Col. Joseph Williams
11 AUG 1827
Aged: 79.6 years
Joseph Williams, youngest of the four sons, on coming to North Carolina clerked in the store of his cousin, Joseph Williams. He married the daughter of Thomas Lanier, of Granville County, and shortly afterward moved to Surry County. He was soon elected clerk of Surry County Court, and held that office until his death in 1828.
During the Revolutionary war Joseph Williams was a colonel in the Whig Army, and fought several battles with the Tories ,to whom he was exceedingly obnoxious. One time three of his neighbors, Tories, formulated a plan to kill Joseph Williams, and it was his good fortune to receive information in advance of the execution of the plan and he led the party which broke up the plot and witnessed the summary execution of two... Read More