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WILLIAMS Family History, Part II

February 2014

Elizabeth (WILLIAMS) LUCKEY (1845-1877)

Elizabeth (WILLIAMS) LUCKEY 141. Elizabeth Williams was born on December 24, 1845, in Marion County, Indiana. She moved with her family to Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas, in 1871 and the following year married John Wesley Luckey on October 19, 1872, in Cawker City, Mitchell County, Kansas, and had three children. Elizabeth died a couple years later and John remarried to Luella Kirkpatrick and had four more children:

1411. Charles N. S. Luckey 25 Jul 1873 26 Jan 1946 (72)
1412. Mildred Daisey Luckey 25 Jul 1873 18 Mar 1941 (66)
1413. Leslie Luckey 11 Jul 1876 11 Apr 1942 (65)

--  Laura Alice Luckey 29 Sep 1888 27 Aug 1968 (79)
--  Emma Rachel Luckey 11 May 1890 5 May 1974 (83)
--  Russell Elbert Luckey 28 Apr 1892 < 1967 (<74)
--  Almeda Luckey 13 Mar 1899 Jan 1981 (81)

In 1874 a grasshopper plague devastated Mitchell County and many of the Williams family left the county. Elizabeth and John migrated west to Woodland, Yolo County, California, probably about 1875 when her parents, brothers Ira, Garrett, and Willie, and aunt Rachel (Williams) Shryock migrated.

Elizabeth (Williams) Luckey died a couple years after their move to Woodland on September 15, in either 1877 or 1878. She was only 31 or 32 years old. John returned her to Glen Elder, Kansas, for burial.

John remarried to Luella Kirkpatrick on December 21, 1887, in Glen Elder. He was 39 years old and she only 16. They had four more children in Glen Elder.

The Luckey family eventually moved west to McKee Precinct, on the outskirts of Woodburn, Marion County, Oregon, in the 1920s.[Cen 1930]

John Wesley Luckey died on November 5, 1939, in Woodburn, at the age of 90. He was buried back in his boyhood home of Glen Elder at Glenwood Cemetery.

Luella (Kirkpatrick) Luckey died 21 years later on August 4, 1960, in Woodburn, at the age of 89. She was buried at Belle Passi Cemetery south of Woodburn.

Sources
  • Cen 1850: 27 Aug 1850 Census, Lawrence Township, Marion County, Indiana
  • Cen 1860: 10 Aug 1860 Census, Pulaski, Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Cen 1880: 9 Jun 1880 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1900: 14 Jun 1900 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1910: 26 Apr 1910 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1920: 27 Jan 1920 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1930: 14 Apr 1930 Census, McKee Precinct, Marion County, Oregon

Ira T. WILLIAMS3 (1847-1916)

142. Ira T. Williams3 was born on April 19, 1847* in Marion County, Indiana, likely near Oaklandon in Lawrence Township[Cen 1850] to the northeast of Indianapolis. He fought in the Civil War, as did his father, and later married Elizabeth (Isabell) Fletcher/Fincher, also of Indiana. They were reportedly wed on December 30, 1869, by Pastor Franklin M. Rule of the Methodist Church in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana. They had at least 13 children, including two sets of fraternal twins:

142A. Carrie Williams 18 Oct 1870 (1905-1909) (33-38)
142B. Williams twin 18 Oct 1870 (1870) Infancy
142C. Cora Williams 21 May 1872 --  -- 
142D. Albert Williams4 17 Oct 1874 14 May 1940 (65)
142E. (Alda) Williams 17 Oct 1874 --  Infancy
142F. Amos Williams 8/11 Feb 1876 2 Jul 1946 (70)
142G. Wilford S. Williams 18 Feb 1878 28 Aug 1947 (69)
142H. Earl Williams 25 Aug 1879/1880 --  -- 
142I. Martha "Mattie" Helen Williams 6 Mar 1881 6 Jan 1959 (77)
142J. Charles (James) Williams 22 Sep 1883 Dec 1941 (58)
142K. Mamie Williams 5 Feb 1885 (> 1944) (> 58)
142L. Harvey Roy Williams 25 Sep 1888 7 Feb 1947 (58)
142M. Laura Williams 19 Aug 1890 21 Oct 1952 (62)

Civil War

Birth Year: 1845 or 1847?

