Born 1764 Died 1836
Buried in Blanton's Field off Pike County Road 73 near Williams Chapel Brundidge, Alabama.
GPS Coordinate 31-41.986 N and 85-47.180 W.
Served as a Private in Beardsley's Regiment, 4th Brigade, Connecticut Militia.
Grave Dedication May 20, 2012
Jonathan Williams is one of several known Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Pike County. Born in Connecticut on
17 April 1764, at the of 14 he enlisted in Colonial Beardsley's Regiment of Militia and served most of the war in the
South with the Army of General Greene. Following the conflict he migrated to North Carolina where he would marry
Frances Cowert and start his family. Following her death in 1812, Williams married Sarah Bond. Like so many of the
citizens of the new nation, it was not long before he and part of the family started moving westward probably with the
thought of obtaining land. They spent three seasons in Georgia before arriving in 1824 in Pike County, AL where he
would build a log home.
As settlers arrived in the county, circuit rider ministers visited the area and started holding services in the Williams'
home. This was the beginning of the first Methodist church in the county which would eventually become the Williams
Chapel Methodist Church. A few years later a small log church was constructed on the site where we now stand.
In the book, Pioneer Judge: The Life of Robert Lee Williams, much of this early history of the Williams family is
recounted. Robert Williams who was born in this area was a great-grandson of Jonathan Williams but moved to the
Indian Territory and would become Oklahoma's first Chief Justice of the State Supreme Court (1907 - 1914) and third
Governor Williams amassed a considerable fortune and never forgot his roots. He provided funds to place a concrete
fence around the first church and cemetery and to erect monuments. At the same time, he had pecan trees planted in
the area so the crops could help fund the activities of the church. It is believed that the pecan trees here today are
part of that planting.
Jonathan Williams died 11 March 1836 in the Dixon's Precinct and is buried here in the cemetery of the church which
he helped found. His final Will and Testament can still be found in the archives of the Pike County Court House.
The majority of the Williams and Bowden families in the local area can trace their lineage back to this Revolutionary
War Soldier who came west in search of land bringing with him his faith in God and the ideals of Liberty.
Amazing Grace on the Scottish Pipes
|Left: SAR Patriot Marker. Above: Young descendants unveil SAR
Patriot marker for 5th Great-Grandfather Jonathan Williams.
Advance the colors to the grave marker.
Posting the colors