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Was born in Perry, Pike county, Illinois, October 6, 1837. His father Joshua P. Williams, was born in Union county Indiana, September, 1815. His vocation is that of a farmer. At the age of twenty-one he was married to Miss Hannah, daughter of Jeremiah French, of Hamilton county, Ohio. They had four children, of whom the subject of this sketch is the oldest. In 1836 he moved to this state, locating in Pike county. In 1859 he removed to the territory of Utah, where he now resides.

The Captain received most of his education from the teaching of his mother, who was a good scholar, and taught the first school in Perry. At quite an early age he commenced clerking in the mercantile house of A. D. Ravenscroft, of Versallies, Illinois. On the breaking out of the rebellion he enlisted in company C., 27th regiment Illinois volunteers; was mustered into the service August 17th, 1861, at Camp Butler; at Springfield was elected second lieutenant. They were then forwarded to the front. He participated in many hard-fought battles. Prominent among them were Belmont, Island No. 10, Union City, Stone River, Lavergne, Chicamauga, at the last of which he received a severe wound in the head. He lay on the battle field for three days without receiving medical attendance, as his comrades thought him killed. It was nearly two years before the gallant Captain fully recovered from the effects of his wounds. He remained in the service, though not in the front, until September, 1863, when he received an honorable discharge, coming from the service with his military record untarnished. Previous to receiving his wound, he was commissioned captain, and while bravely leading his men to the charge, received his almost fatal wound.

On his return home he was married to Miss Louisa, daughter of Charles M. Vertrees, of Perry. They have a family of three children, all daughters. At present he is a member of the enterprising firm of Cleveland & Williams. They have a large and well selected assortment of merchandise.