Ira's birth date is recorded on his death certificate by his daughter Martha (Williams) Standley as April 19, 1845[Dth]; however, the 1850, 1860, and 1880 censuses clearly record him as age 3, 13, and 33 respectively, clearly showing he was born in 1847. Furthermore, since his elder sister Elizabeth was born in December 1845, it is even less likely that he was born in April 1845.

S. J. Smock, who served with Ira, later recalled that Ira was the "youngest of the company, I think not more than 15 years of age."

Ira T. Williams, of Oaklandon, Marion County, Indiana, enlisted as a private for 3 years on August 2, 1862, with Company G of the Indiana 70th Regiment Infantry in Indianapolis, under Colonel Benjamin Harrison (later U.S. President, 1889-1893). At the time, Ira's father was serving in the Northern Virginia Campaign with the Indiana 20th Regiment Infantry. Ira was only 15 years old* at the time of enlistment, although he stated he was 18. He was recorded a resident farmer of Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana, and born in either Hamilton or Marion County, Indiana. He is further described as standing 5'-2" with dark eyes, dark hair, and a dark complexion.


Acknowledgement
Thanks to Sanrdra Haffey, Okeene, Oklahoma, for providing copies of Ira's complete pension records.

The 70th Indiana mustered in later that month, received a $25 advance on a $100 bounty, and deployed to Louisville, Kentucky, and then on to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the regiment patrolled the Louisville & Nashville Railroad. While at Bowling Green, fellow soldier, S. J. Smock, recalled that Ira suffered "chronic diarrhea, disabling him for duty for a long time. He was a small boy--youngest of the company. I think not more than 15 years of age--and if but for his indomitable pluck, doutb[t]less would have died."[Pens]

In November, the 70th advanced through Scottsville and across into Tennessee, garrisoning at Gallatin, northeast of Nashville, to patrol the railroad. The regiment then moved southeast of Nashville to La Vergne in June 1863, and then a little further south to Fortress Rosecrans, Murfreesboro, at the end of the month. Seven weeks later the regiment returned to Nashville where they stayed until late February 1864 when they marched to Wauhatchie, near Chattanoga on the Tennessee-Georgia border.

Major General William T. Sherman took command of the Western armies after Grant was promoted to Commanding General of all Union armies. Sherman launched his Atlanta Campaign from Tennessee in May 1864 and the 70th Indiana crossed into Georgia under Major General Joseph Hooker's XX Corps in the Major General George H. Thomas's Army of the Cumberland, Sherman's lead group army. Six weeks later, about 20 miles out from Atlanta, Ira was wounded above the left eye by an exploding shell during a skirmish at Gilgal (Golgotha) Church, Cobb County, Georgia, on June 15, 1864. (Ira referred to the location as "New Hope," likely referring to the Battle of New Hope Church that occured a couple weeks earlier. The War Department recorded the location as Lost Mountain, 3 miles southwest of Gilgal Church.[Pens]) Fellow soldier, S. J. Smock, recalled that he "thought for a time that he was killled--his head, face, and eyes were so con[c]ealed with loam, that I thought at a glance that a part of his head and face had been shot away. By orders we were lying down at the time." The wound left scar above his left eyebrow.[Pens]

From Gilgal Church the regiment participated in the month-long Siege of Atlanta and occupied Atlanta on September 2. They stayed in Atlanta until commencing the "March to the Sea" on November 15, marched on to Savannah, Georgia, (December 1864) and then pressed north through South Carolina and into North Carolina. It was while the regiment was resting in Raleigh that General Lee surrendered to Grant. The 70th mustered out on June 8, 1865, in Washington, D.C.

