My fellow Williamson rooters.
I am a descendents of Lott Williamson (1790-aft 1860), Of Columbus Co, NC. I constantly see on the internet, that many claim that he is a son of Lewis Williamson, who died and left a will in Bladen Co, NC in 1795, even though Lott Williamson was not named in the will. Isham Williamson (1780-1820), who served Columbus Co as a representative in the State Legislature, is another Williamson, of the same generation, that seems to have no father.
Over the past few days, I have been analyzing the family of Lewis Williamson in the censuses, and have come to the conclusion, that Lott Williamson and Isham Williamson are unlikely the sons of Lewis Williamson. Let me explain my thought process.
In the 1790 census, the Lewis Williamson family appears to have 6 sons and 2 daughters. And then Margaret and Susannah were born about 1794 and sometime before 03 Mar 1795, respectively. That gives us 10 children, 6 sons and 4 daughters. The 1795 will of Lewis Williamson names 5 sons and 4 daughters. There is a missing son. Lott Williamson was born about 1788/1790, per the 1850 and 1860 censuses, so he is eligable. Lewis gave most everything to his wife, except he appears to give each child 10 shillings. Lott would have been only about 5 years old in 1795. It's hard to believe that a 5 year son, could have been so bad as to be cut out of his father's will. It does seem logical that Lott Williamson is UNLIKELY a son of Lewis and Mary Williamson. But from the DNA test, we can surmise that Lewis and Lott are from a common Williamson ancestor. Maybe Lewis Williamson was an uncle of Lott Williamson.
That also goes for Isham Williamson. I have these few notes on him:
8/18/1810: ISHAM Williamson PURCHASED THREE PARCELS OF LAND TOTALING 500 ACRES FROM JOSEPH NOBLES. SOURCE: "COLUMBUS CO. N.C. HERITAGE 1808-2004", PAGE 340.
1803-1855: William Ashley sold to Isom Williamson property. Recorded in Bladen Co, NC Deed Book 27, page 391.
4/22/1815: An Isham Williamson was a witness to a deed from Ezekial Parer to Misael Lamb. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Deed Book D, page 252. He would have been at least 21 years of age.
8/26/1816: An Isham Williamson sold 150 acres on Ruff Horn Swamp to John Fields. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Deed Book D, page 265.
4/25/1817: An Isham Williamson sold 270 acres on the E. side of Lumber River and Rough Horn Branch to John Flowers. Recorded in Deed Book D, page 36.
7/12/1817: An Isom Williamson purchased 4 separate tracts of land, totaling 692 acres, from Uriah Flowers. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Deed Book C, pages 162-3.
10/25/1817: An Isham Williamson purchased from Theophilus Griffin (of Robeson Co, NC) a tract of land. At one the land was conveyed to Ignatius Flowers. Recorded
9/25/1819: Isham Williamson received a land grant of 70 acres in Columbus Co, NC. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Wills and Estates at the NC State Archives (LDS film # 1769488).
1820: Isham Williamson served as a State Representative from Columbus Co, NC. SOURCE: "COLUMBUS CO. N.C. RECOLLECTIONS & RECORDS" PAGE 397
Nov 1820: Margaret Williamson relinguished her right of administration on her dead husband's estate to Ephraim Nichols and Lott Williamson. Ephraim Nichols and Lott Williamson are granted administration of the estate of Isham Williamson. Sec: Elias Godwin, William Baldwin Jr. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Court Minutes.
Feb 1832: Court ordered the division of real estate of Isham Williamson, deceased. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Wills and Estates at the NC State Archives (LDS film # 1769488).
3/9/1832: Heirs of Isham Williamson met at house of widow Margaret Williamson and proceeded to divide real estate. Recorded in Columbus Co, NC Wills and Estates at the NC State Archives (LDS film # 1769488).
1840: A F50-60 (Margaret?) appears within the family of Doctor F. Williamson (M20-30) in Columbus Co, NC census, page 066.
Margaret Williamson (F66) appears within the family of D. F. (M37) and Orpah (F33) Williamson in Columbus Co, NC census, page 254B.
Obviously there is a very close relationship between the family of Lewis and Mary Williamson and Lott Williamson and Isham Williamson. So who are the parents of Lott Williamson and Isham Williamson. Both men appear to have been of great influence in the Columbus Co, NC community as Lott Williamson was appointed a Justice of the Peace and Isham Williamson was elected as a Representative in the State Legislature. Their father (s) must have died when they were young, as there seems to be nothing in the records to to connect them to their father(s), that I have found.
Let me have your thoughts on these two men.