Philip Williams Family Papers

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library / Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

Philip Williams Family Papers, 172 WFCHS

Scope and Content: This collection contains personal correspondence of Philip Williams written from 1817 to 1898. It also contains correspondence to John J. Williams, personal correspondence of Philip Williams III, and miscellaneous papers such as receipts, school papers, and brochures concerning the Williams family. Also included are materials concerning the Civil War units 114th Regiment, 18th Reg. Connecticut Volunteers, and Winchester Light Infantry. (4 boxes) Last updated 9/2010.

Biographical/Historical: Philip Williams II was born on Sept. 15, 1802 in Woodstock, VA to Philip Williams I and Sarah Croudson. Williams left school when he was 15 and worked as a deputy clerk for his father who was Clerk of the County of Shenandoah. Later he studied law in Richmond and was admitted to the bar in 1823. Eventually, he became the Commonwealth?s Attorney for Shenandoah County, VA, and in 1831 became its representative in the Virginia House of Delegates. On February 9, 1826, Williams married Anne Mauzy Hite, daughter of Major Isaac Hite of Belle Grove, who died on March 21, 1833. They had two children. In 1834, Williams moved to Winchester, VA and married Mary Louise Lillis Dunbar, daughter of Dr. Robert Dunbar of Winchester. They had nine children. Williams successfully practiced law as a partner to David W. Barton and was the first president of the Shenandoah Valley Bank. He was a member of the Protestant Episcopal Church. Philip Williams II died from a stroke on April 2, 1868, in the middle of a trial. He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Winchester, VA.

John James Williams was born in 1842 in Winchester, VA to Philip Williams II and Mary Louise L. Dunbar. He attended the University of Virginia law school and was a student there when the Civil War broke out. Williams was transferred to the Virginia Military Institute and became a member of the Frederick County militia and of the Rockbridge Artillery. After the war, he returned to legal studies under Judge Richard Parker and began to practice, first with his father and then alone. He remained an avid supporter of Confederate Veterans, eventually becoming Grand Commander of Confederate Veterans of the Department of Virginia. In 1877, Williams married Emilie Waterman Gray, daughter of Robert W. Gray of Leesburg. They had three children. Williams was President of the Shenandoah Valley Agricultural Society, the YMCA, General Counsel of the Shenandoah Valley Bank, and was serving his 4th term as Mayor of the City of Winchester at the time of his death. John James Williams failed to recover from an operation to remove gallstones and died on October 15, 1899. He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Philip Williams III was born in 1888 in Winchester, VA to John James Williams and Emilie Waterman Gray. He attended the University of Virginia law school and practiced with Beverly Strauss in Winston-Salem, NC until the outbreak of World War I. Williams enlisted with the United States Army Air Corps and trained at Kelly Field in Texas. At the close of the war he opened a successful law office in Winchester and in 1927 was appointed Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit containing the City of Winchester and Clarke, Warren, Frederick, and Shenandoah Counties. He maintained a keen interest in local history and secured the services of historian Frederic Morton to produce The Story of Winchester in Virginia. Williams married Gladys George of Winston-Salem, NC. They had three children. Williams fell ill and never recovered, dying at the University of Virginia Hospital in the fall of 1942. He is buried in Mt. Hebron Cemetery.

Bibliography: Quarles, Garland R. Some Worthy Lives. Winchester, VA: Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society, 1988.

Cite As: Philip Williams Family Papers, 172 WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

Williams, Philip, 1802-1868, biographical data, 1 leaf, 35 x 21.5 cm., typescript, photocopy

Williams, Mrs. Philip (Mary D.) [1810]-1879

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1834-1849, 14 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1852-1860, 9 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1861-1865, 15 items, manuscript:
Correspondence is listed by recipient or greeting, author, date written, and place or origin.

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

WM & Clayton
Williams
[unknown] 4/26/1861 Baltimore
Martin James B. Avirett 3/11/1862 [unknown]
Philip Williams Sam H. Alexander 9/16/1862 [unknown]
Philip Williams Margaret Russell 11/18/1862 [unknown] (attached
receipt from John
H. Kimmel)
My dear Pa John Mackey Dunbar 4/20/1862 Woodstock, VA
My own dear one [unknown] 3/24/1863 Winchester, VA
My dear son Mrs. Philip Williams 4/18/1864 [unknown]
Philip Williams Philippa Williams 6/26/1864 [unknown]
Mr. Williams M 9/29/1865 Winchester, VA
My dear Mother T.C. Williams 6/30/1865 Winchester, VA
My dear Mother T.C. Williams 8/18/1865 Baltimore
Mrs. Williams C.W. Andrews 2/18/1865 Shepherdstown
Dear Sister Mary Philippa Williams 6/25/18-- [unknown]
Dear Mama Lucy 1/22/18-- Winchester, VA
[unknown] Philippa Williams 4/18/18-- Winchester, VA

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1866, 28 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1867-1870, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1871-1876, 6 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, 1883-1896, 7 items, manuscript

Correspondence?Philip Williams, no date, 28 items, manuscript, typescript

Correspondence?Ann Hite Williams, 1817-1832, 26 items, manuscript
(Correspondence to Ann Maury Hite Williams can also be found in Hite-Bowman-Hall Family Papers, 168 WFCHS.)

