Surname: Williamson

Biographical Sketch of Josiah C. Williamson

Josiah C. Williamson was born February 18, 1851, in Marshfield, Massachusetts, coming to Pescadero, California, December 14, 1869, via the Isthmus of Panama. He lost no time, but immediately engaged in the dairy business. After four years spent at this, he clerked in a store until 1885, when he opened up a general merchandise store, which is still continued by him and is the largest mercantile establishment in Pescadero. On December 14, 1879 he married Harriet Hornsinger. The children born to this union, who are now living, are: Frank, Gladys, and Elmira. Mr. Williamson served as postmaster in Pescadero for eight years. Fraternally he is a member of the Odd...

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Biography of Hon. Benjamin F. Williamson

HON. BENJAMIN F. WILLIAMSON. A man’s life-work is the measure of his success, and he is truly the most successful man who, turning his powers into the channel of an honorable purpose, accomplishes the object of his endeavor. In the study of every man’s life we find some main-spring of action, something that he lives for, and in Benjamin F. Williamson it seems to have been an ambition to make the best use of his native and acquired powers and develop in himself a true manhood. He was born in Moore County, N. C., near Carthage, in 1856, to William W. and Molsie A. (Cravens) Williamson, the former of whom was a tiller of the soil, and during the great Civil War was a member of an Arkansas regiment of the Confederate Army. He died while in the Federal prison at St. Louis in 1863, and his widow in 1871. To their union two sons and two daughters were born, and upon the death of the husband and father they were left in very destitute circumstances. Wyatt, one of the younger members of the family, is a graduate of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of St. Louis and of the Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, his way through these institutions being paid with money which he himself had earned by the sweat of his brow and by some...

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Biography of Alvin L. Williamson

Alvin L. Williamson. The many business interests that at present serve to make Clay Center one of the important young cities of Kansas cover almost every modern activity and profession, and include also some of the oldest industries, milling for example, that aecompanied the settlement of the first pioneers in Clay County. Long before improved machinery and modern methods of using motive power had been thought of, every deep-falling stream that could be profitably dammed had a grinding mill on its bank before civilized living was accepted as complete in that section. Pioneer history is full of atories of the inconveniencas and hardships and often dangers that were encountered in getting the precious “grist” to and from the mill, often many miles distant. It was usually of primitive construction and its equipments were not designed to produce the fine milling products of today, but it was a prime necessity of the time. Such, probably, was the orlginal mill that stood on the present site of the Williamson milling properties at Clay Center, which include the great modern flour mill, the elevator and the office building, with two mighty dams on the Republic River. For twenty years this property had been in the Williamson name and for a number of years the management of the Williamson Milling Company was in the hands of Alvin L. Williamson, who, along with other...

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Biographical Sketch of James D. Williamson

Williamson, James D.; clergyman; born, Cleveland, March 12, 1849; son of Samuel and Mary E. Tirdale Williamson; educated, Cleveland public schools, Western Reserve College, A. B., Andover and Union Theological Seminaries; honorary degree of D. D. from Western Reserve University; married, Elyria, Aug. 4, 1875, Edith Day Ely; issue, four children; 1875-1884, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Norwalk, 0.; 1885-1888, pastor First Presbyterian Church, Warren, O.; 1888-1901, pastor Beckwith Memorial Presbyterian Church, Cleveland; trustee and pres. Pro Tem Society for Savings; trustee Western Reserve University, Lake Erie College, Hiram House, Goodrich House; member Union, University and Mayfield Country Clubs. Recreation:...

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Williamson, Buena – Obituary

Joseph, Oregon Buena Williamson Buena Jean Williamson died September 4, 2005, at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle, Wash. She was 71 years old. Mrs. Williamson was born Feb. 20, 1934 in Bend, Oregon to Arthur and Grace Barton. She graduated from Joseph High School in Joseph in 1952. She married Wayne Williamson on June 21, 1952. For many years she worked as a sales clerk and later a bank teller. In the 1990’s she worked at the Wallowa County Museum, where she specialized in antique clothing. Mrs. Williamson loved spending time camping and being in the outdoors. She was preceded in death by her husband and sister, and is survived by her children Mona Kay and Bill Williams of Joseph, Karen and Lee Zollman of Walla Walla, WA, her sister Aleene Alford, brother-in-law and sister-in-law Charlene and Dallas Williamson, grandchildren Clint Williams, Jared Williams, Lynn Zollman, Allison Hind, Nicholas Zollman, and her great-grandchild Alexis Williams. A memorial service was held Sept. 10, at Bollman Funeral Home in Enterprise. Donations can be made in Mrs. Williams memory at the American Red Cross for victims of hurricane Katrina Wallowa County Chieftain, Thursday, September 15, 2005 Contributed by Dixie...

