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MONTMORENCI PLANTATION

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 Warrenton, Warren County, North Carolina

 

PLANTATION NAME: MONTMORENCI PLANTATION
ASSOCIATED LINK(s): White Rock Plantation
ORIGINAL OWNER: General William Williams, a.k.a. "Pretty Billy"  (1771-1832)
BUILT: 1822
ASSOCIATED SURNAMES: Williams, Alston, Kearney, Davis, Haywood
HISTORY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Montmorenci staircase

 

 General William Williams, b.Feb. 2, 1771,nicknamed "Pretty Billy" was the son of Joseph John Williams (ca 1727-1818) and Elizabeth Alston (1753-bef 1818). He was married 4 times: 1st) Elizabeth Alston (dau/of Samuel Alston & Elizabeth Faulcon); 2nd) Elizabeth Matilda Alston (1791-1813; dau/of William Alston & Martha Hardy); 3rd) Melissa Jane Burgess (1797-1823; dau/of Lovatt Burgess & Sallie Lucas); and 4th) Delia Haywood (1807-1876) the daughter of Sherwood Haywood and Eleanor Hawkins of Wake County,North Carolina; Delia was a granddaughter of Philemon Hawkins, who had died in 1801 at Pleasant Hill Plantation. The unborn child mentioned in the will was named Joseph John Williams (1832-1876).
Montmorenci was a plantation between Lickskillet and Highway 401 in the Shocco community. It was built by General William “Pretty Billy” Williams in 1822. Family history claims that General Lafayette stayed at Montmorenci during his 1825 tour of the United States.

Montmorenci no longer exists. It was dismantled with portions of the house, including its spectacular staircase, placed in the Dupont family museum, Winterthur, in Wilmington, Del. A large stone from Montmorenci is in the back yard of the Polk House. It was used to hold up a column at Montmorenci.
One of the Executors appointed in the will was William's nephew, Joseph John Williams (1800-1833), son of his half-brother, also named Joseph John Williams (1775-1808;son of Joseph John Williams & Rosanna Conner) who had also died relatively young. Joseph's widow, Mary Kearney Davis-Williams (1802-1887; daughter of Archibald Davis & Elizabeth Jane Hilliard) lived at Montmorenci after her husband died in 1833, where she lived for many years.

General Williams' son, Joseph John Williams, born a few months after his death in 1832, got married to Eliza Helen Thompson, had a daughter, Margaret C. in 1856 North Carolina, and moved to Leon County, Florida by 1860. He established one of the largest cotton plantations in the area, La Grange Plantation, which had 4150 acres, and he became a very wealthy man. He had 232 Slaves, some of them, no doubt, were those he'd inherited from his father and his sister, Eleanor Williams (she had died in 1844), estates. J. J. Williams had a total of 5 plantations in 1860 Florida, including Hickory Hill and Betton Hill. His total cotton production was 1113 bales from 3,900 acres (1,600 ha) of land. The total value of Williams' holdings was $121,000 and his slaves were worth $150,000. In today's value, his holding would be $2,109,030 and slave value at $2,614,500. On November 19, 1876, Williams died from a heart attack in Raleigh, North Carolina while on a visit to see his mother, Delia, who had remarried to George E. Badger after the death of William Williams. She had died the day before.
 

SLAVE POPULATION: Slaves in the Will of GEN. WILLIAM WILLIAMS, 1832:
To son son SAMUEL A. WILLIAMS:
HOUSE
CHARLES
DAVY
BURT and his wife
BRISTER and his wife
old Uncle SAM

To be sold:
BOOKER and SAM HILL, the blacksmith

To wife DELIA:
SALLY
ELIJAH and his wife CYNTHIA and her two children

To son SAMUEL:
YELLOW NANCY and her family (who live at Union Hill)
HARRY and his wife LILLY & his family
boy ROBERTSON

To daughter MELISSA:
MARINA

 

