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William Williams

William Williams

Male 1752 - abt 1819  (66 years)


  • Name William Williams  [1, 2, 3, 4
    • son of Walter Williams (1725-1776) and Elizabeth Watkins (1732-1778), of Court Robert, Raglan [1]
    Birth 28 Nov 1752  Court Robert, Raglan Find all individuals with events at this location   [1, 3, 4
    • birth place not confirmed
    Marriage 22 Apr 1770  St John the Evangelist, Smith Square, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location
    Mary Gearing,   b. 14 Oct 1746, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1787 
    Occupation abt 1797 - 1818  103 St Martin's Lane, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location ; Button Maker  [4
    Residence 1819  Lambeth Rd, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Death abt Nov 1819  Lambeth Rd, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Burial 04 Nov 1819  Christ Church, Southwark Find all individuals with events at this location   [3
    Notes 
    • From H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham (1924)
      Pedigree of Williams
      Walter Williams, of Court Robert, in S. Wales, m. ......... by whom he had issue 1 son:
      William Williams,*+ who was born 28 Nov., 1752; he m. Mary (?) ... b. 14 Oct., 1746; d. 21 Dec., 1787; by whom he had issue 1 son, Walter, and 2 daus:
      1. Mary-Ann, who m. 4 Oct., 1798, Henry Tatham, 1770-1835, brother of Charles Heathcote Tatham.
      2. Harriet, who was b. 18 Jan., 1780, and d. 13 Jan., 1834; bur. at Brompton Old Church. She m.,1801, at St. Martin's-in-the-Fields, Charles Heathcote Tatham, 1772-1842; p.32. A miniature of Harriet Williams, by John Linnell, (1792-1882, the friend of William Blake) is in the possession of Mr. Justice Tatham, D.S.O., of the Supreme Court, Pietermaritzburg, Natal.
      * He was the well-known Button-maker at 103, St. Martin's Lane, London, where his firm appears at this address in 1797, as Williams & Son; in 1808, as Wm. Williams & Son, Button-makers, Platers and Thimble-manufacturers; in 1818, as Wm. Williams, Button and Trimming Seller; and in 1822, as Walter Williams, Button-maker and Wholesale Silversmith.
      + This William Williams may be identical with the William Williams, Esq., who m. Lambton, 3rd surv. dau., of Crosier Surtees, of Redworth, co. Durham, who m. 12 Sept., 1769, at Heighington, his cousin Jane Surtees, dau. and co-h. of Robert Surtees, of Redworth.
      [Note: The connection suggested by Curtis is speculative:
      - (1) The name William Williams is frequent at all periods, and there is no reason to suppose these 2 persons are one and the same;
      - (2) The present Williams family was from South Wales, settled in London; whereas the Surtees family was from Co. Durham and had no known links with London, nor with South Wales;
      - (3) In Burke's Commoners (Vol II pp 656-659, 1836), presumably Curtis's source, the husband of Lambton Surtees is "William Williams, esq. of Durham".
      For these reasons Lambton Surtees has not been included in the present Tatham tree as 2nd wife of this William Williams.]
    Person ID I1144  Tatham | Bloxham branch, Heathcote branch | Parent of spouse
    Last Modified 22 Nov 2020 

    Family Mary Gearing,   b. 14 Oct 1746, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Dec 1787  (Age 41 years) 
    Marriage 22 Apr 1770  St John the Evangelist, Smith Square, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location   [2
    • Walter Williams, Bachelor, and Mary Gearing, Spinster, both of this Parish, were married in this Church by Banns, this twenty second Day of April in the Year One thousand seven Hundred and seventy
      By me, Thos. Bennett, Curate.
      This Marriage was solemnized between Us: William Williams, Mary Gearing; in the Presence of: Francis Gearing, William Kearin.
    Notes 
    • Daughter Elizabeth born St Martin's Lane, Westminster, 25 Mar 1777. Her birth was registered 05 Jun 1822 - 45 years later, along with her brother Walter - in non-conformist registers at Dr Williams' Library; witnesses, present at the birth: Thomas Denman (1733-1815[sic]), Accoucheur, & Mary Desbrow [midwife?].
      She was presumably then still living, but nothing else is known.
    • Son Walter Williams, born St Martin's Lane, Westminster, 25 Aug 1778. Birth registered 05 Jun 1822, along with his sister Elizabeth.
      He continued the family button making business after his father's death in 1819.
      In 1847, as creditor, he was granted administration of the estate of his cousin by marriage Charles Tatham, then an army accoutrement maker.
      He married Charlotte Hastings at Reigate in 1844, when he was 66 and she was abt 28. There were 2 children: Charlotte Elizabeth b 1848, and Walter b 1849.
      - Charlotte Elizabeth Williams married Thomas Wearn, hairdresser, at Brighton in 1872. They had 8 or more children, and settled in New South Wales.
      - Walter Williams Jr disappears from view after Apr 1861, when he and and his sister were living in Clerkenwell with their uncle Charles Hastings and family.
    Children 
    +1. Mary Williams,   b. est 1776,   d. 26 Dec 1799, Charing Cross, Westminster Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
    +2. Harriet Williams,   b. 18 Jan 1780, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1834, Montpelier Square, Brompton Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years)
    Last Modified 27 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F0354  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    William Williams (1752-1818)
    William Williams (1752-1818)
    Portrait by his grandson Frederick Tatham, in the style of Holbein. Watercolour miniature on ivory, 9.7 x 7.6 cm. One of a pair, with portrait of his second wife. 1830. Both inscribed on reverse. In the collection of the Yale Center of British Art, New Haven, CT.
    Label on verso ca. 2000: Peter Nahum, Leicester Street Galleries, 5 Ryder St, London.
    Reference to Christie & Manson sale of 1849: Catalogue of the beautiful collection of pictures of the very highest class, of William Williams Hope, Esq., partly from Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire.
    Another source dates the 2 portraits to 1828 and says they were sold by the family in 2001.
    There has to be some question regarding the date and the subject:
    - the similarity of the names William Williams and William Williams Hope warns of possible confusion;
    - William Williams died in 1818, 10 to 12 years before the portrait's stated date;
    - he is not known to have married twice:;
    - there is no recorded Tatham family connection with the 1849 vendor William Williams Hope (1802-1855), who lived in Paris and never married.
    A possible link could be with William Williams Hope's cousin Thomas Hope (1769-1831), who moved in the same circles as Frederick Tatham's father Charles Heathcote Tatham, and shared his artistic and design tastes.

  • Sources 
    1. [S08] Family Trees & Websites, Jones Family Tree.
      harobed5757 online at ancestry.com tree 47411097 accessed 21 Nov 2020

    2. [S06] Parish Registers, marriages, St John, Smith Square, 22 Apr 1770.

    3. [S06] Parish Registers, burials, Christ Church, Southwark, 04 Nov 1818.
      age 67

    4. [S04] H Curtis: Notes for a Pedigree of the Tathams of Co. Durham.