John and Ben Williams family-White Pond, SC
Capt. W.W. Williams of Barnwell and Aiken
Notes by Susan Aldridge - corrections are to be directed to Susan 

Capt. William W. Williams who helped bring the railroad from Charleston to Aiken SC
and other Williams families in the vicinity

I ran across the following Captain W.W. Williams family graveyard in old Aiken SC which had been part of Old 96th SC, later Barnwell Co and finally in the 1871 formed Aiken Co. Montmorenci is outside the city limits of Aiken. White Ponds is just a little further, so all these people COULD be related, but I just dont know. W.W. William' s middle name is White, which means White Pond could be named after his family.

Also in reference to this Williams family in Barnwell:
John and Ben Williams and three Owens brothers traveled together down from North Carolina to Barnwell County (before Aiken County was established) in 1820. And later it was the graves of the sons of one of these pioneers of White Pond that suffered excavation due to the belief that silver had been stored beneath the markers instead of two Rebel soldiers, when Sherman's Army marched through that section.

The Owens family separated-one brother supposedly continuing his journey on into Florida; another, into Georgia; thus leaving only Wileh (sic) to remain here. Although no word was ever again received from his two brothers, Wileh managed to accumulate a vast amount of property in the surrounding community, consisting of around 1,000 acres. Records in Aiken Courthouse show where he sold his homeplace at White Pond in 1866 before his death in 1878. He was the father of a scholarly son, Josiah, who, after finishing his education at the College of Charleston, taught school in White Pond, Mt. Beulah, etc.

Williams White Williams had a son he called John, but his full name was William John Williams born 1825. Was one of these John's a brother to William? There are 2 Johns which were born at White Pond about the same time:

1.  family of John Williams b ca 1803 and Eliza of Barnwell Dist. SC..
1840 and 1850 Census of that county..Town of White Pond...
John ca 1803 and Eliza ca 1800 and 7 children..., Lucinda ca 1820, Willy ca 1823, Allen ca 1826 Nancy ca 1829, twins John Leonadas and Elizabeth 26 Jan 1833 and last James ca 1840...
John and Eliza also had living in the home in 1850 Charles 3 Arminta l and William 4 mos., also Melinda Page 55 born in SC.
John married Amelia G. Allison in Live Oak, Suwannee Co., Fl in 1866, He and some of his family were there at that time.. His tomestone reads "Born in White Pond, SC"
Samantha Nancy Williams born c. 1830 in Barnwell Co., SC and died c. 1870 in Baker Co., FL married Anson Reuben Greene in Barnwell Co., SC.

2.   Family of Rev John Williams of White Pond b ca 1810, died after 1880:
Marriage 1 Susannah Smith b: 1812 in Barnwell County, South Carolina
Children  Lurane Williams b: 1836 in Barnwell County, South carolina 
Susan Iduma Williams b: 6 JUN 1837 in South Carolina 
Sarah Loduskie Williams b: 16 JUN 1839 in Barnwell County, South Carolina 
John M. Williams b: 1843 in Barnwell County, South Carolina 
William J. Williams b: 1845 in Barnwell County, South Carolina

Buried at 1st Baptist Church Montmorenci on the old Barnwell Rd leaving Aiken:
TOOLE, SARAH LODUSKY (WILLIAMS), b.6-16-1839, d.1O-16-1911, (dau.of REV. JOHN WILLIAMS, of WHITE POND, SC, (1st) wife of FRANK P. TOOLE)
TOOLE, SUSAN IDUMA WILLIAMS, b.6-6-1837, d.7-30-1909, wife of MARION S. TOOLE  (dau.of REV. JOHN WILLIAMS of White Pond, SC, sister of SARAH LODUSKY W. TOOLE)

Williams, Alfred Berry born Oct 13, 1886 in Live Oak, Suwannee County Fl  Father was John Williams born White Pond, SC Mother was Amelia Allison born Live Oak, Suwannee Co FL

This family probably joined with the Owen brothers who had gone years before.
1800 Barnwell SC census

This is not to mean that the Ben and John below are the ones who show themselves in 1830 at White Ponds, south of Aiken.

