Biography of J. F. Williams
Marion County, IA Biographies





J. F. Williams, residing on section 31, Clay township, owns and operates a farm of two hundred acres in Clay and Liberty townships part of which has been in his possession more than a quarter of a century. He is numbered among the worthy native sons of Marion county, his birth having here occurred on the 20th of August, 1857. His parents, S. C. and Sarah M. (Salliers) Williams, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, removed to Indiana and subsequently came to Iowa, spending the remainder of their lives here. They had ten children, seven of whom still survive.

J. F. Williams attended the common schools in the acquirement of an education and when sixteen years of age left home and began providing for his own support by working as a farm hand. In 1887, having practiced strict economy, he had accumulated sufficient capital to buy land of his own and in that year came into possession of forty acres. In 1894 he bought eighty acres more and in 1900 another eighty acre tract, so that he now has two hundred acres in Clay and Liberty townships which he operates. He erected modern and substantial buildings on the property and brought the place under a high state of cultivation and improvement, the well tilled fields annually yielding bounteous harvests in return for the care and labor which he bestows upon them. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also devotes considerable attention to stock raising, both branches of his business bringing him a gratifying annual income.

In 1883 Mr. Williams was united in marriage to Miss M. C. Rose, a native of Marion county, Iowa, and a daughter of Richard and Matilda (Glenn) Rose, mention of whom is made on another page of this work in connection with the sketch of T. R. Gregory, a brother in law of Mrs. Williams. For six terms prior to her marriage the wife of our subject followed the profession of teaching in this county. They have two children. M. W., who was born May 16, 1884, and now assists his father in the operation of the home farm, wedded Miss Sylvia B. Whitlatch, by whom he had two children: Macel, deceased; and Laverne. Elma A. Williams is still under the parental roof.

Mr. Williams, exercises his right of franchise in supports of the men and measures of the republican party and has ably served in the capacity of school director. His religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Protestant church, to which his wife also belongs. They have spent their entire lives in Marion county and are widely and favorably known within its borders, the circle of their friends being almost coextensive with the circle of their acquaintances.

From:
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chiago 1915


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Marion County, IA
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012