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William WILLIAMS
Susanna STROUP
Elizabeth LANTER
WARNING:  I may have mixed up two different William WILLIAMS'es here.  The facts do fit for one, and I have found no better alternative, but we still need something concrete to prove these records apply to a single William WILLIAMS.  One thing I find no evidence for is the allegation that our subject had an affair with Susan STROUP prior to his relationship with, then marriage to, Elizabeth (LANTER) STROUP, though I'm not ertain what evidence one might expect to find, which raises the question as to what basis there is for alleging the relationship in the first place.  It does appear that Elizabeth (LANTER) STROUP had left her husband, George STROUP, before 1850 because she is not with him in the 1850 census.  Assuming I have not mixed up our subject with a different William WILLIAMS, it does appear that Elizabeth is living with William WILLIAMS in the 1850 census, but that he actually married her later, in 1856.
Husband:  William WILLIAMS
Birth:  1800-1814, VA
Occupation:  farm laborer
Liaison: 
Partner said to be:  Susanna / Susan STROUP
Birth:  1809/10, Wythe Co., VA
Father:  John Peter STROUP
Mother:  Maria Magdalena "Molly" WENRICH
Liaison, followed by a Marriage:  23 Jan 1856, Hawkins Co., TN
Wife:  Elizabeth LANTER
Birth:  1805/6, VA
Other Spouse:  m1. 5 May 1825, Wythe Co., VA, George STROUP
Father:  William LANTER
Mother:  Elizabeth WENRICH
Children with Susanna STROUP:
?
Stepchild of Elizabeth (LANTER) STROUP born in VA:
Sophia STROUP - WILLIAMS, b. 1825/6
Children with Elizabeth (LANTER) STROUP born in VA:
1.  Henderson WILLIAMS, b. 1844/5
2.  Mack WILLIAMS, b. 1847/8
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Tennessee, Virginia

Sources:

1.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org).
William WILLIAMS
Spouse: Elizabeth STROUP
Marriage: 23 Jan 1856, Hawkins, Tennessee
Source: Marriages (Hawkins County, Tennessee), 1820-1964. County Court Clerk

2a.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #55 of 135):  Floyd Co., KY, Roll M432_200, p. 434A, 327/327, enumerated 12 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
William Williams 40 M   none   Va
Elizabeth Williams 35 F       Va
Henderson Williams  5 M       Va
Mack Williams  2 M       Va

2b.  1850 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #111 of 235 indexed "Stroufer"):  Sixty Eighth District, Wythe Co., VA, Roll M432_982, p. 279A, 767/767, enumerated 12 Aug 1850, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1850 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
Susan Stroupe 40 F       Virginia
Susan is said to have been our subject's consort. 

3a.  1860 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #4 of 21):  Lyons Store P.O., District No. 7, Hawkins Co., TN, Roll M653_1255, p. 62B, PN 113, 793/740, enumerated 12 Jul 1860, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1860 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Wm Williams 46 M   Farm Laborer   ?0 Virginia
Elizbeth  " 47 F         "
Henderson " 12 M         "
Mack      " 11 M         Kentucky

4.  1870 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #89 of 93):  Tazewell Court House P.O., Jeffersonville Twp., Tazewell Co., VA, Roll M593_1680, p. 394A, PN 89, 583/583, enumerated 27 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Williams William 70 M W Farm Laborer     Virginia
   "     Elizabeth 60 F W Keeping House     "
   "     Mack 21 M W Farm Laborer     "
Listed next to married son, Henderson WILLIAMS (æ 24, b. VA), and his family.

5a.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #31 of 62):  Black Lick Dist., Wythe Co., VA, Roll T9_1394, p. 366C, PN 31, SD 5, ED 106, enumerated 17 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1880:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 8 9 10 13 22 23 24 25 26
285 303 Stroup George W W M 44     / Farmer     Va Va Va
    ______ Sophia W F 54 Wife   / Keeping House / / Va Va Va
    ______ Alice W F 10 Dau /   At Home / / Va Va Va
    Williams Elizabeth W F 74 M-in-law   / Boarder / / Va Va Va

5b.  1880 Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Henderson WILLIAMS (æ 30, b. VA) and his family are living in Jeffersonville, Tazewell Co., VA (p. 235A); Mack WILLIAMS (æ 24, b. VA) and his family are living in Jeffersonville, Tazewell Co., VA (p. 233A).

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