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 Cynthia Halen <I>Williams</I> Worsham

Cynthia Halen Williams Worsham

Carmi, White County, Illinois, USA
Death 29 Jun 1918 (aged 78)
El Dara, Pike County, Illinois, USA
Burial New Canton, Pike County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 92762968 · View Source
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April 1912 , El Dara, Illinois

Cynthia H. Williams was born at Carmi, White County, Illinois, April 11, 1840, and came to Pike County with her parents in 1848 and located at El Dara. Edward Williams, her great grandfather, came from Wales and settled in Maryland and was one of General Washington's soldiers in the Revolutionary War. At the close of the war he moved to Ohio County, Kentucky, a section of the county then perfectly wild, savage Indians and ferocious beasts, holding almost complete sway. He was a farmer, and died in that county, leaving a family of eight children, one of whom was Stephen, the grandfather of our subject. He was a Baptist minister for more than 50 years, preaching in Kentucky, Illinois and Iowa. He died in Jefferson County about 1868, leaving a family of eight, of whom Isaac was the eldest and father of the lady, whose name heads this sketch. He was born in Kentucky in 1800. January 1819 he married Sally Coleman of Ohio County, Kentucky, whose father was a German and an early settler in that state. Of this marriage there were 13 children, of whom Cynthia H. was number 12. She obtained her education at El Dara, and she calls it "rather limited". Yes, but that was the only kind then to be had, "Hopkins choice", the only article handled by pioneer teachers in early times. But that is not all the limit. Churches were limited and meetings were held at pioneer homes, small schoolhouses, or in nature's green temples; and we sometimes had "camp meetings". We used to pay 25c postage on a common letter, but those quarters, and the letters too, were limited. Then you couldn't get a telegram message or talk over a telephone at any price. Calico was 25c a yard, so we had to use "homespun" - education and all. Now we rather like it.

Cynthia H. Williams was married to Louis N. Worsham October 22, 1862. Of this union their daughter, Lora, was born June 29, 1863. She became well educated, took a special course in music, and was a member of the Baptist Church, and a prominent teacher of the piano. She married J. J. Howard, a businessman of the city of Quincy, December 17, 1904, and both mother and daughter resided in that city till December 1909, when Mrs. Howard died, aged 46. The family had resided at Rockport while Mr. Worsham was in business there, but they returned to El Dara about 1870 and two years later they bought a farm, and a five acre lot in 1875, and built a fine residence in El Dara, where Mrs. Worsham has spent 37 years of her pioneer life. Her husband died December 22, 1898, leaving all to the mother and daughter. About 40 years ago the farm cost them less than $8,000, and Mrs. Worsham sold it only a few weeks ago for the snug sum of $18,000.

The subject of this sketch is one of our respectable pioneer citizens; a charter member of the Christian Church of El Dara; an influential worker, and intimately associated in kindly efforts for the benefit of her neighbors. There are two sisters and two brothers living - Mrs. Elmina Hughes, of Barnes, Iowa; Mrs. Mary Garner of El Dara; Martin Williams of Missouri Valley, Iowa; and Jasper Williams of Putnam, Okla. A few years ago, while Mrs. Worsham lived in Quincy; she suffered much from sciatica, and met with some accidents which crippled her for life, so she goes on crutches. She thinks she has lots of trouble. She has paid doctors, nurses and hired help for years, but she is the same sympathetic, companionable, kindhearted neighbor, Mrs. C. H. Worsham.

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  • Added: 29 Jun 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 92762968
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Cynthia Halen Williams Worsham (11 Apr 1840–29 Jun 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 92762968, citing Taylor-Martin Cemetery, New Canton, Pike County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by CJM (contributor 47501958) .