John Wesley Williams
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- John Wesley Williams
- Salem, Ohio
- Harriet Jones (b.1843)
- Frank Williams (b.1864–d.1876)
- Susan Williams (b.1868–d.1922)
- John Henry Williams (b.1870)
- Udora Williams (b.1873–d.1875)
- James Clark Williams (b.1875–d.1876)
- Ralph Williams (b.1877)
- Nellie B Williams (b.1879)
John Wesley Williams resided in Wayne County but for a short period of time. We first find him residing here when he was drafted for the Civil War, on February 28, 1865 in Wooster, Ohio. He enlisted in Company I of the 27th United States Colored Infantry. His military record indicates he was unassigned. He mustered out on Mary 17, 1865. By the 1870 US Census, he and his family are residing in Salem, Perry Township, Columbiana County, Ohio. His death date is unknown. He did apply for an invalid pension on May 6, 1889 in Ohio. No further information is known. His marriage date to Harriet Jones is unknown. Given the birth date of their first child, John Wesley Williams and Harriet Jones may have been married about 1864. Likewise, the death date of Harriet, the wife of John Wesley Williams, is unknown. There is a listing for a GAR marker for him in the Hope Cemetery located in Salem, Perry Township, Columbiana County, Ohio.
There is a story that John Wesley Williams came to Wooster and resided with the Reason Beall Stibbs family for a while. A search for documents to verify this story continues.
At least 3 of the 7 children born to John Wesely Williams and Harriet Jones Williams died in infancy. Their oldest, Frank, was born on 5 September 1864 in Ohio. He died in Salem, Ohio of consumption on 7 November 1876 at the age of 12 years, 2 months, and 2 days. Udora Williams was born on 5 May 1873 in Salem, Ohio. She died on 9 January 1875 in Salem, Ohio of whooping cough. She was only 1 year, 8 months, and 3 days. Her younger brother, James Clark Williams, was born 5 October 1875 in Salem, Ohio and died on 13 June 1876 in Salem, Ohio. He was only 8 months 3 days when he died of water on the brain.
Susan Williams was born 28 January 1868 in Wooster, Ohio. She was first married to Frank Lucas and second to Thomas Lee. She died on 1 February 1922 in Youngstown, Mahoning County, Ohio.
Nellie B. Williams was born on 24 May 1879 in Salem, Ohio. She married James M. McClellan on 23 September 1903 in Mahoning County, Ohio.
The whereabouts of two other children, John Henry Williams who was born on 22 November 1870 in Salem, Ohio and Ralph Williams who was born 12 April 1877 in Salem, Ohio is unknown.