Birth: 1740 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Birth: Ottery Saint Mary, Devon

Baptism: Not Known

Place of Baptism: Not Known

Death: 1827 - Circa

Place or Registered Place of Death: Not Known

Father: William Peere Williams (1717-1766)

Mother: Elizabeth Seignoret (1712-1792)

Spouse(s): Thomas Graves

Date of Marriage: 22 June 1771

Place or Registered Place of Marriage: Ottery St. Mary, Devon


Elizabeth Anne Graves (1773-1803)
Anne Elizabeth Graves (1773-1823)
Thomas North Graves (1775-1830)
Margaret Anne Graves (1777-1808)
Peere Williams Graves (1778-1804)


William Peere Williams, the son of William Peere Williams and Anne Hutchins, was born at Cadleigh in Devon about 1717. He died there about 1766.

Elizabeth Seignoret, the daughter of Peter Seignoret of Greenwich in Kent and of Vevay in Switzerland and Margaret Allix (-1772), was born in London on 16 August 1712 and was baptised at Saint Martin Orgars French Huguenot in London on 4 September 1712. Elizabeth died about 1792 at Cadleigh in Devon.

William Peere Williams and Elizabeth Seignoret were married at Cadleigh in Devon in December 1734.

William Peere Williams (Sen.) was a Barrister-at-Law and author of three volumes of law Reports.

William Peere Williams (Jun.) was also a Barrister-at-Law at Grays Inn. He later became a magistrate.

The London Magazine, or Gentlemen's Monthly Intelligencer, Volume 3 - p. 666
Domestick Occurences in December 1734
Marriages and Births
William Peere Williams, Esq., (second son of William Peere Williams, Esq.,) to Miss Seignoret, Daughter of a rich Italian Merchant, a 40,000 l (£) Fortune.

A Manor book of Ottery St. Mary
Once again, in 1736, the Court of Chancery was invoked. Cadhay was then sold for the first time in its history; it went to John Brown of Richmond, in Surrey, and so passed away from the Haydon family. From the purchase money the prior charges were paid, but Alice Haydon lost her marriage portion, and obtained but £190 towards the arrears of an annuity of £40, to which her jointure of £500 a year had perforce been reduced by the Act of 1708.

For some reason, John Brown did not keep his new possession. In 1737 he resold it at a small profit to one William Peere Williams, second son of an eminent lawyer of the same name, author of the Reports. It is clear that by this time Cadhay House was in bad repair, and Williams carried out drastic changes. The great hall was divided horizontally by a floor and ceiling, the great windows taken out, two rows of sash-windows substituted, and the north front converted to its present appearance. Internally, the Tudor stone chimney-pieces were plastered over, and Georgian work placed in front of them, while oak panelling was replaced by the rarer and more fashionable deal.

Cadhay had been bought with a quarter part of the elder Peere Williams' residual estate — the part which, under his will, went to his second son; and under the trusts of that will it was to pass to sons or to heirs male. Hence, when in 1766 Peere Williams the younger died, leaving only a widow and two daughters, Cadhay became the property of Sir Booth Williams, his nephew.

The seignoret's were Huguenots.

Sussex Archaeological Collections
Indenture made 19 Dec. 13 Geo. I (1726), by which James Seignoret of Islington, co. Middlesex, merchant, assigns to Peter Seignoret of Greenwich, co. Kent, any debts, goods, and effects which may hereafter belong to him as a co-partner in several business firms, in consideration of an annuity of £50 for life. Seal and signature of Peter Seignoret.

Deed poll of John Miller of the City of Norwich, gent., collector of the Water rents in the said City, by which he releases to Rene Baudouin of London, merchant, the surviving assignee of the waterworks of the City of Norwich, and Peter Seignoret of Greenwich, co. Kent, esq., executor of the will of Stephen Seignoret, deceased, all actions, suits, etc., in law and equity, which he ever had against the said Rene Baudouin and Peter Seignoret. Dated 14 Jan. 13 Geo. I (1726-7) Seal and signature of "Jno. Miller".

Stephen Seignoret was fines £10,000 for smuggling and this and other monies, both private and public, wa used to build the Chelsea Hospital.

The children of William Peere Williams and Elizabeth Seignoret were:

Elizabeth Williams (1740-1827)
Anne Williams (1738-1787)

Elizabeth Williams