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John Willis & Nancy (Neal) Williams

Photo probably taken in the Spring of 1919
Standing: Nancy Elizabeth (Neal) Williams; Seated: John Willis Williams
Child on left: John & Nancy's grandson, Roy Starr Cox
Child on right: John & Nancy's son, Sidney Credle Williams

According to In Memory Of, John Willis Williams was born July 16, 1864 and died November 28, 1929.  He was the son of Benjamin Williams and Rhoda Helen Gibbs.  John Willis Williams married Nancy Elizabeth Neal on January 14, 1891 when Nancy was 18 and John was 26 years of age.  In 1900 John and Nancy are living in Currituck township.  John was age 24 and listed as born July 1865; Nancy was 27, born in October 1872.  They had 5 children in the household at that time: Staten born Jan. 1892, Blanche born Oct. 1893, Benjamin born Feb. 1896, Lucy born Nov. 1897 and Lillian born Sept. 1899.  This family was still in Currituck township when the 1910 census was taken.  According to this census Nancy had 9 children but only 6 were living.  The children listed in 1910 were: Bengaman T. age 14, Lucy age 12, Lillian age 10, Minnie age 8, Dora age 6 and Willis age 5.  John and Nancy lived in Smith Creek in Currituck township in 1920.  Their children were: Lillian age 20, Minie age 18, Dora age 16, Willis age 14, John Small age 9, Beamon age 7, Jesse (a daughter) age 3 years and 3 months, and Sydney [pictured above] age 10 months.

(Photo kindly submitted by Lynn Williams, granddaughter of John & Nancy Neal Williams and daughter of Sidney Credle Williams..)

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