Geoffrey Pemberton, Northamptonshire, 1445 – 1500

The following was contributed by Walter C. Burgner of Lima, Ohio.

Generation One

Geoffrey Pemberton was born circa 1445 at Heyford, Northamptonshire, England and died circa 1500 at Solihull, Warwickshire, England. The name of his wife hasn’t been documented. (This ancestor is questionable)


  1. John Pemberton born 1475 Heyford, Northamptonshire, England

Generation Two

John Pemberton was born in 1475 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England and died on 1 February 1509/10 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. Who his spouse was is unknown as there hasn’t been any documentary evidence found. However, they did have children, one being:


  1. Christopher Pemberton b: 1501 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England

Generation Three

Christopher Pemberton, Gentleman was born in 1501 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England, died on 12 July 1558 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. He was married to July-Anne Randall aka Julyanne Randall in 1522 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England. She was born in 1505 in Solinhull, Warwickshire, England and died 14 August 1581 in Solihull, Warwickshire, England.  Children

  1. Robert Pemberton b: 5 Jan. 1523 Solihull, Warwickshire, England
  2. Thomas Pemberton b: 1528 Solihull, Warwickshire England
  3. Alice Pemberton b: 1529 Solihull, Warwickshire, England
  4. Jone Pemberton b: 1530 Solihull, Warwickshire, England
  5. Elizabeth Pemberton b: 1532 Solihull, Warwickshire, England

Generation Four

Robert Pemberton, Esquire was born in 15 January 1523 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England and died on 15 July 1578 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England. He married Catherine Stokes on 15 May 1549 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England. She was born 18 February 1531 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England, died 13 November 1628 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. She was the daughter of Roger Stokes and Joan Emma Arnold. They had children, one being:


  1. Alice Pemberton b: 18 February 1564 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England

Footnotes: Robert Pemberton was born 15 January 1523, son of Christopher Pemberton and July Anne Randall. He was a Mercer or Clothier. He owned a manor house and adjacent land in the parish of St. Mary-le-Bow, London. On 16 July 1578 Robert Pemberton was buried. He was descended from the ancient and Knightly House of Pemberton of Pemberton County Lanes. The funeral certificate of his son Roger states that his ancestors came out of Cheshire. On 30 September 1578 the administration on his estate was granted to his widow Catherine.

Generation Five

Alice Pemberton was born 18 February 1564 in St. Albans, Hertsfordshire, England and died 1 August 1634 in St. Sepulchre, London, England. She married James Williams on 2 January 1597 at St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. He was born 1562 in London, England and died 2 November 1620 in London, England.


  1. Sydrach Williams b. 10 January 1599/1600 St. Sepulchres, London, England
  2. Roger Williams b. 21 December 1603 St. Sepulchres London, England 
  3. Robert Williams b.1604 Cow Lane, London, England 
  4. Catherine Williams b.1606 St. Albans Abbey, Hertfordshire, England

Footnotes: He “was a “Merchant Tailor” (an importer and trader) and probably a man of some importance. In his Last Will and Testament he left, in addition to bequests to his “loving wife, Alice, “to his sons, Sydrach, Roger and Robert, and to his daughter, Catherine, money and bread to the poor in various sections of London.”

Generation Six

Roger Williams, son of James and Alice Pemberton Williams, was born in 1603 in St. Sepulchre’s, London, England, and died in 1683 in Providence. He married in High Laver, on 15 Dec. 1629, Mary Barnard daughter of Rev. Richard Barnard who was christened on 24 Sept. 1609 in Worksop, Nottingham, England and died in 1676 in Providence.

Notes: Roger Williams was noticed by Sir Edward Coke, Chief Justice of the King’s Bench whose patronage he gained and was granted admittance to Charterhouse School in 1621. He continued his education at Pembroke Hall in Cambridge University where he received his degree. He took orders in the Church of England and in 1629 accepted the post of chaplain to Sir William Masham at his Manor House in Otes in Essex. On December 15, 1629 he married Mary Barnard at High Laver Church in Essex. On December 1, 1630, he and his wife, Mary boarded the ship “Lyon” and sailed for America and on February 5, 1631 they landed of Nantasket.  Two months later he was called as a Minister to Salem, Massachusetts but had problems following the teaching of the Church of England. He had difficulties with the Massachusetts Bay authorities stating the King had no right to give away land belonging to the Indians. In 1635 he was ordered by the General Court to be banished from Massachusetts. In the spring of 1636 he and several of his followers started a settlement on the bank of the Seekonk River. They went across the river they landed at Slate Rock where they were meet by friendly Indians. They purchased land from the Indians and started a new settlement and the new government of “Providence” was established with complete religious freedom.