Fletcher or Fincher?
Ira listed Eliza's maiden name on his pension records consistently as Fincher, but at least five of their children all have her maiden listed name as Fletcher on their death certificates. One exception is Amos, who has Fitzer listed.

Post War

Four years after the war, Ira married Eliza Isabell Fletcher/Fincher on December 30, 1869 at Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, about 80 miles north-northwest of Oaklandon, by Franklin M. Rule, pastor of the Methodist Church. They started their family the following year in Indiana and in 1871 moved to Kansas, where their second daughter was born in 1872.

More on the Kansas Migration

California

Prompted by the grasshopper plague of 1874 in Mitchell County, Kansas, the Williams moved west to California and settled in Woodland Township, Yolo County, just west of Sacramento. Ira's parents, sister Elizabeth (Williams) Luckey, brothers Willie and Garrett, and his aunt Rachel (Williams) Shryock also moved to Woodland Township.[Cen 1880]

Ira applied for an invalid pension in May 1890, likely in advance of President Harrison's signing of the Dependent and Disability Pension Act into law on June 27, 1890, which provided pensions to Union Army veterans who had served 90 days and who were unable to perform manual labor, whether or not the cause of their disability was related to their service. He met a medical examination board seven months later in Sacramento on January 14, 1891. They found a disability rating of 8/18 for a "right inguinal hernia" and 4/18 rating for a "complete" "rectal fistula". Two months later he was approved for a $12 montly pension dated back to July 21, 1890.[Pens]

About two years later, Ira submitted additional disability claims, in November 1892, for contacting chronic diarrhea at Bowling Green and "lung disease from exposure" at Nashville.[Pens]

Ira left his wife for a while in the late 1880s or 1890s, leaving his family behind. According to his granddaughter, Elsie (Williams) Hitchcock, Ira was a womanizer who married more than just the two women we have listed here. Elsie recalls her Aunt Mayme saying she had several step-mothers growing up, but generally avoided talking about her unhappy childhood.

Afterward he returned and fathered one last daughter, Laura, in 1890.

Eliza Isabell (Fletcher/Fincher) Williams died from a ruptured gall bladder on May 6, 1896, in Woodland Township. She only about 46 years old.

Ira remarried to Harriet (Chapman) Fisher on March 8, 1910, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California, by A. J. Atchinson. Harriet was a widow and mother-in-law to Cora Ethel (Miller) Fisher-Williams. Cora's husband died in 1911 and she remarried to Ira's son, Al in 1913. Soon after their marriage, Ira and Harriet lived in the hills above Rincon Valley in Santa Rosa as lodgers with the Alonzo and Martha E. Beauchamp family of Indiana. Ira worked as a woodchipper.[Cen 1910]

In 1912, Ira was a laborer in the Rincon Precinct of Santa Rosa. He was a registered Republican along with his sons.

Ira submitted a Declaration for Pension on May 25, 1912, in advance of Congress' passing the Sherwood Act of May 11, 1912, which awarded pensions to all veterans of the U.S.-Mexico War and Union soldiers of the Civil War upon reaching the age of 62, regardless of disability. Ira's pension was approved in March 1913 for an increase to $18 per month, effective June 1, 1912. Interestingly, he claimed to be 68 years old, while he was more likely 65 years old, but an inquiry into his War Department records showed he was 18 at the time of enlistment in 1862 and he was successfully awarded the amount for a veteran between the age of 66 and 70.[Pens]

In June 1914, Ira unsuccessfully tried to claim that he was 70 years old in order to gain an increase to $24 a month but failed. He tried again the following year, April 1915, and succeeded, despite more likely being 68 years old. About this time Ira and Harriet moved from Rural Route 6 Box 64 to 242 West 8th Street in Santa Rosa.[Pens]

Ira T. Williams died in Alpine Valley, Sonoma County, California on October 4, 1916, of a lung infection and valvular heart disease. He was buried at the Veterans' Home in Yountville, Napa County, California on October 7, 1916.[Dth 1916] He was 69 years old.*

Grandson Ed Williams recalls the Williams family reunited for Christmas, 1933. Attending were Ira's children Al, Mattie, Charlie, Harvey, Mayme, and Laura, as well as their families, including Al's stepchildren Earl Fisher, Pearl Malugani, Mildred Fechter, Carrie Hopper, Merle Fisher, and Sonoma Clarke.

