Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Williams Family Papers

Finding aid created by
B. Moore, E. Brilinksi, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Williams Family Papers,
Creator: Williams Family.
Inclusive dates: 1792-1904
Extent: 3.25 cubic feet (in 6 boxes)
Abstract:
Papers of the Methodist Williams family of Ireland and the states of Ohio and Illinois, include correspondence, financial records, essays, books, genealogical materials, and journals.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

No Acc#

Access Restrictions:

Williams Family Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Williams Family Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is by series: Genealogical / Biographic Material, William Williams, Samuel Williams, and Samuel Westley Williams. Within each series materials are arranged alphabetically and chronologically.


History

Biography:

William Williams migrated to America around 1750 from Ireland. His son, Samuel Williams (1786-1859), came to Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1809 and moved to Cincinnati in 1829. Samuel was the Assistant Surveyor General of the Northwest Territory for forty years. He was also active in the Methodist Episcopal Church, creating the Methodist Almanac and the Ladies’ Repository, and housing itinerant ministers and their families.

Samuel’s son, Samuel Wesley Williams (1827-?), taught at Ohio Wesleyan University; Worthington Female Seminary, Ohio; and McKendree, Lebanon, Illinois. After leaving his teaching career, Samuel W. worked for the Methodist Book Concern. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Williams Family Papers consist of correspondence, financial records, essays, and books. Most of the papers relate family news and religious or educational information. The papers are divided into four groups, Genealogical/Biographical Material, William Williams, Samuel Williams, and Samuel Wesley Williams. All of the material in the groups is arranged chronologically; the sub-groups, alphabetically. (Note: Samuel always refers to the father; Samuel W. refers to the son.)

The Genealogical/Biographical Material includes genealogies of the Williams family as well as families which married into the Williams family. Also included are lengthy obituaries for Samuel Williams, Margaret Williams (Samuel’s second wife), and William George Williams (Samuel’s oldest son by Margaret).

The William Williams group contains financial papers and correspondence. A large portion of the correspondence deals with his wife leaving him and his subsequent attempts to reconcile with her.

Much of the Samuel Williams correspondence contains religious information and family news. The correspondence with his cousin, John Widney, reveals the feelings and experiences of young converts who are enthusiastic about their religion and describes various Methodist preachers who traveled the circuit. A letter of July 15, 1810 in General Correspondence discusses the Williams family and the bad relations between the U. S. and Britain. Correspondence between brother, William Williams, and son, Edward T. Williams, includes Tennessee politics, economics, and social life. His journals and essay on his conversion carry on the theme of religion and family life. His Memoir of Mrs. Eliza Williams is a biography of his first wife including the hardships of pioneer life, details of their courtship, and letters that she wrote to him during the War of 1812. The Memoir also tells how he lost his membership in the Methodist Church by attending a 4th of July celebration. His hymnbook is handwritten and leather-bound, and contains some hymns that have never been printed.

