Tuesday, August 19, 2014

52 Ancestors: #34 William and Margaret (Jones) Williams

52 Ancestors: 
#34 William and Margaret (Jones) Williams

This year, Amy Johnson Crow has issues a new 52 weeks blogging challenge:

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
on her No Story Too Small blog.

The challenge:
have one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It could be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on one ancestor. Not only should this get me blogging more, but also to take a deeper look at some of the people in my family tree.

My approach: I have made this a Tuesday Theme, and, use it to enhance my WikiTree ancestor profiles. That is, focus on a different ancestor on my WikiTree list of profiles, each week (include possibly adding new profiles), Great idea! Thanks to Randy Seaver's post for bringing this to my attention!
Note: Third shift (not change) to approach. Beginning with #25, I will be doing direct ancestor couples.

#34 William and Margaret (Jones) Williams

These are a set of my 3rd great-grandparents, #52 and #53 on my Ahnentafel Report, for my genealogy friends.

Their son was my 2nd great-grandfather, Elias Williams, see #28, in this series.

William Williams married Margaret Jones.

They were both born in Wales. I had Ruthin, a cousin said: Bontuche l Gyffyllioq
I have not determined if these are the same or different. I do not have birth and death dates.

I am aware of two children, perhaps (likely) others:

1) Elias Williams (1838-1920) - my 2nd great-grandfather
2) Mary A. Williams (1836-aft 1900)

Mary married, in 1855, Richard H. Jones (1822-aft 1900).
In the 1880 and 1900 U.S. Census, Elias Williams is listed in their home in Panora town, Guthrie County, Iowa, as bro-in-law (and that he came to the US 480 year prior (to 1900) in 1852. He is listed as naturalized citizen, works as a Day Laborer, unemployed 9 months in 1900, 78 years old. Owns House Free of Mortgage. Further, it states that in 1900, Mary (and Richard) had been 45 years, had 6 children, 6 living, came from Wales in 1850, 49 years in the US; Nationalization space left blank. Cannot Write English, but can read and speak English. [I only have a daughter, Martha A., b. 1868, and a son, John F., b. Nov 1871, as their children. I am missing 4 more alive in 1900]

Again, this is one family I really should do some more in-depth research on… note to self!! ;-)

What fun! ;-)

Families are Forever! ;-)


  1. I find that genealogical puzzles are never fully resolved. The more pieces I find the bigger the puzzle becomes. :)

    1. That is really the fun of it, isn't it Sheryl. Loved the Niagera trip narrative of your grandmother, by the way! ;-)