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BISTORY OF TEXA8.
lard; Millie, who was married to John Robinson;
Florence, the widow of Robert KentoIl;
Jeff; Calvin R., Charles and Betty, the
wife of Walter Dickinson. In 1877 Mr. TIolt
married Miss Grundy Teel, daughter of Oph
and Betty Beall. The children of the last
union are: Mary, Lillie, Dallie, William,
Rogers, Mattie, Annie, May and Carney.
J OHN H. WILLIAMS, afarmer and stock
raiser of Williamsoni county, Texas,
is a son of G. W. and Susanah (Berry)
Williams, of Scotch-Irish descent. The
paternal grandfather, Jesse Williamns, who was
probably a native of Ireland, after coming to
this country, resided in one of the Carolinas,
took part in the Revolutionary war, and afterward
went to Indiana, where he subsequently
died. G. W. Williams was born and
raised in Indiana, where he was married in the
late '20s. He lived in Orange county, tllat
State, until 1840, in that year moved to Benton
county, Missouri, and in 1848 to Titus
county, locating on the southern fork of the
Red river, in the eastern part of the State.
Eight years later he settled in the neighborhood
where our subject now lives. The father
died here, February 13, 1881, the mother
having departed this life in eastern Texas, in
1846. Mr. and Mrs. Williams had five children:
Sarah, widow of Mr. Adams, of Burnet
county, Texas; Nancy, deceased, John H.,
the subject of this sketch, Susan, living in
Burnet county; and Willie, deceased. Mrs.
Williams was married previous to this union,
and had six children. After her death Mr.
Williams married a widow with three children,
and they became parents of five children,
making four sets of children in the family.
M. Williams was a member of the Methodist
Church, and a life-long Democrat.
John H. Williams was born in Orange
county, Indiana, December 29, 1833, and
accompanied the family in their various moves.
In 1857 lie located in Williamln county, ol, his
present farm, consisting of 945 acres, where
lie is also engaged in stock-raising. In 1878,
lie erected his beautiful and comtnodioub
residence. In 1862 Mr. Williams enlisted ill
Company A, Thirtieth Texas Cavalry, and
served for three years in the Trans-Mlisbissippi
Department, engaged principally in scouting
duty. He has always taken an active interest
in politics, and in 1880 was elected Cotnmissioner
of his district, serving one term 1i
two years. In 1884 he was again elected to
that position, and served two terms. During
his administration the jail question was agitated,
and resulted in the erection of the
present safe and commodious building, Mr.
Williams having been a prominent worker
in its favor.
February 14, 1855, in Titus county, Texas,
our subject was united in marriage to Sarah
E. lMcCrovey, who was born in Pettis county,
Missouri, but raised in Titus county, Texas.
Her grandfathers on both sides were natives
of Ireland. Grandfather James LMcCrovey
located in South Carolina, where he raised
his family. Samnuel McCrovey, the father of
Mrs. Williams, located in Missouri when a
young man, was there married to Jane C.
Brown, and when Mrs. Williams was six
months old they came to Texas, locating in
Red River county. The parents both died in
Titus county. Our subject and wife have had
six children, as follows: Susan E., at home;
J. H., who has served for the past four years
as secretary and steward of the Deaf and
Dumb Institute of Austin; Samuel A., a
grocer of this county; Mary M., deceased;
Mary E., deceased; and Lillie A., at home.
In his political relations, Mr. Williams is a
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Lewis Publishing Company, publisher. History of Texas, together with a biographical history of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson counties : containing a concise history of the state, with portraits and biographies of prominent citizens of the above named counties, and personal histories of many of the early settlers and leading families, book, 1893; Chicago. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth29785/m1/533/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .