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William Sherley Williams
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Birth: Jan. 3, 1787
Rutherford County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1849
Colorado, USA

Will was the son of Joseph and Sarah (Musick) Williams who were the parents of 9 children. About 1793, the Williams clan packed their belongings (in NC) and joined the flight of pioneeers going west, eventually settling in present-day Missouri. From here, Will -- as his family called him -- ranged widely and perfected the woodland skills that would earn him the admiration of his fellow Mountain Men many years later. One day, only sixteen and hunting far from home, Will arrived at a village of the Osage Indians. Captivated by their ways, he re-appeared at the farm shortly thereafter and announced that he would from then on live as an Osage. Will settled with the Great Osages, learned their language, married into their tribe, and acquired considerable influence among them. Two daughters, Sarah and Mary, were born over the years, and he acquired two more wives. Will would remain with the Osage Indians for nearly a quarter of a century. Today, William Sherley Williams -- Old Bill -- is remembered as a kind, honest, and brave man; charitable toward the less fortunate, expert in the fur-trading business. A river, and a mountain and its town have been named for him. Little is known of Old Bill and his exploits, but he served America honorably in the adventurous days of yore.
[Internet website All Things William] 
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Note: Lost his life in Southern Colorado along the Rio Grande River
Mountain View Cemetery
Coconino County
Arizona, USA
Plot: Grave is unmarked.
Maintained by: The Missing Link
Originally Created by: kay taylor
Record added: Aug 19, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6699165
William Sherley Williams
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William Sherley Williams
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We'll never forget your great works and sacrifice, Cousin Bill...
- Terri Richards
 Added: Jan. 21, 2014
Bok "Old Bill, Th Mountain Man" can usualy be found at a library. Very interesting book. Williams, Arizona named after Old Bill, Williams River is also named after him. His nose and eye shape is still prominent in my family, my father looked a lot like hi...(Read more)
- Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
 Added: Sep. 17, 2012
Rest in Peace Dear GGGUncle Old Bill. Your life is so interesting. I am very proud of you.
- Marsha Williams Byrd of Missouri
 Added: Aug. 11, 2012
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