Owens              Stephen         45a  10
Owens              William         45b  15
Owens              Solomon         46b   4
Owens              Philemon        47a   2
Owens              Owen, Junr      51a  13
Owens              Owen, Junr      51b   6
Owens              Thomas          52a   2
Owens              Elthred         52a  21
Williams           Benjamin        49a  13
Williams           James           49a  14
Williams           Ephram          54a   4
Williams           Denis           54a   2 
Williams           Freeman         54a   1
Williams           John            58b   9
Williams           John            62a   6
Williams           Isaac           65a  10
Williams           Zadock E        66a   8 
Williams           Evin            68b   3
Williams           Roland          47a  12

Isaac Williams and his children by Lucretia Heath are listed in the will of his father in law in his 1804 Barnwell will HERE.



Between Grace Avenue and Homestead Lane

This property, known as the Williams Cemetery Plot, was the family burial ground of the William White Williams family who lived at "Chinaberry"
432 York Street, SE.

The William W. Williams born ca 1787 family originally part of Barnwell County which became Aiken SC in 1871.

From an Occasional Correspondent. August 4, 1877, Wednesday Page 2, 667 words

Though the meetings herein spoken of took place some weeks ago, they have not yet been publicly noticed at any length. The first of these massmeetings was held on the 11th ult., at Ellentown, and was composed equally of white and colored citizens. Major James E. Crossland presided, and W. W.Williams, Esq., was Secretary. 
This W.W. Williams is the grandson of the Captain W.W. Williams of the same name instrumental in getting the RR to come to Aiken. Was he related to the Williams of White Ponds, now in southeastern Aiken Co which ran between the southern RR and HIWAY 78. In 1780 White Ponds was in Edgefield District.  THE MOSELEYS AND MCCREARYS ALSO WERE AT WHITE PONDS.

When Aiken was founded in 1835, there were a few stores, the C.O. Pascalis house at Johnson's Turnout in Montmorenci and Alfred Dexter cottage (engineers for the RR) and the W.W. Williams (William White Williams) home near South Boundry Ave.. the oldest home in Aiken.  Montmorenci is what James Achille de Caradieux named his  home- Vale of Montmorenci. W.W. Williams and the mother of Cyril Ouviere Pascalis (Elizabeth) both attended St Thaddeus church after it was founded in 1842. Williams died 26 March 1845.

I found mention of another Cyril Pascalis -
St. James Episcopal Church  Painesville, Ohio   The St. James Church in Painesville, Ohio, was organized in 1824 by Reverend Silas C. Freeman, who served as its minister until 1829. Following his tenure were Rev. John Hall (1834 to 1836), Rev. Joshua T. Eaton (1836 - 1839), and Rev. Alex Varian (1839-1844). 

Members of the St. James Parish on May 1, 1836 John W and Mary R. Oakley Children: Cyril Pascalis (b. April 1833) and an unbaptized child
--1863 – Elizabeth H. Pascalis willed Pascalina the plantation to her granddaughter, Theodosia Wade, and her husband John C. Wade.
--1865 – Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, a Union general, used the plantation house Pascalina as headquarters during the Battle of Aiken.
--1865 - Confederate General Joseph Wheeler took his position in the town of Aiken at W.W. Williams plantation house Chinaberry to oppose Sherman’s raid and put an end to the Union advance westward. It was one of Sherman’s rare defeats along the way.

Pascalis Plantation / Pascalina


Pascalis Plantation Marker

Pascalis Plantation

Elizabeth H. Pascalis, native of Philadlephia but born in Nova Scotia, was born Elizabeth Harris McClintock. She was the widow of Dr. Felix Alex Pascalis-Ouviere MD, writer, researcher, scholar and silk culturist. After the death of her daughter in 25 May 1833, her husband 20 July 1833 and her son in law 17 Sept 1833, she purchased these 790 acres in 1835, settling here with her son Cyril Ouviere Pascalis, and brought the orphaned children of her daughter, the poetess Anna Francesca who married Palmer Canfield on 9 November 1825, to the newly laid out town of Aiken SC from New York City to live. Dr. Felix Pascalis' son Cyril, a civil engineer graduate of Harvard, was a resident engineer constructing the Charleston-Hamburg railroad (world’s longest when completed in 1833). In 1834 Cyrus helped lay out and survey streets in nearby Aiken. His father Dr Pascalis was a well known contemporary of Dr Benjamin Rush of Philadlephia and corresponded about the 1797 epedemic. Dr. Pascalis also corresponded briefly with Thomas Jefferson.

