From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 247-248, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
George W. Williams was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania,
March 17, 1826. He was the son of Thomas and Margaret (Young) Williams.
The former was a native of New York, and died in St. Louis, Missouri,
when George was about four years old. Mrs. Williams was born in
Pennsylvania, and died in Brown county, at the home of her son, aged
George W. Williams was bound out to the trade of saddler at the
age of eight, and remained there until he was seventeen, working for
his board and clothes. At the expiration of his apprenticeship, he
hired out at ten dollars a month, and worked for six months before he
went to St. Louis, and worked under instructions for two years, and
then traveled for two years. In 1849 he started a shop in St. Charles,
Missouri, and continued there until the next year, when he started for
Mt. Sterling. He remained there only one summer, and then opened a shop
in Versailles. In 1852 he sold out and crossed the plains to California
with a team of oxen. He engaged in mining at Michigan Bar, and followed
it for several months, when the city was burned. He then went to the
mines, but that fall opened a shop in Red Bluff, and managed it until
1858. He then returned by way of New Orleans to Versailles, and again
opened a shop. In a year or two he went on a farm, which he had bought
previously, of 240 acres, partly improved. He built a log cabin 16 by
18 feet and lived there until 1863, when he built a two-story frame
house and various farm buildings. Mr. Williams retired from farm work
in the spring of 1891, and bought a nice house with twelve acres
surrounding it in Mt. Sterling, just out of the city limits. He has
been Assessor and School Director. He is a strong Democrat, though he
cast his first vote for Taylor.
Mr. Williams was married in Versailles, Illinois, October 11,
1858, to Miss Juliet Ross, of Kentucky. She was the daughter of Richard
Ross. Mr. Ross is still living, but his wife is dead. Mr. and Mrs.
Williams have four children yet living, three being dead. Those still
living are: Frank, married and having a bag works at the old home;
Lydia, married; Charley and Edith are at home.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Williams are very estimable people, and are very influential among their large circle of friends.