Biography of James S. Williams
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Williams, James S., was born in Saratoga county, December 1, 1829, a son of John, who died in 1830, aged forty years. The father of John was David Williams, one of the captors of Major Andre. John married Sarah M. Winslow, who, after the death of her husband, moved to Chili, Monroe county, with our subject, her other children remaining in Saratoga county. They were as follows: Marcus De L., Michael H., Sarah J., and James S. Mrs. Williams married second Andrew Smith, by whom she had two children. In 1851, at the age of twenty one, our subject went to California, at the outbreak of the gold fever. He remained about six years, engaged in mining, then returned to this State and spent a year in Benton, Yates county, where he regained his health, which had been shattered by exposure in mining. Be then went again to California and remained over six years, returning to his mother's residence in Benton in 1863. He enlisted in the 10th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and received his honorable discharge in September, 1865. In 1871 he removed from Benton to Kenyonville, this county, and bought a farm of seventy acres, where he has followed farming. September 4, 1866, he married Sarah H., daughter of A. C. Mallory. a Baptist minister. Mrs. Williams was born in 1840 and died October 27, 1867, leaving one son, George M., born October 16, 1867, a lawyer, and a resident of Rochester, who married Estella Wood, of Carlton. Mr. Williams, our subject, married second Anna Waidron, of Benton, born October 20, 1840, a daughter of James Waldron, who was born in Bergen, N. J., in 1800 and died in 1884.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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