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John Williams, Williams Family Cemetery, NC | Cause for Preservation

Williams Family Cemetary

We paid our respects to one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation, John Williams at the Williams Family Cemetery in North Carolina.  Historically known as Montpelier Plantation Cemetery.

John Williams was a delegate to the continental congress after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  He hailed from the state of North Carolina.

Toppled Grave Stones Markers

Time and vandals have taken their toll on this cemetery

Searching for John Williams in the Williams Family Cemetery

As I scanned the toppled and leaning headstones, inside of the fallen, wrought iron fence, I couldn’t help but think, ” is this how we should honor our founding fathers?  

Is this how we show our respect and appreciation for those who did so much for our cause of liberty?  I would hope not!

NOTE: I was never able to find Mr. Williams actual headstone.  I’m assuming it is one of the crumbled or toppled stones that I viewed.

I would love to go back these signers resting places with the proper tools and permissions.  To implement repairs, maintain and to preserve this site for posterity sake.

We Must Never Forget

Now please don’t take what I am saying as if I am complaining or passing judgment.  I am not trying to condemn or place blame.  

Nor am I in any way trying to embarrass the Williams family.  This national treasure is bigger than any one family.  

I feel it is the responsibility of all of us to preserve and protect what is of historical importance.

Preservations Cause

We as a people, not as a “collective” government, need to preserve what is important to our past, present, and future.Williams Family Cemetery

We need to pass on this vigilant love to our generations to come.

Then and only then will we be able to proudly display the uniqueness of our nation, and it’s importance in this world.

Help me keep the memories of our founders alive, and preserved for future generations.  Let not their memories disappear from our hearts!

Signer of the Articles of Confederation | What was the Articles of Confederation

As mentioned above, John Williams was a signer of the Articles of Confederation.

The Articles of Confederation was the loose set of rules, with no formal central government, and little to no power to collect or levy taxes.  

It was the government put in place between the Declaration of Independence, where we severed ties with the Great Britan, in 1776, and the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787.

Although it was a seeming powerless document, it did hold our country together until we ratified the replacement.

Plans for John Williams

I will return again to the Williams Family Cemetery, with hopes of locating and documenting signer John Williams final resting place.  In the meantime, I will share what I am discovering on this signers adventure.

Links to John Williams Signer of the Articles of Confederation




NOTE: Col. Robert Burton, is also buried in this cemetery, he was related to John Williams through marriage.  Mr. Burton was elected as a delegate to the Continental Congress but never attended.  FIND-A-GRAVE


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  • Reply
    July 7, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    that my moms 11th great grandfather her grandma was a williams and her grandmas dad going all the way straight back to him

    • Reply
      July 16, 2017 at 12:34 pm

      Would love to hear more.

  • Reply
    Marion Smith
    August 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I visited the Williams/Burton cemetary on June17, 2017. I did so because I am one of John Williams’ and Robert Burton’s descendants and found myself in Durham one Saturday with nothing to do so I drove over to Williamsboro to visit. I think that your project is quite admarable. I have echoed your view that this site is a serious candidate for presivation as two of the men burried there are members of the Continential Congress, John Williams was also a founder of UNC, and the first Appealate judge in NC.

    • Reply
      August 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm

      Hi Marion, your ancestor’s burial sites were to date the most memorable, I could not actually tell which stone belonged to whom due to the condition of the graveyard. Someone or time had toppled the headstones over, and they were far too heavy for me to lift without equipment. Should this website ever come to any popularity, I would like to devote my time to restore the historical sites that have “founders” buried in them, and set up an endowment for their future preservation after I am gone. Especially the not-so-popular signers. Please like and share! Thank you for your comment!

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