12. Samuel4 Williams (Robert3, Stephen2, Robert1)(3) (#18).
Samuel came to America aboard the ship 'Rose" in the spring of 1637 in the company of his parents and brother and sisters. He must have been a serious minded youth for he was admitted to membership in the Roxbury Church at the age of 15 or 16. In 1650 at age 18, he was made a Freeman. Samuel followed his father's trade as a cordwainer, became a large land-owner and a leader in his community. In 1664, after growing threats issued by the newly accession of Charles II. He and other leaders petitioned the General Court of Mass. to defend their Charter and the rights which had been granted to the colonists. He became the Deacon and Ruling Elder in the Rev. John Eliot's church, a position considered a distinguished honor. He is buried in Roxbury's First Burying Place. "His grave is covered by a horizontal slab of sandstone, 6 ft by 2 and a half and 4in. thick; an ornamental moulding runs around the edge with a trefoil device at each corner. The inscription, deeply cut: "Here lyeth y Body of Deacon Samuel Williams aged 65 yrs. Departed this life Sept 28,1698." His wid. later m. Stephen Peck and d. 2 Aug. 1718 age 81.
Samuel Williams and Theoda Parke had the following children:
19 i. Elizabeth5 Williams (#25).
20 ii. Samuel Williams (#26). He m. Sarah May,dau.of John May and Sarah Bruce.2nd m.Dorothy Weld dau of Thomas Weld,Jr. and Dorothy Whiting,wid of William Denison. He is referred to as Lt..
21 iii. Martha Williams (#27).
22 iv. Elizabeth Williams (#28). Elizabeth m. Stephen Paine of Rehoboth. No ch..
23 v. Theoda Williams (#29). Theoda d. of Small Pox.
+ 24 vi. Rev John Williams.
25 vii. Ebenezer Williams (#31). He m. 24 Jan 1687, Mary dau of Isaac and Martha Parke Wheeler. 2nd m. to Sarah dau. of Nathaniel and Mary French Hammond.
26 viii. Deborah Williams (#32). She m. Joseph Warren. Their 2nd son, Joseph,became the father of General Jos. Warren of Bunker Hill fame.
27 ix. Martha Williams (#33). Martha m.Jonathan Hunt.
28 x. Abigail Williams (#34). Abigail m. 26 May 1698, Experience Porter of Hadley, Mass. They moved to Mansfield, Conn. later in life.
29 xi. Parke Williams (#35). Parke m. in 1698, Priscilla, dau. of John and Bathsheba Payson of Dorchester, Mass.. Their ch. were b. in Roxbury - later they moved to Lebanon, Conn..
30 xii. Two Infants Unnamed, (#36).
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