Willoughby Williams

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Willoughby Williams was an American war veteran and politician from North Carolina.[1][2]



He enlisted in 1776 and fought in the American Revolutionary War as a regimental commissionary officer.[1][2] He served in the Battle of Cowpens of January 17, 1781.[1] In 1790, he was elected to the North Carolina House of Representatives.[1]

Personal life[edit]

On January 1, 1786, he married Nancy Glasgow (1771-1857), daughter of James Glasgow (1735-1819) who served as North Carolina Secretary of State from 1777 to 1798.[1][3] They had six children.[1] Their son Willoughby Williams, Jr. (1798-1882) went on to live in Woodlawn, a National Register of Historic Places-listed mansion in Nashville, with his wife m. Nancy Nichols (1808-1844).[3]

He lived in Dobbs County, North Carolina.[1] He died on June 6, 1802 in Rutledge, Tennessee on his way to Davidson County, Tennessee.[1]

In 1806, his widow married Joseph McMinn, who served as Governor of Tennessee from 1815 to 1821.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Zella Armstrong, Some Tennessee Heroes of the Revolution: Compiled from Pension Statements, Genealogical Publishing Com, 2009, p. 117 [1]
  2. ^ a b William Stevens Powell (ed.), Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, University of North Carolina Press, 1986, p. 304 [2]
  3. ^ a b Lineage Book, Daughters of the American Revolution, 1936, p. 269 [3]