Historic Col. Rev. Rector Elisha Williams daughter?

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Col. Rev. Rector Elisha Williams a very historical figure in the 1700’s in Connecticut has two Mary’s listed as his daughters. I would like to request help in clarifying which one is his daughter or if both are his daughters? He is an amazing man and I have gone to the historic cemetery and added photos of who I believe is my 9th great grandfather. This profile deserves our attention of this great man in America’s early history. Any help is appreciated.

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Facts:Elisha Williams (August 26, 1694 - October 22, 1755) was a Congregational minister, legislator, jurist, and rector of Yale College from 1726 to 1739.

Facts: He was a Colonel of Militia, and served as Chaplain in the expedition sent against Cape Breton in 1745.

Facts: he studied law, and was a member of the Connecticut legislature from Wethersfield for five sessions, the first in 1717; he studied divinity with his father and was ordained a clergyman in 1722, and served the church at Wethersfield until 1726, when he became fourth Rector of Yale College, serving in that capacity for thirteen years. He entered the position during a troubled period of Yale's history; by the time of his resignation, for reasons of health in 1739, he left the college firmly established.

All help is appreciated. Thank you wikitree family 

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by Sara Mosher G2G6 Mach 1 (16.4k points)
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This is an excellent source you cited. Thank you!! This now discredits Mary (Garlick) Williams and now research is need to show her parents. Sadly I was hoping it was Mary (Garlick) but her birth date is showing earlier even though it is not certain yet and is only an about estimated date of birth.

This particular site is showing her born about 1704 which is too early as Elisha Williams was born August 26, 1694 per Wikipedia would be too young to father her at this age? It would appear the Mary Williams born 1725 per the source cited on google book link is the correct Mary https://www.genealogy.com/ftm/b/e/e/Hazel-E-Beesley/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0210.html

It's a different Mary Williams on the Beesley site (which has no primary sources) — daughter of another Elisha Williams born Abt. 1678 in New Milford, Litchfield, Ct., and died date unknown in Unknown.

I think it’s safe to say Mary (Garlick) Williams born abt1704 who married Henry Garlick can be removed from the daughter of Elisha Williams profile as it’s been proved now it was the Mary Williams born 1725 as his legitimate daughter. Do you agree? We can remove her and the research can move forward as to her real parents are. Thank you Sara for all your help and work on their profile. Elisha Williams is such a historical figure as was his wife Elizabeth Scott and her first husband judge Smith! I added categories also to their profiles.
Agreed since I located several sources for Mary b. 1725 as the daughter of Elisha Williams born 1694.

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