Biography of John W. Williamson
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JOHN W. WILLIAMSON.

The late John W. Williamson was widely known in Carroll county and was one of the honored citizens and farmers of the county at the time of his death, May 11, 1915. His well directed efforts in the practical affairs of life, the capable management of his own business and his sound judgment won for him a large measure of success and, at his death, he owned a magnificent farm in Rock Creek township, comprising two hundred and seventy two acres of land. His life ably demonstrates what may be accomplished by a man of sufficient ambition and foresight. In all of the relations of life, he commanded the confidence and respect of his fellows and died full of honor, a worthy man and a worthy citizen.

The late John W Williamson, the son of Joseph Williamson, was born in Carroll county, Indiana, on the old Williamson farm, on the north end of the place he owned at the time of his death. His father was a native of the country near Wolf creek, Ohio, but the family were very early settlers in Carroll county, settling here in 1829.

Mr. Williamson grew up on the old homestead farm in Carroll county and, during his youth and young manhood, passed through the experiences which fall to the lot of the average country boy reared in a pioneer community.

On May 19, 1863, Mr. Williamson was married to Maria Munson, who was born on February 14, 1840, in Rock Creek township, Carroll county, Indiana, the daughter of Clinton and Martha (Berkshire) Munson. Mrs. Williamson's father was a native of Genesee county, New York, and the son of Simeon Munson. The Munson family had come to America in the "Mayflower," one Capt. Thomas Munson, who was a member of the party which made up the pilgrim fathers, being the ancestors of the Munsons of Carroll county. Until comparatively recent times, the Munson family lived principally in New York state and the East. Clinton Munson grew up in New York state and, when he was a young man, came to Ohio with his mother and later went with her to Michigan. It was in Ohio that Simeon Munson was killed, accidentally, at a house raising. His widow died in Ingram county, Michigan, some years later. From Michigan, the family branched out, the members going in different directions. Three of Clinton Munson's brothers helped to build the first locks in the Wabash & Erie canal. Subsequently, Clinton Munson came to Carroll county, where he was married to Martha Berkshire, the daughter of Charles Berkshire, an early settler in Carroll county, who had come here from near Albany, Indiana. The earlier ancestors of the Berkshire family had Come from England. Clinton Munson and Martha Berkshire were married in Carroll county. For a number of years he was a pioneer school teacher. When Mrs. John W. Williamson was a child of twelve years, her father followed the gold rush to California in 1852 and died there of typhus fever. His wife had died just before he started for California They were the parents of six children, four of whom are now living, Mrs. John W. Williamson; Criscilla, the widow of Jacob Van Lue; Johanna, who lives near Sprague, Washington, and Lois, the wife of. Edward Wharton, of Chicago. The deceased children are, Charles, who died in the service of his country during the Civil War, and Ruth, the wife of Joseph Armstrong. After her parents' death, Mrs. Williamson lived with an aunt until her marriage in 1863.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Williamson moved to the old Williamson place and lived with Mr. Williamson's father until they built the house in which Mrs. Williamson now lives. They were the parents of two children, Martha, the widow of John C. Kesseler, of New Castle, Indiana, and an infant who is deceased. Martha has one son, Williamson Dwight Kesseler, a graduate of the New Castle high school and who is now employed at Jackson, Michigan.

The late John W. Williamson was an elder and deacon in the Presbyterian church at Rock Creek for a great many years, and was identified with the Democratic party. Mrs. Williamson still retains her interest in religious work ands today is known as one of the well informed, refined and charitable women of Rock Creek township.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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