Job Williams m Alice Clark 27 Jan 1738

Job Williams was born 21 July 1762, the second of ten children of Lemuel and Sarah (Lawrence) Williams. A history book about Plainfield says he came there with his father.  However, I have a copy of his birth record which was transcribed from the Plainfield town records in 1905 and filed in Concord, so that would seem to be reasonably reliable information, although not quite as good as seeing the original record in Plainfield.  I did not locate a birth record for Job from Connecticut, where Lemuel was born. 

Job was a Revolutionary war soldier, enlisting several times.  At the time of the burning of Royalton VT, in 1780, he “shouldered his musket and went in pursuit of the Indians towards Canada.” 

Alice Clark was born about 1764, daughter of Adam and Mehitable (Gates) Clark.  She and Job were married 27 January 1783 in Plainfield, NH.  They eventually had nine children.  A history of Plainfield describes his residences:   He lived on the Edward Freeman place at one time.  Later he bought four fifty-acre lots north of the Plain, now owed by Angus Allen including the farm lately owned by Walter Williams.  He lived at the “narrers” at the Lute Westgate place, now the Boldton house (1991) should take you to a website that has current photos of homes built by his father Lemuel about 1797, and Job’s son Job in 1842, and still in the Williams family. 

Like many others of the day, he kept a tavern, and had a tavern license in 1813 and 1818.  In 1822, he was a Surveyor of Highways (p 520, History of Plainfield and Meriden).  Job died 28 August 1827, possibly in Rochester NY.  What was he doing in New York?  Had the whole family moved there?  Was he travelling? Subsequent records relating to the family indicate that the family stayed in Plainfield. 

Alice Clark Williams applied for her widow’s pension on August 31, 1838.  Her residence at that time was Plainfield, Sullivan Co, NH, and she was 74 years old.  I have found pension records for several Revolutionary War ancestors, but I think that this record is the best treasure trove of genealogical information of all that I have collected.  The government didn’t just take the applicant’s word, the widow had to prove the dates of service, and had to prove that she was legally married, that the soldier was deceased, and that she had not remarried. 

Alice was in possession of Job’s discharge papers:  “Fort Wait Nov ? 1781  Job Williams a soldier in Capt Nelson’s comp, Colo Waits Batalion after discharging the duty of a good and faithful soldier is discharged from this company and has leave to pass.  Benj Wait Lt Colo.”  This seems to be unusual – usually I read that the papers have been lost, or perhaps burned in a house fire.  People who knew Job also signed statements that they knew he had served, where, and with whom. 

Alice did not have written proof such as a marriage certificate.  Some applicants would contact the town clerk for a certified copy of the marriage record.  Alice didn’t do this, or perhaps the record couldn’t be located.  However, she did have two people, her brother Cyrus, and Job’s brother Elisha write affidavits that they witnessed her marriage.  Having these names helps identify family groups and clues for further research.  For example, if I couldn’t find information on Alice’s parents, I might have been able to find information on Cyrus’s parents.  Elisha’s statement also confirmed that Job died in New York in August of 1827. 

As further circumstantial proof of marriage, Alice provided a list of her children and their birth dates, which she says was written in her husband’s own hand.  This document serves as a “family group sheet”.  It further shows that Job was pretty literate, while Alice signed her documents with an “X”. 

Darius Williams born April 27th in the year 185

Aron Williams born September 5th in the year 1787

Alice Williams born March 10th in the year 1789

Lyman Williams born October 30 in the year 1791

Job Williams born September 12th in the year 1794

Dineson Williams born February 1st in the year 1798

Mehitabel Williams born August 30th in the year 1799

Charles Williams born October 7th in year 1803

Leonard Williams born May 16th in the year 1804

Alice was approved for a pension of $23.30 per year.  When she died on 19 November 1842, the probate court at Newport notified the government that she could be removed from the pension.  Before she died, and continuing afterwards, her son Job and daughter Alice applied for an increase in the pension, on behalf of all the children, as they felt that some of their father’s service time had not been included in the calculation of the pension.  They asked for an additional six months to be recognized, but in the end, he only got credit for an additional 26 days.  I don’t know that value of those extra days, but this set of papers is valuable for research because by this time, the children were adults, and the application gives the married names of the daughters, including my ancestor, Mehitable Blood. 

There is a post script to this record – in 1908, a Mrs. N. S. Johnson of West Lebanon NH wrote to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington DC asking for information about Job William’s service record.  Perhaps she is also a descendant of his.  Her letter says that he died in Rochester, NY.  She used her husband’s business stationery – which not only included information about his business – carriage, sleighs, and harness, but also included his photograph.  And following good research protocol, she offered to pay the expenses of getting the information.  N S Johnson is probably Nelson S Johnson, horse dealer, of West Lebanon, according to census records.

There is a Job Williams, Revolutionary War soldier listed as buried at Oran Pioneer Cemetery (now called the Oran Community Church Cemetery) in Pompey, Onondaga County, NY.  However, he is a different Job Williams, born 1758, in Canterbury CT.


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