Folder 49
11 May 1824 ALS Samuel L. Mitchell and Felix Pascalis, New York, to Thomas Jefferson. Write as members of the Linneau Society of Paris, and invite
Jefferson to be present at the anniversary of their “titular sage.” (2 pages)

Folder 50
17 May 1824 ALS Thomas Jefferson [initials only], Monticello, to Dr. Samuel Mitchell and Dr. Felix Pascalis. Thanks them for their invitation, and
believes that he will soon be meeting the great Naturalist himself. (2 pages, polygraph)

Document #61
Date: 16 August 1806
Reel #: 27
Film Counter: 396-397
LWS #: 1273
To: Dr. Felix Pascalis
From: Thomas Jefferson
Location: New York
Number of Pages: 2
Type of Manuscript: handwritten by Jefferson
– No signature on letter
– Mentions Dr. Paschalis and Jefferson in 3rd person several times
– Jefferson returns the subscription paper to Dr. Paschalis
– Feels the doctrine that the doctor proposes is founded 'in fact' and would be of interest to American Commerce

Dr. Felix Pascalis' widow Elizabeth H. Pascalis willed this house, once know as Pascalina, to her granddaughter, Theodosia Wade, and husband
John C. Wade, in 1863. The Wades were living here in February of 1865 when Union general Hugh Judson Kilpatrick used the house as
headquarters during the Battle of Aiken. The house remained in the family until 1944.
1850: Barnwell, South Carolina 
W D Wade                 50 
Temperance Wade 45 
Robert Wade       22 
 John Wade          20 married Theodosia Canfield 
Hampton Wade   18 
Martha Wade      13 
Richard Wade     10 
Laura Wade        12 
Wm Wade           7 
Louisana Wade    5 
Washington Wade 3   
1850: Barnwell, South Carolina 
(an Adaline Wade 18 is next door with married May Wilson 23) 
Eliza Paschallas   70 SC 
Felicia Paschallas 18 SC  (1832 NY born a Canfield)
Thoodise Paschallas 25 SC    " (Canfield b 29 Sept 1826  buried Bethany
Cem Aiken SC)
1850: Barnwell, South Carolina This is a private school-  Julia Dupree 50 scholarship  Henry Bonsteine 45  Sarah Hudson 40  Lina Whiskeynaure 21  Felicia Camfield 18  Henrietta Harden 14  Cynthia Prichard  16   Ann Duncan          12  Ann Sartigue         10  Fanny Sartigue      8 
1860: Barnwell, South Carolina   
Post Office:Aiken 
E H Pascallis       78 Nova Scotia $5500 $1260
1860 Barnwell SC 
PO Woodwards 
 J C Wade           27 SC 
Theadotia Wade 31 SC 
John Wade  7 SC 
Louisa Wade 5 
Francisco Wade 3 (named after her grandmother Francesca Pascalis) 
Hemans Wade 1      (Felicia Hemans Wade b 7 FEB 1859, named after her aunt Felicia Canfield)
1880: Windsor, Aiken, South Carolina   
J. C. Wade          50 Farmer SC SC SC 
Theodosia Wade 53 NY NY NY  (the only time she gives a correct birth state)
Fannie Wade       22 SC 
Edward M. Wade 19 SC 
 Jas. M. Wade       17 SC 
Florence Wade     14 SC     
1900: Windsor, Aiken, South Carolina 
Birth Date: Aug 1828 
Marriage Year: 1852 
years Married: 48 
John C Wade 71 SC SC SC   
Theodsia Wade 72   
Fanny Wade 42 dau 
Edward Shuler 14 grandson 
John Shuler 12 grandson     
1910: Windsor, Aiken, South Carolina 
Marital Status: Widowed 
J C Wade    85 
John E Shuler 22

The following article is from a book, but the death date for Anna Francesca Pascalis Canfield is wrong and put at 1823 instead of 28 May 1833- death notice appeared as Mrs. Frances Anna Canfield in the New York Post, wife of Palmer Canfield (married Nov 9, 1825), of 78 Cedar St..  Not only did she have at least 2 children, but she published poems and helped her husband in a business and all of that could not have been done by age 20. She had consumption for 10 years and died 28 May 1833. Her father died according to the New York Evening Post 20 July 1833, perhaps of grief, at 78 Cedar St.. Cyril her brother was working on the plan for Aiken and the railroad from Charleston to Aiken and urged his mother to join him in the good climate of Aiken where they built a house.

