John Williams was born on January 26, 1679, in Llangollen, Wales. It is believed he traveled to America in the 1690s, first settling in Queen’s Creek in York County, Virginia. John married American-born Mary Keeling around 1701. Shortly after that, he and Mary relocated to Hanover County, Virginia. John was known as “The Wealthy Welshman”, and some historians report that he was involved in the distilling of whiskey. John and Mary had eight children. He died on September 6, 1755, after moving to the Province of North Carolina.