The Samuel W. Williams correspondence shows the son to be as extensive a writer as his father. Four folders of letters trace the relationship between father and son over 13 years. Correspondence with John Fletcher Williams shares not only family news, but also information about life in St. Paul, Minnesota. There are three issues of Tweedledum, a handwritten, comical periodical produced by students at Ohio Wesleyan University and a dictionary of slang, as well as more serious essays. These cover such topics as the power of conscience, Methodist history, and descriptions of preachers. His bound journals cover his education culminating in his Master’s thesis to the beginning of his teaching career as a tutor at Ohio Wesleyan University.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • McKendree College.
    • Ohio Wesleyan University.
    • Worthington College (Ohio)
    • Methodist Episcopal Church--History--Ohio.
    • Williams family.
    • Williams, William, flourished 1750-1786.
    • Williams, Samuel, 1786-1859.
    • Williams, Samuel Wesley, 1827-
    • Ohio--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Williams Family Papers [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Genealogical / Biographical Material, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    William Williams Papers, Correspondence, undated, 1799-1809
    Box   1 F   3
    William Williams Papers, Financial Papers, 1792-1811
    Box   1 F   4
    Samuel Williams Papers, Conversion to Christianity, undated
    Box   1 F   5
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Abbott, Mary (Williams) and Sam, 1831-1848
    Box   1 F   6
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Aid, Jacob, 1826-1845
    Box   1 F   7
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Bailey, Mary Ann (Williams) and Will (folder 1 of 2), undated, 1811-1843
    Box   1 F   8
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Bailey, Mary Ann (Williams) and Will (folder 2 of 2), undated, 1811-1843
    Box   1 F   9
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Campbell, James and Jane, undated, 1809-1838
    Box   1 F   10
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Dunlop, Annie M. (Clingman), undated, 1848-1858
    Box   1 F   11
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: General (folder 1 of 2), undated, 1810-1858
    Box   1 F   12
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: General (folder 2 of 2), undated, 1810-1858
    Box   1 F   13
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Sosman, George, undated, 1831-1854
    Box   1 F   14
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Widney, Eliza Jane (Williams) and Stephen (folder 1 of 2), undated, 1837-1858
    Box   1 F   15
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Widney, Eliza Jane (Williams) and Stephen (folder 2 of 2), undated, 1837-1858
    Box   1 F   16
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Widney, John (folder 1 of 2), 1804-1837
    Box   1 F   17
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Widney, John (folder 2 of 2), 1804-1837
    Box   2 F   1
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Williams cousins, 1818-1834
    Box   2 F   2
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Williams, Edward T., 1835-1847
    Box   2 F   3
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Williams, William, 1814-1847
    Box   2 F   4
    Samuel Williams Papers, Correspondence from: Wives (Eliza and Margaret), 1812, 1829-1857
    Box   2 F   5
    Samuel Williams Papers, Financial Papers, undated, 1814-1837
    Box   2 F   6
    Samuel Williams Papers, Hymnbook, 1805
    Box   2 F   7
    Samuel Williams Papers, Journal of His Conversion, undated
    Box   2 F   8
    Samuel Williams Papers, Journals (6 volumes), 1803-1808
    Box   2 F   9
    Samuel Williams Papers, Memoir of Mrs. Eliza Williams, undated, 1855
    Box   2 F   10
    Samuel Williams Papers, Methodist Episcopal Church (folder 1 of 2), undated, 1805, 1811-1844
    Box   2 F   11
    Samuel Williams Papers, Methodist Episcopal Church (folder 2 of 2), undated, 1805, 1811-1844
    Box   2 F   12
    Samuel Williams Papers, Mill Creek School District, 1834-1837
    Box   2 F   13
    Samuel Williams Papers, Mill Creek School District, 1834-1837
    Box   3 F   1
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Clippings and Programs, undated, 1848, 1885-1887, 1896-1897
    Box   3 F   2
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, College and University Papers (folder 1 of 2), undated, 1839, 1844, 1863-1876
    Box   3 F   3
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, College and University Papers (folder 2 of 2), undated, 1839, 1844, 1863-1876
    Box   3 F   4
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Dunlop, Annie M., 1859-1904
    Box   3 F   5
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 1 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   5
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 1 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   6
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 2 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   7
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 3 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   8
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 4 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   9
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, General (folder 5 of 5), undated, 1846-1903
    Box   3 F   10
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Widney, Eliza Jane and Stephen, undated, 1850-1869
    Box   3 F   11
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, Edward T., 1859-1886
    Box   3 F   12
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, John Fletcher (folder 1 of 4), 1846-1886
    Box   3 F   13
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, John Fletcher (folder 2 of 4), 1846-1886
    Box   3 F   14
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, John Fletcher (folder 3 of 4), 1846-1886
    Box   3 F   15
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, John Fletcher (folder 4 of 4), 1846-1886
    Box   4 F   1
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, Samuel (folder 1 of 4), 1845-1858
    Box   4 F   2
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, Samuel (folder 2 of 4), 1845-1858
    Box   4 F   3
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, Samuel (folder 3 of 4), 1845-1858
    Box   4 F   4
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, Samuel (folder 4 of 4), 1845-1858
    Box   4 F   5
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, William George (folder 1 of 4), 1851-1901
    Box   4 F   6
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, William George (folder 2 of 4), 1851-1901
    Box   4 F   7
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, William George (folder 3 of 4), 1851-1901
    Box   4 F   8
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Correspondence, Williams, William George (folder 4 of 4), 1851-1901
    Box   4 F   9
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, undated
    Box   4 F   10
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, 1842-1847
    Box   4 F   11
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, History of Ashbury Chapel, undated
    Box   4 F   12
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, Media, undated
    Box   4 F   13
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, Methodism and January, undated
    Box   4 F   14
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, Methodista, undated
    Box   4 F   15
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Essays, Profiles of Methodist Preachers, undated
    Box   5 F   1
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Methodist Book Concern, undated
    Box   5 F   2
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Visual Materials, Dayton, Ohio Veterinary Hospital, Photograph, undated
    Box   5 F   3
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Visual Materials, Greenwood Waterworks, Daguerreotype, 1857
    Box   5 F   4
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Visual Materials, Wyandotte Mission Church, Postcards, 1861-1885
    Box   6 F   1
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Volume 1 of 5, 1844-1845
    Box   6 F   2
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Volume 2 of 5, 1845-1846
    Box   6 F   3
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Volume 3 of 5, 1847-1848
    Box   6 F   4
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Volume 4 of 5, 1849-1850
    Box   6 F   5
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, Volume 5 of 5, 1851-1852
    Box   6 F   6
    Samuel W. Williams Papers, A Dictionary of Slang, 3 Volumes, undated