Thomas Lanier Williams1

M, #2652, b. 26 March 1911, d. 25 February 1983
     Thomas Lanier Williams, who later chose the name Tennessee Williams. He was born on 26 March 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi.1,2 He was the son of Cornelius Coffin Williams and Edwina Dakin.1 Thomas Lanier Williams died on 25 February 1983 in Manhattan, New York, New York, at the age of 71.1,2

Tennessee Williams, 71, the leading playwright of his generation whose work focused on human conflicts in his beloved South, was found dead today at a Manhattan hotel.
Police said Williams, who made his home in Key West, Fla., and had been in failing health recently, apparently died of natural causes. An autopsy was ordered.
His body was found at 10:30 a.m. in his room at the Elysee Hotel by his secretary, John Ucker. A police spokesman said an Emergency Medical Service team declared Williams dead at 11:10 a.m.
Williams, who won Pulitzer prizes for "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" and "A Streetcar Named Desire," checked into the Elysee a week ago, Sy Pinto, the manager at the hotel just off Fifth Avenue, said.
Pinto said Williams, a regular guest at the hotel for the last 15 years, was found in his night clothes slumped over the side of his bed.
Williams was acclaimed as the most successful American playwright of his generation but it appeared for many years he would be a failure.
After a series of heartbreaking setbacks, Williams found fame and fortune on Broadway. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, four Drama Critics Circle Awards and a Kennedy Center Honor.
Williams was born on March 26, 1911, in an Episcopal rectory in Columbus, Miss. His father, Cornelius Coffin Williams, was the rector of the church. It was as a clergyman that the rector christened his son Thomas Lanier Williams.
At the age of 26, Williams chose the name Tennessee, probably because he spent the two happiest years of his life in Nashville.
Williams had a younger brother, Dakin, and a sister, Rose, who was two years older. Tennessee and Rose became inseparable companions and when she became hospitalized with schizophrenia at the age of 28, he became grief- stricken. It was believed that this strong feeling of loss made Williams fashion Rose as the model for the heroine in his first major play, "The Glass Menagerie."
Early in his childhood, Williams survived diphtheria, but lost a year's schooling, causing him to become introspective. He spent most of his out-of- school time reading everything he could find.
"I discovered writing as an escape from a world of reality in which I felt acutely uncomfortable," Williams once said. "It became my retreat, my cave, my refuge."
Williams was only 14 when he won his first writing award, $25 from Smart Set magazine for an essay. A movie theater in St. Louis gave him $10 for the best review of the movie, "Stella Dallas."
Although early signs indicated Williams had begun a successful career, his second play, "The Magic Tower," was a turkey. There were other setbacks, too.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from Iowa in 1938 at the age of 27, Williams moved around the country doing odd jobs - to St. Louis, Chicago, New Orleans and various cities in California.
While in California, Williams found out he had won a playwriting contest and its cash prize of $100. The contest award also brought him an association with Audrey Wood, an author's representative. She sold some of his unpublished poems and helped him get a Rockefeller Fellowship, which was worth $1,000 and a move to New York City.
In 1944, Williams received another unexpected windfall of $1,000 from the National Institute of Arts and Letters "in recognition of his dramatic works which reveal a poetic imagination and a gift for characterization that are rare in the contemporary." That was the year when Williams wrote "The Glass Menagerie."
His real success began when "The Glass Menagerie" opened in Chicago on Christmas Eve of 1944 to critical acclaim. It opened in New York on March 31, 1945, and received rave reviews. The most recent revival of "The Glass Menagerie" was staged in New York in November 1980, the same year that Williams' "Clothes for a Summer Hotel," based on the later years in the marriage of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, opened on Broadway but failed to reach the fame of his better plays.
His next play, "A Streetcar Named Desire," was a smashing box-office success after it opened in New York in December 1947. "Streetcar" won the Pulitzer Prize, another Drama Critics Circle award, and the Donaldson Award.
A string of successes and near-successes followed. "Summer and Smoke" was a big hit in 1948. "The Rose Tattoo" in 1950 pleased the critics. "Camino Real" in 1952 got mixed reviews but later it received recognition as a major work. "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" won Williams a second Pulitzer Prize and a third Drama Critics Circle Award in 1954. Philadelphia Daily News, 25 February 1983.2

Citations

  1. [S4] Sandra MacLean Clunies, Clunies files.
  2. [S205] Newspaper, Philadelphia Daily News, 25 February 1983.

Walter Dakin Williams1

M, #26153, b. 21 February 1919, d. 20 May 2008
     Walter Dakin Williams was born on 21 February 1919 in Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri.1 He was the son of Cornelius Coffin Williams and Edwina Dakin.1 Walter Dakin Williams died on 20 May 2008 in Belleville, St. Clair County, Illinois, at the age of 89.1

Citations

  1. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "#26988456."

