|When Norfolk Town was laid out on 1680 it remained part of Elizabeth River Parish which covered the same area as Lower Norfolk County. The Church of England was established by law. In 1681 surveyer John Ferebee laid out the streets for Norfolk and in 1682 the land was purchased from Nicholas Wise. A sailor, Peter Smith, was granted the first three lots in 1683. The next recorded grant was in 1687 (6 lots) to William Porten, the County Clerk. Norfolk's growth began in 1691 when Lower Norfolk County was separated into Norfolk and Princess Anne Counties. There were 30 known lot owners before 1700. The last lot was granted to Samuel Boush, son of Capt. Samuel Bousch. The earliest Williamson recorded was Archibald Williamson who purchased a lot # 47 in 1719. James Ivy's will described his property as lying between Samuel Smith and Archibald Williamson. (p. 301 McI(2), 1752. Norfolk was incorporated as a city in 1736 "History of Va Federal Period 1763-1861 Vol II", p. 163. Between 1773 and 1775 Norfolk was the richest and most flourishing town in the colonies with rents increasing from 8000 to 10000 lbs a year and a population exceeding 6000.|| Norfolk Town Map of 1680-1736 |
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The other John Williamson (1774-1837) lived on Tanners creek in Norfolk Co. and died at age 63 on 7 Aug 1837. His wife was a Mrs Elizabeth Williamson who died 16 Dec 1823 while John was of 'Tanners creek'. He had a son, William F. Williamson (1813-1835)whose death notice mentions John Williamson of Norfolk Co. (note John of Tanners creek was alive untill 1837). [American Beacon & Norfolk & Portsmouth Daily Advertiser]
By the time of John and Susan's marriage (1832) most of Portsmouth was still part of Norfolk County and Peed was a familiar name with James, John, Robert and William Peed being enumerated in the Portsmouth area of Norfolk. A Joel Peed (ca. 1800-1833) Tuesday 16 July 1833 (p.3; c.3) LVA film #188; Henley Papers "Died on Saturday (July 13) at the residence of John Shipp at Seawell's point, at age about 33 years, leaving a wife". This Joel is the proper age to be a brother or cousin of our Susan. The interaction of the Peeds and Shipps here is intriquing as Susan's son, Charles Lemuel Williamson married a Shipp.
|Charles Lemuel Williamson, was born on November 1, 1832 in the City of Petersburg. He was enumerated twice in the 1850 census as a cabinet maker in Petersburg with his father and his self as an apprentice cabinet maker in Portsmouth. This was probably the year he moved to Portsmouth in Norfolk Co. ahead of his father, John and before his mother, Susan died in 1855. Charles has not been located in the 1860 VA census as is his future wife Anna Shipp. He married Anna Victoria Shipp (1841-1918) in 1863 1863 marriage in Portsmouth. Anna was born to Moses Shipp (b. ca. 1805) and Mary (legend suggests Flanagan/O' Flanagan?) (b. ca. 1810) (1850 Census) in Norfolk City on 27 April 1841 Death Cert.. Their son Charles Lemuel Williamson Jr (1868-1938) (AKA Charles Leonard or Lenny) was born at 600 Henry Street in Portsmouth, VA (Note: Bible records, a property transfer deed and the 1900 census all mention Charles Lemuel, Jr. Although throughout his private life he was referred to as Charles Leonard or Lenny). Charles and Anna Williamson also produced Willie (1864-1865) and Mary V. Williamson (1866-1867) who died during infancy, Joseph Percy Williamson (1874-1884) who died at age ten and another Mary (1876-1877) who died at age 1. The 1870 census of Portsmouth enumerates ...................... The 1880 census incorrectly enumerates Charles and Anna as "Williams" with their sons Percy and Charles L. Jr. Charles and Anna would move to their son's (Charles Leonard Williamson) house on Cossack Rd in Portsmouth where they would die. Upon Charles', Sr. death on 18 November 1906 (age 73) of uremia, he was listed as a painter (Note: Charles' death record incorrectly states his parents as John & Elizabeth Williamson ). Charles and Anna are buried in Oak Grove Cemetary, Portsmouth, VA. Anna's death certificate states she died on 25 February 1918 of Arterio Schlerosis at 422 Naval Place in South Portsmouth.
Anna Shipp Williamson, Upper right with her son, Charles Leonard Williamson at bottom right with his wife, Lillian Warren Williamson at bottom left.
Lillian Warren Williamson
Charles Leonard Williamson with grandsons, Lloyd A. and Charles E. Williamson.
Charles Leonard Williamson and Mary 'Connors' Williamson
Lloyd G Williamson with children at Oceanview, VA
Edith Allison Hunter wife of Lloyd G Williamson
Lloyd G Williamson at age 90
1. Marriage Record of John (1805-1876)
2. Death Record of Susan J. Peed, 1855
3. Death Record of John (1805-1876)
4. Death Record of Charles Lemuel, 1906
5. Index to Petersburg interments 1843-1871
6. 1850 Fed. Census, Dinwidde Co., VA
7. 1850 Fed. Census, City of Portsmouth
8. 1860 Fed. Census, Jackson Ward, City of Portsmouth, VA
9. Tombstone, East Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmoutn, VA
10. Family Bible
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