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Jules Legender Williams
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1841
Merthyr Tydfil
Merthyr Tydfil, Wales
Death: Jul. 14, 1878
Jefferson County
Kansas, USA

Enlisted in Company H of the Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry on June 20, 1861, for 3 years, at age 20. Discharged for disability on January 2, 1862, at Miner's Hill, Virginia. Jules then enlisted in Company B of the 137th Pennsylvania Infantry on August 14, 1862. He was mustered out of service in that regiment on June 1, 1863. On December 14, 1863, he joined the United States Navy and served until he was honorably discharged on October 30, 1864. Apparently, on May 11, 1865, Jules then enlisted as a Second Lieutenant in Company C of the Forty Second United States Colored Troops, serving until his discharge on January 1, 1866.

Sources: " Record of Service of Michigan Volunteers in the Civil War 1861 -1865, vol. 4", also known as the "Brown Book" and personal research from the soldier's Compiled Military Service Records and Pension Application file from the National Archives.

For Further Information See:
Fourth Michigan Volunteer Infantry 1861-1866
4th Michigan Infantry


Husband of Lovina A. BATES

The Valley Falls New Era
July 27, 1878

Died at home on Sunday afternoon, July 14, 1878, at 6 o'clock, of consumption from which he has been a constant sufferer for many years.
Jules Legender WILLIAMS was born March 2nd, 1841, near Merthyr, Wales.
When he was quite young his parents emigrated to Canada. His father died when he was about seven years of age. He early prepared himself for a teacher, and in 1859, went to Hillsdale College, Michigan, expecting to remain there until he graduated, but in ' 61 he enlisted in the 4th Michigan Infantry regiment and was sent immediately to the front.
He was in both battles at Bull Run, and other engagements. He remained with the regiment only a year being discharged for disability, having contracted a lung disease. He remained at home until he partially recovered, and then enlisted in the 137th Pennsylvania Volunteers. The 137th enlisted for nine months and were discharged at the expiration of that time. The ensuing fall he enlisted for one year on board the U. S. Receiving ship "Grampus." He was promoted to Master's Mate. When he left the Navy he received a commission at Lieutenant in the U.S. colored Infantry, but was not assigned to duty. He then returned to college and remained during the winter tern of 1864-' 5, and in May 1865, was ordered to report for duty in the 42nd Regular Colored Infantry stationed at Chattanooga, Tenn. In November ' 65 he obtained leave of absence, came north and was married to Lovina A. BATES, of Spring, Crawford Co., Penn., who returned with him to his Regiment, then stationed in Huntsvill!
e, Ala. In Feb. ' 66, he was discharged from the U.S. Service from the Army. He came to Kansas and settled in Sarcoxie township, Jefferson County, May 4, 1866.
He taught school in the Tibbots district, Pleasant Valley and Stringtown, in house far inferior to those now used in those districts. He commenced to preach during the first years of his residence in Sarcoxie.
He was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church, having professed religion before he entered the army and lived true to his profession through all the temptations of army life. When the Mud Creek Baptist Church was organized he walked to Brown county, Kansas, sleeping on the prairie, with his shoes for a pillow, to get an ordained Minister to administer the church ordinances. He was himself soon after ordained by Rev. KENISTON, of Walarusa. He was elected Probate Judge of Jefferson county in 1872, and re-elected in 1874.
>From October 9, 1873, to April 11, 1878, he was connected with this paper as Editor, which he assisted in establishing.
He was a member of the Oskaloosa Subordinate Grange, and of Pomona Grange.
He was buried Monday last, July 15, and followed to the grave by a very large procession of friends and mourners.
The funeral sercies were conducted by Rev. L.D. PRICE, in a most appropriate manner.
Judge WILLIAMS leaves a wife and five children, who have the sympathy of the entire communtiy.
He lived a great sufferer, but his pweres of endurance were great, and his firm faith in the never-failing love of God and a glorious hereafter, helped him to bear burdens that would otherswise have crushed hope and life. (Sickle and Sheaf.)

Extracted by James Laird 
Family links: 
  Lovina A. Bates Williams (1844 - 1926)*
  Grace Williams Ingram (1866 - 1952)*
  Vesta Williams Cool (1868 - 1900)*
  Ivan W Williams (1871 - 1930)*
*Calculated relationship
Pleasant View Cemetery
Jefferson County
Kansas, USA
Maintained by: 4th Michigan Infantry
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Record added: Feb 22, 2008
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Jules Legender Williams
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Thank you for your dedicated service as a soldier in the Fourth Michigan Infantry. May you rest in honor.
- 4th Michigan Infantry
 Added: Dec. 31, 2013

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