Biography of Nathan Williams
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Williams, Nathan, of Lansing, was born October 23, 1847, the son of Egbert Williams of this town, born June 10, 1817, in a log cabin, where now stands the fine residence of our subject. He spent his whole life in Lansing. He was bound out to do farm work until he was sixteen, when he began for himself. He worked on shares for a few years, when he purchased a small tract of timber land, which he cleared and sold, then bought another farm on which he lived three years, when he sold and moved to a larger one, where he resided five years, during which time he purchased a half interest in a saw mill. Two years later he purchased his partner's interest in the mill. This he conducted eight years, then sold the mill. He finally bought the homestead farm of fifty acres, and here spent the remainder of his days. During war time he took an active part in securing recruits for the Union army. He was justice of the peace, assessor, notary public, etc. He married Louise, daughter of Echobit Beardsley of Newfield, and they raised seven children: Ann Eliza, Nathan, Frank, died at four; Margarette, Estira C., Charles E. and Egbert A. (deceased). The father died in June, 1889, and the mother in April, 1892. Our subject was educated in the common and high schools, and remained with his father until he was twenty one. when he began for himself by operating one of his father's farms, where he remained ten years. He then went to Maryland, but after two years he returned to Lansing and soon after rented a store in East Genoa and engaged in the general mercantile business for two years. He sold and engaged as traveling salesman four years, when he turned his attention again to farming. After his father's death he removed to Groton and followed carpentry for a year, when he purchased a bakery in this place which he conducted two years, then sold in 1893 and purchased the old homestead, on which he now resides. He married first in 1867 Laura A., daughter of Charles Francis of Groton, and they had three children: Alida M., born in 1870, wife of Alvin B. Teeter of Groton; Lillie B., born in 1872, wife of John Betts of Groton; and Charles F., born in 1876. Mrs. Williams died in 1884, and he married second Edith M., daughter of Charles and Mary Ann Fritts of Ludlowville. She was born September 12, 1861. Our subject is an Odd Fellow and a Republican. Mrs. Williams's mother died October 15, 1879. Five months later her father was instantly killed by being caught by a belt and thrown on to a circular saw.

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


Privacy Policy for OnlineBiographies

NAVIGATION

Tompkins County, NY
Biographies

Online
Biographies

New York
Histories

New York
Biographies

Maine
Histories

Pennsylvania
Histories

Pennsylvania
Biographies

For all your genealogy needs visit Linkpendium

Family Tree Maker 2012