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George Hodges Williams
September 27, 1867 - November 13, 1904

George Hodges Williams was born 27 September 1867 in Swan Quarter, Hyde County, NC, the son of Nathaniel Chase Williams, Sr. and wife, Emalous Gibbs Williams. George was a farmer in the Tiny Oak Road section of "Over the Creek." He married a local girl, Mary Ann Mason, on 19 December 1888. Mary Ann was born 29 April 1865,the daughter of David Jarvis Mason and wife, Luvenia E. Bridgman Mason. George and Mary Ann were the parents of the following children who were all born in the Tiny Oak Road community, Swan Quarter Township, Hyde Co, NC:

Back row l-r: Alonzo & Effron Avery Williams
Front row l-r: Claude, George, & Rosa Williams

George Hodges Williams drowned on 13 November 1904 when the vessel "Missouri" capsized near Indian Island. He had been to Washington, NC and, due to bad weather, put in to Bay View to spend the night. He, his half-brother Charles Morton Williams, and great nephew, George E. Warner, continued their voyage home on the next day. The weather was bad and the vessel capsized. It was said that George, his half-brother, and their great nephew clung to the overturned vessel. Another vessel was nearby but the captain would not risk capsizing his own craft to save them. The next day the bateau "Daniel Cressie" went in search of the missing men and brought their bodies back to Swan Quarter. Mary Ann continued to raise her family the best she could and died 25 November 1934 in Swan Quarter Township. George and Charles Morton Williams were buried near the house of their father, Nathaniel Chase Williams, Sr.

(Photos and information kindly submitted by Ellen A. Williams of Swan Quarter, NC)

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