Biography of De Forest Williams
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Williams, De Forest, was born in Ithaca, August 5, 1832, the youngest of three children of Levi Williams, a native of Saratoga county, who came to this country in in 1806, when he was but seven years of age. His father, Thomas Williams, was a millwright, and erected the earliest mills in this section. Levi Williams was a man of considerable prominence in his town, and commanded the respect and esteem of his neighbors. At the time of his death he owned about 600 acres of land. The old homestead is now occupied by Thomas J., the brother of De Forest. Levi W. died January 25, 1884. Our subject's early education was derived at the common schools and Ithaca Academy, and began farming at an early age. The years of 1856-57 he spent in Minnesota, and in 1885 he accepted the position of superintendent of the Ithaca Glass Company, which he filled for two years, Mr. Williams has always been a Republican, but would never become an aspirant for political office. He is a member of Fidelity Lodge, F. & A. M., Eagle Chapter No. 58, St. Augustine Commandery No. 38, and Mystic Shrine of Syracuse, taking his thirty second degree in 1877. Mr. Williams married in 1870 Ann Eliza, daughter of Andrew Wilson, of Ulysses.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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