Posted By:Carole Williams
Subject:West Allen Williams of Williamston, SC
Post Date:December 17, 2002 at 13:36:37
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The following is posted for those researching Samuel Williams, father of West Allen Williams. (West Allen Williams founded Williamston, SC, in Anderson Co. SC, across the Saluda River from the Samuel Williams' homeplace on Holland Ford Rd., Greenville Co.)

Samuel Williams’ 1801 deed from Humphrey Cobb (Greenville Co. SC Deed Book F, pages 413 and 414) proves Samuel Williams of lower Greenville Co. was a "gunsmith":

"The State of S.Carolina. Know all men by these presents that I Humphrey Cobb of Greenville County District in the State aforesd (aforesaid) Farmer in consideration of one hundred and fifty dollars to me paid by Samuel Williams of the District and State aforesaid, Gunsmith, ..."

Humphrey Cobb’s wife Levisa/Levise released the dower.
Samuel Williams is believed to have had a sister "Vicy" who married Humphrey Cobb.

The land described in the deed was part of Miles Jennings’ grant of 1823 acres. Miles Jennings had several grants. His grant of 1823 acres included land on Cedar Shoals Creek and land on Mountain Creek, both waters of Saluda River. This land is in lower Greenville Co., SC.

Samuel Williams, gunsmith, owned part of Miles Jennings' grant in lower Greenville Co. and later bought land at the mouth of Grove Creek of Saluda River. Samuel, his wife Mary, West Allen Williams, and Samuel Williams, Jr. were buried in the garden of the Williams' homeplace on Grove Creek. In Nov. of 2002, their graves were moved to Mineral Springs Park, land West Allen Williams deeded to the town of Williamston.

Samuel Williams was brother of my husband's ancestor John Williams of lower Greenville Co., SC (d.1836), husband of Anna Wells.

Carole F. Williams,
Mt. Pleasant, SC