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Robert Williams, Senior – Robert C William’s Father

Robert Williams, Senior, was born on September 30, 1787, in Clayhidon, Devonshire, England to Ellis Williams and Elinore Jones. 1 He grew up in the Blackdown Hills, a beautiful part of England. His father died when he was three years old. As a result of his father being an impoverished minister and dying young, Robert lived in poverty in his early years.

He married Mary Solumn on October 25, 1814, in Saint Luke, Southwark Diocese, England (a part of metropolitan London). Mary died on June 22, 1819, when Robert E Williams, Junior, was three years old. 1 Upon his wife’s death, he lived at St John Street, Pentonville, Islington, with a relative that he later married, Mrs. Ann Williams Blower, a wealthy barrister’s (attorney) widow. She was either his father’s cousin according to Robert E Williams or perhaps his sister according to Richard Cherrington’s research. 2 Both Robert’s sister and his second wife share the same death date according to the IGI. 1 The government would have required approval to get married as brother and sister.

Robert was a clerk at Mastermans & Company Bank at #35 or #45 Nicholas Lane, Lombard Street, London and was a part of the middle class when most lived in poverty. The family had servants. He worked for the bank for forty-five years. Upon retirement, he received a pension of 100 pounds a year. 2 He died on May 29, 1852, at the age of sixty-five, from heart disease in Stafford Hill at St Aubyn, Stoke Damerel, Devon, England. 3

Sources:
1. IGI, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
2. Robert C Williams Diary transcribed by Richard R. Cherrington
3. Register of Deaths at the General Register Office, London

Written by Richard W. Thomsen