Biography of John H. Williams
Miami County, Ohio Biographies





JOHN H. WILLIAMS, wagon maker, Pleasant Hill; born in Newton Township Feb. 16, 1826; is the son of Henry and grandson of Michael Williams; the latter was a native of North Carolina, and came to Ohio about the year 1800, bringing with him his four sons and five daughters, viz., George, Michael, Henry, John, Catherine, Frances, Elizabeth, Barbara and Mollie; from these, numerous descendants sprung, and now live in this vicinity; Michael, Sr., died soon after coming here. Henry was born in North Carolina in 1783; he made his first location on Sec. 19, purchasing 90 acres, afterward adding 240, which he principally cleared; he died Oct. 20, 1861; he was a good Christian, and held in high esteem. He was married four times; his first wife, Elizabeth Stage, died Oct. 28, 1816; the second wife, Sarah Fetter, died March 15, 1829; the third wife, Nancy Miller, died May 15, 1858; his fourth wife, Esther (Neil) Coppock now lives, at an old age; eighteen children were the fruits of these several unions, five by the first marriage, six by the second, and seven by the third; seven now survive. John H. was raised on the farm until 18, after which he followed wagon and carriage making seven years and was the first carriage maker of the township, and the only one making coach varnish; he has taken out the following patents: Improvement on fire setting and cooling machines, two patents on tire setting, on following dates, June 19, 1857 and Oct. 18, 1870, also patent for improvement in reeds for looms of weaving machines, for flexible window shades (date, June 28. 1870), and a patent for measuring carriage cushions, dated Feb. 14, 1871; he is now engaged on an improved chemical apparatus for manufacturing medicines, and is also proprietor of a valuable compound medicine. Has been twice married; first, April 16, 1847, to Sarah Coate, who died March 17, 1861; of their seven children, three now survive. Nov. 3, 1863, he married Mary A. Gillums, of French descent, and born in Pennsylvania.

From:
History of Miami County, Ohio
Published by: W. H. Beers and Co.
Chicago 1880


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