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  • ID: I15538
  • Name: Daniel Williams
  • Given Name: Daniel
  • Surname: Williams
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 11 Dec 1755 in , Virginia
  • Death: 1827 in Mississippi
  • _UID: 49516E8F45C04FDEABDB4AC8FD2F6B8880CE
  • Change Date: 19 Aug 2012 at 08:37
  • Note:
    Daniel Williams«/b», son of Ann Echols and Daniel William
    s served in the Tennessee State Legislature representing Davidson County and was also elected Sheriff of Davidson County

    "A dwelling house and grocery store belonging to Daniel Williams, at Williamsville Post Office, Dickson County, Ten. was burnt on the night of the 5th of November. The estimated loss is six or eight hundred dollars."

    Capt. Daniel Williams was a native of Duplin Co., N.C.; during the Revolutionary War, he had fought on the American side as an officer in the 6 N. C. Regiment. He died at age 80, on July 16, 1831, on his Yellow Creek farm. (D. Williams Pension S BLWT 1624-30, National Archives; MEMBERSHIP ROSTER AND SOLDIERS, TENN., by D. A. R., 1961, p 1613)

    Capt. Williams held a large acreage in the valley [Yellow Creek Valley, Dickson County], some 2285 acres of which came as a land grant for his war service. This tract was granted to him, Jan. 20, 1792, as "lying on both sides of Yellow Creek" above the Chickasaw Trace, when this was then considered as Tennessee County, N.C.: N.C. Grants, C-3, p 271, Tenn. State Archives) For centuries the Cumberland country was a vast game-park, claimed by the Chickasaws, and though this was rarely disputed by other Indians, several nations of the Redmen hunted in the open territory. The Chickasaws ceded the Cumberland region to N.C. in the summer of 1783, which was later ratified by other binding treaties. In July 1805, the Chickasaws made a sweeping, all-inclusive cession of Middle Tennessee to the government, after which the region rapidly filled with settlers, who could now feel that their land claims would be honored. Tennessee County was established in 1788 and continued in force when N.C. ceded what is now Tennessee to the Federal government, and which was then organized as the South-western Territory. When Tennessee became a state, June I, 1796, Tennessee County was divided into two counties, Montgomery and Robertson, parent counties of Dickson County. (HISTORY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE, by A. W. Putnam, 1859 (Reprint, 1971), pp 194, 299, 533. 569) Dickson County was sparsely settled until after 1800, although numerous Revolutionary War land grants were made and filed for acreage within its subsequent borders. The early surveyors, working in the mid-1780s, gave names to the creeks, traces, etc. Yellow Creek was named as such early in the period of these surveys. The principal Indian trace, the Chickasaw Trace, ran near Yellow Creek and the earliest road laid-out just before the War of 1812, followed its path.
    The actual site of Williamsville may be seen on a "Ruskin Quadrangle Map. " It was just south of the Williams Cemetery in Yellow Creek Valley of Dickson Co., Tennessee.)

    Daniel Williams JR was at the Battle of King's Mountain during the Revolution. For Daniel Williams Sr is to long in tooth to fight in the Battle of King's Mountain.

    Daniel Williams was a captain in the Sixth Regiment, North Carolina Troops in the Continental Line. He was commissioned, April 1, 1777. He was described by a private in the regiment as "a gentleman and the friend and protector of his soldiers." North Carolina Troops in the Continental Line, 9; S. R., XI, 832.
    Duplin County, North Carolina

    At the Commencement of the Revolution, the People in Duplin County were generally United, They formed Committees, Elected their Officers, Encouraged the Recruiting Service, trained the Militia in the Exercise of Arms, held frequent Meetings; Sent Delegates to the Conventions at Newbern, Hilsborough and Halifax.11 A Number of Young men Enlisted in the Regular Army and Marched to the Northward under Capts. Danl. Williams12 & Joseph T. Rhodes,13 both of Duplin County, and no difficulty was experianced in Raiseing our quota of Militia men when Called for.-
    Daniel Williams was a captain in the Sixth Regiment, North Carolina Troops in the Continental Line. He was commissioned, April 1, 1777. He was described by a private in the regiment as "a gentleman and the friend and protector of his soldiers." North Carolina Troops in the Continental Line, 9; S. R., XI, 832.

    About the latter end of September 1781. The Tories were Collecting on Cohera. when Colo Moore with Captains Williams,41 Dodd,42 and Miller, Collected some Militia, went out, in Search of their Camp, Surprised & dispersed them without Sustaining any loss in Colo Moores Party four of the Tories were killed in that Action. They never made any Considerable head in Duplin afterwards.-

    Tennessee "hidden revolutionary war land grants"
    John Dowdee. Davidson County 1792. 640 acres assigned to Daniel Williams. "By an act of relief of the officers and soldiers of the continental line in consideration of the bravery and zeal of John Dowdee, a private in said line, granted unto Daniel Williams , assignee of John Dowdee a tract... warrant 932
    George Dowday. Overton County . Land assigned to James Taylor. Warrant # ?