William Williams1

M, #13797
     William Williams married Lowry Salusbury, daughter of Henry Salusbury of Llanrhaidadr.

Child of William Williams and Lowry Salusbury

Citations

  1. [S175] Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots, p. 182.

William Wynn Williams1

M, #9766
     William Wynn Williams was the son of William Williams and Lowry Salusbury.2 Of Cochwillan, Caernarvonshire.3 William Wynn Williams married Dorothy Griffith, daughter of Sir William Griffith and Jane Stradling.4

Child of William Wynn Williams and Dorothy Griffith

Citations

  1. [S156] Douglas Richardson, Plantagenet Ancestry, p. 244.
  2. [S175] Frederick Lewis Weis, Ancestral Roots, p. 182.
  3. [S122] Frederick Lewis Weis, The Magna Charta Sureties, p. 137.
  4. [S83] NEHGR, Vol. 108 p. 173.

Willis Williams1

M, #20855
     Willis Williams married Auzella Marie Merrick, daughter of Levi Johnson Merrick and Maria Jane McMaster, before September 1866.1

Citations

  1. [S521] Nedra Merrick Luke, "Sewall/Merrick," e-mail to John Rees, January 2010.

Caro Butler Williamson1

F, #25022, b. 1867
     Caro Butler Williamson was born in 1867.1 She married Philip Bernard Frierson in 1887.1

Child of Caro Butler Williamson and Philip Bernard Frierson

Citations

  1. [S46] Various contributors, Daughters of the American Revolution, Lineage Book of the Charter Members of the DAR Vol 78.

David Williamson1

M, #4709, b. circa 1720
     David Williamson was born circa 1720.2 He enlisted in the 89th (Highland) Regiment of Foot (or Morris's Highlanders) and saw service in India in 1759.2

Child of David Williamson

Citations

  1. [S17] John Gask, Les Jumelles and their families, p.20.
  2. [S17] John Gask, Les Jumelles and their families, p. 20.

Isabel Williamson1

F, #1293, b. circa 1777
     Isabel Williamson was born circa 1777.2 She was the daughter of David Williamson.2

Citations

  1. [S17] John Gask, Les Jumelles and their families, p.16.
  2. [S17] John Gask, Les Jumelles and their families, p.20.

Mary Cecelia Williamson1

F, #8166, b. circa 1823, d. 1896
     Mary Cecelia Williamson was born circa 1823.2 She was the daughter of William Durkee Williamson.3 Mary Cecelia Williamson married Livingston Livingston, son of Philip Henry Livingston and Maria Livingston, on 15 November 1859 in Manhattan, New York.2 Mary Cecelia Williamson died in 1896.

Child of Mary Cecelia Williamson and Livingston Livingston

Citations

  1. [S250] Saint Nicholas Society, Vol. 1. p 101.
  2. [S89] Family Search, New York, New York City Marriage Records, 1829-1940.
  3. [S81] Burke, Landed Gentry, p. 2793.

Oliver Eaton Williamson

M, #25715, b. 27 September 1932, d. 21 May 2020
     Oliver Eaton Williamson was born on 27 September 1932 in Superior, Wisconsin. He was the son of Scott Gilbert Williamson and Lucille S. Dunn. Oliver Eaton Williamson died on 21 May 2020 in Berkeley, California, at the age of 87.1

In 2009 he was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics, sharing it with Elinor Ostrom.1

Citations

  1. [S468] Wikipedia, online http://en.wikipedia.org, Oliver Eaton Williamson.

Scott Gilbert Williamson1

M, #22200, b. 8 July 1898, d. 24 March 1971
     Scott Gilbert Williamson was born on 8 July 1898 in North Hudson, St. Croix, Wisconsin.2 He married Lucille S. Dunn, daughter of Oliver Erastus Dunn and Jessie Bell Eaton, on 8 October 1927 in Superior, Wisconsin.1 Scott Gilbert Williamson died on 24 March 1971 in Superior, Douglas County, Wisconsin, at the age of 72.2

Child of Scott Gilbert Williamson and Lucille S. Dunn

Citations

  1. [S231] 1930 US Census, Superior, Douglas, Wisconsin; Roll: 2570; Page: 13A; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 570.0; FHL microfilm: 2342304.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 67217761."

William Durkee Williamson1

M, #8167
     William Durkee Williamson. President of the Senate and Acting Governor of Maine.1

Child of William Durkee Williamson

Citations

  1. [S81] Burke, Landed Gentry, p. 2793.

