|Birth: ||May 12, 1835|
|Death: ||Jan. 1, 1919|
PROFESSOR C.W. WILLIAMSON:
Charles W. Williamson was born in Perry County, Ohio on 5/12/1835. His father was John W. Williamson, who traced his ancestry to the pilgrims of the Mayflower and the heroes of the Revolution. John Williamson was a farmer.
C.W. Williamson took advantage of every opportunity to achieve a good education. In 1856, at the age of 21, he entered Heidelberg College at Tiffin, Ohio. He was compelled to teach in order to defray his expenses. In the meantime, he studied law and graduated from the Cleveland Union Law School.
In 1868, he became superintendent of the Wapakoneta schools, replacing Lenard Alleman, who had been the first superintendent in 1867 and had been dismissed the same year because of incompetence. Williamson declined a re-election to the position and devoted his time to civil engineering and served as County Commissioner.
In 1870, he married Maria L. Timmonds, a native of Mercer County, and they had one son, Howard, who also became an attorney.
In 1880, Williamson became the superintendent of the Napoleon, Ohio schools, but two years later he returned to Wapakoneta and purchased a half interest in the "Auglaize County Democrat", which he edited for a year.
In 1881, Williamson became the superintendent of the New Bremen schools, however in 1886-1887, he resumed the superintendence of the Wapakoneta schools.
On 5/24/1901, an article in the New Bremen Sun reported that former New Bremen school superintendent, C.W. Williamson, had spent an evening at the Hotel Central while he was on a surveying tour for the "electric road". At that time, he was engaged in writing a history of Auglaize County and he exhibited pictures of some of the forts built in the county and of Indian Chiefs who formerly lived near Wapakoneta. In August of 1904, he was again in town to gather information for use in the "History of Auglaize County".
In 1905, C.W. Williamson published the book "History of Western Ohio and Auglaize County". In his 12/1/1905 preface, he outlines the contents of the book: The first half of the book is devoted to the Indian occupation of Ohio, including the military campaigns of Harmar, St. Clair, Wayne, Hull and Harrison. This is followed by an extended history of the Shawnee Indians and the great Indian Treaties of Western Ohio.
The second half of the book deals with the history of Auglaize County and its townships and includes illustrations and biographies of some of the pioneers and prominent residents. A pioneer name index and also an Indian name index were provided by the Susanna Russell Chapter of the DAR of Cridersville, Ohio.
In 1880, the "Atlas of Auglaize County, Ohio" was published by Robert Sutton. On page 20 is an article about the geology of the county, written by C.W. Williamson. In the 1898 "Atlas of Auglaize County" published by John B. Walsh, Williamson's biography appears on page 41. In the 1917 "Atlas and History of Auglaize County", published by J.H. Meyer, Williamson's "Indian Biography" appears on pages 92-96. This was taken from his 1905 history book.
Charles W. Williamson died January 1, 1919. Maria L. Williamson died January 19, 1917 at the age of 77. They are buried in Greenlawn Cemetery in Wapakoneta.
Marie L Timmonds Williamson (1839 - 1917)*
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