Williams, Isaac, 1751 - 1831

Isaac Williams was born in Roxbury, Massachusetts, the son of an African slave.  From his inclusion on a 1781 petition that mentioned one of the signers as being the son of Rebecca Hawkins, his mother may, in fact, be a Ponkapaug.  Williams was living in Dedham when he married Elizabeth Will, a member of the Ponkapog community, in Stoughton, Massachusetts in November 1775.  He and Elizabeth had several children: Isaac, Mary, Hannah, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Sarah, and possibly Amasa. Williams joined Captain Joseph Guild's Company of the Massachusetts Militia on May 9, 1775 and served through the end of the year.  However, the following year, he was arrested for desertion and jailed.  Records indicate that he was 5 ft. 10 in. at the time. A petition to the Massachusetts General Court indicated that, in prison, he had become seriously ill.  Released by the authorities, he lived until he was eighty-one years old.  Williams later worked for David Talbot as a farmworker in Canton.  In 1803, he purchased a lot of land near York Pond in Canton, and ten years later added thirty-nine acres to his property.  Williams-Will marriage intention, July 22, 1775.  Stoughton Births, Marriages, and Deaths, Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988. Ancestry. Pension Application R.11.577, June 7, 1837, Revolutionary War Pensions, Fold3. Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the Revolutionary War, Vol. 17, 435.  Petition of Jonathan Capen, 1776.12.03.00. Find A Grave. Huntoon, History of the Town of Canton, 33, 34.  Welch, And They Were Related, Too, 228.

May 3, 1831