William L. Williams

William L. WILLIAMS was born in Tennessee August 28, 1848. He is a son of Levi and Nellie (Howard) Williams, both of whom were natives 
of South Carolina. Levi Williams was a wheelwright and followed his trade until 1861, when his health failed. In 1863 he moved to Illinois and rented 
land in Pope County, where he remained until 1870, when he removed to Johnson County, and died therein 1876. William L. Williams remained at 
home until he was twenty-two years old, when he rented land in Pope County, and continued thus engaged for two years. In 1870 he removed to 
Johnson County and located at Lincoln Green, where he engaged in the mercantile business in a log house. He was proprietor of a general store 
from 1871 to 1883, and also served as Postmaster, having been appointed in 1880. In 1883 he moved his stock of goods to Belknap, and is now 
the leading merchant in this latter village, where he carries on a general store. 

In addition to merchandising, Mr. Williams owns a flouring mill fitted up with the roller process. He is one of the enterprising and wide-awake 
citizens of Belknap, and is the present Postmaster at this place, having been appointed August 27, 1890. He has served as County Commissioner 
for four years, and in every position of trust has proved that the confidence of his fellow citizens was not misplaced. November 3, 1870, he married 
Clara B. Compton, who died October 3, 1882. He was next married October 26, 1883, to Alice Compton, who was born in Harrison County, 
Ind., February 8, 1852, and whose parents were natives of Indiana. Mr. Williams has seven children, three by his first wife, namely:  Harry, Ida
and Myrtle. Those by his second wife are Bertha, Edith, Flossie and Duncan. Socially Mr. Williams is a member of Belknap Lodge No. 822, 
A. F. & A. M., and of Belknap Lodge No. 251, I. O. O. F.  He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a 

transcribed by Nan Starjak

The Biographical Review of  Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin Counties
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893
pp 496 - 497


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