Very few Americans and people around the world are heirs to the 9th generation or further. This understanding impacts our founder.
Williams heritage began with David Williams of Bangor England who migrated to the Louisiana- Mississippi area around 1760
By the fourth generation in the 1800s (the great grandchildren of David Williams) their parents David Percy Williams and his wife Elizabeth M. Williams had sold the businesses, real estate, timber and agricultural properties. Only Archie P. Williams retained property in Natchez
4th generation heir, Archie P. Williams, sold property to his two daughters in 1926 (which they later sold out of their family in 1957 and kept oil and gas rights. However, no oil & gas was produced). A.P. Williams set up his grandson Archie J. Williams, 6th generation, to receive properties from his neighbors. In part this was an effort to continue the legacy. Since the neighbor properties weren't own by A.P. Williams, it wasn't part of his estate. Thus:
By the 6th generation , only 1 out 150 of the Williams "would be" heirs actually had an inheritance in Natchez area by 1950. That's 0.7%. It was Archie J. Williams
7th-8th generation, children and grandchildren of Archie J. Williams sold most of their properties in the 1980s-early 2000s.
9th generation, Anton R. Williams, the founder and owner, took his inheritance and created several companies of his own. He rapidly expanded the holdings on properties formerly owned by family in addition to new business development.
By the 9th generation, 1 out of about 1,500 of the Williams was an heir with majority resources, who is the owner, Anton R. Williams. That's 0.0007% out of the same extended family.
When including all adults in the U.S. and globally, the percentage drops to a 1 in 1 million chance of being a 9th generation heir
Properties of David P Williams sold in 1800s
David P. Williams lost properties during the 1800s after the Civil War.
Properties of David P Williams sold in early 1902
David P. Williams wife sold the remaining properties after his passing.
Own property and neighbors properties
Archie P. Williams was the only person in David Williams line who owned properties in 1910s-1920s in Natchez. He owned Lot 7 and his neighbors owned Lots around him including Lot 3 and 4
lot 7 sold: Williams legacy ends for all but his grandson
Archie P. Williams (whos father and his wife sold most of the family holdings in the Natchez area) had a property of his own, Lot 7 which he gave to his daughters. They sold the property in 1957 and kept mineral rights but no oil and gas was produced.
The children and grandchildren of Archie P. Williams (with the exception of Archie J.Williams) would have their line of inheritances ended with the sale of lot 7 in 1957.
lot 3, 4 and 8 given to the grandson Archie J Williams
Archie P. Williams neighbors owned properties around his lot 7 which included lot 3, 4, 8 and others.
While Archie P. Williams did not own these properties so he could not pass to his heirs directly. He did get his neighbors to give the properties to his grandson Archie J. Williams. Thus the Williams line in Natchez MS was continued with Archie J. Williams
Another property of hamilton (neighbor of Archie P. Williams) given to his grandson
Another example of a property owned by a neighbor of Archie P. Williams (John Hamilton Sr. ) which was given to his grandson Archie J. Williams as he married John's daughter Sue in 1926
1980s-early 2000 children of Archie J Williams Sr. sell most of properties
The 5 sons of Archie J. Williams sold most of their properties between the 1960s and the year 2000.
2020s - Williams legacy revived: Anton R Williams companies
Anton R. Williams, great grandson of Archie J. Williams, received inheritance/wealth transfer and then created his own real estate, oil and gas, renewable energy and timber companies. He greatly expanded the holdings to include properties formerly owned by Williams after being sold outside the family in addition to new business ventures.