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John T. McWilliams
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Birth: Dec., 1826
Ohio, USA
Death: Jan. 3, 1897

John T. McWilliams, engaged in general farming on section 1, Ellison Township, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, Dec. 1820. His father, Alexander McWilliams, of Irish descent, was a native of Pennsylvania and a farmer by occupation. He married Miss Jane Boyle in his native State. She was also a native of that state and of Scotch ancestry and descent.

John T., the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this notice was about 17 years of age when, in 1844, his parents came to this State, locating in Ellison Township. There two years afterward, in 1846, the father died, aged 49 years. His mother died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Almira Yoho, in Ellison Township, in 1883, aged 81 years. John T. was the fourth in order of birth of a family of twelve children, only four of whom are living, two in Illinois and two in Iowa, Mr. McWilliams being the oldest of the children living. He received a limited education in the district schools and assisted in the labors of the farm, developing into manhood.

The marriage of Mr. McWilliams took place Aug. 30, 1855, in the State of Missouri, at which time Miss Nancy Sackett, a highly educated, Christian lady, became his wife. She was born in 1839, in St. Clair County, this State, and died at her home in Ellison Township, Dec. 5, 1867. By their union five children were born - Charles H., a conductor on the Northern Pacific Railroad, and who formerly followed the same vocation on the Union Pacific Road; Frank reside, in Cheyenne County, Kansas; Marion is living at Marshalltown, Iowa; where he is engaged in teaching; Miranda B. became the wife of M. J. Ralston, who lives at Creighton, Neb., where he is following the occupation of a farmer; and Amy is living at home. After the death of his first wife, Mr. McWilliams was again married, March 14, 1869, the Christian lady chosen for his wife being Mrs. Mary Crosier, nee Loftus. Her parents were natives of Kentucky. Of her former union with Mr. Crosier, two children were born, and of her latter union with Mr. McWilliams, three children have been born, one of whom is deceased. The living are: A. J. and Archie, who reside at home. Mrs. McWilliams departed this life Aug. 3, 1879, at her home in Ellison Township.

Mr. McWilliams made his first purchase of land in this county in 1869, the same consisting of 80 acres. He at present has 60 acres under an advanced state of cultivation. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Protestant Church. Mr. McWilliams enlisted in the Mexican War in an independent company of Illinois Cavalry, and was in active service as a scout, but was in no general engagement. He was discharged at the close of the war, in August, 1848. He also enlisted in the war for the Union, joining Co. C, 83d Ill.. Vol. Inf. and was assigned to the AII11Y of the Cumberland, where his regiment was under the command of General Thomas. He belonged to a mounted company and participated in no genera] engagement, but in numerous skirmishes. He was finally transferred from the 83d to the 61st Regiment, and received an honorable discharge in 1865. In the cyclone that swept away the village of Ellison, May 30, 1858, Mr. McWilliams lost two sisters, Mary A. and Harriet, both young ladies, and both killed by the tornado at that time. In politics, Mr. McWilliams is a believer in and a supporter of the principles of the Republican party.

Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Warren County, Illinois ~ Chapman, firm, publishers ~ Chicago ~ 1886 ~ p. 419

{Typed from bio by researcher Mary Mc}
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  Jane McWilliams (1802 - 1883)
  Nancy Sackett McWilliams (1839 - 1867)*
  Charles Herbert McWilliams (1856 - 1922)*
  Laura McWilliams (1869 - 1870)*
  John T. McWilliams (1826 - 1897)
  Mary Ann McWilliams (1831 - 1858)*
  Almira H. McWilliams Yoho (1833 - 1913)*
  Harriet Ellen McWilliams (1844 - 1858)*
*Calculated relationship
Ellison Cemetery
Warren County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Mary Mc
Record added: Mar 08, 2012
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