Williams, Sidney Harris


Birth: February 8, 1845, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Death: August 7, 1925, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
Burial: Vienna Township Cemetery, Vienna, Trumbull County, Ohio
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Published Biography

From Harriet Taylor Upton, A Twentieth Century History of Trumbull County, Ohio, A Narrative Account of its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), Volume 2, pp. 257-258:

SIDNEY HARRIS WILLIAMS was born on the farm on which he now resides, sixty-three years ago, the date of his birth being February 8, 1845. He is the son of William D. and Delia (Nichols) Williams. His father was a native of Vienna township, born April 6, 1819, and the mother was born February 10, 1820, in the same locality. The paternal grandfather went from Connecticut to Ohio at an early day. He settled in this township on a farm which was then in the wilderness and great forest. He was among, if not the first, to locate here. His life ever afterward was spent in farming on the tract of land which he improved. He died prior to the Civil War period and his wife some years later.

The father of Sidney H. Williams began life for himself about 1842, or perhaps a year later, when he moved to the farm where now resides his son, Sidney H., and there he continued to live until his death, October 15, 1883. His wife died November 16, 1900. Sidney H. Williams gained his education at the school known as the Munson school. He continued to reside at home with his parents until twenty years of age, then rented land a year in this township for about four seasons. At the end of the last named period he bought a farm where E. M. Norton now lives, and there he resided from 1873 to 1890, then sold and went to the old homestead of one hundred acres, where he now lives. Besides carrying on his extensive farming operations, he has owned and operated a threshing machine outfit for more than a quarter of a century. He has also spent some time in coal prospecting. Having accumulated considerable valuable property, and performed much hard labor, he expects to partially retire and enjoy the fruits of his labor. Politically Mr. Williams is a Republican and interested in the welfare of his county, state and nation.

He was united in marriage December, 1866, to Eliza Hake, born in Howland township in 1846, a daughter of George and Katherine (Hartman) Hake, both of whom were natives of York, Pennsylvania, and who went to Ohio about Civil war days. Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Williams: Louis C., born December 6, 1868, a farmer of this township, married Amelia Brunswick; Cora B., wife of E. M. Norton (see his sketch); Grace D., wife of Guy Mathews, residing in Liberty township, a school teacher, also the owner of a small farm; Ida, wife of James Waterman, a brick mason, residing in Niles, Ohio; Edith, wife of George Stein, engaged in the ice business, residing in Niles.

Mrs. Eliza (Hake) Williams died in March, 1888. For his second wife he married July 4, 1890, Mrs. Edith Thompson, widow of William Thompson. She was the daughter of Hillman Tidd, a brother of A. A. Tidd (see his family sketch). By this union there is no issue.

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