Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The
Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties,
State of Washington", published by Western Historical Publishing
JOHN EVAN WILLIAMS, who resides
about three miles east from Hartline, is a man of excellent standing and
possessed of a comfortable competence. He has gained the former by
his uprightness, integrity and kindness to all, while the latter is the
result of continued labor and thrift, wisely bestowed in this country.
He was born in Anglesey, Wales, on December 16, 1835, the son of William
and Ann (Jones) Williams, natives of the same country. The mother
died in 1882, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Our subject received a good
educational training from the schools of his native land and there remained
until 1856, when he sailed for the United States. Settlement was
made in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, and for fourteen years he was occupied
in general farm labors. Thirty-two years were spent in that state
altogether. Then he sold his holdings, and in 1888, came to Sprague,
Washington. A time was spent in labor at the round house there, after
which he came on to Douglas county and secured a pre-emption which is his
home at the present time. He has added a quarter since by purchase
and this all is in a very high state of cultivation, the proceeds of which
make a fine annual income.
At Sprague, on July 14, 1890, Mr. William
married Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Evans)
Davies, natives of Wales, and immigrants to the United States in 1872.
Mrs. Williams was born in Llanarmon, Wales, on October 20, 1852, and came
to the United States in 1884. By her former marriage, Mrs. Williams
has two sons; David O. Hughes, born in Wales, September 6, 1878; and Owen
Davies Hughes, born in Virginia, United States, on January 30, 1889.
She has two brothers, David E. and Edward E., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary
Morgan and Mrs. Ann Jones. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are devout members
of the Calvinistic Methodist church and are highly respected people.
They have labored faithfully for the years past and it is very pleasing
at this time to note that they can enjoy the fruits of their toil now as
the golden years begin to run apace.