    The early settlers of Fort Nashborough (now Nashville) recognized early on the need for a Sheriff. This official position dates back to 10th-century England, where the Sheriff was an agent of the King. The first Sheriff of Davidson County, Daniel Williams, was appointed in 1783 by a court in North Carolina (the state of Tennessee had not yet been established at that point in time, and the area we now call "middle Tennessee" was still part of the state of North Carolina).

    What were the qualifications and functions of Tennessee's earliest Sheriffs? Why was it important for the settlers to have such an official? Apparently, one of the first concerns at Fort Nashborough was that the Sheriff be a proven soldier and fighter. In 1783, Davidson County was still a lively battleground with Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw warriors attempting to block the encroachment of European settlers. Daniel Williams had stayed to defend Fort Nashborough when other men had taken their families to less dangerous ground, thereby proving his bravery and willingness to take a stand and fight.

    Sheriff Williams had no jail to keep, no vehicles patrolling his area - which was an extensive wilderness very sparsely settled - and no established local bureaucracy to determine the functions of his appointed position. His main duty, it appears, was to respond bravely to danger and to lead other men when facing problems.

    1783 Daniel Williams moves to the area from South Carolina with his family, becomes Davidson County's first Sheriff. Elections for Sheriff are scheduled for every two years

    Daniel Williams served in the Tennessee State Legislature representing Davidson County and was also elected Sheriff of Davidson County.

    Daniel was in the first settlement in Nashboro, TN,

    Daniel was the first sheriff of Davidson Co. Two of his brothers became sheriff as well, and others were very active in military and civic activities.
    Sampson and Wright Williams

    Deed Book A, Page 73 - THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, NO. 1785 - By virtue of Certificate No. 135 dated 27th July 1807, obtained from the Board of Commissioners for West Tennessee by DANIEL WILLIAMS and entered on 2nd October 1807 by No. 664. There is granted by the State of Tennessee unto WRIGHT WILLIAMS, assignee of said Daniel Williams, a certain tract of land containing 226 acres in Bedford county in the second district, second range and third section, on the main east fork of Swan Creek of Elk River and borders Nimrod Williams' east boundary line and William T. Lewis' west corner. Surveyed 25th April 1808. Registered 25th November 1810. (Source: Land Deed Genealogy of Lincoln County Tennessee 1809-1818, compiled by Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh, p 8)

    Deed Book C, Page 111 - 21st November 1811 - Deed from DANIEL WILLIAMS of Mississippi Territory and County of Wilkerson to ABNER BOWEN of Lincoln County, Tennessee for 98 acres of land in Lincoln County, Tennessee on the north side of Elk River beginning on the Bluff of the River and adjoining Samuel Edmondson's tract and David Vance's corner. Witnesses: Claborn Williams and Jno. Shepperd. Registered 28th October 1814. (Source: Land Deed Genealogy of Lincoln County Tennessee 1809-1818, compiled by Helen C. and Timothy R. Marsh, p 115)

    Col. Daniel WILLIAMS(1747-1831), Revolutionary War Soldier, who died in near Charlotte inDickson Co TN.

    1820 Census in Dickson, Tennessee

    Daniel Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820
    010111 00101
    1 male age 10-16
    1 male 16-26
    1 male 26-45 1804-1794
    1 male 45 over could 1755 or 1747. Daniel JR??????
    1 female 10-16
    1 femle 26-45

    Daniel H Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820
    Daniel H Williams
    32001 1101

    Elisha Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820
    Joseph Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820
    Thomas Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820
    William Williams Not Stated,Dickson,TN 1820

    Daniel William II (1755-1823), fourth child of Daniel Williams, was married by 1775, wife’s name unknown. He and his brother Sampson were in the Revolution, and were in Tennessee by 1780, perhaps as early as 1779, when they joined a group of emigrants who crossed the Cumberland River when it was iced over and began the first settlement at “French Lick.” There was still danger from hostile Indians at that time. Daniel had been wounded in the Battle of King’s Mountain. His wife, thinking him dead after an absence of about six years, remarried a man named Morgan. Daniel then collected his twin children, Claiborne and Mary (Polly) and went back to Tennessee and settled near Nashville. He died in Wilkinson County, Mississippi in 1823.

    Father: Daniel Williams b: 1730-1735 in , , Virginia
    Mother: Ann Echols b: 1733 in , , Virginia

    Marriage 1 Eleanor
    • Married:
    • Change Date: 24 Nov 2011
    1. Has Children Claiborne Williams b: 3 Apr 1775 in Laurens, South Carolina
    2. Has No Children Mary Williams b: 4 Mar 1775 in Laurens, South Carolina

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