John Williams
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John Williams (abt. 1624 - 1694)

Capt. John Williams
Born about in Englandmap
Husband of — married 1666 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
[children unknown]
Died at about age 70 in Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusettsmap
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Capt John Williams, the son of John and Anna Williams was born circa 1624 in England. He emigrated to Massachusetts with his parents as a child, and was in Scituate by 1632[1] [2]

In 1666, John married Elizabeth Lathrop[3], and had no children. According to the sources noted here, the couple lived apart for many years.

On June 5, 1666, “Elizabeth the wife of John Williams exhibited a complaint against her said husband… for many abusive carriages towards her both in word and deed by defaming her in rendering her to be a whore and psisting in his refusing to pforme marriage duty unto her… withheld nessesary comforts and coveniencyes… carryed bitterly towards her… endeavored to reproach, insnare, and betray her,” and John Williams “was at this Court put upon tryall by a jury of his equalls and a verdict brought against him and that they found her complaint to bee true or just.” Further, “The Court haveing seriously considered of the matter doe judge that it is not safe or convenient for her to live with her husband… alow her ten pounds yearly to maintaine her while shee thuse absent from him… and for that hee hath greatly defamed and otherwise abused his said wife… wee adjudge him to stand in the street or market place by the post with an inscription over him that may declare to the world his unworthy carriages… Att the earnest request of his wife this pte of the centence was remitted and not executed.”[4]

John Williams was accused of mistreatment and misuse on seperate occassions by John Barker, and Deborah Barker, being once discribed as “the most evil man in the world.”

Capt. John Williams died on June 22, 1694, in Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, either approximately 70 or 73 years old.[5]

He left a will[6] written October 15, 1691, and proved July 10, 1694. His inventory was taken on 14 November 1694.[7] He mentions in his will:

  • William Barker, son of his nephew John Barker of Marshfield,
  • his nephew John Barker, and
  • his nephew John Barker's sons, John and Samuel,
  • his nephew Abraham Blush of Boston,
  • his brother Edward Williams, decd.,
  • his friend Samuel Fuller,
  • Sarah, wife of Thomas Stetson,
  • his nephew Jonathan Dodson,
  • his servant John Bayley,
  • his sister Mary Dodson,
  • his kinswomen (Margaret Dodson, Mary Booth, Patience Pierce, Bethyah Dodson, Unis Dodson, Mary, wife of David Wood, Deborah Burden of Middlebury, and Anne Pratt),
  • his late father John Williams, decd.,
  • his two enslaved Indian "boys" and children, George and Thomas (to be given the last name Williams),
  • his servant Thom Bayey, Indian (Tom Bayley's will is dated 27 June 1695 and he was "being bound a voyage at sea" and proved on 26 September 1698 in Plymouth. He mentions Timothy White, his friend Stephen Otis, Benjamin Bayley, the widow Mary Dodson, and the wife of Israel Cudworth. His inventory was taken on 26 September 1698.[8])
  • his servant Will, ( Will "Indian" made his will on 13 April 1695 and it was proved on 1 May 1695. He bequeathed his legacy from Capt John Williams to his friend John Cudworth.[9])
  • Rebecka, wife of Samuel House (and their daughter Rebecca),
  • Pastor Worthylake of Scituate
  • Margaret, wife of George Musset,
  • Richard Cox,
  • John Hopkins,
  • his friend Samuel Sprague of Marshfield,
  • Ruth, the wife of Joseph Garrett,
  • James Doughty

Capt John Williams BIRTH unknown DEATH 22 Jun 1694 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA BURIAL Men of Kent Cemetery Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA MEMORIAL ID 8650740 · View Source MEMORIAL PHOTOS 3 FLOWERS 15 Family Members Parents Photo John Williams unknown–1668

Spouse Elizabeth Lothrop Williams 1643 – unknown

Siblings Photo Anna Williams Barker 1618–1657

Inscription Here Lyeth Buried/ Ye Body of/ Cap't John Williams/ Aged about 73 Years/ Departed this life ye/ 22 of June 1694 Flowers • 15


  1. Some Ancestral Lines; Being a Record of Some of the Ancestors of Guilford: Solon Tingley and His Wife, Martha Pamelia Meyers, Collected by Their Son, Raymon Meyers Tingley, page 38-9, page 441, by Tingley, Raymon Meyers, (Tuttle, Rutland, Vt, 1935)
  2. Ancestors of Henry Rogers Winthrop and His Wife Alice Woodward Babcock, pages 38 (Barker), 562 (Williams) ([New York?], 1927)
  3. Torrey's New England Marriages, Volume 3, page 1679] New England Marriages to 1700. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2008.) Originally published as: New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2015
  4. Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Vol.4;Pg.125-126
  6. Abstract from the will of John Williams found in Volume 4, page 25-7 of The genealogical advertiser; a quarterly magazine of family history by Greenlaw, Lucy Hall ed; Publication date 1901; Publisher Cambridge, Mass., Lucy H. Greenlaw
  7. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 107-110 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  8. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 22 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 156-157 of 490; State Archives, Boston.
  9. "Massachusetts, Plymouth County, Probate Records, 1633-1967," images, FamilySearch ( : 21 March 2023), Probate records 1686-1702 and 1849-1867 vol 1-1F > image 117 of 490; State Archives, Boston.

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