The following is from a letter from Lewis Brumfield of Yadkin, North Carolina. I do not know the people to whom he wrote but he sent me a copy of the letter.
Timothy Williams, born February 5, 1721, came to America from Wales, apart of England, as a young man, evidently around 1740, when he firstshows up in the parish records of the Church of England in HanoverCounty, Va. He probably came from Llangow, Wales, which is where thefamily of Col. Joseph Williams, of whom more later, came from. Thinthat year. I don't know just what year he died. He is listed in theSurry Court minutes in 1785 as being excused from paying poll tax dueto being aged and poor. , by 1764 young John Williams was living in eastern Yadkin near the river, because there is an entry in the Salem diary inJanuary 1764 about "an Englishman from the Etkin (Yadkin)," who cameto Bethabara with several skins from which he wished to have two pairsof breeches made.
[source: Brumfield's Timothy Williams Folks, page 19] "It is curious that, given the Williams propensity for handing downnames, Timothy did not name any of his sons Timothy, nor did either ofhis sons John or Thomas name any of their sons Timothy, though theyall had large families.