Biography of Oliver S. Williams
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Williams, Oliver S., was born in the town of Middlesex, May 11, 1823, and has been a continuous resident of the town since that date, his principal occupation being farming; has been engaged at different times in the mercantile business, and has dealt in real estate, sheep and cattle to some extent; has held several town offices of minor importance was elected supervisor of the town in 1854 on a ticket representing a party largely in the minority; was elected member of Assembly on the People's ticket in 1867. Married Marion B. Foote, daughter of Eli Foote, February 18, 1857. Five children have been born to them, three only surviving: Joel F., killed by accident November 7, 1866, aged five years; Lucy P., died March 20, 1891, aged nearly twenty four years; Lewis C., oldest son, resides in the town, and is a progressive farmer and breeder of American Merino sheep; was elected supervisor of the town on minority ticket in 1886, and reelected by an increased majoriçy in 1887. The daughter, Carlotta, is a graduate of Brockport Normal School (Class '91), and is engaged in teaching as principal of the fraded school at Middlesex Center; John E., youngest son, is a student at Brockport Normal School. Many radical changes have taken place in the township within the memory of the subject of this sketch. The solitary log cabin of our pioneer settlers pear the center of the town has given place to a flourishing little village, Middlesex Center, containing a population of several hundred. Four fine churches of different denominations have been substituted for as many "Inns" or "Tavems" of "ye olden time," all of the same denomination. No licenses for the sale of liquor have been granted in the town for the past twenty five years, and no taxes levied for the town poor the last fifteen years.

From:
History of Yates County, N. Y.
with illustrations and biographical sketches
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
Edited by: Lewis Cass Aldrich
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1892


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