Anne Willis

F, #14304, b. 1624, d. 9 January 1698/99
     Anne Willis is also recorded as Wyllys.1 She was born in 1624 in England.1 She married Col. John Pynchon on 30 October 1644. Anne Willis died on 9 January 1698/99.1

Child of Anne Willis and Col. John Pynchon

Citations

  1. [S66] Benjamin W. Dwight, Descendants of John Dwight, Vol. 2 p. 630.

Arthur Willis1

M, #17566

Child of Arthur Willis

Citations

  1. [S344] Lyman Willard Densmore, The Hartwells of America, p. 193.

Benjamin Willis Jr.1

M, #15736, b. 16 November 1791, d. 28 July 1870
     A merchant of Portland.1 Benjamin Willis Jr. was born on 16 November 1791 in Haverhill, Essex County, Massachusetts.2,3 He married Elizabeth Sewall May, daughter of Colonel Joseph May and Dorothy Sewall, on 19 September 1817 in Boston, Massachusetts, the ceremony being conducted by the Rev. Dr. Freeman.1 Benjamin Willis Jr. died on 28 July 1870 in Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, at the age of 784 and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.3

Children of Benjamin Willis Jr. and Elizabeth Sewall May

Citations

  1. [S205] Newspaper, Boston Intelligencer, and Morning & Evening Advertiser, 20 September 1817.
  2. [S253] William Willis, Genealogy of the McKinstry family, p. 19.
  3. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "#97134979."
  4. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 97182753."

Elizabeth Sewall Willis1

F, #16421, b. 12 September 1820, d. 8 August 1900
     Elizabeth Sewall Willis was born on 12 September 1820 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.2 She was the daughter of Benjamin Willis Jr. and Elizabeth Sewall May.1 Elizabeth Sewall Willis married Thomas Goodwin Wells in 1838 (int. 29 September 1838.)1,3 Elizabeth Sewall Willis died on 8 August 1900 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at the age of 792 and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.4

Citations

  1. [S253] William Willis, Genealogy of the McKinstry family, p. 19.
  2. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "# 97182753."
  3. [S130] Massachusetts Vital Records, Vital Records of Cambridge, Massachusetts to the Year 1850.
  4. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "#97182753."

Hamilton Willis1

M, #16420, b. 10 August 1818, d. 16 November 1878
     Hamilton Willis was born on 10 August 1818 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.2,3 He was the son of Benjamin Willis Jr. and Elizabeth Sewall May.1 Hamilton Willis married firstly Louisa May Windship, daughter of Dr. Charles Williams Windship and Martha Ruggles (Patty) Ziegler, on 23 August 1842 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1,4 Hamilton Willis married secondly Helen Phillips on 28 April 1864 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.2 Hamilton Willis died on 16 November 1878 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, at the age of 602,3 and is buried in Forest Hills Cemetery and Crematory, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.3

Citations

  1. [S253] William Willis, Genealogy of the McKinstry family, p. 19.
  2. [S263] Charles Collyer Whittier, Genealogy of the Stimpson family, p. 56.
  3. [S392] Website findagrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com/) "#43381580."
  4. [S130] Massachusetts Vital Records, Vital Records Of Roxbury, Massachusetts To The End Of The Year 1849.

Henry Willis1

M, #3502
     Henry Willis was living in Portland.1 He married Adeline Fitch, daughter of Judge Luther Fitch and Almira Titcomb, on 18 December 1855 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.2

Citations

  1. [S24] Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, Early New England People, p. 180.
  2. [S89] Family Search, Records of marriages and marriage intentions, 1814-1910; index to marriages, 1748-1912 Portland (Maine). City Clerk.

Madelon Willis1

F, #17565, b. 11 September 1919
     Madelon Willis was born on 11 September 1919 in Brockton, Massachusetts.1,2 She was the daughter of Arthur Willis.1 Madelon Willis married Richard Hartwell Sewall, son of Homer Sewall and Marjorie Hartwell, on 30 April 1944.1

Citations

  1. [S344] Lyman Willard Densmore, The Hartwells of America, p. 193.
  2. [S232] Ancestry.com, Massachusetts, Birth Index, 1901-1960 and 1967-1970.

Mary Willis1

F, #11303
     Mary Willis was the daughter of Samuel Willis.1 Mary Willis married Rev. Joseph Eliot, son of Rev. John Eliot and Ann Mountford, before 1685.1

Child of Mary Willis and Rev. Joseph Eliot

Citations

  1. [S64] Robert Charles Anderson and George F. Sanborn Jr. & Melinde Lutz Sanborne, The Great Migration, John Eliot.

Samuel Willis1

M, #11305

Child of Samuel Willis

Citations

  1. [S64] Robert Charles Anderson and George F. Sanborn Jr. & Melinde Lutz Sanborne, The Great Migration, John Eliot.

