Welcome to the web home for the Williams Clan of Galilee, one of the original frontier families in Florida. Since 1903, descendants of Andrew Elton Williams have gathered together between Chipley and Graceville Florida to celebrate family and life. This website contains history, photos, newsletters, and life stories of some of the largest figures in our family…and some of our smallest. Also on this site is the Williams family blog, written and updated by family members all over the world.
Below is a song, “Goin Back home” written and performed by cousin Joseph C. Williams. He grew up going to the reunion and has written a song about what the reunion has meant to him and his family. His family used the reunion to come together and celebrate birthdays in their family, and even though the birthday dinner is now held in June, this year was the 65th year that his family came toether to celebrate birthdays together. Read below and when you are finished, listen, and remember when you were small running around the grounds of Galilee with the ones you love most. In other words, Go down home.
Taken from his website, Joseph C. Williams writes:
This year–2012–will be the 65th year for our Williams’ family reunion–known by all of us as the “Birthday Dinner.” It all began in 1947, two years before I was born, as a birthday party, celebrating the birthdays of my Grandmother, Annie Estelle Williams, and my Granddaddy, C. A. (Bud) Williams. I have not been able to attend every year, especially these last few years, but it has always been a great time when I am able to be there–the great country cookin’, the many hugs, the oft-told stories of our childhood, seeing all the new ones who have been added to the family–either those who have gotten married or had newborns since the last birthday dinner–but also to share memories of those who have passed away since we last met.
This CD is lovingly dedicated to my Grandmother, and Granddaddy Williams, my Dad, Ralph Williams, all my aunts and uncles, and all of my cousins in our huge Williams’ clan. May the words of this song bring back many warm and happy memories of days gone by and give you hope for that final family reunion.
released 01 September 2011
Song composed by Joseph Williams w/ Daniel Hensley
Vocals–Joseph Williams & Daniel Hensley
Background track by Sonny Raley
Cover designed by Daniel Hensley
Special thanks goes to Bob and Kay Kerns, web masters of the original Williams web site, the Williams Clan of Galilee, for their support and contribution to The Williams Clan.