Douw Ditmars Williamson, Jr

Douw Ditmars Williamson, Jr

Manhattan, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Death 3 Jan 1897 (aged 66)
Aquitaine, France
Burial Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA
Plot Section 120 & 139, Lot 19677 & 31486
Memorial ID 13780670 · View Source
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Douw Ditmars Williamson Jr.

(source: "Genealogical Records of the Williamson Family in America-Tracing the Wives back to the Earliest Settlers" . Compiled by James A. Williamson. Printed in Wyoming, NJ in 1896.)

Son of Douw D. Williamson and Mary Ann Abeel. Born in New York, November 15, 1830. Graduated from Peekskill Academy (Albert Wells Principal), in 1844, and entered a commercial house as clerk. In 1849 went to Brazil and remained there over a year, and in 1851 went to Panama and Ecuador; was ten days crossing the Isthmus on a mule; was with Garibaldi; in Havana when Critenden and his filibusters were shot, and was followed by soldiers, day and night, on his return home. In connection with his brother Nicholas, established the Novelty Rubber Co.. In 1860 went to Edinburgh, Scotland, as manager of the North British Rubber Co., remaining there until 1866. During that time he rebuilt the works, which had largely been burned, greatly enlarging and perfecting them, and also constructed the Scottish Vulcanite Co.. Both these industries proving most profitable. In 1870 he invented an improved traction engine and also a steam plow, of which he constructed a number up to the present time (1896). The record of his plowing has not been equaled in any country, viz.: 40 acres of prairie land in 10 hours. In 1873, he took his family to Dresden, Germany, where they lived a year. In 1875 he built a chemical works in Long Island City, which he has continued to operate for the past twenty years. He is a member of several prominent clubs, a lover of science, literature and art, and is a pronounced liberal in theology.

On November 1, 1853, he married Mary Frances Dodd, born August 29, 1831, daughter of Samuel Dodd and Frances Bull, of Hartford, Conn. Their children by adoption are:

George Norman Williamson: born March 12, 1853 [son of Douw's brother, Nicholas].

Cornelia Bodwell Williamson: born October 29, 1863. [daughter of Mary Frances Dodd Williamson's sister, Abby Lyman Dodd Bodwell].



1) Douw was a manager of the North British Rubber Company located at Castle Mills (Beside the Union Canal) in Fountianbridge, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2) The Wlliamsons lived at the following places in Edinburgh, Scotland in the 1860s: 11 Church Hill, 6 Greenhill Gardens (1861 UK Census); 8 Whitehouse Terrace (1865-66 Edinburgh Post Office Directory).

3) Douw's wife, adopted children, and some grandchildren are buried in the same plot. Douw's parents are also buried at Green-wood in Section 120, Lot 1468, and Lot 1469.

4) Douw shared part of the burial plot with Henry Paret. The families appear to have known each other. Henry's brother, Thomas Dunkin Paret, visited the Williamsons while they lived in Edinburgh. Thomas was attending the University of Edinburgh at the time.



  • Created by: Richard Anderson
  • Added: 29 Mar 2006
  • Find a Grave Memorial 13780670
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Douw Ditmars Williamson, Jr (15 Nov 1830–3 Jan 1897), Find a Grave Memorial no. 13780670, citing Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn), New York, USA ; Maintained by Richard Anderson (contributor 46613539) .