John C. Williams
John C. Williams
One of the oldest and best known citizens of Dansville, John C. Williams,
died Monday, May 24, 1897, from the effects of a paralytic stroke. Mr.
Williams had been in feeble health for some years, but was able to
attend to his milling business, his last visit to the mill being
but two days previous to his death. Mr. Williams was born at Phelps,
Ontario County, June 6, 1820, the son of Horace D. Williams and the
grandson of Major Chester Williams of revolutionary fame. His
mother was Mary Bardwell, of the family of Sir William de Bardwell
of Bardwell, Suffolk County, England. Mr. Williams came to Dansville
from Rochester, N. Y. in 1843, having spent most of his youthful
days in that city. After coming to Dansville, he engaged in the
milling business, to which he added later the nursery business.
In 1847, he married Miss Fanny Bradner Faulkner, daughter of the
late Dr. James Faulkner. Of nine children, six survive; Mrs.
H. P. Mills, Katherine B. and Minerva F. Williams of Dansville,
Edward H. of Wentworth, Mo., Mrs. Pell W. Foster and Mrs. Chas.
Q. Freeman of New York City, also two sisters and one brother:
Mrs. A. J. Bailey, recently deceased, and Miss Louise J.
Williams and Horace D. Williams of Leslie, Michigan. Mr.
Williams was a man of fine business qualifications of
quiet demeanor and habits and a citizen highly esteemed.
He was a charter member of Canaseraga lodge, I. O. O. F.,
of this village, which was organized in 1844. For many
years, one of the leading men of this village, Mr.
Williams enriched the prestige of a family name
already replete in praiseworthy reminiscences
that have lived through many centuries.
DANSVILLE, 1789-1902: Historical, Biographical,
Descriptive. Edited by A.O. Bunnell, compiled by F.N. Quick. (1902)
reprinted 1993 pages 203-204
Transcribed Sally Carrier