Roger Williams and Mary Barnard children

  1. Mary Williams; born on Aug. 1633 in Salem, Essex Co., Massachusetts, d. in 1681 in Middletown, Newport Co., Rhode Island; married John Sayle circa 1650.
  2. Freeborn Williams; born on Oct.1635 in Salem, d. on 10 Dec. 1709; married (1) Walter Clark (2) Thomas Clark.
  3. Providence Williams born on Sept. 1638 in Providence, d. in March 1686.
  4. Mercy Williams; born on 15 July 1640 in Providence married (1) Resolved Waterman in 1659 (2) Samuel Winsor 2 Jan. 1677.
  5. Daniel Williams; born on 15 Feb. 1641 in Providence d. on 14 May 1712; married Rebecca Rhodes Power.
  6. Joseph Williams; born on 12 Dec. 1643 in Providence, d. on 17 Aug. 1724 in Providence, Rhode Island, married Lydia Olney on 17 Dec. 1669 in Providence Rhode Island. (My ancestor)

Generation Seven

Joseph Williams was the son of Rev. Roger Williams and Mary Barnard was born on 12 December 1643 in Providence, Rhode Island, died on 17 August 1724 in Providence, Rhode Island. He married Lydia Olney (1645-1724) on 17 December 1669 in Providence, Rhode Island. She was the daughter of Thomas Olney (1600-1682) and Mary Ashton (1605-1679).

Notes: Joseph Williams at the age of 33 years old was a Captain of Cranston militia in the defense of Rhode Island in King Philip’s War in 1676. He received citations for valor. From 1683 to 1713 he served as a member of the House of Deputies in the General Assembly. In 1677 he was chosen Constable and in 1678 he served as a petit juror at the General Court of Trails held at Newport, Rhode Island. He was a member of the Cranston Town Council from 1684-1688, 1691-1694 and 1713-1715. He was a Justice of the Peace in 1715 and also was a Tax Collector. Joseph Williams and his wife, Lydia Olney Williams are buried in the Roger Williams Park cemetery in Providence, Rhode Island. On October 26, 1717 he made his Last Will and Testament and on October 24, 1724 his Will was probated. Lydia Olney Williams survived her husband by twenty-three days, after making her Last Will and Testament on September 3, 1724 and probated on October 12, 1724.

Joseph Williams and Lydia Olney children

  1. Joseph Williams born September 26, 1670, Rhode Island, died November 10, 1673 Providence, Rhode Island
  2. Thomas Williams born February 16, 1671/72, Providence, Rhode Island, died August 27, 1724, Providence, Rhode Island He married Mary Blackmar in 1695
  3. Joseph Williams born November 10, 1673, Providence, Rhode Island, died August 15, 1752, Providence, Rhode Island He married Lydia Hearnden in 1696
  4. Mary Williams born June 10, 1676, Providence, Rhode Island, died unknown. She married Obadiah Brown in 1698
  5. James Williams born September 20, 1680, Providence, Rhode Island, died June 20, 1757, Providence, Rhode Island, married Elizabeth Blackmar about1702/03. (My ancestor)
  6. Jeremiah Williams born June 20, 1682, Providence, Rhode Island, died May 15, 1766 in Pennsylvania He married Elizabeth Masters on January 1707/08.
  7. Lydia Williams born September 26, 1683, Providence, Rhode Island, died August 17, 1725 Providence, Rhode Island
  8. Providence Williams born 1684/85, Providence, Rhode Island, died in infancy.

About Jackson Pemberton

I started the Pemberton Family World Wide in 2010 as a place to publish findings of the Pemberton One-Name Study based in London.
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