Williams, Erastus, 1785 - 1845

Erastus Williams (September 16, 1785-November 11, 1845) was the son of Lt. William Williams and Prudence Stanton Fanning and the husband of Nancy Hewitt.  He was an ensign in Cogswell's 8th Regiment in 1810 and 1811 in the 8th under Belcher's command.  He later served in the War of 1812 and was present at the bombardment of Stonington in August 1814.

Williams held the office of probate judge and justice of the peace for Ledyard, and was a member of both Houses of the Connecticut government. The General Assembly appointed him an overseer to the Pequot community at Mashantucket from 1825-1833 and again in 1841-1845, making him one of the longest serving overseers to the tribe.   Williams lived in the family homestead on Ledyard's Cider Hill, near to Mashantucket tribal lands, as did his brother, Judge William Williams.

Find A Grave, (William Williams Cemetery, Ledyard, Connecticut). Wheeler, History of Stonington, 685.  Connecticut Register (1810-11), pp. 111, 117.  Green's Register for the State of Connecticut (1841-42), 37, 64.  Stark, Groton, Conn., 90, 92.

September 16, 1785
November 11, 1845