Estate of GEN. WILLIAM "Pretty Billy" WILLIAMS, Warren County, North Carolina, 1832.
Pursuant to the Will of the late GEN. WILLIAM WILLIAMS dec'd we, the Executors have proceeded to divide and set apart, the Slaves belonging to the Estate of said decedent, among the Heirs, respectively entitled to the same, and at the following valuation, viz:

No. 1 to SAMUEL A. WILLIAMS:

NAMES: VALUATION: NAMES: VALUATION:
HARRY
HAYWOOD
SOLOMON
OSBOURNE
RALPH
LEWIS
MARY
PEGGY
PATIENCE
NANCY
WILLIAM
SPRIGG
LAFAYETTE
CINDERILLA
ROBERTSON
RICHARD
$300
500
375
375
300
300
300
350
  75
250
210
170
110
  50
425
375
 
PLUMMER
MATILDA
VIOLET
LILA
HENDERSON
NED
NANCY
ANDERSON
ALPHEUS
MARTHA
PHIL
CHARLES JR.
BLOUNT
CHARITY
OLD JUDY

Aggregate Amount:

250
245
210
300
170
140
140
100
  50
325
400
300
350
250
    1

$7696.00

 

Lot No. 2 to MELISSA WILLIAMS:    
TRINKET
ANTHONY
NELSON
HENRY
MARY
HANNAH
FRANCES
ALLEN JR.
NANCY JR.
ANGELINA
MARTHA ANN
FRANK
SAMPSON
MARIA, wife of PHIL
JULIANNE
$275
500
300
300
245
325
210
170
115
  85
  65
500
475
325
110
MADISON
JIM
JOHN
CARTER DAVY
CLARINDA
JACOB
CAROLINE
GEORGE
NORFLETT
MADISON
ALSTON
PATTY
BETSY
MERINIA
OLD CREECY
 

Aggregate Amount:
  85
475
375
215
275
425
340
400
165
100
  50
300
210
245
    1

$7661.00

 

Lot No. 3 to MRS. DELIA WILLIAMS:    
HENRIETTA
BURTON
TOM
JOHN BOXTON
MINERVA
CHINA
HARRIET
VIRGIL
MILLEY
PRECILLA
CHERRY
ANTOINETTE
BEN. WILLIAMS
MILBRY
MAJOR
AMEY
$300
500
250
300
245
300
195
165
325
140
  90
  65
500
325
150
  50
RANDOLPH
LARKIN
BEN BURGESS
ANTOINETTE
NELSON JR.
ANNIS
DAVY JR.
BECKY
SANDY
SALLY
ELIJAH
CYNTHIA
RUFUS
OLD RHODA
 

Aggregate Amount: 

475
475
400
300
350
175
240
155
140
325
275
350
150
    1


$7711.00

 

Lot No.4 to ELEANOR WILLIAMS:    
DICEY
ORIN
ALLEN
JERRY
HILLIARD
JOHN BLOUNT
MATILDA
CORNELIUS
ALTIMORE
SUSAN
BILLY
SAM, the Blacksmith
GREEN
LETTEY
WYATT
$325
500
250
300
170
140
325
170
150
100
  65
650
475
350
175
RALEIGH HARRY
MATTHEW
DAVY WILLIS
ELIZA
WASHINGTON
POLLY
THOMAS
AILSEY
SUSAN
BOATSWAIN
JACK
LOUISA
HARRIET
OLD PHILIS
 

Aggregate Amount:

475
350
250
275
350
350
165
110
  85
475
150
275
195
   1

$7651.00

 

Lot No.5 to JOSEPH JOHN WILLIAMS:

 
LUCY ANN
WILEY, Carpenter
AUGUSTINE
PETER
WATSON
JENNY
POLLY JR.
BRINA
EVERET
SEYMOUR
HENRY
MASON
EMELINE
OLIVE JR.
HILLIARD
HINTON
RANSOM
$ 45
750
200
250
150
320
140
140
100
  50
475
475
350
  85
  50
475
475

 

