Biography of John O. Williams
Rush County, IN Biographies





JOHN O. WILLIAMS, former county treasurer, whose life history is closely identified with the history of Noble township, for there he has spent practically his entire life, a life of unceasing activity, was born in that township on December 13, 1848, and is the son of John and Elizabeth Williams. He received his education in the schools of his locality and then was employed as a farm hand. Later he rented on shares until he was about thirty years of age, when he married. During the following two years he operated rented land and then he bought eighty acres of the old home place, to the operation of which he devoted himself. Energetic and practical in his work, he was prospered and eventually accumulated an estate of 243 acres, all located in Noble township and comprising one of the choice farms in that section of the county. Here during his active years he carried on general farming operations and stock raising, but he is now retired from active labor and is residing in New Salem. On January 9, 1879, Mr. Williams was married to Ocea E. Matney, the daughter of Elijah and Adah (Roberts) Matney. To this union have been born three children, Chester O., Ada and Elmer, the last named of whom died on July 4, 1913. Chester O. Williams married Bessie Stone and has three children, Thelma, Letha and John O. Mrs. Ocea Williams was born in Noble township. Her father was born and reared in Fayette county, Indiana, and after his marriage came to Rush county, locating in Noble township. where he carried on farming operations during the remainder of his life, owning at one time 220 acres of land. To him and his wife were born eight children, six of whom are living, namely: William F., John, Elijah, Dora, Mary and Ocea. The two deceased are Edward and Malissa. Mr. Williams is a member of the Christian church and in his political faith he is a Republican. He has ever given his support to those things which have been for the upbuilding of the community and his course has been such that he has earned and enjoys the universal respect of the entire community. In the fall of 1914 Mr. Williams was elected treasurer of Rush county and in that capacity served the county for two terms. He also has rendered service to the public in other capacities; was trustee of Noble township for five years and for some time supervisor of roads in his home district.

From:
Centennian History of Rush County, Indiana
Edited by: A. L. Gary and E. B. Thomas
Historical Publishing Company
Indianapolis 1921


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