Manuscript Collection

Robert M. Glover Collection - Accession 1332 - M666 (720)

Robert M. Glover Collection - Accession 1332 - M666 (720)



Accession 1332 - M666 (720)

Inclusive Dates



Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

100 pieces



Historical Note

Thomas Williams, Jr.: "Attorney and politician of York District, Thomas Williams, Jr., was born 8 June 1789 in Williamsburg District, the son of Thomas Williams, Sr. He studied law in the office of William Grant of Georgetown and entered the South Carolina bar in Charleston in 1811. By 1830 he had relocated to York District and owned six slaves. Thomas Williams, Jr., represented York District in the Twenty-fourth (1820-1821), Twenty-fifth (1822-1823), Twenty-sixth (1824-1825), Twenty-seventh (1826-1828), Twenty-ninth (1830-1831), and Thirty-first (1834-1835) General Assemblies. While in the House he served on the committees on Judiciary (1820-1823, 1830-1831, 1834-1835), privileges and elections (1822-1828), military (1826-1828), and federal relations (1834-1835). He was also lieutenant governor (1828-1830) of the state during the governorship of Stephen Decatur Miller (1787-1838). A Unionist, Williams opposed nullification but also opposed United States’ tariff policies. He was a delegate to the Philadelphia Anti-Tariff Convention (1831). In 1835 Williamson moved to Alabama, settling first at Mobile and in 1841 he relocated to Montgomery. There he entered the law firm on McCurdy and Hewit. In 1844 he was a Whig representative from Montgomery County in the Alabama House of Representatives. Williams married Martha White Crawford and died 25 August 1858 in Alabama.”*

*Moore, Alexander, Biographical Directory of the South Carolina House of Representatives (Volume V, 1816-1828). Columbia, University of South Carolina Press [1974]-

Scope and Content Note

The Robert M. Glover Collection consists of records concerning the Crawford and Williams Family descended from Col. Thomas Williams (1789-1858) and Martha White Crawford Williams (1778?-1833) of York, SC. Col. Williams served as Lt. Gov. of SC from 1828-1830 and later moved his family to Montgomery, Alabama. Martha White Crawford Williams was the daughter of Maj. Robert Crawford (1728-1801) and Jean White Crawford (1742-1804). Maj. Crawford was the uncle of Andrew Jackson. The collection contains photocopies of biographical information including “Major Robert Crawford: Waxhaws Militia-South Carolina Line Revolutionary War” prepared and read before Waxhaws Chapter D.A.R. by Miss Mary Forest McAdams Lancaster, SC in 1949, and excepts concerning the Crawford and Williams Families (mostly Col. Thomas Williams) from Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution by Bobby Gilmer Moss (1983), Crawford Family Records by William M. Clemens (1914), History of Williamsburg by William Willis Boddie (1923), Biographical Sketches of the Bench and Bar of South Carolina by John Belton O’Neall (1859), and Reminiscences of Public Men in Alabama by William Garrett (1872). The collection also contains family charts and genealogical information, copies of 19th century photographs of family members (many of which were taken by John R. Schorb of York(ville), SC), photocopies of deeds and plats, and other family records related to the Crawford, Williams, and Clawson families predominantly from York, SC and Chester, SC from 1728 through 1949. The collection also includes correspondence between the creator of this collection, Robert M. Glover and genealogists and several representatives of historical organizations in York County concerning the families.


The Robert M. Glover Collection was given to the Archives by Robert M. Glover on March 11, 2008.


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Robert M. Glover Collection - Accession 1332 - M666 (720)

LC Subject Headings

Williams, Thomas, 1789-1858--Family; Williams, Martha White Crawford, 1778-1833--Family; Crawford family; Williams family; Clawson family; York (S.C.)--Genealogy; Chester (S.C.)--Genealogy