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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