Sources
  • Cen 1850: 27 Aug 1850 Census, Lawrence, Marion County, Indiana
  • Cen 1860: 10 Aug 1860 Census, Pulaski, Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California
  • Pens: Civil War Pension File 774450/560506, original claim May 1890
  • Cen 1910: 6 May 1910 Census, Santa Rosa Township, Sonoma County, California
  • Dth 1916: Death Record 16-033462, Alpine Valley, Sonoma County, California, filed 5 Oct 1916

Garrett J. WILLIAMS (1851->1930)

143. Garrett J. Williams was born on December 15, 1851, in Pulaski County, Indiana. He likely moved with his family to Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas, in 1871, and after the grasshopper plague of 1874, moved with his sister Elizabeth (Williams) Luckey, brothers Ira and Willie, and his aunt Rachel (Williams) Shryock to Woodland Township, Yolo County, California, around 1875.

He remained in Woodland, where in 1900 he lived with his mother and bachelor brother Guy.[Cen 1900] By 1920 he was living on Pacific Street in downtown Woodland.[Cen 1920] He never married.

Garrett J. Williams died of congestive heart failure, likely in the 1930s, in his 70s .

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 10 Aug 1860 Census, Pulaski, Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Cen 1870: 10 Jun 1870 Census, Logansport, Clinton Township, Cass County, Indiana
  • Cen 1900: 14 Jun 1900 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1920: 17 Jan 1920 Census, Pacific Street, Woodland, Yolo County, California

Emily Candace (WILLIAMS) SLAVEN (1854-1952)

Emily (WILLIAMS) SLAVEN 145. Emily Candace Williams was born on February 27, 1854, in Pulaski County, Indiana. She moved to Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas, with her family in 1871 and the following year married James A. Slaven on May 16, 1872, in Cawker City, Mitchell County. She was 18 years old and he was 31. They had a total of 13 children in Glen Elder, 10 of whom survived to adulthood, and in turn 3 of whom died before she did in 1952:

145A. Floda Inez Slaven 10 May 1873 (<1952) (<79)
145B. Ruby Rachel Slaven 5 Mar 1875 --  -- 
145C. Jessie Blanche Slaven 15 Dec 1876 4 Jul 1866 (89)
145D. Maude Ada Slaven 24 May 1879 Oct 1961 (82)
145E. Glen William Slaven 1 Jun 1881 May 1972 (90)
145F. Bessie Barqilla Slaven 12 Jul 1883 Nov 1974 (91)
145G. Dwight Fay Slaven 27 Jul 1885 28 Mar 1944 (58)
145H. Henry Clay Slaven 6 Apr 1887 17 Mar 1943 (55)
145I. Ida Opal Slaven 21 Mar 1889 Dec 1981 (92)
145J. Lyle Watson Slaven 1891/1893 1891/1893 (0)
145I. Charlie Slaven 1893 --  -- 
145K. Hezel Eulalia Slaven 24 Nov 1895 10 Nov 1978 (82)
145L. Bernice Slaven 1899 1899 (0)
SLAVEN Family, c. late 1910s
Slaven Family, c. late 1910's

