Husband of Indiana Fletcher Williams, father of Maria Georgiana "Daisy" Williams.
James Henry Williams was born in Ireland and immigrated to the United States with his family in the early 1830s. A graduate of Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., he earned a divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York in 1858. Indiana Fletcher and Williams met in New York at about the time of his graduation.
After marrying Indiana on August 23, 1865 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, James Henry gave up his pastorate, and as partners he and Indiana went into the apartment/hotel business. In later years Indiana told her best friend, Elizabeth Payne, "He didn't have to work as we didn't need the money, but I am afraid that I ruined an excellent preacher."
James Henry did occasionally preach in Amherst and Lynchburg when they came to Virginia. Those who heard him claimed he was an inspirational preacher. He held the office of county clerk in Amherst and represented the county during negotiations over the new Virginia state constitution.
James Henry and Indiana had a fine relationship. They were mature individuals in their late thirties when they were married. Both were shrewd in business and enjoyed the same things. They were cultural enthusiasts and shared a love of music, art, travel and fine things.
In the depositions of 1901 it was revealed that many of the quality things that were inventoried in the Sweet Briar House had been purchased by James Henry. He purchased items that caught his fancy: clocks, pictures, furniture, silver, bronzes, and other luxury items. James Henry was something of an entrepreneur in investments, and had built up a considerable estate of his own.
When his will was probated in 1889, it was discovered that he had left his wife more than $100,000.
In Loving Remembrance of, James Henry Williams, died April 25, 1889. Eternal Trust Given unto him O Lord