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The Williams Family of Winterbourne Parish

Isaac Williams originated from the parish of Hanley Castle, near Great Malvern in Worcestershire. He was the son of Samuel & Mary Williams and was baptised on 21st February 1776. He married Susannah Owen of Filton at St James Church in the city of Bristol in 1802. They were Unitarians, and lived in Frenchay. Issac was a sexton of Frenchay Unitarian Chapel for many years. It is not known how they become Unitarians. It is possible that Isaac Williams might have stayed with his Unitarian relatives, before he was married. There was a John & Betty Williams from the chapel’s records. John was a sexton of the chapel.

Isaac and Susannah Williams might have had many children, some of whom were known as Mary, Isaac, John Owen (b.1815), Elizabeth, Eliza, and Elizabeth (b.1821 - my ancestor). Other names of their children are not known, because the chapel baptism register before 1814 did not survive. The baptism record, which survived, records their four youngest children – John, Elizabeth, Eliza, and Elizabeth.

John Owen Williams (1815-1891) was the only surviving son of Isaac and Susannah. When he was nearly 22 years old on Christmas Day in 1836, he was presented with a family bible by Rev John Carter, the minister of a new Frenchay Parish Church, which was built on the common two years before. The reason for the bible presentation is not known. John was a schoolmaster of Winterbourne National School, and later of Kingswood Reformatory School. He firstly married Jane, who was born on 14th September 1814 as recorded in the family bible.

Details of their following children were written in the bible:

o       Mary Williams. Born Sept 30th 1836, died March 17th 1891 at Christchurch, New Zealand.

o       Charlotte Williams. Born November 14th 1837, died Dec 26th 1858. Peace to her soul – buried at Bitton.

o       Jane Williams. born Nov. 30th 1839, Sat morning ¼ before 5 o’clock.

o       Isaac Williams. born June 5th 1841 – 2 o’clock Sat afternoon, died April 1842 – buried at Frenchay.

o       Sarah Williams. born Jan 11th 1843 – 5 o’clock Sat. morn [baptised at Frenchay Parish Church].

o       3 other boys who died in their infancy [one of them, named Isaac, was baptised and buried at Frenchay Parish Church, both in 1846].

He secondly married Hanna Ship of Bitton, and one son named John Owen Williams junior, who was born in 1852.

Elizabeth (1821-1895), the youngest daughter of Isaac and Susannah Williams, married Enoch Organ, from North Nibley, in 1843. They were the 3x great grandparents of Andrew Plaster, who published his first book in 2001 – “The Unitarian Organ family and their descendants”. This 90-page book contains detailed information about Enoch and Elizabeth Organ and their descendants.

Andrew can be contacted by email for further enquiries.