WILLIAMS Family of Centerville

Descendents of Robert Williams of Roxbury, Mass. (d. Sept 11, 1693).  Submitted by Gil Peterson, Wisconsin

The Williams family spent several years in Centerville, Allegany CO and adjacent Cattaraugus CO before moving to the midwest in 1842. The information does not exist anywhere else. (GP)




Marilla Williams (1815-1894)
b 1815 Hartwick twp, Otsego Co NY - d 1894, Webster City, Hamilton CO, IA
m 1843 Augustin Beauchaine, Freeport, Stephenson CO IL

(tombstone photo below) 

School teacher - Lived in Centerville ca. 1820-1842 


Marilla Williams is from the Robert Williams Family of Roxbury MA  (1637+) line. Her siblings settled in IL, WI, and IA after they moved from Centerville in 1842. She taught school in Centerville and in Freeport, IL. Her parents John and Sally (Wright) Williams both died when she was about 10 years old and are buried in Centerville Cemetery. 

A family history is posted below. 

Any pictures or history of Marilla's many siblings would be much appreciated. 

Email: GILBERT PETERSON or, Ron Taylor, Webmaster 








Below are email responses to the Genealogy Pages of

Williams Family of Centerville, NY





i downloaded  the Robert Williams file and found it extremely helpful and wanted to express my thanks for making it available.  I am researching my great grandfather, George H. Kimball, born 1836 Dec 29, in Centerville, Allegany, NY; father Chester Kimball, mother Victoria Williams.    I had been unable to locate information about Victoria except a gravestone marker showing her death as 12 Jan 1844, 33 yr, 5 m 7 d, wife of Chester.  From census records I have learned the Chester was born in Vermont but I have no further details.  He remarried after Victoria's death and in 1850 census was listed as a cabinetmaker, with wife Elizabeth, 43, born in New Hampshire.

 The 1850 census listed George Kimball,14 and Julia Kimball, 7, with Williard Higgins and wife Jerusha and family.  I now assume Jerusha was sister of Victoria Williams, as 1885 NY Census lists George, nephew, Julia, niece, with Willard Higgins and family.. The information supplied in your information certainly filled in the background of Victoria. 

  If you would like further information about the Kimball-Williams family and their descendents  I would be happy to forward it.  George served in the NY 1st Dragoons during the Civil War.  He  married 1861 Sept 24,  Ann Eliza Veazey, (1840-1908) born in  Centerville and soon after the end of the War they migrated to Golden, Colorado.  I have his Civil War diary and also his diary about the wagon train journey to Colorado. 

 Virginia Krouss, Los Osos, California (webmaster note: email has become inactive. 2014 rt ;  I would love to see a transcription of the Diary about his Wagon Train Journey! )



I was in Webster City, Iowa this weekend and stopped at Graceland Cemetery
to photograph Marilla (Williams) Beauchaine and Augustin Beauchaine's grave
markers (below). Marilla, along with her many siblings, was in Centerville, Allegany CO as a teacher until about 1842. If you think the picture is of any general interest, you are welcome to post it with the other materials about Marilla Williams. We waited until just after the afternoon sun lit the front of the
markers. Essentially everything on the markers is legible. Thanks.

Gil Peterson (tap for email return address)



Cemetery and census data for Marilla Williams' siblings - Stephenson & Carroll Counties, IL

Melvira Williams 1813 - 1856
Attached is a photo of the John Rice memorial marker, Freeport cemetery,
Freeport IL.
The inscription reads :
Rice, John Dec 24-1813- Nov 19, 1880
Melvira Williams His Wife Feb 17, 1813 - Nov 30, 1856
Elizabeth Higgins His Wife June 13 1837 - Dec 13 1864
Note that the name  Elizabeth Higgins also is present in Centerville,
Allegany Co NY in the 1850 census, with the same yob. Jerusha Williams
married William Higgins and remained in Centerville.
Alma S Guild His Wife June 17, 1827 -Apr 13, 1891
Edw. B June 27, 1841 - Jan 16, 1842
Melvina W. Aug 16, 1853- Aug 16, 1853
Melvira W Aug 16, 1853 - Aug 13, 1854
Cunningham, Irene Rice Aug 13, 1851 - May 4, 1895 w/o TS Cunningham
Rice, Gershom Aug 27 1786 - Jan 6, 1868
Infant Nov 27, 1856 - Dec 1, 1856
Willie W July 30 1861 - Sept 1 1862
Cemetery transcriptions have been published by the Stephenson Co IL
Genealogical Society.
Frederick WIlliams 1820-?
Present in 1850 US census, Mount Carroll twp, Carroll CO IL.
At the Mount Carroll city cemetery in Carroll Co IL there are no remaining
legible grave markers at the spot where
Frederick Williams family is buried. From a publication at the WI Historical
Society Library "Tombstone
Inscriptions of Carroll County, Illinois", Carroll County Genealogical
Society (1980) there is the following information:
Lucina Willliams dau of Fm & E(?) d 21 Aug 1862 aged 13y 7m 1d
E. Williams wife of F. d 5 mar 1876; aged 47y 4m? 20d. Stone was missing in
??, Jay, son of M? and W? d ?1 sept 18?? marker  badly worn in 1980.
I am guessing  that Frederick WIlliams is also buried here, although he is
not listed in the inscriptions visible in 1980.
Two other sisters of Marilla Williams appear in the 1850 census for
Lancaster twp, Stephenson Co IL, but were not found in published cemetery
listings for Stephenson CO:
Census entry under Thomas Judkins:
Lucina/Lusina  (Williams)  age 42
Julietta (Williams) Slocum age 32 (was married to Chauncey Slocum)
The Williams family history says that Julietta died Nov. 4, 1856.
At the Crane's Grove cemetery in Silver Creek twp, Stephenson CO IL two of
Seth Williams' children are buried:
Lusina A d Sept 13 1849 Age 7y 11m 3d
d/o SC & TL Williams
Jerusha L d Sept 11, 1849 Age 15y 3m 12
s/o SC & TL Williams
This cemetery is southeast of Freeport and  very well preserved.Melvira Williams 1813 - 1856


Gravestones for Marilla Williams' brother Seth Williams and his wife Tharza. They were from Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties NY and settled in southern WI in the 1840's. The cemetery is southwest of Oakley, Spring Grove township, Green County, WI.