Biography of the Williamson Brothers
Wayne County, NY Biographies





Williamson Brothers. - This firm began the manufacture of cigars at Palmyra in 1870, at first with but two or three workmen, but now employing a force of eighteen or more, having an exclusively wholesale trade in cigars of their own manufacture, and also in cut goods in tobacco. Their special brands are "J. K. W." and "Fine Stock." Their factory was built in 1887, a three story frame structure, twenty by fifty feet, the top story being added in 1892. Both the brothers are natives of PaImyra, their father, John, a native of New Jersey, having located here in an early day, and died in 1892. His wife was Marcia Haver, who died in this town. John K. Williamson was born in 1850, educated at the Hudson River Institute, and graduated in the commercial course in 1866. He married in 1874 a daughter of David P. Sanford, one of Palmyra's oldest dry goods merchants. W. W. Williamson served three years in the 111th N. Y. Regiment during the late war. He has served as collector of the town one year, assessor three years, trustee four years, and president of the village in 1891. in 1871 he married Margaret Young, a native of Buffalo, by whom he has had three sons and three daughters, of whom two sons and one daughter survive.

From:
Landmarks of Wayne County, New York
Edited by: Hon. George W. Cowles
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1895


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