Biography of Richard D. Williams
Oneida County, NY Biographies





Richard D. Williams, who passed away in Utica on the 28th of April, 1894, at the age of fifty six, was successfully engaged in the tailoring business here for many years and gained a reputation as one of the best cutters and designers of clothing in the country. His birth occurred at Llanllyfni Narvon, North Wales, in 1838. He learned the tailor's trade as a youth and subsequently worked at that occupation in Liverpool for several years. In 1857 he crossed the Atlantic to the United States, locating in Utica, New York, where he continued to reside throughout the remainder of his life. He first secured employment with Ziba Lyon, who was later succeeded by Griffith Williams, and he remained in that employ for a period of fourteen years. Later he became associated with T. Solomon Griffith, being the senior member of the firm of Williams & Griffith for a number of years. In 1882 he formed a partnership with John S. Davies and during the remainder of his life conducted business as a member of the firm of Davies & Williams. He won a gratifying measure of prosperity as a tailor, enjoying a reputation as one of the best cutters and designers of clothing in the country.

In 1870 Mr. Williams was united in marriage to Miss Anna Hughes, of Westmoreland, Oneida county, New York, her parents being David and Ann (Williams) Hughes. They came to this country from Wales in 1845, when their daughter Anna was but a year old, David Hughes locating in the town of Marcy, New York, and devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Williams were born five children, namely: Nellie Anna, Eva E., Milton, Jesse J. and Lilian A All with the exception of the eldest still survive.

Richard D. Williams was well known and popular throughout Utica and belonged to many Welsh societies. He attended the Moriah church. On several occasions he traveled abroad, making his last trip in 1891. His widow and his son Jesse are now engaged in business as florists of Utica, enjoying a very extensive and profitable patronage. Mrs. Williams has spent practically her entire life in Oneida county and has been a resident of Utica for nearly forty five years. She has long been active in the business life of the city, having for seventeen years engaged in the millinery business, and for the past nineteen years as a florist. Her acquaintance in Utica is extensive and she has many friends within its borders.

From:
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Chicago 1912


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