Biography of John J. Williams
Steuben County, NY Biographies





Williams, John J., was born in Dansville, N. Y., October 23, 1841. His grandfather, John Williams, was born in Pownal, Vt., March 19, 1781, and took up the farm of 175 acres a portion of which is now occupied by our subject, about 1821. March 24, 1805, he married Lucy Card, who was born in Powual, Vt., November 17, 1788, by whom he had ten children: Gotham T. born in Smithfield, N. Y., June 6, 1806, and died in Dansville, March 1, 1866; Semantha, born in Nelson, N. Y., May 13, 1809; Sophina, born in Lenox, N. Y., July 24, 1812; Laura, born in Lenox, August 22, 1814; Huldah C., born in Nelson, August 8, 1816; Sally, born in Lenox, October 26, 1818; Joseph C., born in Lenox, January 14, 1821: Hannah, born in Dansville, April 17, 1823; John F., born in Dansville, October 12, 1825; and James, born in Dansville, January 30, 1827. Mr. Williams died in Dansville, May 7, 1852. November 3, 1829, Jotham T. Williams, father of John J., married Lovenia Jones, who was born May 6, 1810, and died July 3, 1858, by whom he had six children: Charles, born in Burns, N. Y., February 3, 1830, and died February 4, 1830; Philander H., born in Dansville, March 1, 1832; Shepard J., born in Dansville, March 23, 1835; John J., as above; Jotham H., born in Dansville, March 20, 1844; and Lucy Elyira, born in Dansville, February 4, 1847, and married H. C. Royer, January 23, 1867, and resides in California; they have two children, Herbert and Effie. Mr. Williams was a farmer, school teacher, and constable. October 19, 1858, he married for his second wife, Matilda Robertson, who died in 1880, aged eighty two years. John J. attended the common schools, and Dansville Seminary three terms, and has always followed farming. August 9, 1862, he enlisted in 130th N. Y. Vols., afterwards reorganized and called the 1st. N. Y. Dragoons, and was discharged July 13, 1865. He took part in the battle, Deserted House, and was wounded in action at the siege of Suffolk, Vac., April 30, 1868, and in the battle of Trevillian Station, Va., June 11, 1864. On February 3, 1865, he was transferred to the 19th Regt. Veteran Reserve Corps, at Elmira, N. Y., and discharged July 13, 1865. He is a member of Seth N. Hedges Post, G. A. R, of Dansville. At Savona, N. Y., September 19, 1867, he married Martha A. Tyler, who was born in Cleveland, Ohio, December 24, 1842, by whom he had five children: Lottie M., born in Dansville, September 20, 1869, and died January 20, 1870; Vinnie, born November 24, 1870, and died February 26, 1873; Minnie and Menze, twins, horn July 8, 1873, at Savona, and Minnie died at Dansville October 29, 1873; and John Tyler, born May 24, 1875.

From:
Landmarks of Steuben County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Harlo Hakes
Assisted by: L. C. Aldrich and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1896


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