Rachel M.H. Williams1

#1030, (16 September 1823 - 9 March 1901)
RelationshipGreat-grandaunt of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*William D Williams (1760 - 1846)
Mother*Susannah McDonald (1781 - 1849)

Family 1

Richard Robeson Purdue b. 1816, d. c 1858
Children 1.Pruit Jarrett Purdue5 (1843 - )
 2.William H Purdue5 (1847 - )
 3.Orin Calvin Purdue5 (1849 - )
 4.R. Henry Purdue5 (1853 - )
 5.Samuel D. Purdue5 (1856 - )
 6.James B. Purdue5 (1858 - )

Family 2

Rufus Roberts b. b 1823
Children 1.Rufus J Roberts Jr1 (1860 - bt 1860 - 1861)
 2.Union B. Roberts1 (1862 - )
Birth*16 September 1823She was born on 16 September 1823 at Butler Co., KentuckyG.2 
circa 1827She removed with William D Williams and Susannah McDonald circa 1827 Warrick County, Indiana near Boonville.3 
1830She appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of William D Williams and Susannah McDonald at Campbell Twp., Warrick Co., IndianaG.4 
18 July 1841 As of 18 July 1841,her married name was Purdue.5 
Marriage*18 July 1841She married Richard Robeson Purdue on 18 July 1841 at Warrick Co., IndianaG.6,7,5 
15 August 1850She and Richard Robeson Purdue appeared on the census of 15 August 1850 at Anderson Twp., Warrick Co., IndianaG; nei. Howel G (61, b. SC) and Nancy (54, b. TN) Perdue.8 
7 April 1859 As of 7 April 1859,her married name was Roberts.1 
Marriage*7 April 1859She married Rufus Roberts on 7 April 1859 at Warrick Co., IndianaG.1 
7 September 1860She and Rufus Roberts appeared on the census of 7 September 1860 at Boon Twp., Warrick Co., IndianaG; also ch. from Rufus's 1st marr.: Jackie(?), C C, Sarah J, Courtland, Mary E; missing William and Orin from her1st marr; nei. Henry and Priscilla Williams, fam 742.9 
circa May 1862She and Rufus J Roberts Jr were separated circa May 1862 at Warrick Co., IndianaG.10 
19 July 1870She appeared on the census of 19 July 1870 at Newburgh P.O., Ohio Twp., Warrick Co., IndianaG.11 
5 June 1880She appeared on the census of 5 June 1880 at Ohio Twp., Warrick Co., IndianaG; nei. son W H and Lettia Purdue, fam 107.12 
9 June 1900She appeared on the census of 9 June 1900 at Pigeon Twp., Vanderburgh Co., IndianaG; also Eva Purdue (18), b. IN Sep 1881, grand-dau; Estelle Wilder (25), wid., housekeeper; Grace Wilder (3.)13 
Death*9 March 1901She died on 9 March 1901 at Newburgh, Warrick Co., IndianaG, at age 77.1 


  1. [S232] Wintz-Muller, Bitter-Relleke, Miller-Stanton, Davenport-Wathen, Sharon Miller Sheridan (SSheridan5638), owner, online Ancestry.com.
  2. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County Indiana from the earliest times to the present (Madison, WI: Brant and Fuller, 1889), pp. 617-19, entry for Rachel H. Purdue: "born September 16, 1823."
  3. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County (BF), 618. Rachel H. Williams, born September 16, 1823, and Isabel P. Williams, born January 29, 1826. Rachel H., was born in Butler county, KY, and when four years of age she accompanied her parents to Warrick county, Ind. They settled in the vicinity of Boonville, in the fall of 1827.
  4. [S116] 1830 U.S. Federal Census. William (70-79), F (50-59 [Susannah]; 2 m (10-14) [Calvin, James], m (5-10) [Henry]; f (5-9) [Rachel], f (<5) [Isabel]. Heads in alpha order; no other Williams; page marked Campbell Tshp. [sh 265, img 3/4]
  5. [S235] Opal B. Phillips and Carrie S. Hart, They Came to Warrick Co., In.: the Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots buried in Warrick County, Indiana and some of their descendents (Warrick Co., Indiana: Captain Joseph Warrick Chapter, D.A.R., 1976).
  6. [S1276] J. Oscar Phillips and Opal Phillips, compilers, Warrick County, Indiana, Marriages, Early Book 1813-1817 and Book I 1818-1847 (n.p.: n.pub.), P. 23, no. 871; Richard R. Purdue and Rachel H. Williams, m. 18 Jul 1841, by John W. Younglood. Hereinafter cited as Warrick County IN Marriages 1817-1847. Online FamilySearch.org.
  7. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County (BF), pp. 617-19, entry for Rachel H. Purdue, publ. 1889.
  8. [S20] 1850 U.S. Federal Census. Richard M Perdue (34), farmer, b. VT; Rachel H (26), b. KY.
  9. [S19] 1860 U.S. Federal Census. Rufus K (37), farmer, b. Vermont; Rachel H (36), b. IN.
  10. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County (BF), 618-19: "After [Rachel's] husband's [Richard Robeson Purdue] death, she returned to Warrick county, where she was married to Rufus Roberts, the marriage taking place in April, 1859. Two sons resulted from this union : Rufus J., 121born October 12, 1S60, died in infancy, and Union B., born April 14, 1S62. When the latter was only a few weeks old, she and Mr. Roberts separated, since which time she has remained a widow, and made her home in Warrick county, until the summer of 1886, when she removed to the city of Evansville, where she still resides with her youngest child." Published 1889.
  11. [S18] 1870 U.S. Federal Census. Rachel Perdue (46), keeping house, b. KY, real estate value $400.
  12. [S17] 1880 U.S. Federal Census. Rachael (57), wid., b. KY, parents b. NC.
  13. [S5] 1900 U.S. Federal Census. Rachel Purdue (76), b. IN Sep 1823, b. KY, father b. VA, mother b. NC, 9 children, 6 living.