallace STYRON and Elizabeth OWENS, sometime between 1906 - 1930. Wallace Styron, II was born August 25, 1877, and died January 27, 1953. Alice Virginia and her second husband, Wallace Henry STYRON, II are buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC.

1. DAISY LEE ROBBINS, b. 07 Dec 1906, Phoenix, Brunswick Co., North Carolina; d. 17 Jul 1935, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., North Carolina. DAISY LEE ROBBINS is buried in Bellevue Cemetery, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., North Carolina.

Source: The above information regarding Alice Virginia WILLIAMS was shared with me by a gentleman documenting cemeteries in Brunswick Co., NC. I have lost his name, but I believe it was STYRON. He has a family connection with Wallace Henry STYRON, II who was md. to Alice Virginia WILLIAMS. Kitty Biven Hoffman , revised 5/26/2008