1John Oliver Williams, Emmanuel Williams of Taunton, Mass., and Some of His Descendants, NEHGR Vol. 57, p. 75 (1903).
"1. EMMANUEL1 WILLIAMS was one of the early settlers of taunton, Mass. All that is known of him is that he married Abigail Makepeace of Freetown, Mass., about 1703. She was the daughter of William and Abigail (Tisdale) Makepeace, of Freetown and Taunton, Mass. She was born Nov. 25, 1686, and died about 1721. Emmanuel Williams died about 1719. An inventory of his estate was presented July 4, 1720, by Abigail Williams, administrix.
As a fire in 1838 consumed most of the Taunton town records, and the early church records have disappeared, it is quite difficult to trace the early families.
It is hoped that some of the numerous descendants may aid in the research for the ancestors of Emmanuel Williams.
He was probably born at least as early as 1680, and perhaps earlier.
Children, born, in Taunton:
2. i. JOHN2 b. 1704, m. Elizabeth Caswell.
3. ii. GERSHOM, b. 1706; m. Aug. 2, 1729, Abigail Waldron.
4. iii. ANNA, b. 1708; m. William, son of John Barney.
5. iv. LYDIA, b. 1710; m. Feb. 10, 1731, John Terry of Freetown.
v. PHEBE, b. 1712. Not traced.
vi. SIMEON, b. 1716. Not traced.".