First Generation


1. John WILLIAMSON Sr.1,2,3,4,5 was born before 1735. In 1780 he was a farmer in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station. He lived in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station in 1780. John owned 500 acres on the left branch of Floyd's Fork in 1781 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, near Linn's station. The land was purchased from Nicholas McCarty with "an old, broken down mare worth about L5, some plow irons, and 4 bushels of corn", plus a bond for the rest. To read of the 10 year court case (1800-1810) brought against Richard Chenoweth by John's son, Capt. John Williamson Jr., for falsely usurping the rights to this land, read the Williamson vs Chenoweth court case summary.

The land is where Richard Chenoweth built his springhouse and which was later to be the scene of the "Chenoweth Massacre." The Chenoweth Springhouse has been a landmark for over 200 years. He died massacred and scalped in July 1782 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station. He was buried in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, near Linn's station. Known as "one of the group of early adventurers" to the area of Louisville, KY.

John WILLIAMSON Sr. and (unknown female) (UNKNOWN) were married before 1760. (unknown female) (UNKNOWN) died before 1780. She was born unknown. Because of the disparity in the children's ages, it is assumed that John Williamson Sr. had 2 wives. However, there is no proof of this.

John WILLIAMSON Sr. and (unknown female) (UNKNOWN) had the following children:

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George WILLIAMSON.

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ii.

Elizabeth WILLIAMSON.

John WILLIAMSON Sr. and Anne (UNKNOWN) were married before 1768. Anne (UNKNOWN)1,6,7,8,9,10,11 was born before 1750. She owned land, probably the original homestead, in 1798 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, near Linn's station. Entered into an indenture on 15 September 1803 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville. She and her husband John McManus entered into an indenture with John Stafford for land on Floyds Fork. She was ill with an unexplained "infliction" in 1805 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville. Anne died in 1806 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, near Linn's station. From the 6 Feb 1802 deposition by Aquilla Whitaker in the Williamson vs Chenoweth court case:

"Is not the Complt John Williamson a son of John Williamson Decd?

Ans I have been so informed & I believe he is. My reason for so thinking is, that when Williamson the younger was taken prisoner by the Indians at Lynn's station, I heard the old lady Mrs. Williamson making great lamentation for loss of her son."

Squire Boone was assigned a 1500-acre tract by William Peyton which included Floyd’s Fork, Elk Run (later Chenoweth Run), Fern Creek, and other fertile homesteading sites. Boone sold it in parcels, one being 100 acres to JOHN MCMANUS, Anne's second husband, on 29 Aug 1791.

John WILLIAMSON Sr. and Anne (UNKNOWN) had the following children:

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James WILLIAMSON3,5,12 was born about 1768. He died in 1782 in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, Linn's station. He was buried in KY, Jefferson Co., Louisville, near Linn's station. At age 14, was massacred and scalped along with his father and older brother George, while his younger brother John was captured, made prisoner, and adopted into the Shawnee tribe.

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ii.

Capt. John WILLIAMSON Jr..

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iii.

Anne WILLIAMSON.

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iv.

Moses K. WILLIAMSON.

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v.

George WILLIAMSON.