Jonathan Williams is given as being of the Guides & Pioneers when he petitioned for land in NB in 1785 with Rachel Curtis. He was given as such also in 1785 when he petitioned in York Co., NB in 1785 with Elizabeth and Isaac Green. The Green's were also likely from Westchester Co., NY, and may have been related. Other petitions in York Co., NB were:
Alone as a member of the Guides & Pioneers, York Co., NB 1785.
With others, including Gilbert Williams, Guides & Pioneers, York Co., NB 1787.
With Alexander Leslie and Joseph Martin, York Co., NB 1788.
With Samuel Mooers, York Co., NB 1796.
With Solomon Parent and John Parker, York Co., NB 1802.
Jonathan Williams received a town lot in Parr Town, Sunbury Co., NB 14AUG1784. Parr Town soon became part of Saint John. Sunbury Co. took in most of the Saint John River Valley and tributaries at the time. These town lots were essentially meant for temporary shelters in the first winter and such a grant does not, for example, mean they lived there nor kept the grant. It was re-registered to him 2JAN1785 (as New Brunswick was created out of Nova Scotia), suggesting that he did not sell the lot right away.
On 14JAN1788 he was one of a number of Guides & Pioneers receiving grants in Queensbury Parish, York Co., NB. He received 193 acres. Other grantees were the Dickenson's, from Westchester and Dutchess Counties, NY, Solomon Kendall, (with (possibly) the Black Pioneers, but listed with the Guides & Pioneers) and Gilbert and John Williams. As a captain, Jonathan should be entitled to more than 200 acres, which is likely why, the same day, in another grant, he receives 256 acres more.
On 8AUG1789 he shares (with many others) in the 'Island Rights' on the Saint John River. These would be the islands just upriver from Fredericton, probably the Sugar Islands. Each received 4 acres.
There may have been more than one Jonathan Williams as one from Long Island, NY arrived in 1783 on the ship, 'Generous Friends', with 2 adult women, 4 children over 10, 1 child under 10 and a 'servant'. By MAY1784 the second, adult woman had left (died?, married daughter?, mother?) as had the servant. By JUN1784, one of the elder children had left (died?, married?)
Captain Jonathan Williams and Maria Titus, his wife, appear in Egbert Americus Owen's, "Pioneer Sketches of Long Point Settlement", (1898, re-published 1972) pp. 526-31. This suggests that, ca. 1790-1800, they moved to Norfolk Co., Ontario (as it is now.) A fair number of Loyalists and children of Loyalists from New Brunswick accepted Col. Simcoe's offer of free land when he was Lt. Governor of Upper Canada. (New Brunswick had, by 1790, run out of available, accessible and arable land, and had called a moratorium on grants.) Owen was not always accurate (working largely from anecdotal information) but notes that Jonathan and Maria were there as early as 9MAR1802, and he was coroner for London District, Upper Canada by 14DEC1804, the date of his appointment. He gives Maria as age 24 when the Revolution began (i.e., b. ca. 1852) and unlikely the mother of the large, almost adult family which arrived on the, 'Numerous Friends'. They settled on Lot 7, Concession 1 of Woodhouse Township, Norfolk Co. He was about 49 years of age ca. 1800 (i.e., b. ca. 1851.) There home was one of the best locally, but burnt down in the War of 1812. While they were still in it. They escaped, but many heirlooms brought from Long Island, NY were destroyed, except a mirror which belonged to Maria's mother, which was saved by her son, Isaac Williams.
Capt. Jonathan Williams d. Woodhouse Twp. about 1832 age 81 years (b. ca. 1851.) She d. age 85 years (ca. 1837.) Their children were John, Col. Titus, Elijah, Francis, Isaac, Charles, Henry B. and Horatio N. Daughters were Nancy (eldest child, b. Long Island, NY) m. Henry Bostwick and Mary Williams, m. _____ 'TenBroek' (John TenBroeck'.) Owen's goes on to describe the family for a couple of generations. He also mentions, in Woodhouse Twp., the family of Wynant Williams, probably unrelated.
It was Doris Ann Lemon (2005?) apparently who wrote the book on her ancestors. (the Lemon's were a Norfolk Co. family as well.)
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Note that the family appears to have spread throughout the county. Titus, Sr., for example, is in Walsingham Twp. Since the children of Loyalists were entitled to free grants, they often tended to get these grants somewhat removed from the original homestead. Note that nearby Titus Williams was the Pettit family, part of a larger family originating on Long Island, NY (even if given as b. England, which I suspect is unlikely.) This is not unusual. People distantly related, or families that new each other as much as a century before often found themselves in new places together. In Houghton Twp. is Isaac Williams (b. ca. 1799), b. United States, which we can believe is not correct unless the family travelled through the States and he was born on the way. More likely he was b. NB or Ontario. That his wife, Sarah, was b. Nova Scotia is also questionable as NB was part of NS until 1785, and the news does not seem to have reached Ontario for some time (if ever.)
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