FRANCESCA CANFIELD (FRANCESCA ANNA PASCALIS) a daughter of Dr Felix A. Pascalis -b 1762 New Orleans or France- died July 1833 at 78 Cedar St,  but had an office at 71 Liberty St NY,NY-New York, Death Newspaper Extracts, 1801-1890  (Barber Collection- Felix Alex Cuviere Pascalis MD Publication: 22 Jul 1833) an Italian physician and scholar who had married a  native of Philadelphia (Elizabeth) and resided several years in Philadlephia.
Francesca was born in August 1803 in Philadelphia. In 1810 NY NY her father had a boy and a girl under 10. While she was a child her
parents removed to New York where Dr Pascalis was conspicuous  not only for his professional abilities but for his writings upon various
curious and abstruse subjects in the medical field and philosophy  and was intimate with many eminent persons among whom
was Dr Samuel L Mitchill who was so pleased with Francesca that in 1815, when she was in the twelfth year of her age, he addressed to her the
following playful and characteristic Valentine -

Descending snows the earth o'erspread Keen blows the northern blast
Condensing clouds scowl over head
The tempest gathers fast
But soon the icy mass shall melt
The winter end his reign
The sun's reviving warmth be felt
And nature smile again.
The plants from torpid sleep shall wake
And nursed by vernal showers.
Their yearly exhibition make
Of foliage and of flowers
So you an opening bud appear
Whose bloom and verdure shoot
To load Francesca's growing year
With intellectual fruit
The feathered tribes shall flit along
And thicken on the trees
Till air shall undulate with song
Till music stir the breeze
Thus like a charming bird your lay
The listening ear shall greet.
And render social cireles gay
Or make retirement sweet
Then warblers chirp and roses open
To entertain my fair
Till nobler themes engage her hope
And occupy her care

In school Miss Pascalis was particularly distinguished for the facility with which she acquired languages. At an early period she translated with ease
and elegance from the French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese and her instinctive appreciation of the harmonies of her native tongue was so delicate that her English compositions in both prose and verse were singularly musical as well as expressive and correct. The version of a French song Quand reverrai je en un jour ete is among the memorials of her fourteenth year and though much less compact than the original it is interesting as an illustration ol her own fine and precocious powers. While yet at school Miss Pascalis translated for a friend a volume from Lavater and soon afterward she made a beautiful English version of the Roman Nights from Le Notti Romane al Sepolcro Dei Scipioni of Ales sandroVerri.  She also translated
The Solitary and The Vine Dresser from the French and wrote some original poems in Italian which were much praised by judicious crities.

She was a frequent contributor under various signatures to the literary journals and among her pieces for this period that are preserved in Mr Knapp's biography is an address to her friend Mitchill which purported to be from Le Brun. A marriage of convenience was arranged for Miss Pascalis with Mr Canfield a broker who after a few months became a bankrupt and could never retrieve his fortunes. She bore her disappointments without complaining and when her husband established a financial and commereial gazette she labored industriously to make it attractive by literature but there was a poor opportunity among tables of currency and trade for the display of her graceful abilities and her writings probably attracted little attention.

She was a good pianist and she painted with such skill that some of her copies of old masters deceived clever artists. Her accomplishments however failed to invest with happiness a life of which the ambitious flowers had been so early blighted and yielding to consumption which can scareely enter the home of a cheerful spirit she died on the 28th of May 1823 before completing the twentieth year of her age. [sic- 28 May 1833 before age 30]. Dr Pascalis whose chief hopes were centred in his daughter abandoned his pursuits  and after lingering through ten disconsolate years died in the summer of 1833. The death of her husband [Palmer Canfield on 17 Sep 1833]in the following autumn prevented the publication of an edition of her works which he had prepared for that purpose.

The female poets of America  By Rufus Wilmot Griswold
REFERENCE: Cyril Obierre Shuler, From Mayflower to Pole Cat Pond, S.C .: A Family History Which Includes the Cushman, Lemar, Martin, Pascalis, Shuler, Wade and Woodward Families (Clemson, S.C.: the author, 1997), p. 10 7, 301.

( see 2006 clip of article below) It mentions the daughter of John Martin Hitt who was born 29 AUG 1880 at Aiken Co., South Carolina Death: 12 AUG 1925 in Aiken Co., South Carolina- Ola Ruth Hitt b: 18 APR 1910 in Martinez, Columbia Co., Georgia

