Rev Alvin Dighton “(A .D.)” Williams

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Rev Alvin Dighton “(A .D.)” Williams

  • Birth 13 Oct 1823 Smithfield, Fayette County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 31 Dec 1894 Kenesaw, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
  • Burial Kenesaw, Adams County, Nebraska, USA
  • Plot Blk 2, Row 6
  • Memorial ID 63852013

He was the son of Phineas Cromwell and Mary Marilla (Loomis) WILLIAMS. On April 25, 1850, he married Miss Sarah Harn of Frederick county, MD, dau. of John and Charlotte (Hay) HARN.
He was converted at age thirteen and commenced preaching two and a half years later, gaining some notoriety as the "boy preacher." He was ordained a Free Will Baptist minister at Carolina Mills, R.I. in May 1848, and graduated at Hamilton College, NY in 1849. He has been pastor of churches at Carolina Mills, and Pawtucket, R.I., Lawrence, MA, Mnneapolis, and Fair Point, Minn., and Cheshire, and Middleport, Ohio, and has baptized nearly five hundred converts. He has assisted in organizing churches at East Killingly, Conn., Elk River, Otsego, Ramsay, Iowa, and Lebanon, Minn., Flemingtn and Fairview W.VA and Kenesaw, Marshall, Pleasant Plain, Long Branch and Lincoln, Neb.; also, the Hennepin Q.M. Minn., the W.VA Ass'n and the Hastings, Autora and Nemaha River Q.M's in Nebraska. He has been superintendent of schools for Lawrence, Mass., and for W.VA, president of the Northwestern and west VA Colleges principal of Nebraska State Normal School, and member of the Nebraska State Board of Agriculture. The degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred in 1871 by Quincy, now Chaddock College, Ill. He did good service on the Freewill Baptist Quarterly (q.v.), and is the author of "The Rhode Island Freewill Baptist Pulpit," "The Support of the Ministry," "Memorials of the Free Communion Baptists," and of "Four Years of Co-operation in Nebraska and Kansas." He has several times been a member of the General Conference.
Their children were: Cromwell, 1851-1852; Emma Lommis Williams, b 1853; Mary, b. 1855; Minnie Touka, 1859-1881; Kattie Williams, b.1860, and George Thomas Williams, b. 1862.
(From Free Baptist Cyclopedia, pub. 1889).
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From Kenesaw Cem. Neb cemetery records, it is stated that the first settlers to Kenesaw were Dr. A.D. Williams and his widowed sister, Mrs. Norton, with her four children.
Other local (online) history, tells that they lived in the wagon box for three weeks after arriving, a stove outside, and the horizon for the walls; that he had the first house, and the first well dug in Kenesaw. He bought up large tracts of land and left a sizeable estate when he died.
He had a quest for learning that took him into many areas and avenues for service and progress.


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  • Created by: wvy
  • Added: 7 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63852013
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev Alvin Dighton “(A .D.)” Williams (13 Oct 1823–31 Dec 1894), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63852013, citing Kenesaw Cemetery, Kenesaw, Adams County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by wvy (contributor 46555353) .