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Williamson, John Leo – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John Leo Williamson, 37, of La Grande, died Dec. 26 at Grande Ronde Hospital after a long battle with bone cancer. Funeral services will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church in La Grande. Burial will follow at Grandview Cemetery. Mr. Williamson was born in Baker City Jan. 21, 1969, to John H. Williamson of Baker City and Alice (Stroud) Williamson of La Grande. He attended school in both La Grande and Baker City. He married Martha Eoff of Elgin. They have two sons, Donald, 13, and Lucas, 10. The couple later divorced. Mr. Williamson had worked most recently for the Oregon Department of Transportation with the surveying crew. He also worked as a wildland firefighter, sawmill worker and often mechanic for those who needed him. He enjoyed fatherhood and often spoke of it as the most rewarding job of his life. He stayed strong for a very long time for his boys. He was an avid fisherman and hunter. He was always happy to teach his sons, niece and nephews the amazing wonders of fishing and hunting. Mr. Williamson was also the best handyman anyone could find. He could fix anything mechanical, electrical or otherwise, even after he lost his right arm to cancer. He was a member of the Sons of the American Legion of Baker City. Survivors...

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Williamson, John Harold – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon John Harold Williamson John Harold “Jack” Williamson, 70, of La Grande died Feb. 15 at his home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in La Grande. Jack was born May 26, 1936, to Harold and Shirley (Thomas) Williamson in Albany. He graduated from Jewel High School and later from Western Oregon University with a degree in teaching. He married Sandra Allen from Portland Nov. 29, 1958, and they lived in Fossil. In 1960 he enlisted for one term in the Army. He went on to work for NASA in Pasadena, Calif., then did logging in Eastern Oregon and home construction in La Grande. Jack will likely be remembered by community members driving around La Grande in his little blue pickup doing mobile RV repair. He was always happy to consider a new face a friend and eager to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed the outdoors, hunting on mule back and riding ATVs, but a handshake and a hug always brought him the most joy. Survivors include his wife, Sandra of La Grande; children, Annette Lamb of The Dalles and Justin Williamson of Tigard; siblings, Jerry Williamson of Tucson, Ariz., and Bonnie Campbell of Heppner; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; and other relatives. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church for NoSU in care...

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Warrants issued for Slaves – Fugitive Slave Law

A warrant was issued in Boston, January 10, 1855, by United States Commissioner Charles Levi Woodbury, for the arrest of John Jackson, as a fugitive from service and labor in Georgia. Mr. Jackson, who had been for some time in the city, was nowhere to be found. Rosetta Armstead, a colored girl, was taken by writ of habeas corpus before Judge Jamison, at Columbus, Ohio. Rosetta formerly belonged to Ex-President John Tyler, who gave her to his daughter, the wife of Rev. Henry M. Dennison, an Episcopal clergyman of Louisville, Kentucky. Mrs. D. having deceased, Rosetta was to be sent back to Virginia in care of an infant child, both being placed in charge of a Dr. Miller, a friend of Mr. Dennison. Passing through Ohio, the above writ was obtained. Rosetta expressed her desire to remain in freedom in Ohio. The case was removed to Cincinnati, and was delayed until Mr. Dennison could arrive from Louisville. (Ohio State Journal, March 12, 1855.) The girl was set free; “but was again arrested by the United States Marshal upon the same warrant which Judge Parker had declared illegal; thereupon another habeas corpus was issued, which the Marshal refused to obey; when he was fined $50, and imprisoned for contempt.” Even United States Commissioner Pendery, before whom the case was brought as that of a fugitive slave, pronounced the girl free,...