Aiken resident Ola Hitt, 95, who lived in the house during the 1920s, said she and her four siblings picked cotton in nearby fields and waved to the conductors of trains that passed on the tracks..... Cyril Pascalis moved into the home with his mother, Elizabeth, who purchased the 790-acre property in 1835, and came to live with the (just) orphaned children of his sister, Francesca (Pascalis) Canfield.    Mrs. Eliza (Elizabeth) Pascalis willed the house to her granddaughter Theodosia Wade and her husband, John Calhoun Wade (b 1827), in 1863. In 1865, Union Gen. Hugh Judson Kilpatrick used the house as his headquarters during the Battle of Aiken. Ms. Hitt, who is Mrs. Wade's granddaughter, said her grandmother hid the family valuables in the woods before the Union soldiers arrived. "My grandmother (sic- she may mean great grandmother) took off her ring and tied it in a handkerchief and buried it by the trunk of the trees," Ms. Hitt said. She said the Union soldiers tied their horses to the trees and "they pawed it up." The ring was lost for two decades, she said, until her grandmother found it while she was working in the garden 20 years to the day after she had hidden it."

The areas where the following people lived was part of Edgefield and Barnwell at one time- now partly in Aiken SC. I found the WW Williams graveyard in Aiken winter colony with old graves of mostly dead children. There is a grave of a Confederate soldier as well. He fell in the battle of Aiken and was nursed by the W. J. Williams' (John Williams) family . He was a son of William W. Williams.  John (W.J.) named a son after his father W.W.. This second W.W. was called Captain in Toole's history of Aiken Co for some reason.

"Some Experiences During Skirmish at Aiken,"

by John Staubes.  I entered service in 1864 at the age of 16, and joined Capt. Percival’s Company. This Company was made up of boys and old men of the town.  Wheeler’s cavalry came into Aiken on the afternoon of Feb. 10, and on the 11th the skirmish took place. That night I was ordered to leave our camp at Croft’s Mill, but after the arrival of Wheeler’s cavalry, I went to our 1st Lt., Chas. Benson, and asked permission to visit my home, but was refused. A few minutes later, he wanted a guide to come in with Sergeant Chas. Wood, so I went with him to his home, then visited my family who lived near Coker Spring. Next morning I came back into town, and was sent to Capt. Percival for instructions to carry a message to camp. I was kept at Percival’s home until Wheeler and a number of other men went to look over the town. We were then kept on Park Ave., the Brunson & Gillam corner, for a short time, then went Main St. and remained there until the skirmish began. Then Capt. Percival called me to go as a pilot to the John Williams’ place. Col. Coon, who commanded the 2nd Tenn. Regt. wanted to get some information about the different roads around the town. The Yankees came in about as far as W. W. Williams’ home when they were turned back.  The only surviving members of our Company are: R. W. McCreary, Joe Taylor, Chas. Randall, Chas. Galloway, and John Staubes.  I cannot recall all of our Company, but among them were: Capt. Percival, Lt. Chas. Benson, Sergeant

Chas. Wood, Wilson Prothro, Doc. Prothro, John Moseley and Jim Moseley.
1850 Barnwell, South Carolina (at that time Aiken was Barnwell)
house 1352
Martha Williams 59 SC $1500 (widow of WW Williams)
house 1352
Luther Williams SC (her son)
Iseline? SC
Daniel Williams 8 months SC
house 1494
Seth D Williams 64 SC
Henry Williams 20 SC
Chas Williams 15 SC
Wm Williams 14 SC
James Williams 13 SC
Laura Williams 11 SC
Mary Williams 8 SC
Nelson Williams 4 SC
Capt. W.W. Williams had the oldest house in the newly founded Aiken, Barnwell Co., SC.he lived on what became South Boundry Ave. His family's graveyard is on what is now Magnolia Lane.  He was instrumental, along with Andrew Dexter and Pascalis in founding Aiken SC.

Children of William W. Williams b ca 1787 ( census taker in 1830) who died March 26, 1845 age 58 years and Martha M. (Jeter) Williams b ca 1791:
known children till now-

Sarah Harrietta b ca 1808 (her father spelled it Sara) m. Andrew Alfred Dexter who created Aiken SC
George V. B. 1812 died July 20, 1842 in the 30th year
Lucy J. 1813 died September 21, 1831 age 18
William J0hn Williams born Feb 1818
Martha W. 1820 died October 1, 1831 age 11
Arthur W. 1822 died 19 April 1824 age 2
unknown Williams
Luther W. Williams 1825 school commissioner 3 times till 1892, played the fiddle
Henry J. 1832 died Sept 13, 1854 age 22 and 6 months

