Biography of John D. Williams
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Williams, John D., 33°, was born in Elmira, October 6, 1820, a son of William Williams, of Wales, who was born in 1788, came to America in 1801, and removed to Elmira on February 13, 1818. Up to that time he had followed the trade of tanner and currier in Orange County. He died in 1850. He was inspector of sole leather by the appointment of Governor Seward, and was also collector of the village of Elmira. He was a prominent Mason, being J. W. of Union Lodge, No. 30, and reared five Sons, of whom three are living. The oldest, John D., was educated at the common schools, learned the trade of tanner and currier, and followed it from the age of sixteen till twenty four. In 1856-57 he was State clerk and collector of the Chemung Canal at Horseheads and from 1858-63 was collector on the Junction Canal in Elmira. From April, 1864, to October 4, 1890, he was paymaster of the Elmira rolling mill. He was five years collector of taxes of Big Flats, eight years a justice of the peace, and served ten terms as supervisor since living in Elmira. He is a Mason, a member of Union Lodge, No. 95, F. and A. M., of Elmira Chapter, No. 42, of the Southern Tier Council, No. 16, and is past grand master of the State of that rite. He is also a member of St. Omer's Cornmandery, No. 19, K. T., of Corning Consistory A. and A. Z. and of the Supreme Council, Northern Jurisdiction of the United States. He was maáe a 33° Mason on November 17, 1871, in Boston. Mr. Williams has been high priest of Elmira Chapter for six terms, commander of St. Orner's two terms, and is a member of the B. P. O. E., the I. O. R. M., and the Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Mecca Temple, New York city. He was one of the Elmira &uards in 1838, is honorary member of the Thirtieth Separate Company, and was for three years school commissioner. He married, in Big Flats in 1852, Mary J. Hoffman, who died in 1854, leaving an only son. His second marriage occurred at Horseheads on February 22, 1860, to Miss Adaline Saylor. The father of John D., in partnership with Isaac Roe, started the tanning business in 1818. They were partners eight years.

From:
Our County and its people
A History of the Valley and County of Chemung
BY: Ausburn Towner
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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