Biography of John Williamson


Williamson, John, Tonawanda, mechanical foreman of the Eastern Lumber Co., was born in Yorkshire, England, February 20, 1848. His father, John Williamson, a native of the same place, in early life learned the silk hatter's trade, his father, Charles, being the proprietor of a silk hat factory. He later became mechanical engineer for Messrs. Marshalls, manufacturers of flax and linen cloth, which position he filled for forty-nine years, when the company moved their plant to America, and he retired; he died in 1895. His wife, who was Sarah Horn, is still living in Leeds. They reared two sons and two daughters. The Williamson family are lineal descendants of William Williamson of Orange. John Williamson, the subject, learned the machinist trade when a young man. In 1870, after learning his trade, he came to America, being the only representative of his family in the United States. He came direct to Buffalo, where he spent twelve years in the employ of Pratt & Co., and Pratt & Letchworth. Except eighteen months in Tennessee and a year in Michigan, he spent his whole time in Erie county. In 1884 he moved to the village of Tonawanda, where he plied his trade until 1888, when he accepted his present position of mechanical foreman for the Eastern Lumbor Co's planing mill, having previously engineered the mechanical construction of the mill, putting in the engines, etc. In politics Mr. Williamson is a Republican, having been active in political affairs while in Buffalo. He has not lost his interest nor identity since his residence in Tonawanda, is now general committeeman in his town and has attended a number of the Assembly and State conventions as an interested spectator. In 1870 he married Leila Ann Marshall, daughter of John Marshall, a prominent lithographic printer of Leeds, and a Mason of high standing, but now secretary of the church institution. To Mr. and Mrs. Williamson have been born five children: Leila E., John W., Teresa, Alfred M. and Alice L. His wife died in 1884 and in 1887 Mr. Williamson married Mrs. Mary Cooper, who was a native of Cornwall, England. Mr. Williamson was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, Machinists, Millwrights, Smiths, and Pattern Makers, and was president of the Buffalo branch, having been elected to that office several times, and has also filled all the minor offices of the association in Buffalo. The society's head . offices are at London and Manchester, England.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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