John A. Williams

Male 1818 - Bef 1900


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  • Name  John A. Williams 
    Born  08 Mar 1818  Schoharie Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Residence  1876  Gaines Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • According to the 1876 Kent County Atlas, John Williams' farm is about 57 acres positioned on the W 3/4 of the S 1/2 of the NW 1/4, Sec. 5 in Gaines Township. The family is found at this location on census and atlases into the 1900s.

      There is some tie to Jamestown Township in Ottawa County. Several of the children married into families (FRIZ, GREGORY) from there or were "of Jamestown" in some records. There is a 1/4 section (8) that is owned by J. Williams in 1876. But it is clear that the Gaines Township property belongs to this family.
    Died  Bef Jun 1900  probably, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • John Williams is last listed in the Kent County Directory in the 1882/84 edition. Also listed in the immediate vicinity 1882 through 1885 on Section 5 are Tyler Williams, Hiram Williams and William Williams. The Post Office is Fisher Station. Williams Williams is also listed on section 31 of Paris Township.

      The 1894 Kent County Atlas shows John Williams as owning the family farm on section 5 of Gaines Township. By 1900 Lida is listed as a widow (census). By the 1907 atlas, the name of J. Williams is replaced by Mrs. J. Williams.

      There is an atlas of Kent County (1919) at the Grand Rapids Public Library which shows the family farm as being split in 5 equal (12 acre) parts. Identification on the atlas are only initials. Below is the listing of initials and my interpretations.

      H. W. - Hiram Williams - (brother)
      A. J. F. - Andrew Jackson Friz (son-in-law)
      M. E. F. - Mary Elizabeth Friz (daughter)
      E. H. (or F. A.) - unknown
      T. W. - Tyler Williams (son)
    Notes 
    • John A. Williams was an early settler in Jamestown Township. He "settled the SW 1/4, Sec. 8 and the S 1/2 of the SW 1/4, Sec 17. He still owned it in 1870."

      John and Hiram (brother) were grantees in a deed (date between 1866-69) granted by Adam Williams. This 23 acres was the S 1/2 of the NW 1/4, Section 5, Gaines Township. There was also land in Gaines township on SE 1/4 of the NE 1/4, Section 30 that was owned by Adam, his wife, John and his brother, Hiram, & granted to James Brown.

      It's apparent that John had moved to Gaines Township before the 1870 census. John's son Lorenzo had a sizeable estate in Jamestown in the 1870 census and may have been on the farm that still appears in the 1876 atlas as owned by John Williams.

      Calvin, George B. and Robert Williams also bought land on Sec. 9, Gaines Township in the 1860s. Perhaps they are relatives.
    Person ID  I1765  Bryant
    Last Modified  3 Dec 2005 

    Father  Adams Williams,   b. Abt 1791, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Feb 1870, Gaines Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Elisabeth (Betsey) Bouck,   b. 08 Feb 1791, Schoharie, Albany Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1861, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Est 1812  New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID  F247  Group Sheet

    Family  Elida (Lida) Bixby,   b. 29 Jun 1822, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1912, Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  Abt 1840  probably, Schoharie Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Hiram H. Williams,   b. Abt 1841, probably, Newfane, Niagara Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1912
     2. Lorenzo Williams,   b. Jan 1845, probably, Newfane, Niagara Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 02 Mar 1925, Englishville, Alpine Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Mary Elizabeth Williams,   b. 21 Oct 1846, Newfane, Niagara Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 01 Jan 1918, Tallmadge Twp, Ottawa Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Polly Williams,   b. Abt 1848, Newfane, Niagara Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Margaret Williams,   b. Abt Aug 1850, Newfane, Niagara Co, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Dec 1934, Grand Rapids, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Wealthy H. Williams,   b. 1851, New York Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1929, Kent Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Charles Williams,   b. 1855, New York Find all individuals with events at this location
     8. Tyler Peter Williams,   b. 25 Oct 1862, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 Mar 1920, Sherman Twp, St. Joseph Co, Michigan Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID  F143  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 08 Mar 1818 - Schoharie Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt 1840 - probably, Schoharie Co, New York Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1876 - Gaines Twp, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Bef Jun 1900 - probably, Kent Co, Michigan Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S96] NYG&BR, New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 105:2-p.8.


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