Biography of Samuel Williams
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Williams, Samuel, the pioneer head of one of the most respected families among the early settlers of Orleans county, was a native of Rhode Island and settled first in Otsego county, and from thence came to Barre in April, 1829. Prior to his coming to this county Mr. Williams was a carpenter, but in Barre his life was that of a farmer. During his twenty four years of residence in Otsego county Mr. Williams was somewhat active in public affairs, but in thislocality he was devoted alone to his family, the church and his farm. He was a strong Baptist and held the office of deacon in Otsego county and also in the town of Albion in this county. Mr. Williams died November 16, 1853. In his family were eight children who grew to maturity, and all came to this county. They were Asenath, who married William Cole; Belinda, who married Rensselaer Fuller and settled in Wisconsin; Silansa, who married Horace Fitch and lives in Albion; Juliana, who married Stephen B. Thurston; Rhoba M., who married, Davis O. Bailey; George R., of Albion; Samuel H., who died in Dakota, and Lemuel C., of Gaines. George R. Williams was born in Otsego county October 22, 1818. His whole business life has been devoted to farming. He made his beginning with his brother Samuel on a sixty acre farm where George R. now lives. Of this farm be afterward became the sole owner and has added somewhat to its area. On April 22, 1845, Mr. Williams married Abigail H. Tracy. Their children were: Desta Maria, Albert T., Mary Amanda, who married W. E. Howard; Adell Asenath, wife of William Burton, and Desta Elmena (the first child of this name having died in infancy). His wife died July 11, 1871, and on September 21, 1875, Mr. Williams married Sophia, daughter of David Smith, and widow of William A. Armstrong, of Ridgeway. Since March, 1842, Mr. Williams has been an active member of the Baptist Church of Albion. For about nine years he has been one of its deacons, and among his acquaintances is generally known by the title of Deacon Williams. In politics he was formerly a Whig and later an earnest Republican. He has held the office of assessor one term. Albert T. Williams was born July 10, 1847, and has always lived in his father's family. In October, 1871, he married Arvilla Sherwood. They had two children, Bertha B. and Abbie L. His wife died June 1, 1875.

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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