1850  Barnwell, South Carolina
Martha Williams 59 (widow of WW Williams at Chinaberry plantation)
next house
Luther Williams 25
Isoline 22
Daniel 8 months 
Martha's son-
1850 The District, Edgefield, South Carolina
Wm J Williams 31 carpenter
E B Williams 24 
M M Williams 7
M W Williams 5
Eloise Williams 3
George Williams 1 
1860: Barnwell, South Carolina Post Office: Aiken
W W Williams 69 (Mrs.) SC $5000 $19,500
next house is son called John
W J Williams 41          $5000 (house used by the Confederate commander at the Battle of Aiken)
E B Williams 34
Mary Williams 17
W W Williams 15 called Capt W.W. Williams in an Aiken  Co history book- may be mistaken
E Williams   13 (Eloise)
G H Williams 11 (George)
T A Williams 4 (Thomas)
I B Williams 1  (Ida)
1870: Aiken, Barnwell, South Carolina
Post Office: Aiken
John Williams 32 farmer (1838)
Mary Williams 24
William Williams 23
Eloise Williams 20
George Williams 19
Tom Williams 14
Ida Williams 11
Bee McWilliams 8
same page, his brother- Luther W. Williams
1870: Aiken, Barnwell, South Carolina
L W Williams 46 deputy sheriff
M L? Williams 43
Lucy Williams 18
Henrietta Williams 16
Agnes Williams 12
Rosa Williams 10
Patty Williams 3 
1880: Windsor, Aiken, South Carolina
probably related
Benj. Williams 60
Eliza A. Williams 55
P. H. Williams 19
Adline Williams 20 
1880: Aiken, Aiken, South Carolina
W. J. Williams 62 Farmer
Anna B. Williams 55
Mary M. Williams 36
Eloise Williams 32
T. A. Williams     23 
1900: Aiken, Aiken, South Carolina
West South Boundry
Birth Date: Feb 1818 SC
Years Married: 59
W J Williams 82 FEB 1818 SC SC SC
W P Williams 73 Oct 1826 SC SC TN
Eloise Williams 53 daughter
Sam Pick 60
Wm Clark 26
children by Luther Williams:
Alfred D. Williams died 1858 2 years and 3 months
Charles D. died October 1, 1851 age 6 months
Daniel T Williams died April 19, 1852 age 2 years
Andrew A. Dexter also buried in this graveyard. He married Harrietta Sarah Williams, Capt Williams' daughter. They moved to Mobile AL, lived in Macon Co Al and he died in Montgomery AL during 1854 Typhoid epedemic. He was a founder of Aiken SC . His father founded the city of Montogomery AL which was called New Philadelphia at the time.

DEXTER ANDREW ALFRED civil engineer was born in Nova Scotia during a building project of his father's.  September 10 1809 and died in Montgomery December 6 1854. He was son of Andrew and Charlotte Althorp Morton Dexter.  He had a good elementary education and was trained as a civil engineer. He surveyed the first railroad from Charleston SC to Augusta Ga laid out the town of Aiken SC later he removed to Alabama and
engaged successfully in cotton planting in Macon County AL. He was engaged in the survey of a railroad from Mobile to New Orleans La in 1854 when he contracted yellow fever and died in Montgomery [where his parents also died.] He was a Whig. Married at Aiken SC January 7 1834 to
Harrietta Sarah Williams daughter of William White Williams and Martha Jeter of South Carolina

Children -
1 Lucy Dexter d young
2 Andrew Alfred Dexter Jr. d young
3 Martha Henrietta Dexter d young
4 Martha Venitia Dexter m at Montgomery to James Robert son of Hiram Jackson and Martha (Sturtevant) Smith and had five children
5 Samuel Dexter m Caroline Dexter daughter of Charles Hunt Fearing and Sophia (Dexter) Fearing (may have been Andrew's sister) resided at Palestine Texas and had three children
6 Laura Harrietta Dexter unmarried
7 Charlotte Morton Dexter m at Montgomery to Joseph Files son of David Levi and Caroline Margaret (Womack) Campbell
resided at Palestine and Galveston Tex and had seven children
8 Alfred Newton Dexter member Co D Seventh Alabama cavalry regiment moved to Palestine Texas m Julia Mar Sandifer daughter of Calvin Stephenson and Martha (Ervin) Rutland no children
9 William Wentworth Dexter removed to Texas in 1874 historian and author m Mrs Maggie (Anderson) Abercrombie daughter of Col Thomas Mulady Anderson and wife Anne Elizabeth.  Last residence Montgomery.