Edward Henry Willoughby1

M, #22043, b. circa 1832, d. 27 July 1860
     Edward Henry Willoughby. Captain in the Bengal Artillery. He was born circa 1832 in Somerset.2 He was the son of George Willoughby. Edward Henry Willoughby married Fanny Maxwell Wilson, daughter of John Delap Wilson and Ann Smith Claxton, on 26 November 1858 in St. Peter's Church, Saugor, India.1 Edward Henry Willoughby died on 27 July 1860 at 145 King's Road, Brighton, Sussex, from the effects of wounds received June 23, 1857, at the storming of Balabete, Central India.3,4

Children of Edward Henry Willoughby and Fanny Maxwell Wilson

Citations

  1. [S205] Newspaper, Morning Chronicle - Wednesday 20 January 1858.
  2. [S376] Rosemary Haden, "Haden E-Mail," e-mail to John Rees, 2007-2017, Descendants of Fanny Maxwell Wilson.
  3. [S232] Ancestry.com, England & Wales, National Probate Calendar.
  4. [S205] Newspaper, John Bull and Britannia (London, England), 4 August 1860.
  5. [S376] Rosemary Haden, "Haden E-Mail," e-mail to John Rees, 2007-2017, Fanny Maxwell Wilson.

Flora B. Willoughby1

F, #13144, b. 18 June 1837, d. 13 December 1910
     Flora B. Willoughby was born on 18 June 1837 in Ireland.1 She was the daughter of Thomas Willoughby and Margaret King.1 Flora B. Willoughby married Hartley Wright Sewall, son of Moses Sewall and Louisa Lentner, on 21 September 1859 in Providence, Rhode Island.2 Flora B. Willoughby and Hartley Wright Sewall appear on the census of 1 June 1860 in Ward 11, Boston, Massachusetts, where he worked in a hat store.3 Flora B. Willoughby died on 13 December 1910 at 114 Brook Avenue, Boston, at the age of 731 and was buried on 16 December 1910 in Forrest Hills, Boston.1

Citations

  1. [S89] Family Search, Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910.
  2. [S89] Family Search, Rhode Island Marriages, 1724-1916.
  3. [S154] 1860 US Census.

Frances Harriett Willoughby1

F, #24867, b. 9 June 1860, d. 1 December 1868
     Frances Harriett Willoughby was born on 9 June 1860 at King's Road, Brighton, Sussex.1,2 She was the daughter of Edward Henry Willoughby and Fanny Maxwell Wilson.1 Frances Harriett Willoughby was christened on 22 July 1860 at St. Nicholas', Brighton.3 She died on 1 December 1868 in Ryde, Isle of Wight, at the age of 8.1

Citations

  1. [S376] Rosemary Haden, "Haden E-Mail," e-mail to John Rees, 2007-2017, Fanny Maxwell Wilson.
  2. [S205] Newspaper, The Lady's Newspaper, 16 June 1860.
  3. [S89] Family Search, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975.

George Willoughby

M, #22044

Child of George Willoughby

George Henry Willoughby1

M, #24866, b. circa September 1858, d. circa September 1934
     George Henry Willoughby was born circa September 1858 in Bath, Somerset.1 He was the son of Edward Henry Willoughby and Fanny Maxwell Wilson.1 George Henry Willoughby died circa September 1934 in Surrey.1

Citations

  1. [S376] Rosemary Haden, "Haden E-Mail," e-mail to John Rees, 2007-2017, Fanny Maxwell Wilson.

Thomas Willoughby1

M, #22177
     Thomas Willoughby married Margaret King.1

Child of Thomas Willoughby and Margaret King

Citations

  1. [S89] Family Search, Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910.

Sarah Newman Wills1

F, #3409
     Sarah Newman Wills married Joseph Moody Titcomb, son of Henry Titcomb and Abigail Whittmore, on 11 August 1832 in Newbury, Essex County, Massachusetts.1,2

Citations

  1. [S24] Sarah Elizabeth Titcomb, Early New England People, p. 175.
  2. [S89] Family Search, Vital records of Newbury, Massachusetts, to the end of the year 1849.

A.I. Wilshire1

M, #4924
     A.I. Wilshire married Isabel Lucy Hazen, daughter of Wilbur Morton Hazen and Isabelle Arenburg.1

Citations

  1. [S4] Sandra MacLean Clunies, Clunies files.

Aileen Augusta Wilson1

F, #8407, d. May 1891
     Aileen Augusta Wilson was the daughter of Thomas Ward Wilson and Augusta Louisa Jarvis.1 Aileen Augusta Wilson died in May 1891.1

Citations

  1. [S79] Edward Marion Chadwick, Ontarian Families, Vol. II p. 125.