Manning/Dunn Hyde County NC Genealogy

East Carolina Genealogy and more!

This is my wifes grandfather, a police detective from Jacksonville Florida. He was a man's man and someone that everyone should have had the chance to know.

Likely the single toughest man I ever knew was my wife's grandfather, "WO" (Walker Obediah) Williamson, Jr. Sadly, his marriage to Dixie Sussannah Merren (from Grand Cayman) ended in tragedy. He walked the beat in downtown Jacksonville as a police officer for many years. He was considered but passed over as one of Jacksonville's first motorcycle officers because it was said that he was too aggressive. Oh, the stories he told and the things he showed me on how to take out a criminal with your bare hands.

It was exciting to hear him talk about the things he saw and did, and I never knew him to tell a lie. Over the years he became a Homocide Detective and was the first to use a lie detector machine in Jacksonville. He later went to the US Marshalls office and retired shortly thereafter. Before he passed I found and gave him an old Model 27 Smith and Wesson .357 like he use to carry on the police force. This mountain of a man sat and fought back tears, very few had ever given him anything during his life and it showed on his soul.

As a child he had a horrible problem with stuttering. Neighborhood kids teased him ruthlessly. His mother told him he was a young and innocent boy and that if he took time to ask then God would surely hear him. He was sent down into the basement where he prayed, and when he came back up he never stuttered again.  He also never repeated himself, didn't have to...I truly miss WO.

PS On a side note I should probably state that while we can have our serious moments, my family can be less than sincere when it comes to joking around at less than appropriate times. Well, OK, not so much my family but me...ANYWAY; I showed my wife last night that my family line(s) include many Doctors, Lawyers, Judges, an Astronaut, Dukes, Professional Golfer, Professional football players, a Baron Night of England, and more. Of course I then told her that her family line included country redneck comedian and all around funny man JERRY CLOWER (dec 1998). She was aghast and made me promise to not tell anyone as her grandad WO would surely turn over in his grave. OK, I won't tell anyone, so ya'll help me keep the secret, OK?!

1-Nicolas Williamson (1528-4 November 1575)
+Alice Denton "Anne"  (1528-23 March 1571)
. . .2-Robert Thomas Williamson (1563-1610)
. . .+Ann Allen (1567-1620)
. . .. . .3-Richard Williamson (1593-1659)
. . .. . .+Margaret Sherwood (1593-1670)
. . .. . .. . .4-Robert Williamson (1641-1670)
. . .. . .. . .+Margaret Smith (1639-)
. . .. . .. . .+Joan Allen (1629-1711)
. . .. . .. . .+Joan Allen (1629-1711)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-George Williamson (6 February 1655-1723)
. . .. . .. . .. . .+Esther Bridger (1653-1683)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .6-George Williamson (1691-10 March 1842)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Frances Davis (1710-26 June 1769)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .7-William Williamson (1730-1769)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Martha  Green (1740-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .8-Zachariah Williamson (1751-14 November 1826)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Elizabeth  (-1842)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .9-Reuben Williamson (1789-1860)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Elizabeth  (-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .10-Benjamin Owen Williamson (1808-1870)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Eleanor Clower (1816-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .11-John Henry Williamson (1 September 1847-10 November 1901)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Mary Rebecca McCreight (28 May 1846-10 January 1930)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .12-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson (1878-1946)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Ila Gun Wisenbaker (1888-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .13-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson, Jr (28 Nov 1913-20 June 1999)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Dixie Susanna  Merren (1916-1948)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .14-Susan Lynn  Williamson (4 March 1945-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Ona  (-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .13-Foy Lynn Williamson (1911-)

1-Lawrence Bridger (1558-1631)
+Marie  (1562-1585)
. . .2-Samuel Bridger (1584-31 July 1650)
. . .+Mary Webb (1601-1683)
. . .. . .3-Jospeh Bridger (1628-15 May 1686)
. . .. . .+Hester Pitt (1629-1674)
. . .. . .. . .4-Esther Bridger (1653-1683)
. . .. . .. . .+George Williamson (6 February 1655-1723)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-George Williamson (1691-10 March 1842)