Reminiscences?Philip Williams, "Candid reminiscences of a Comfortable Life, n.d., manuscript

Reminiscences?Philip Williams, "Candid reminiscences of a Comfortable Life, n.d., typescript published in Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society Journal, v.6, p67-92, 1991.

Box 2

Correspondence?John J. Williams, 1855-1860, 20 items, manuscript

Correspondence?John J. Williams, 1861-1865, 11 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

John Balmain (?) 2/3/1862 Richmond
John Balmain 1/1/1862 Richmond
Johnny T.C.W. 12/16/1863 Orange Court House
Dear Johnny T.C. Williams 12/--/1863 [unknown]
John L.B.P. 11/21/1863 Richmond
My dear friend Hortensia H. Lee 9/6/1865 Clarksburg
My dear John H.H. Lee 9/19/1865 Clarksburg
John Hortensia H. Lee 12/7/1865 Clarksburg
[unknown] Hortensia H. Lee 12/25/1865 Cherry Hill
[unknown] L.D.P. 10/27/1865 Bleak House
Dear John L.D.P. 11/27/1865 Bleak House

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1866, 18 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1867-1869, 12 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1870-1871, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1872-1877, 19 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1878-1879, 9 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, 1880, 1887-1899, incomplete, 16 items, manuscript

Correspondence - John J. Williams, no date, 32 items, manuscript

Confederate Army Memorabilia, Private John J. Williams, 1864-1865, 4 items, manuscript, printed, typescript; furlough request to go to Richmond on behalf of his father who was imprisoned as a hostage in Wheeling.

"Some Modern Instances of a Wise Saw," paper read by John J. Williams, Virginia Bar Association, 1898,1 booklet, printed

Box 3

John J. Williams?s notebook from Judge Parker's class, 1865-1866, 1 item, manuscript

John J. Williams?s letterbook, 1902-1904, 1 item, manuscript

"Out of Chaos," by John J. Williams, 339 leaves, typescript

Fort Frederick booklet, by W. McCulloh Brown, 1 item, 24 pages, printed

One Hundred Fourteenth Regimental Association Annual Reunion brochure, 1898, 11 items, printed

Receipts, 1819-1837, 6 items, manuscript

"Trial Bibliography of Colonial Virginia, 1754-1776," 1 item, 94 pages, printed
Confederate note with poem, by Major Jonas, 1865, 1 item, printed

Box 4

Eighteenth Regiment Connecticut Volunteers Reunion Badge, 1895, 1 item, 23 x 6 cm., cloth, celluloid, metal, printed

Cards - Winchester Light Infantry, Capt. Jno. J. Williams, 10 items, print

BOX 5

Correspondence?Philip Williams III, August 1916, 8 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Phil Dearest Gladys George 8/2/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
Phil Dear Gladys George 8/3/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
My dearest Philip Gladys George 8/16/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
My dearest Phil Gladys George 8/17/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
My darling Gladys George 8/20/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
My dearest Gladys George 8/21/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
Phil Gladys George 8/22/1916 Winston-Salem, NC
Philip Williams Gladys George 8/24/1916 Winston-Salem, NC

Correspondence?Philip Williams III, 1918, 12 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Philip Williams Gladys George 2/1/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
My darling Philip Emilie Waterman Gray 2/6/1918 Winchester, VA
My dearest Philip Gladys George 2/10/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
Philip Williams Gladys George 3/27/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
My sweetest piddie widdy Gladys George 4/--/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
Philip dearest Gladys George [unknown] Winston-Salem, NC
Philip Williams Gladys George 5/17/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
Sweetest piddie widdy Gladys George 6/23/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
My sweetest Philip Gladys George 7/16/1918 Winston-Salem, NC
My darling baby Emilie Waterman Gray 8/19/1918 Winchester, VA
Philip Williams Gladys George 9/20/1918 Winston-Salem, NC

Correspondence?Philip Williams III, 1920-1926, 8 items, manuscript

Recipient or Greeting

Author

Date written

Place of origin

Mrs. Phily Williams Philip Williams 11/16/1920 Winchester, VA
Mrs. Phily Williams Philip Williams 11/18/1920 Winchester, VA
My dearest sweetheart Gladys George Williams 9/29/1922 Dublin, VA
Dearest piddie Gladys George Williams 10/28/1922 Winston-Salem, VA
Dearest piddie Gladys George Williams 10/30/1922 Winston-Salem, VA
My dearest Philip Williams 4/24/1926 Winchester, VA
Dearest Philip Williams 4/24/1926 Winchester, VA
My dearest Philip Williams 4/26/1926 Winchester, VA

Ledger?Philip Williams III, Examination marks and notes from the University of Virginia, 1907- 1908, 2 items, manuscript

Ledger?Philip Williams III, Personal Expenses and Disbursements, March 1911-August 1921, 80 items, manuscript

Ledger?Philip Williams III, Financial Audits, 1924-1932, 24 items, manuscript

Correspondence?O.F. Morton, Regarding history of Rockbridge County, August 3 1918, 7 items, manuscript

Miscellaneous?Philip Williams III and family, 5 items, manuscript

Mapcase 3, Drawer 11 (Oversized)

Williams, John - Descriptive list and pay account with photograph of Private John J. Williams, Company E, Eleventh Virginia Cavalry

Williams, John, 1842 ? 1899, Portrait

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