Biography of Thomas R. Williams
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Williams, Thomas R. - William Williams, a lineal descendant of Roger Williams, of Rhole Island, settled at Clarkson's Corners. Monroe county, about 1804, where he died October 4, 1850. He was the pioneer blacksmith in this portion of the Genesee country, and for several years did work for the settlers even as far away as Rochester and Batavia. Emigrants seeking homes found him a helpful friend, who took great interest in showing them the country. Benevolent, kind, and hospitable he was very popular, but never an office seeker, and during his life was a warm friend of Rev. Eli Hannibal, the organizer and for fifty years the pastor of the Union Church at West Hamlin, who died at Waterport, August 27, 1876. Mr. Williams held a lieutenant's commission in a rifle company of the State militia, and in 1809-10 was in the employ of the Portage Company of Lewiston. where he also served nearly a year in the war of 1812, being one of the volunteers to carry away the dead after that city was burned. Coming from Vermont, when Rochester contained but three log houses, and before settling in Clarkson, he traversed the Ridge road to the Tonawanda Reservation, where he stopped over night with Captain William, an Indian chief, and the next day hired out to a fur dealer in Canada, and the knowledge of the country thus gained rendered his services valuable before and during the war of 1812. His wife died March 19, 1876. Their childTen were: George and Thomas R., of Kendall; Sarah, Sophia, Huldah and William H., all deceased: William, of Michigan, and Caroline, John L., and James A. Thomas R Williams was born in Clarkson July 14, 1825, settled on his present farm at East Kendall in 1864, and has been assessor of this town twelve years. November 1, 1849, he married Mary Curtis, and their children are: Selden K, born January 4, 1852, postmaster at Kendall Mills from 1876 to 1894, and two years a justice of the peace; Dayton C., born October 14, 1856, a merchant in Reed City. Mich.; Electa M., born October 8, 1859, at home; William Henry, born July 26, 1862, a lawyer and real estate dealer in Herkimer, N. Y.; and Thomas A., born August 20, 1863, died January 1, 1869. From 1876 until 1894 Mr. Williams was also engaged in general mercantile business at Kendall Mills with his son, Selden E., under the firm name of T. R. Williams & Son. In April, 1894, they transferred their store to East Kendall

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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