Biography of Robery B. Williams
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Robert B. Williams came to La Salle County, Ill., in 1835, and settled on the land where he has since made his home, on section 10, and is now tile owner of 240 acres, all in this township. He came to this county in June, about a week previous to the land sale in Galena, where he went and bought 160 acres, to which he afterward added eighty acres. He was born in New Milford, Litchfield Co., Conn., May 18, 1816, a son of Jehiel and Louisa (Bliss) Williams, the father born in Lebanon, Conn., and in 1815 moved to New Milford where lie practiced medicine till his death in June, 1862. The mother was born in Hebron, Conn., and died about 1824, aged forty years. Robert lived in his native town till nineteen years of age, when lie came to La Salle County, Ill. His brother Edward accompanied him and located in Deer Park Township, on section 34, where lie has since resided. Our subject was married July 1, 1847, to Sarah M. Harrington, who was born in 1825, coming from Eastern New York with her parents in 1842. She died in February, 1849, leaving one son - Jehiel, born June 23, 1848, now living in South Ottawa and a carpenter by trade. Mr. Williams was marrIed a second time Jan. 1, 1851, to Henrietta Allen, born near Saratoga Springs, N. Y., coming to La Salle County with her parents in 1840. She died April 8, 1853, leaving one daughter - Henrietta E., married Austin Holman. He was again married Jan. 17. 1858, to Mary S. Beach, of Bridgewater, Litchfield Co, Conn., who died Nov. 3, 18T3. To this union was born one daughter who died in infancy. In politics Mr. Williams affiliates with the Republican party. He is a member of the Episcopal church. He has served as Assessor and Town Clerk about twenty seven years, and was Highway Commissioner two terms. Mr. Williams has been a resident of La Salle County and has experienced the hardships incident to the life of a pioneer. He has witnessed the many changes which have occurred and has always taken an active interest in the advancement of his adopted county. In 1836 lie planted the seeds of an apple which grew to trees bearing six varieties of apples, and the locust trees in his yard grew from seeds planted by him.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886