Emily's family moved west to Kansas in the late spring of 1871. While camped along the Solomon River near Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas, she first met James Slaven: "...While we were camped on the river, my future husband, through curiosity I suppose, called at our camp. It was Sunday morning, and I had just finished marcelling my hair, as I had done it up on curl papers the night before. He made up his mind that if I were willing, he would look no farther for a helpmate. I often think what poor judges men are."[Slaven] Emily was 17 then and the following year they were married on May 16, 1872, in Cawker City by the Reverend Mr. Bladstock, a Methodist minister. They were the first couple to be married from Walnut Creek Township, two and a half miles southwest of Glen Elder, where James and his cousin established homesteads in 1870. James had build a small, 14' by 18' house from cottonwood trees that he and his cousin had cut and hauled to Glen Elder to be sawed into lumber.[Slaven]

In 1874 a plague of grasshoppers devastated Mitchell County. Emily's parents and all of her siblings, except Amos and Arthur, moved west to California, while her family rode out the loss of their corn by living on bread from remaining threshed wheat and wild game.[Slaven] Her parents and youngest brother Guy returned to Glen Elder in 1877.

James haulded a load of lumber back from Hastings, Nebraska, about 80 miles to the north, in 1878 to build a new home.[Slaven]

After Emily's father died in 1883, her mother bounced back and forth between California and Kansas, but returned to Kansas on last time in 1900 to live with Emily and her family. Her mother passed away in 1902.

The Slavens celebrated their Golden Anniversary in 1922.

Valley Cemetery
I have yet to locate Valley Cemetery where many of the Slaven family were buried and later moved to Glenwood Cemetery. Noting that Waconda Springs was dammed to form Waconda Lake in 1964, I hypothesize that Valley Cemetery may have been in the flood zone.

James A. Slaven died on February 14, 1923, in Glen Elder. He was 81 years old.

Emily and her daughter Ruby moved into town at Glen Elder in 1925, where she lived for 27 years.

Emily Candace (Williams) Slaven died on September 4, 1952, at her home in Glen Elder. She was 98 years old. She was buried with James in Valley Cemetery and later moved to Glenwood Cemetery.


Obituary: Emily Candace Slaven

"After a long life of 98-1/2 years Mrs. Emily Candace Slaven passed away at her home in Glen Elder."

"Emily Candace Williams, daughter of Joseph and Martha Ann Selvey Williams was born February 27, 1854 near Pulaski, Indiana, and died September 4, 1952, at 7:25 p.m. at the age of 98 years, 6 months, and 7 days."

"She with her parents began their move to Kansas on May 1, 1871, arriving at Glen Elder, June 20, 1871, traveling in a covered wagon. There was only one house at that time in Glen Elder."

"She was married to James Slaven at Cawker City, May 16, 1872, and began housekeeping on his homestead in Walnut Creek township in the Grellette neighborhood. Mr. Slaven passed away February 4, 1923."

"On January 3, 1925 she with her daughter, Ruby, moved into Glen Elder, where they have lived ever since. Mrs. Slaven was a member of the Christian Church in Glen Elder and also a member of the Rebekah Lodge of Glen Elder."

"Mrs. Slaven is survived by seven children, Miss Ruby Slaven of the home, Glen Slaven of Laverne, Oklahoma; Mrs. Eulalia Bettis of Fort Worth, Texas; Mrs. Maud Davis of San Gabriel, California; Mrs. Jessie B. Davis, Mrs. Bessie Vint and Mrs. Ida Vint, all of Glen Elder: twenty-six grandchildren, fifty four great grandchildren, and fourteen great great grandchildren, making a total of 101 living descendants."

"She was pre-deceased by three children, Mrs. Floda Lewallen, Fay Slaven and Henry Slaven."

