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Washington Williams
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Birth: 1806
Pulaski County
Kentucky, USA
Death: 1861
Cook County
Illinois, USA

Washington Williams
Washington Williams was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1806. He moves to Highland County, Ohio in 1820 and on to Indiana where he meets Hester Stephens (Stevens) and they are married on November 5, 1824 in Rush County, Indiana. Washington age 18 and Hessy 17, they would set up house in Terre Hauta, Indiana. A child would be born every other year for the next 12 years. The family would grow to a total of nine children.
One could only wonder why the family decided to go west, but with the promise of free land, the 1850 Donation Land Claim, this is my biggest theory. The family would join a wagon train in April and get to Oregon City on November 8, 1850. There Washington Williams would take out Donation Land Claim #1020. This prime land now, The Oregon City Wells Fargo Bank now sits on a piece of this land claim.
All of Washington and Hessy's children have come west but Martha. She has married a Doctor by the name of Charles Warden and they stay in Iowa. There oldest son James returns to Iowa to retrieve his family and bring them west. In Oregon City We see Washington's name in the Oregon Argus (newspaper) finding a horse and a lathe for sell. They would have one more child, a daughter they name Mary, after reaching Oregon. Leah would marry next, and she marries the first Recorder of Oregon City. Lucy marries Captain O.B. Twogood, Life is good for all at this time.
The first sign of trouble is when Lucy is called home to help with Hessy in the winter of 1854. She was taken with spells of coughing and bleeding from the lungs, she has TB. James has gone to help and see how everyone is doing. Hessy would recover and live a long life, James wouldn't be so lucky. He died of consumption a year later leaving 5 small children. A Mr. Cuafield is the executor of James estate. Washington Williams burnt down the neighbor's barn, "Mr. Caufields". He must have not liked the way things were handled with James Estate. Washington was thrown in jail. The paper mentioned any white collared man would handle it the same way. He breaks out of jail and borrows the judge's horse in the middle of the night and takes off for California.
Left with 5 small children, Frances is ready to head home to Iowa. Washington Williams helps his daughter-in-law back to the states going the route the Panama Canal would one day be. With the Indian uprising it was far too dangerous to go by land. Washington Williams would never return to Oregon. The Territory of Oregon granted Hessy a divorce and all the land. She would have to sell the land to pay for a barn. According to the Donation Land Claim information, Washington Williams Died in Chicago, Illinois in 1861, he would be 55 at this time.

1850 Oregon City, Oregon
Washington Williams 44 Kentucky 1806
Henry Williams 43 Ohio 1807 (Hester)
Lear Williams 19 Indiana 1831 female
Lucy A Williams 17 Indiana 1833 female
Richard M Williams 15 Indiana 1835 male
Wm H Williams 13 Ohio 1837 male
E B Williams 6 Indiana 1844 male
H T Williams 2 Iowa 1848 male
James S Williams 24 Iowa 1826 male

Williams, Washington
Date of Birth: 1806
Place of Birth: Pulaski Co., KY
Date of Arrival: bef 01 Dec 1850

Spouse: Stephens, Hester
Marriage: Date 05 Nov 1824
Marriage: Location Rush Co., IN 
Family links: 
  Ralph Williams (1775 - 1849)
  Martha Owsley Williams (1782 - 1847)
  Hester Stevens Williams (1807 - 1879)
  James Steven Williams (1826 - 1855)*
  Martha Williams Warden (1828 - 1893)*
  Letitia Williams Holland (1830 - 1904)*
  Lucy Williams Nottingham (1833 - 1896)*
  Richard M Williams (1835 - 1873)*
  William Henry Williams (1838 - 1915)*
  Harrison Taylor Williams (1848 - 1934)*
  Lucy Williams Currey (1800 - 1881)*
  Patience W. Williams Silvey (1805 - 1888)*
  Washington Williams (1806 - 1861)
  John Huston Williams (1809 - 1847)*
  Ralph Williams (1810 - 1889)*
  Martha Williams Plummer (1815 - 1899)*
*Calculated relationship
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Burial spot unknown
Created by: Jean & Jane
Record added: Apr 04, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88044609

Welcome to me Family Tree never to be forgotten
- Jean & Jane
 Added: Apr. 5, 2012

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