John Williams


                           Biographical Sketches

John Williams, farmer was born in Clark (now Pike) county, Arkansas,
February 10, 1838, and is the second of eight children of James and Levenia
Williams, the remaining seven being named: Mellona, Martin, Edward C., Amy,
Amos, Eveline and Emily Jane. James Williams was a native of Georgia, who
moved to  Clark county, Arkansas, in early life, and was there engaged as a
merchant. In 1849 he came to Texas, and followed farming, leading a life of
purity as a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and conducting
himself as a model man in every respect.

John Williams began life as a farmer in Texas, and followed that vocation
successfully until the outbreak of the recent war, when he enlisted in
Company F, Twenty-third Texas cavalry, and served until the end. In
January, 1862, he married Miss Leona A., daughter of Francis Bittick. Three
children blessed this union, namely: John M.B., Samuel and Dick. Samuel
died when two years and five months old; little Dick, as he was
affectionately called, died when only eleven months old, and on June 29,
1878, the loving wife and mother went to join her little ones in the
beautiful beyond. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church,
and was noted for her charity.

November 24, 1878, Mr. Williams married Mrs. Emma V. Jack, daughter of
William N. Finley. Mr. Williams is a master mason, and a member of the
Cumberland Presbyterian church and Farmers' Alliance. He owns a
well-improved farm in a fine state of cultivation, and is recognized as one
of his county's industrious and progressive farmers.

Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, Chicago: F.A. Battey &
Company, 1889, page 901.

Update 03.20.01              David Kelley 1997                 BIO-0020.HTM