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Robert Williams, son of Richard and May Williams, was born near Falkland on August 25, 1758. Williams, a prominent man of early Pitt County, played an important role in the Revolutionary War and after his days as soldier ended, he became one of North Carolina's most devoted legislators. Williams was a representative in 1786 and served in the Senate in 1793, 1795, from 1802 until 1806, 1808, and from 1813 until 1814. Williams married three times, fathered 14 children and died on October 12, 1840.