"Pallbearers were the grandsons, Max and Mark Slaven, Kirk and Duane Vint, Jack Davis, and Earl Lewallen. Services were conducted by the Reverends Lloyd Watts of Glen Elder and Virgil [incomplete]"


Sources

Amos S. WILLIAMS (1857-1924)

146. Amos S. Williams was born on April 19, 1857, in Pulaski County, Indiana. He appears to have been named for his paternal uncle, Amos Strange Williams. He moved as a teenager to Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas. He married Frances, a native of Iowa, in 1881 in Kansas and started their family of three sons there. Later they adopted a daughter:

1461. Best Williams Mar 1883 --  -- 
1462. Floyd Williams Oct 1884 --  -- 
1463. Leroy Williams June 1892 --  -- 

1464. Delsie Williams (1904) --  -- 

In 1874 a plague of grasshoppers devastated Mitchell County. Amos' parents and all of his siblings, except Emily and Arthur, moved west to California, while he, Emily, and Arthur either rode out the plague or retreated east. His parents and youngest brother Guy returned to Glen Elder in 1877.

The Williams family stayed in Kansas into the 1890s but moved south to Coldwater Township, Grant County, Oklahoma Territory, by 1900.[Cen 1900] In the 1910s they moved south of Oklahoma City to Dent Township, Pottawatomie County. It was also during this time that they adopted Delsie, who was between 5 and 10 years old and born in Kentucky.[Cen 1920]

Amos S. Williams died in 1924 while living at the Masonic Home for the Aged on 324 East Harrison Avenue in Guthrie, Logan County, Oklahoma. He was about 66 years old. Amos is buried at Garden Grove Cemetery in Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma.

Frances Williams died 30 years later at the age of about 91. She is buried along side Amos at Garden Grove Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 10 Aug 1860 Census, Pulaski, Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Cen 1870: 10 Jun 1870 Census, Logansport, Clinton Township, Cass County, Indiana
  • Cen 1880: 8 Jun 1880 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1900: 19 Jun 1900 Census, Coldwater Township, Grant County, Oklahoma Territory
  • Cen 1910: May 1910 Census, Coldwater Township, Grant County, Oklahoma
  • Cen 1920: 16 Jan 1920 Census, Dent Township, Pottawatomie County, Oklahoma

William Shay WILLIAMS (1860-1906)

147. William "Willie" Shay Williams was born on November 30, 1860, in Pulaski County, Indiana. In 1871, at the age of 10, Willie's family moved west from Indiana to Mitchell County, Kansas. Three years later a grasshopper plague forced his family west to California, but he returned and married Sarah Ann Merrill, a native of Wisconsin, on July 7, 1886, in Beloit, Mitchell County, Kansas. They had four daughters and one son:

1471. Margaret B. Williams 23 Jan 1887 24 Dec 1962 (75)
1472. Ethel Williams 29 Dec 1888 29 Feb 1948 (59)
1473. Edna May Williams 23 Apr 1891 13 Aug 1953 (62)
1474. Anna Marie Williams 10 Dec 1893 10 Mar 1967 (74)
1475. Merrill Glenwood Williams 12 May 1903 19 Nov 1978 (75)

Following the grasshopper plague of 1874, Willie moved west to California and settled in Woodland Township, Yolo County, by 1880, as did his elder brother Ira3 and his family. Elder brother Garrett and aunt Rachel (Williams) Shryock also moved to Woodland Township around the same time.[Cen 1880]

Willie returned to Kansas by 1883, and went on to wed Sarah on July 7, 1886, in Beloit, the county seat of Mitchell County. Their first daughter was born in Kansas the following year, but by 1888 they moved to California and in 1890 ultimately settled in Woodland Township. Willie's nephew, Albert Williams4, age 25, came to live with them in Woodland Township by 1900.[Cen 1900]

William Shay Williams died on October 20, 1906, in California. He was only 45 years old. William was reportedly buried at the Woodland Cemetery on October 23.[Bible]

Woodland Daily Democrat, October 22, 1906
"Sufferings Over."
"Death Came to W. S. Williams Sunday Afternoon."
"Deceased an Honorable, Industrious Citizen, Who Was Ill Four Years Continuosly."

"William Shay Williams died at the family residence on Fourth street Sunday afternoon about 3:30 o'clock."

