Richard N “Dick” Williams

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Richard N “Dick” Williams

  • Birth 22 Jan 1879
  • Death 30 Aug 1905
  • Burial Mercer, Mercer County, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 40532884



Uncle Richard Williams, better known as Dick, was teh first of the twelve Wiliams children to pass away, and he was a young adult. Dick's obituary, which was rather flowery, lists the cause of death as "dropsy." Dropsy is an illness, the symptoms of which are an increase in fluids around tissues of the body, primarily the abdomen. It can be either environmental or caused by organ failure.

From what I was told through family stories, Dick's legs would fill with fluid. Doctors would tap the legs to drain the liquid, but this was to no avail and the fluid would redevelop. He was wheelchair bound the last period of his life.

Rumor was that Dick also had a drinking problem. His uncle Sam also reportedly had a drinking problem as well. Being essentially immobile, Dick would have needed an accomplice and apparently family was willing to accommodate. Since there was no known cure for dropsy, family probably did what they could to make him comfortable.
by Bob Williams




Son of Euell Kennel Williams and Mary Malinda Barber

Siblings: Lucy Ann Williams Haymaker 1873-1956, Amelia Williams Lane Vaughn 1875-1963, George M Williams 1877-1959, Samuel H Williams 1882-1959, Oliver Francis Williams 1884-1966, Joseph Adelbert Williams 1887-1966, Arvilla Elitha Williams 1890-1917, Mae Julia Williams 1892-1971, Edith Mary Williams 1894-1967, Elizabeth Williams 1898- , Raymond Christopher Williams 1901-1975



Inscription

Age 26y, 7m, 7d.


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  • Originally Created by: classic
  • Added: 10 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 40532884
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Richard N “Dick” Williams (22 Jan 1879–30 Aug 1905), Find A Grave Memorial no. 40532884, citing McKinney Cemetery, Mercer, Mercer County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by InSearchOf (contributor 47282406) .