History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography 
By Thomas McAdory Owen,  Marie (Bankhead) Owen
Was Starling Jeter Martha's brother?
Estate of Starling Jeter Sr, Bundle77 pkg 4, Barnwell County Court House
Settlement lists heirs: Nathl Sanders in right of his wife, Job T Roberts in right of his wife, Wm Couch in right of his wife, John Myrick in right of his wife, N. Hutto in right of his wife, H. Sanders in right of his wife, child of Mrs McMillan (formerly Mrs Jeter), Levenia Jeter, & Benjamin Ray in right of his wife, giving each legatee $1060.24 with interest....15 March 1844.-------- Document Charles and Elizabeth Ray , EXR & EXRTX of Benjamin Ray, dec'd who was in his lifetime admr. of estate of both Joseph & Starling Jeter---

This is from another blogger and written in February 2005:
Dexter, an engineer from Boston responsible for overseeing the contruction of the railroad, who developed the original plat for Aiken on September 24, 1834. It was Dexter that laid out Aiken in a nice, neat checkerboard pattern with 150-foot wide boulevards and streets named for South Carolina counties running north-south. He also included the planting of numerous trees and shrubs along the thoroughfares. And, you know, the city map still looks pretty much as it did when it was first laid out. If you look to the left of the photo you can see a white-picket fence and a stately house. Some horseys were grazing behind the fence. Naturally, my attention was elsewhere.

Now, you're probably asking yourself, "Yeah, that's all well and good, but WHY did Dexter put the town where it is?" Well, I'm glad you asked. See, while working on the railroad, Dexter had become a bit smitten with Sarah, the young daughter of Captain W.W. Williams, who owned a plantation right where Aiken is now.Obviously being a romantic man, Captain Williams was more than happy to give Mr. Dexter his daughter's hand in marriage--if Dexter would re-route the railroad (and, by extension, the town) past Williams' house, thereby vastly increasing the value of the property. The soil near the plantation wasn't all that good for building a railroad whose construction was already pushing the bounds of modern technology, but Dexter had it real bad, so there was nothing to do but move the tracks. Thus, while settlers were in the Aiken area even prior to the Revolutionary War, Sarah Dexter nee Williams is why Aiken is EXACTLY where it is today.

Dexter's sister Charlotte Sophia Dexter boarded with the Williams family in 1838. ALthough it says she was unmarried, there is a reference in a book to a letter in which she is mentioned as marrying a man from Providence RI. There is a chance his name was Fearing. 

Aiken was originally named Clinton, apparently after a prominent family of that name in this area.The railroad changed that, and until after Reconstruction days in the 1880's, Barnwell citizens sent ten miles to Blackville for their merchandise and mail as there was no railway in Barnwell Co. One of the streets, Dexter Street, is named for him.  He was a civil engineer of NY, a Harvard graduate, who planned and constructed the first railroad from Charleston to Hamburg. Cyril Ovear [Ouviere] Pascallis, a French surveyor who built his own home in Montmorenci, South Carolina, a small town between Aiken and Williston. He laid out the town of Aiken.

Andrew Dexter's father:
DEXTER, ANDREW founder of the city of Montgomery was born in Brookfield Mass March 28 1779 and died of yellow fever in Mobile November 2 1837 son of Andrew Dexter and Mary Newton of Boston who were married in Woodstock Conn grandson of Samuel and Hannah Sigourney Dexter of Massachusetts and Connecticut and of Simon and Mary Richardson Newton great grandson of Samuel and Catharina Meats Dexter the former a
graduate of Harvard and an early minister of Dedham and nephew of Samuel Dexter secretary of war 1800 and  secretary of the treasury 1801 under President John Adams Mr Dexter was educated in the schools of Boston and graduated from Brown university 1796 studied law with his uncle Samuel Dexter and served as his private secretary while he was a member of the cabinet admitted to the bar in 1800 practiced law in Boston and in 1809
he was president of the Boston bank At the same time he began the erection of the first seven story office building in America a venture which proved a financial failure bankrupting him and leaving obligations of over a million dollars He removed to Nova Scotia but remained only a short while returning to his father's estate on the Hudson River where he engaged in the ship timber business In 1816 he inherited from his father's estate a considerable amount of Georgia land script which he located on the Alabama River including the site in part of the city of Montgomery He gave the name of New Philadelphia to the location Among other far sighted acts was the reservation of the site of the present State capitol building for that particular use in the belief that some day the seat of government would move to this section of the State The main street first known as Market street was changed to Dexter avenue in his honor He also gave five acres of land for a burial ground now a part of Oakwood and was one of the first to rest there He eagerly set about the upbuilding of his town and the surrounding country A freshet about 1830 destroyed a large mill he had erected on Catoma Creek and he also had other business reverses The three years 1830 to 1833 he spent in Mexico and Texas. In 1833 he located in Mobile where he had somewhat reduced his former business prestige and where he died still in his prime a victim to an epidemic of yellow fever He was a Whig and a Methodist Married Charlotte Althorp daughter of Perez and Sarah Althorp Morton the former a soldier of the American Revolution and attorney
general of Massachusetts