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Willem Willemsen Genealogy

Willem Willemsen Willem Willemsen, the Long Island ancestor, was born in Holland in 1637, came to New Amsterdam in the ship Concorde in 1657, and settled at Gravesend, L.L., where his name appears on the tax list of 1683, and on the census of Gravesend in 1698. He took the oath of allegiance to England in 1687. In the allotment of lands, 1670, he drew lot 32, and received another portion in 1700. In his will dated Dec.1, 1721, recorded in the surrogate’s office, New York (p. 288, liber 9), and other contemporaneous documents he signs his name Willem Willemsen. In 1715 he and his son Nicholas were subscribers to a fund for the support of Dominies Freeman and Antonides, who presided over the churches of Breuckelen, Flatlands, Jamaica, Gravesend and New Utrecht. He married probably in 1678, Marye Peterse Wyckoff, of Gravesend, born Oct. 17, 1653, daughter of Pieter Classy Wyckoff, who emigrated to this country in 1636, and married Greitze, daughter of Hendrick Van Ness. They had issue, Nicholas, born 1680, Pieter, bap. April 16, 1682; Jacobus, Cornelis, Marretie, bap. April 12, 1685 (married Abm. Emans of Gravesend); Ann, bap. May 29, 1695 (married John Griggs, Jr., of Gravesend. Nicholas Williamson Nicholas Williamson, eldest child of Willem and Mary Peterse (Wyckoff) Willemsen, was born at Gravesend, L. I., in 1680. He was an industrious and successful farmer....

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Biography of S. B. Williamson

S.B. WILLIAMSON. – Raising cattle on the hills, and allowing them to fatten in the summer and to starve in the winter, is being superseded by the more profitable as well as more humane method of feeding large bands in the winter to be ready for the market at any time. The Blue-Mountain region is peculiarly fitted for this manner of preparing animals. The range in the hills is good; and the rich bottom lands produce large crops of hay, grain and roots. One of the pioneers in this line is the gentleman whose name appears at the head of this article. He conducts his business in partnership with his brother-in-law, Mr. R.J. Rogers. They have five ranches, five and one-half miles east of La Grande, on the Oregon & Navigation Company’s line; on Catherine creek, two miles east from La Grande, and on the Grande Ronde river. They ship each month some three hundred animals, of which about two-thirds are sheep. This business finds its chief outlet in the markets of the Sound, and is but the beginning of greater things. Mr. Williamson is a pioneer of 1862, having crossed the plains in that year with Captain Yount, a veteran of the Mexican war. He was in the same company with Mr. Harvey McAllister of the Grande Ronde. The father of our subject, with his five children, made...

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Biography of John P. Williamson

JOHN P. WILLIAMSON. – This active business man and capitalist of Union county, Oregon, was born in Philadelphia in 1851, and spent the years of his infancy upon a farm. At the age of four he came with his parents to Iowa, three years later to Missouri, and in 1862 crossed the plains to the Grande Ronde valley. He recalls many interesting scenes and incidents of that journey, – among others how his elder sister, in following the well-known maxim of the traveler of the early day, to wit, “Get out and walk,” was chased through a cut-off by two Shoshone Indians, – and how as an Atalanta she outstripped them and came back to the train amid the cheers of the company. The Oregon home was made at the old town of La Grande, and the stock and grain there raised were early sufficient to afford an ample sustenance. There the father remained until his death in 1884; and there the aged mother still resides. The education of our subject began in a log house in Missouri, and was continued in the district school in the Grande Ronde. As he grew to manhood the choice was offered by his father of five hundred head of cattle or a college education. he chose the latter, and by two years of earnest work at Monmouth Academy, and by further application,...

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Biography of Alvin B. Williamson

ALVIN B. WILLIAMSON. Alvin B. Williamson has a well cultivated tract of eighty acres of land in Fall Creek Township, where he carries on stock farming, and where he has reached a comfortable state of prosperity in his agricultural activities, He ranks among the best known and most popular citizens of the Township, and has a host of good friends in and about the community which represents his home. Born on January 14, 1876, in Madison County, he is the son of Burwell and Mary J. (Mairifold) Williamson, both of whom are now deceased. Burwell and Mary Williamson were born in Madison County, Indiana, and within its confines passed their entire lives, They devoted their lives to the farming industry, and reared a family of eight children, five of whom are now living,-as follows: William L. is a farmer, in Green Township, Madison County; Leora E. is the wife of J. T. Ford of Pendleton; Alice M. is the wife of Allen Swain; Howard C. is another Green Township farmer; and Albin B., the subject of this brief review. Alvin B. Williamson was reared on the farm that was his birthplace, three miles west of the town of Pendleton, and when he reached a sufficient age he entered the public schools of Pendleton and there completed his education, His schooling was not of a comprehensive order. and consisted of...

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