ABRAHAM
BRYNA
TONEY
MARIA
ANN ELIZA
HUBBARD
ANDREW JACKSON
BOOKER
MOSES
OLIVE
MILES
MARGARET
LINNEY
NED, a dwarf
LIZA, a burnt child
OLD SAMPSON

Aggregate Amount:

400
300
450
270
195
150
110
  65
215
340
120
100
  65
  50
  50
    1

$7611.00

 

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William's daughter, ELEANOR, died in 1844, and her Estate was settled as follows:
To the Worshipful, the County Court of Warren
In pursuance of an order from your worships, to as directed, the undersigned, Commissioners, on the 30th day of Dec'r 1844, in the town of Warrenton, proceeded to divide the Negroes of the late ELEANOR WILLIAMS, among those entitled to them according to the Will of her father, the late GEN'L WM. W. WILLIAMS of this County; and have allotted them as follows, to wit,

To JOSEPH JOHN WILLIAMS, Lot No. 1 consisting of the following slaves, to wit:

NAME AGE    
POLLY
ANN ELIZA
SAM (burnt)
DAVY
GEORGE
MARY JANE
ALFRED
HARRIET
HENRY
THOMAS
DAVY WILLIS
MATTHEW
AILSY
BOSON
JOHN BLOUNT
ALLEN
ATIMORE
38
12
10
  8
  6
  4
˝
19
  2
17
62
27
15
38
15
52
16
   
 

To SAM'L A. WILLIAMS, Lot No. 2 consisting of the following Slaves, viz:

MATILDA
BILLY
DANIEL
ALTIMEGA
MARIA
WILLIS
ELEANOR
CORNELIUS
SAM (Blacksmith)
LOUISA
MELISSA
SERENA
WASHINGTON
RALEIGH HARRY
SUSAN (daughter of Matilda)

41
13
11
  9
  6
  4
  2
18
39
24
  6
  3
24
36
[age not indicated]

   
 

To MELISSA, Wife of JOS. JNO. LONG, Lot No. 3, consisting of the following Slaves:

LETTIE
WIATT
THOMAS
MARY ANN
RANDOL
GRAN
EMELINE
HILLIARD
GREEN
SUSAN
ELIZA
ORRIN
JERRY
DICY
OLD JACK & OLD PHILLIS
 

39
18
11
  9
  7
  5
  6 mos.
17
38
14
24
33
24
27
 
   
There are many additional details that can be found in the complete transcription of the Estate of Eleanor Williams-1844

 

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In 1856, there was a court action concerning the disposition of some slaves supposedly "loaned" to Pretty Billy Williams from the Estate of his father-in-law, Sherwood Haywood, d. 1829. A complete listing of they Haywood Slaves can be found in the Slaves of Sherwood Haywood, died 1829 on the Warren County NCGenWeb site.
From that list, these are an accounting the ones received by Williams, note that I believe the ages were as of the 1829 Inventory:

MILLY
MATILDA
MATILDA's child
MATTHEW
CHARITY
HARRY
EASTER
JOHN
EDWARD
9 years
20 years
1 month
14 years
16 years
18 years
21 years
18 years
20 years
   
 

See the entire listing of the Slaves of Sherwood Haywood, died 1829

See the entire Will of William Williams, 1832 for additional details

 

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RESEARCH NOTES: Children of William Williams:
With 1st wife Elizabeth Alston:
Samuel A. Williams (ca 1811-1883)

No children with 2nd wife Elizabeth Matilda Alston.

With 3rd wife Melissa J. Burgess:
Melissa Williams

With 4th wife Delia Haywood:
Eleanor Williams (d. Mar 31, 1844)
Joseph John Williams (1832-1876)

MISCELLANEOUS:

Will of Gen. William Williams 1832 Estate of Eleanor Williams 1844 ; Slaves Sherwood Haywood 1829 ; Estate of Gen. William Williams,1832 ; Montmorenci Ruins, Library of Congress, Carnegie Collections ; The Williams Family ; Preservation Warrenton ; LaGrange on Wikipedia

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