Rev. Stephen Williams
was a member of a family that included
many of the prominent ministers in the
Connecticut River Valley.
His father, Rev. John Williams, was
pastor of Deerfield, Massachusetts.
His mother, Eunice Mather Williams, was
the daughter of Rev. Eleazar Mather of
Northampton and the niece of Rev. Increase
Mather of Boston.
Two of brothers, Eleazar and Warham, also
became pastors and his sister, Esther, married
Rev. Joseph Meacham.
Collectively, members of the Williams
family were sometimes known as the “River Gods”
due to their prominence and influence in the
Stephen Williams married
Abigail Davenport, the daughter of Rev. John
Davenport of Stamford, Connecticut, on July 3,
They had six sons and two daughters:
(born on March 8, 1720); Stephen (born on
January 26, 1722); Eunice (born on September 1,
1723); Warham (born on January 7, 1726); Samuel
(born on May 31, 1729); Davenport (born on May
11, 1731); Martha (born on May 13, 1733); and
Nathan (born on October 28, 1735).
His son John became a farmer
and lived in Wilbraham, Massachusetts.
His sons Stephen, Warham, and Nathan
studied at Yale College and became ministers in
Connecticut at Woodstock, Northford and Tolland,
Samuel remained locally and cared for his
father in his old age.
His son Davenport joined Captain Colton’s
troop in May, 1758 and died of disease in
October, 1758 as he returned from a military
His daughter, Eunice,
remained in Longmeadow and married William
Martha moved to Enfield, Connecticut and married
Dr. Samuel Reynolds, the son of Rev. Stephen
Williams’s good friend, Rev. Peter Reynolds of
On August 26, 1766, his wife,
Abigail Davenport Williams, died.
Reverend Williams married a second time
on September 6, 1767 to Mrs. Sarah Burt, the
widower of his good friend Deacon Nathaniel
The History of the
Williams Family by Stephen West Williams
Not to Fear the Face
of Man: A Biography of the Rev. Dr. Stephen
Williams First Minister to the Longmeadow
Congregational Church 1716 to 1782 by
Margaret Stoler 1974
The Journals of the
Rev. Stephen Williams by Andrew