Biography of William R. Williams
Madison County, NY Biographies





Williams, William R., was born in the town of Trenton, Oneida county, N. Y. March 26, 1828, a son of Robert Z. and Eliza (Guthrie) Williams. His father was born in Wales and came to this country with his parents in 1802 when about two years old. They settled first in Philadelphia where they made the acquaintance of Barton Steuben, who induced them to remove to Oneida county, whither they went in 1816, traveling all the way by team. Robert Z. Williams was educated in Philadelphia and afterward attended Hamilton Theological Seminary. He was ordained at the Baptist Church in Steuben, Oneida county, and was pastor at different places in that county, remaining in the ministry until his death at the age seventy three years. William R. Williams attended a school known as Hobart Hall at Holland Patent, the Oneida Castle Seminary and Whitestown Seminary. At eighteen he commenced teaching school and until he reached his twenty fifth year taught each winter, employing his spare time learning the carpenters' trade. In 1865 he located in Oneida and began business as a contractor and builder. Mr. Williams has built numerous public and private buildings in Oneida; he has always been an active man, and is considered one of the prominent and valuable citizens of this village. He has long been a staunch Republican, and is a member of long standing of the First Baptist Church. He married in September, 1851, Mary L. Kingsbury, a native of Hartford, Conn., and daughter of Flavel Kingsbury. Four children have been born to them: Henry J., George S., Frank P. and Della T., wife of Dr. Otto Pfaff of Oneida.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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