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WILLIAMS Family History, Part III

August 2010

Carrie (WILLIAMS) COLE (1870-1909)

142A. Carrie Williams was born, along with a twin, on October 18, 1870, in Indiana. The following year her family moved to Glen Elder Township, Mitchell County, Kansas. In 1874, the county was devastated by a grasshopper plague and her family moved about 1875 to Woodland Township, Yolo County, California. She married Charles H. Cole (Sr.), a musician, about 1885, and had one son:[Cen 1900]

142A1. Charles H. Cole, Jr. 12 Sep 1887 26 Feb 1972 (84)

Charles H. Cole (Sr.) died in 1905. He was about 40 years old.

Carrie (Williams) Cole died four years later in either August 1905 or 1909. She was in her mid-30s.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 7 Jun 1900 Census, 133 West Willis Street, Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

Cora (WILLIAMS) THRIFT (~1872-)

142C. Cora Williams was born on May 21, 1872, in Kansas, likely in Glen Elder, Mitchell County. In 1874, the county was devastated by a grasshopper plague and her family moved about 1875 to Woodland Township, Yolo County, California. She married but had no children.

In 1900, a young woman, believed to be Cora's younger sister Mattie Williams is noted living as a boarder with Cora and Joseph Thrift. Mattie's birth month and year correlate, as does Cora's annotated birth month of May 1872 in Kansas. Per the census, this Cora and Joseph were married for five years and Joseph, a native of Kansas and son of English immigrants, worked as a dog trainer.[Cen 1900]

Unfortuately, I can find no further record of either Cora or Joseph after 1900 in California.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 7 Jun 1910 Census, Fruitvale, Alameda County, California

Al WILLIAMS4 (1874-1940)

Al WILLIAMS 142D. Albert Williams4 and a twin, perhaps named Alda, who died in infancy, were born on October 17, 1874, in a dugout or storm cellar on his uncle's farm in Kansas, probably in or around Glen Elder, in Mitchell County, where the family had moved in 1871. His birth came just two months after a plague of grasshoppers devastated the area and many farmers moved back east. Not long after, the family moved west to California, settling in Woodland Township, Yolo County.

Al married Cora Ethel (Miller) Fisher, a widow with six children, on January 21, 1913, in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. They had four children together:

142D1. Elsie Alberta Williams 7 Mar 1914 15 Feb 2001 (86)
142D2. Gladys Elaine Williams 30 Jun 1916 29 Mar 1998 (81)
142D3. Harold Williams 19 Apr 1918 21 Apr 1918 (3 days)
142D4. Edward Carl Williams 4 Apr 1920 6 Mar 2012 (91)
Al and Ed WILLIAMS, c. 1922

Al's father Ira frequently left the family, allegedly to pursue women, so Al had to tend to his mother and siblings. At that time, the Sacramento delta was all wetlands with plentiful game, so Al and his brothers bought a scow and hunted ducks to make a living. He made just enough money to take care of his family and became a crack-shot -- a skill he would rely upon later during hard times. His mother died in Woodland in 1896. He was 21 years old at the time but went to live with his uncle William in Woodland, by 1900, where he worked as a day laborer.[Cen 1900] Living on the bountiful delta presented one main problem: mosquitoes. According to his elder daughter, Elsie, he got malaria and was advised by a doctor to move to wine country and drink claret wine to help make blood. He left Yolo County for the Asti Swiss Colony Winery in northern Sonoma County.

Al's father Ira remarried to the widow Harriet J. (Chapman) Fisher6 in 1910. Harriet's son, Theodoric Leathe Fisher,4 his new brother-in-law, had been a foreman at the winery and had slowly been dying from tuberculosis. Al often hunted quail and doves to help provide Theodoric with meat to help him keep weight on but Theodoric passed the following year, leaving his wife Cora with six children, ages 3 to 12.

Al moved to Rincon precinct, in the hills above Santa Rosa's Rincon Valley by 1912 when Al registered to vote as a Republican in the coming election (Wilson [Dem], Roosevelt [Pro], and Taft [Rep]). Ira and Harriet had also moved to the area by 1910, and Cora likely moved there as well.

Al, a shy man, got up the nerve to ask Cora to marry him. After their wedding on January 21, 1913, the family moved to a ranch (Blunt place or Gill place?) behind the Petrified Forest near Mt. St. Helena, which Al helped excavate while working for Olliie Bockett during the 1910s and turn into a park.

Al's son Ed recalls that, as a young boy, on Sundays the two of them would walk about four miles to stepdaughter Pearl Malugani's home (later dubbed the Derby Ranch) where Al drank homemade red wine with Pearl's husband Charlie. Later Cora would come pick them up and drive them home.

Ed also recalls that in 1932, Al's stepson Earl Fisher's home burned down in a still fire, and the Fisher's moved in with them at the Gill place. A while later, the Williams moved out to the Cogan place, a 25-acre plot that they bought with a loan that stepson-in-law Raymond Fechter backed for $2,000. This place had an old three-bedroom home with porches on two sides. It burned down about 1936 when mice got into matches stored in the pantry.

