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John Hiram Williams & Mahala Williams

John Hiram Williams & Mahala Williams

Posted: 1559422748000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Williams Singletary

I am looking for information on John Hiram Williams specifically his parents information. I am also looking for Mahala Singletary parent information. I know that they married in Williamson, Tennessee in 1823. I am related to them from his son Daniel H Williams & Samantha Williams. Daniel was born in Louisiana in 1834 and died ~1862. I know that John was born in Virginia around 1804 and died in Desoto Parish around 1854. There are family accounts that John was a baptist preacher. I found several land deeds that he owned in Louisiana.

Does anyone have access to a family bible for that Williams line? Is there a DNA project for this line? Any information on them or their descendants is greatly appreciated! Thank you, Amber

Re: John Hiram Williams & Mahala Williams

Posted: 1564693261000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Williams

There is a wonderful article about finding records in Louisiana at

I don't know if Virginia was recording births in 1804 or not. You can look that up

I found their marriage license but no parents names were on it. I'd look for the marriage announcement in the local newspaper.

Louisiana wasn't officially recording deaths in 1854 except for probate records.

I'd contact the following and ask if they have a local death index, indexed newspaper death notices and cemetery inventories.

DeSoto Historical Museum,

DeSoto Parish Library,

If they were Catholic you might find their parents in Catholic church records. There is a good article about how to find these records at

Another option is to look at a family tree and find proof that the information there is correct.

John Hiram Williams father was John Williams, b. 1785, VA and died 1860 Pope Co. Illinois. His mother was Mary Coleman, b. 1789 VA and died 1848 in Pope Co. IL
Source: Fitz/Merritt Family Tree

I'd look for John (John's father) probate records and John Hiram's name in those records. Successful Searching!

Re: John Hiram Williams & Mahala Williams

Posted: 1564699630000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Williams
Hi Judy,

Thank you for responding and for the information. I am located in California so I can not visit the museum or any of the local resources. The second link you posted is not working. My intent on my original post was to reach out to someone who may be in that area of Louisiana or a potential family member who has information.

I already did online newspaper search through several paid websites. I do have the information from Fitz/Merritt Family Tree, but I am interested in other sources.

Thank you! ~ Amber
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