Children -
1 Andrew Alfred  m Harrietta Sarah Williams
2 Charlotte Sophia d unmarried [or married a man from RI -Fearing?])
3 Samuel d at San Augustine Tex unmarried

Last residence Mobile 486 (History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography  By Thomas McAdory Owen,  Marie Bankhead Owen).  His wife died August 17 1819 (History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography  By Thomas McAdory Owen,  Marie Bankhead Owen)

The Williams of America, Barnwell, South Carolina -  This is the community near Buford's Bridge-  listed before the Civil War in Old Barnwell District, SC and is where these Harters & Williams families lived. Also Brant, Ayers, Cone and others. The Williams here are the descendants of Marmaduke Williams and Mary Mathis (Mathews). There is a copy of this Williams family in the Hampton, SC library with a lot of branch information starting with Marmaduke. Here are 2 of his sons:

1850: America, Barnwell, South Carolina
John Williams 70 $6000 SC (1780 Stephen's brother)
Mary Williams 50     SC  
next door 
Stephen Williams 50 SC  
Sarah        50
Cordelia   20 (1830)
Preston    16 (1835)
Ursula      14 (1836)
next door
Richard Williams 30
Nancy 44
Stafford 3

Father of John M. and Stephen Williams: Marmaduke Williams b: 1756 died 10 Jul 1825 in W. BARNWELL DISTRICT, S.C. married Mary Mathews b 1754 d 1782, d/o Moses Mathis (died 1794)  


also in America, Barnwell
1850: America, Barnwell, South Carolina 
Catherine Williams 75 (1775)
Miley Williams 38 next door
Dennis Williams 45 Eliza                     44
George Bishop    14 on the same page
William Cone 81 $8000
Marian Cone 38 son
Whitfield Cone is next door with mother/sister? Eliza Cone and 4 children without a mother
W.H. Cone 38
Rebecca Cone 70
Martha Williams 40

Williams Family of Barnwell SC

Those in the Williams family have resided in the area of Barnwell County, South Carolina since at least the time of the American Revolution. Williams in the 1790 Orangeburg District-South Census included: Abraham, Benjamin, Even, John, Joseph, Thomas, and Wilson. Most of these men left considerable descendants in Barnwell County.
1. Stephen WILLIAMS b. abt 1725 (Eng)
2. Britton WILLIAMS b. c. 1740  Northampton NC d. 1781
Britton Williams in the 1770s came to the Barnwell area from Georgia after trouble with the Indians forced Georgia pioneers to flee to the safety of South Carolina. During the Revolution, Britton Williams was a patriot militia man who was captured after the battle of Wiggins Hill on the Coosahatchie River. There he was then hung by the British in 1781. His children included Wilson Williams, Sarah Williams, and Martha Williams.. Britton was supposedly born circa 1740 in Northampton County, NC.

Everette WILLIAMS of Charleston SC m/ Elizabeth Mc Guire 1757-1843 SC
2. daughter WILLIAMS b. abt 1758 Northampton NC d. Barnwell SC m/ Rev Killis HALFORD b. abt 1754 VA of Barnwell SC
2. MarmadukeWILLIAMS b. 1756 Northampton NC  m/ Mary MATTHEWS, d/o of Moses MATTHEWS of Darlington SC

Marmaduke Williams, born c1756  and Mary Matthews 1760?, his wife, were residents of the Darlington area of SC in the 1790s. Later they moved the family to Barnwell County. Their children included Stephen Williams and John M. Williams, who left descendants in the area. They also had a son named Britton. Marmaduke's grandmother was Susannah Burnett of Bertie County, NC who deeded to Marmaduke Williams in 1776.
Children of Marmaduke and Mary MATTHEWS:
3. Stephen WILLIAMS b. 1799 Barnwell SC m/ Sarah LOPEZ of Jonnathan LOPEZ (1850 Census Barnwell SC age 58)
3. John M. (Marmaduke) WILLIAMS b. abt 1780 Barnwell SC 3. Britton WILLIAMS abt 1795 Barnwell SC

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