After the Cogan place fire, Al and Cora moved in with stepdaughter Sonoma (Fisher) Clarke for several years while they rebuilt on the Cogan property for $3,000, with $1,500 from insurance. Al, sons Merle and Ed, Raymond Fechter, and Bill and Dave Sharp all dug the foundation for the new house.

Al Williams died May 14, 1940 in Sonoma County, while still living with Sonoma's family, at the age of 65. His son Ed, with help from Herb Fechter and Kenneth Saxton, dug his grave, variously reported to be at Oak Knoll (colloquially "Okie Knoll") Cemetery on Sharp's property off Petrified Forest Road or the Butler property above Porter Creek Road.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 13 Jun 1900 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1920: 17 Feb 1920 Census, Rincon Precinct, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California
  • Cen 1930: 16 Apr 1930 Census, Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California

Amos WILLIAMS (1876-1946)

142F. Amos Williams was born in February 8 or 11, 1876 in California, probably Woodland Township, Yolo County. Amos married Hermana C. (Suggett) from Missouri, about 1903. They had at least one daughter:

142F1. Blanche H. Williams (1904)    

In 1900, Amos and his younger brother Earl were living with Thomas H. Williams, believed to be a cousin, in Suisun, Solano County, California as laborers on his farm. Nearby to the extended Williams families, brothers Charles and Harvey were also enumerated with the Reece family.[Cen 1900]

The Williams were living at 222 E Street in Washington township, on the Yolo County side of West Sacramento by 1910, where Amos worked as an electrician for the railroad.[Cen 1910] By 1920, Amos was still working as an electrician for the railroad, but had moved across the river into Sacramento proper where they resided at 1716 N. Street. There, Hermena's mother and sister, Sarah and Maria Suggett, lived with them, along with six roomers.[Cen 1920]

Amos Williams died on July 2, 1946 in Napa County, California. He was 70 years old.

Hermana C. (Suggett) Williams died 26 years later on November 14, 1972 in Sacramento County, California. She was 91 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1910: 20 Apr 1910 Census, 222 E. Street, Washington, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1920: 8 Jan 1920 Census, 1716 [N.] Street, Sacramento, Sacramento County, California

Wilford S. WILLIAMS (1878-1974)

142G. Wilford S. Williams was born on either November 24, 1877 or February 18, 1878 in California. He served in the Philippines and/or the Boxer Rebellion and is known to have returned to the U.S. but later lost contact with his family. He died in Yolo County, California on August 28, 1947 at the age of 69.

Spanish-American War (1898) and Boxer Rebellion (1900)

During the Spanish-American War (1898) over Cuban independence, an American naval squadron led by Commodore George Dewey, slipped into Manila Bay in the Philippines and easily destroyed the Spanish fleet there on 1 May 1898. Only seven Americans were killed in the battle. As a result of the war, America bought the Philippines from Spain for $20,000,000.

The Boxer Rebellion (also known as the Yihequan, "Righteous and Harmonious Fists") began as a rebellion in opposition to the Chinese Qing dynasty. The Empress Dowager, Cixi, won over the rebels and used them to combat the ever-increasing foreign presence. In June 1900, an international force of 2,100 men from Great Britain, the United States, France, and Germany, arrived to protect foreign concessions in China. On 13 June, the Empress Dowager order the rebels to kill all foreigners. As a result the international force struck back and captured Beijing on 14 August. The Empress Dowager eventually yielded and provided reparations to the western powers.

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California

Earl WILLIAMS (1880-)

142H. Earl Williams was born on August 25, 1879 or 1880, in California, probably in Woodland, Yolo County. He married and had at least one daughter:

142H1. Thelma Williams      

In 1900, Earl and his elder brother Amos were living with Thomas H. Williams, believed to be a cousin, in Suisun, Solano County, California as laborers on his farm. Nearby to the extended Williams families, brothers Charles and Harvey were also enumerated with the Reece family.[Cen 1900]

Sources
  • Cen 1880: 1 Jun 1880 Census, Woodland, Yolo County, California
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun, Solano County, California

Martha "Mattie" (WILLIAMS) STANDLEY (1881-1959)

Mattie (WILLIAMS) STANDLEY 142K. Martha "Mattie" Helen Williams was born on March 6, 1881, in Woodland Township, Yolo County, California. She married Henry Charles Standley about 1906, but had no children.

Mattie appears to have been living as a boarder with Cora and Joseph Thrift, likely referring to Mattie's older sister Cora, in Fruitvale, Alameda County, California in 1900. There she worked as a teacher.[Cen 1900]

The Standleys lived in San Francisco after their marriage where they are noted living at 2248 Market Street. Henry was employed as a marine engineer for schooners.[Cen 1910] They later moved about 1½ miles northeast to 1117 Geary Street, where Mattie's younger sister, Mamie, lived with them in 1918. A little while later they moved again about three blocks west to the 1400 block of O'Farrell Street and this time Henry was noted as a steamship engineer.[Cen 1920]

Come 1930, the Standleys had moved back about three blocks east to 1104 Gough Street, where Henry worked as a building construction engineer and Mattie worked a keeper at a lodging house. In 1930, Mattie's younger sister Mamie (Williams) Johnson and her husband were also living with them.[Cen 1930] Nephew Ed recalls that the Standleys owned two apartments on Gough Street. They sold them and moved to Calistoga by the 1940s.