"Deceased had been afflicted with pulmonary troubles for about four years. Two years ago he was compelled to quit manual labor of all kinds. A good deal of the time he spent in traveling about the state with the hope of obtaining relief. Last September he returned from a trip through the mountains of Sonoma. He was in a very weakened condition when he returned. Until a week ago he was able to be out of bed a part of each day. He was conscious to the last."

"The arrangements for the funeral have not yet been made."

"Deceased was a native of Pulaski county, Indiana, where he was born on the 30th of November, 1860. He came to California in 1887, locating in Woodland, which was ever afterward his home."

"On the 17th of July 1886, he was married in Beloit, Kansas, to Miss Sarah Merrill, who survives him. To them were born five children, four daughters and one son. The oldest daughter, Mrs. Margaret Cass, wife of Joe Cass Jr., resides in Davis. The other daughters, Ethel, Edna and Anna, and the son, Merrill, three and a half years of age, live with their mother."

"Deceased also leaves four brothers and one sisters. Guy Williams lives in Sacramento, Ira Williams resides in Santa Rosa, Amos Williams is a citizen of Oklahoma, and Garrett Williams home is in Woodland. The sister, Mrs. Emily Slaven, lives in Glen Elder, Kansas."

"The deceased was a contractor and plasterer by trade. He was a member of the Christian church congregation and also a member of Yolo Camp, No. 7769, Modern Woodmen of America."

"Mr. Williams was a good citizen and an affectionate husband and father. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved widow and her children."

Widowed at the age of 42, Sarah and her children, aged 3 to 19, continued on in Woodland. By 1910, Sarah, her children, and two grandchildren all lived at 926 Court Street in Woodland.[Cen 1910] Daughter Edna became a grammar school teacher by 1920, daughter Ann worked as a stenographer and bookkeeper, and Sarah paid off the mortgage on 926 Court Street by 1920.[Cen 1920]

Sarah Ann (Merrill) Williams died on October 29, 1920, at the age of 56. She was buried on November 2 at the Woodland Cemetery.[Bible, Grave]

After Sarah's death, daughter Edna and her husband Frederick Sieferman stayed on at 926 Court Street.[Cen 1930-1940]

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 10 Aug 1860 Census, Pulaski, Beaver Township, Pulaski County, Indiana
  • Cen 1870: 10 Jun 1870 Census, Logansport, Clinton Township, Cass County, Indiana
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 13 Jun 1900 Census, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1910: 19 Apr 1910 Census, 926 Court Street, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1920: 2 Jan 1920 Census, 926 Court Street, Woodland City, Yolo County, California
  • Grave: Woodland Cemetery, Woodland, Yolo County, California, Find A Grave <http://www.findagrave.com>
  • Cen 1930: 15 Apr 1930 Census, 926 Court Street, Woodland City, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1940: 10 Apr 1930 Census, 926 Court Street, Woodland City, Yolo County, California
  • Bible: Sieferman Family Bible, King James Concordance; originally owned by Anna Marie (Williams) Sieferman (Woodland, California)

Arthur Finley WILLIAMS (1865-1892)

148. Arthur Finley Williams was born on November 23, 1865, in Cass County, Indiana. He married Nancy Jane Lovelady, a native of Missouri, on May 24, 1883. He was 17 at the time, she was 26. They had at least one son:

1481. Walter Stanley Williams 5 Oct 1888 15 Jul 1955 (64)
Acknowledgment
Thanks to Sanrdra Haffey, Okeene, Oklahoma, for providing a wealth of copies of documents and research on the Williams family.

In 1874 a plague of grasshoppers devastated Mitchell County. Arthur's parents and all of his siblings, except Emily and Amos, moved west to California, while he, Emily, and Amos either rode out the plague or retreated east. His parents and youngest brother Guy returned to Glen Elder in 1877.

The Williams family moved south to Rice County, Kansas, by 1888, and the following year appear to have moved to Oklahoma.

Nancy Jane (Lovelady) Williams died on April 22, 1889, in Oklahoma. She was only 32 years old.

