Robert Henry Williams1,2,3

ID# 485, (1832 - 1906)
FatherWilliam Williams4
MotherMary Hatche4

Key Events:

Birth: 14 Jan 1832, Tennessee5,6,7
Marriage: Arabella Norfleet, 4 Apr 1854, Montgomery Co., Tennessee8,9
Marriage: Virginia D. Cobb, 3 Mar 1868, Montgomery Co., Tennessee10,11
Death: 9 Jun 1906, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania12,13,14
Burial: 11 Jun 1906, Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania15,2

Spouse: Arabella Norfleet (4 Feb 1836 - 24 Jan 1865)
     Children:

  • Starkey Norfleet Williams32,33 (1855 - 1875)
  • Eva Henry Williams34,32 (abt 1857 - )
  • Thomas McCulloch Williams35,32,33 (abt Jan 1860 - 24 Oct 1908)
  • Robert Mosley Williams36,33 (1865 - 1910)

Spouse:Virginia D. Cobb (20 Jun 1847 - 11 Nov 1921)
     Children:

ChartsDescendants of Gideon Cobb

Copyright Notice

Narrative:

     Robert Henry Williams was born on 14 Jan 1832 in Tennessee.5,6,7
     Robert married first Arabella Norfleet, daughter of Starkie S. Norfleet and Nancy W. Parker, on 4 Apr 1854 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.8,9 Robert and Arabella Norfleet appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 18 Jun 1860, reporting real estate valued at $10,000 and personal estate of $9,000. Their children Starkey, Eva and Thomas were listed as living with them, as were three clerks, Thomas Finley, age 21, J. S. Pendergrass, age 23, and T. S. Waters, age 25. There were also seven slaves, five males and two females, housed in two slave houses.16,17
     His wife died on 24 Jan 1865.18,19
     Robert married second Virginia D. Cobb, daughter of Dr. Joshua Cobb and Marina Turner Bryan, on 3 Mar 1868 in Montgomery Co., Tennessee.10,11
     Robert and Virginia D. Cobb lived in Dickson Co. for a time after their marriage before moving back to Clarksville. They appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of White Bluff, Dickson Co., Tennessee, enumerated 18 Aug 1870, reporting real estate valued at $20,000 and personal estate of $8,000. Their children Starkey, Eva, Thomas, Robert, Edwin and Lillian were listed as living with them, and T. A. Turner, age 30, a farm worker.20
     Robert served as City Marshall in Clarksville, Tennessee.21,22
     Robert and Virginia appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Montgomery Co., Tennessee, enumerated 14 Jun 1880. Their children Edwin and Lillian were listed as living with them, as was Buter T. Peagram, a 39-year-old female boarder.23
     Robert and Virginia and their two daughters moved to Montrose, Pennsylvania, between 1895 and 1900, about the same time her sister Sallie and her son did. Their sister Marina and her husband had been living there since their marriage.24 Robert and Virginia appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, at Maple St., enumerated 16 Jun 1900, reporting they were renting their home. Their children Anna were listed as living with them. Her sister, Lillian B. Williams and Sallie West Cobb, was also listed as living in the same building.3
     Robert also appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Manhattan, New York Co., New York, in the household of Edwin Cobb Williams, his son, as was his daughter Anna. He was apparently spending a substantial amount of time in Manhattan, and she was attending school there.25
     He was a prosperous farmer, then became a real estate agent in Clarksville by 1880 in Clarksville.26,27,28,29 Robert and his sister-in-law Sallie West Cobb were both listed as landlords in the 1900 census in Pennsylvania. Since their families shared the same home, we might suspect they were in business together. However the extent of his involvement is questionable, as he was also listed as living with his son in Manhattan, where his occupation was shown as retired.3,30,31
     Robert died on 9 Jun 1906 in Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, at age 74.12,13,14 He was buried on 11 Jun 1906 in Montrose Cemetery, Montrose, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, next to his wife.15,2

Citations

  1. [S3331] "New York Marriages, 1686-1980," FamilySearch.org, record for Edward Valentine Goerz and Anna Maria Williams, citing FHL#1556932, shows name as Robt. Henry Williams.
  2. [S3295] Robert H. Williams tombstone, Montrose Cemetery.
  3. [S969] Robert H. Williams household, 1900 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  4. [S5372] Robert H. Williams, Certificate of Death.
  5. [S5372] Robert H. Williams, Certificate of Death, shows date and state.
  6. [S969] Robert H. Williams household, 1900 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows month, year, age 68, and state.
  7. [S3329] R. H. Williams household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows age 28 and state.
  8. [S3327] Robert Williams and Arabella Norfleet, marriage register, shows date.
  9. [S3329] R. H. Williams household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as husband and wife.
  10. [S2983] "Tennessee Marriages, 1796-1950," FamilySearch.org, record for R. H. Williams and Jennie D. Cobb, citing FHL #321021, shows date, county, and state.
  11. [S969] Robert H. Williams household, 1900 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows married, 32 years.
  12. [S5372] Robert H. Williams, Certificate of Death, shows date, town, and state.
  13. [S3295] Robert H. Williams tombstone, Montrose Cemetery, shows year.
  14. [S2528] Jennie C. Williams household, 1910 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania, shows his wife as a widow.
  15. [S5372] Robert H. Williams, Certificate of Death, shows date, and city.
  16. [S3329] R. H. Williams household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  17. [S3330] R. H. Williams, owner, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, slave schedule.
  18. [S3328] Montgomery County Historical Society, Montgomery County, Tennessee Family History, pg 269.
  19. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Riverview Cemetery," shows date as "Jan.24, ????"
  20. [S3332] R. H. Williams household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dickson Co., Tennessee.
  21. [S49] Freeman, Family File "David and Deborah.GED," 31 Jul 1998.
  22. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 268, shows he was city marshall.
  23. [S2527] R. H. Williams household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  24. [S3324] "Clarksville, Tennessee City Directory, 1895," Ancestry.com, record for R. H. Williams, shows him and wife Jennie G in Clarksville.
  25. [S3326] William H. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, New York Co., New York.
  26. [S3329] R. H. Williams household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as farmer.
  27. [S3332] R. H. Williams household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dickson Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as farmer.
  28. [S2527] R. H. Williams household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as real estate agent.
  29. [S3324] "Clarksville, Tennessee City Directory, 1895," Ancestry.com, record for R. H. Williams, shows occupation as real estate agt.
  30. [S1639] Sallie Stewart household, 1900 U.S. Census, Susquehanna Co., Pennsylvania.
  31. [S3326] William H. Cobb household, 1900 U.S. Census, New York Co., New York, shows him as retired.
  32. [S3329] R. H. Williams household, 1860 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  33. [S3332] R. H. Williams household, 1870 U.S. Census, Dickson Co., Tennessee, shows them apparently living as parent and child.
  34. [S3331] "New York Marriages, 1686-1980," FamilySearch.org, citing FHL #1570331.
  35. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Men Folk 201-400," citing Daily Leaf Chronicle.
  36. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, "Riverview Cemetery."
  37. [S885] "California Death Index, 1940-1997," Ancestry.com, record for Lillian Williams Sprout, shows father's surname as Williams.
  38. [S3331] "New York Marriages, 1686-1980," FamilySearch.org, record for Edward Valentine Goerz and Anna Maria Williams, citing FHL#1556932.