Henry Charles Standley died on June 3, 1949 in Napa County. He was 73 years old.

Martha Helen (Williams) Standley died nine years later on January 6, 1959, in Napa County, California. She was 77 years old.

Nephew Ed recalls Mattie's generosity. Not having any children of her own she gave freely to her nieces and nephews, notably one year she gave 14 of them a trip to Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Sources
  • Cen 1900: 7 Jun 1910 Census, Fruitvale, Alameda County, California
  • Cen 1910: 22 Apr 1910 Census, 2248 Market Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1920: 16 Jan 1920 Census, 14[22] O'Farrell Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1930: 11 Apr 1930 Census, 1104 Gough Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California

Charles (James) E. WILLIAMS (1883-~1941)

142I. Charles (James) E. Williams was born in September 1883, possibly in Woodland, Yolo County, California. He was said to have been crippled by polio, but according to his niece, Elsie Alberta (Williams) Hitchcock, he fell as a baby, injuring his sciatic nerve and causing his leg to be stunted. Charles married a woman named Birdie (Janie?) and had at least two children:

142I1. James Williams    
142I2. Ethel G. (Williams) Vail    

In 1900, brothers Charles and Harvey were enumerated with the Reece family among extended families of Robert Williams in Suisun Township, Solano County, California. Also nearby were elder brothers Amos and Earl, who were living with Thomas H. Williams, believed to be a cousin.[Cen 1900]

A Charles James Williams is found in the 1912 Great Register of Voters for Sonoma County. This Charles James was a farmer living in the Rincon Precinct of Santa Rosa along with father Ira T. and brother Albert Williams.

In 1920, the Williams were living on near Yolo Street and Riverbank Road, along the Sacramento River, in Washington Township (West Sacramento), Yolo County, California. Charles worked as a general clerk.[Cen 1920]

Son Jimmy was assigned to the U.S.S. Arizona in 1941. The day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Jimmy transferred to the U.S.S. Pigeon, escaping certain death. When the U.S.S. Arizona was sunk on December 7, 1941, Jimmy was erroneously reported dead. When Charles was wrongfully notified of his son's death he died of a heart attack with the telegram in his hand.

Sources
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1920: 28 Jan 1920 Census, Riverbank (Road)/Yolo (Street), Washington Township, Yolo County, California

Mamie (WILLIAMS) JOHNSON (1885-)

Mamie (WILLIAMS) JOHNSON 142L. Mamie (or Mayme) Williams was born on February 5, 1885, Woodland Township, Yolo County, California. She married a Swingle,perhaps around 1905, and later Fred E. Johnson by 1920, but had no children.

By 1930, the Johnsons were living with Mamie's elder sister Mattie (Williams) Standley in San Francisco, where she worked as a waitress in a restaurant and Fred worked as a clerk.[Cen 1930]

Sources
  • Cen 1920: 5 Jan 1920 Census, 957 Mission Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California
  • Cen 1930: 11 Apr 1930 Census, 1104 Gough Street, San Francisco, San Francisco County, California

Harvey Roy WILLIAMS (1888-1947)

142J. Harvey Roy Williams was born on September 25, 1888 in California, probably in Woodland, Yolo County. He married Bertha (Wademan), the daughter of German immigrants from Nebraska. They had at least one son:

142J1. Lowell R. Williams    

In 1900, Harvey and his elder brother Charles were enumerated with the Reece family among extended families of Robert Williams in Suisun Township, Solano County, California. Also nearby were elder brothers Amos and Earl, who were living with Thomas H. Williams, believed to be a cousin.[Cen 1900]

The Williams were enumerated in the 1930 census east of Woodland in Woodland Township, Yolo County, California. There Harvey worked as a machinist in a machine shop and Bertha's brother, Rudolph (F.) Wademan, lived with them and worked in a planing mill.

Harvey Roy Williams died on February 7, 1947 in Yolo County, California. He was 58 years old.

Sources
  • Cen 1900: 16 Jun 1900 Census, Suisun Township, Solano County, California
  • Cen 1930: 26 Apr 1930 Census, Woodland Township (east of city limit), Yolo County, California

Laura (WILLIAMS) WAHLANDER (>1900-)

142M. Laura (or Lorraine) Williams was born on August 19 or 20 in 1889 or 1890, in California, likely in Yolo County. She was born after a separation by her parents.

Laura Williams married a Wahlander, believed to be Adrian Wahlander, born March 5, 1906, and died February 13, 1989, in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California.

Laura (Williams) Wahlander died on October 21, 1952, in Napa County, California. She was about 62 years old.