1-Hugh Clower (-)
+Anne Palmer (-)
. . .2-George Clower (1735-1820)
. . .+Elizabeth Morgan (1729-1795)
. . .. . .3-Jacob  Clower (1776-1850)
. . .. . .+Verlinder Linney Phillips (1782-1850)
. . .. . .. . .4-Eleanor Clower (1816-)
. . .. . .. . .+Benjamin Owen Williamson (1808-1870)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-John Henry Williamson (1 September 1847-10 November 1901)
. . .. . .. . .. . .+Mary Rebecca McCreight (28 May 1846-10 January 1930)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .6-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson (1878-1946)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Ila Gun Wisenbaker (1888-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .7-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson, Jr (28 November 1913-20 June 1999)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Dixie Susanna  Merren (1916-1948)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .8-Susan Lynn  Williamson (4 March 1945-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Ona  (-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .7-Foy Lynn Williamson (1911-)
. . .. . .3-Johnathan Clower (3 December 1763-18 September 1836)
. . .. . .+Mary  Shuler (1774-1853)
. . .. . .. . .4-Johnathon Shuler Clower (10 July 1811-16 September 1855)
. . .. . .. . .+Mahala Elliott (1817-1875)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-John Simpson Clower (24 December 1846-24 February 1894)
. . .. . .. . .. . .+Texanna Ann Parks (1855-1939)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .6-Eugene Clower (16 October 1885-13 May 1967)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Anna Bond (1885-1912)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .7-Otha Carl "Buster" Clower (10 October 1905-19 October 1973)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Jacqueline Mabel Burns (1908-1991)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .8-Howard Gerald "Jerry" Clower (28 September 1926-24 August 1998)

1-John Phillips (1735-)
+Ruth Beall (1735-)
. . .2-Hillery Gameriwether M  Phillips (1772-1826)
. . .+Nancy  Phillips (1772-)
. . .. . .3-Verlinder Linney Phillips (1782-1850)
. . .. . .+Jacob  Clower (1776-1850)
. . .. . .. . .4-Eleanor Clower (1816-)
. . .. . .. . .+Benjamin Owen Williamson (1808-1870)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-John Henry Williamson (1 September 1847-10 November 1901)
. . .. . .. . .. . .+Mary Rebecca McCreight (28 May 1846-10 January 1930)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .6-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson (1878-1946)

1-Johann Weissenbacher (1625-1696)
+Anna Maria Schneer (1628-1694)
. . .2-Christoph Weissenbacher (1659-1737)
. . .+Maria Magdalena Bauer (1666-1732)
. . .. . .3-Hans Michael Wyssenbakher (-)
. . .. . .+Maria Elisabetha Horninger (20 August 1705-1744)
. . .. . .. . .4-Christopher Wisenbaker (17 July 1730-20 July 1767)
. . .. . .. . .+Constance Henson (1732-1800)
. . .. . .. . .. . .5-John Herman Wisenbaker (26 September 1754-23 July 1802)
. . .. . .. . .. . .+Anna Christina Dasher (26 September 1758-1800)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .6-John Herman Wisenbaker (1785-21 October 1819)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Mary Densler (1787-11 January 1819)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .7-William B Wisenbaker (3 October 1816-5 February 1883)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Lydia Ann Crews (maybe 2 February 1828-16 November 1876)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .8-Lawrence Alexander Wisenbaker (17 May 1848-7 March 1912)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Luara Ella Cates (26 March 1853-23 June 1916)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .9-Thomas Willey Wisenbaker (1872-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Virginia L "Jennie" Williams (1875-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .10-Ila Gun Wisenbaker (1888-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson (1878-1946)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .11-Walker Obediah "WO" Williamson, Jr (11 Nov 1913-20 June 1999)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Dixie Susanna  Merren (1916-1948)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .12-Susan Lynn  Williamson (4 March 1945-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .+Ona  (-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .11-Foy Lynn Williamson (1911-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .9-Lilla Wisenbaker (1874-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .9-L A  Wisenbaker (1876-)
. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .9-Carrie Wisenbaker (1878-)