Arthur Finley Williams died three years later on March 30, 1892, in Arcadia, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma, at the young age of 26.

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 10 Jun 1870 Census, Logansport, Clinton Township, Cass County, Indiana
  • Cen 1880: 8 Jun 1880 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas

Ora Guy WILLIAMS (1870-1947)

149. Ora Guy Williams was born on October 29 or 30, 1870, in Cass County, Indiana. The following year his family moved to Glen Elder, Mitchell County, Kansas. In 1874 a grasshopper plague devastated Mitchell County and the family dispersed, some withdrawing to the east and others moving west to California. He and his parents returned to Glen Elder in 1877 to rejoin siblings Emily, Amos, and Arthur, who either rode out the plague or retreated east.[Cen 1880]

Guy's father died in 1883 and sometime after he and his mother moved west to California to rejoin his brother Willie in Woodland Township, Yolo County.[Cen 1900B] Guy was also enumerated to the north in Butte County, where he worked as an electric lineman.[Cen 1900A] Soon afterward his mother returned to Kansas.

Guy lived at the Curtis Ranch in rural San Miguel, north of Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County, as a retired ranch hand in his final years. He never married.

Ora Guy Williams died on November 13, 1947, of a cerebral embolism brought on by congestive heart failure and arteriosclerotic heart disease. He had been in San Luis Obispo General Hospital for 13 days. He was 77 years old. Guy was buried four days later at Paso Robles District Cemetery.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 8 Jun 1880 Census, Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas
  • Cen 1900A: 4 Jun 1900 Census, Butte County, California
  • Cen 1900B: 14 Jun 1900 Census, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California

Charles WILLIAMS (1850-)

1x1. Charles Williams was born on March 7, 1850 in St. Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri. He married a Mary E. McDonald of New London, Henry County, Iowa in Sutterville, Sacramento County, California, on December 30, 1873. They had at least four children:

1x11. Grace Williams Jan 1880   -- 
1x12. Hattie M. Williams Jun 1885 --  -- 
1x13. Mary L. Williams Feb 1889 --  -- 
1x14. Charles R. Williams Oct 1892 --  -- 

Mary E. McDonald was born on February 28, 1855 in New London, Henry County, Iowa to David Lane McDonald and the former Martha J. Hunter. She was the oldest of eight children.

In 1910, Charles and family were living in Suisun, Solano County, California where Charles worked as a fruit grower.

Sources
  • Cen 1850: 23 Aug 1850 Census, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Cen 1860: 14 Jun 1860 Census, Sacramento, Franklin Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1870: 28 Jun 1870 Census, Sacramento, Sutter Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1880: 13 Jun 1880 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California

Thomas H. WILLIAMS (1854-)

1x2. Thomas H. Williams was born in January 1854 in California. By 1900, at the age of 46, he was noted as married but no spouse was enumerated with him. Rather, apparent cousins Amos and Earl Williams were living with him in Suisun, Solano County, California, working as farm laborers.[Cen 1900]

Sources
  • Cen 1860: 14 Jun 1860 Census, Sacramento, Franklin Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1870: 28 Jun 1870 Census, Sacramento, Sutter Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1880: 13 Jun 1880 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California

Mary W. WILLIAMS (1865-)

1x3. Mary W. Williams was born in June 1865 in California. By 1900, at age 34, she was apparently still unmarried and living with her mother and younger brother, Frank R., in Suisun, Solano County, California.

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 28 Jun 1870 Census, Sacramento, Sutter Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1880: 13 Jun 1880 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California

Frank R. WILLIAMS (1869-)

1x4. Frank R. Williams was born in June 1869 in California. By 1900 he had married Mattie, a daughter of English immigrants, and was living together with his mother and sister, Mary N., in Suisun, Solano County, California.

Sources
  • Cen 1870: 28 Jun 1870 Census, Sacramento, Sutter Township, Sacramento County, California
  • Cen 1880: 13 Jun 1880 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California