Nathan Williams family correspondence  1816-1851 (bulk 1839-1851)
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Reverend Thomas Williams (1779-1876) graduated from Yale College in 1800 and served as a Congregational pastor in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. He spent his later years in Providence, Rhode Island, where he lived between 1843 and his death in 1876. He and his wife, Ruth Hale (d. 1867), had 8 children: Thomas Hale, Nathan Witter (1816-1902), Mary, Joseph Stephens, Sarah, Ann, Stephen, and Branch.

Nathan Witter Williams was born in Providence on March 12, 1816, and graduated from Yale in the class of 1842. Between 1842 and 1847, he lived in Philadelphia, where he taught school, and in April 1846 he received a license to preach. He moved to Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, in 1849, and served as pastor of the town's Congregational Church until 1858. He spent most of his later years in Providence, Rhode Island. He and his wife, Frances Barclay, had 4 children, including a daughter named Anne. Nathan Witter Williams died on April 16, 1902.