John Williams: His Family And His Community

His Family

His Community

Old Swedes Church Demographics

Old Swedes Church Demographics

Photo from: "Old Swedes Church." Old Swedes Foundation, Accessed September 10, 2017, http://www.oldswedes.org/sites/

It has been stated that John Williams provided goods and services for his community, but who comprised this community? What is today Delaware and Pennsylvania had a diverse population in the eighteenth-century, especially in regard to religion. Considering the fact there were churches that welcomed people from different countries and religious backgrounds in this area, it is safe to assume that John Williams would have served the entirety of these diverse religions, providing coffins for burials in churchyards across the Pennsylvania and Delaware. One such church is Old Swedes Church located in what is today, Wilmington, Delaware. In regard to John Williams and coffin-making, it is probable that Williams constructed coffins for individuals who attended this church. In other words, John Williams' business was utilized by many individuals and families in Delaware who had diverse religious backgrounds, reflecting the population of Delaware in the eighteenth century.

John Williams: His Family And His Community