This web site is devoted to an accounting of the families the RUFUS WILLIAMS who was born in Lawrence County, Indiana in 1843. 
    Two different publications are available which detail the lineage of Rufus Williams's parents, his life, and his descendants. 

CAPTAIN ISAAC WILLIAMS AND HIS GRAND CHILDREN published in 1963 and updated in 1967 by Ben F. and Alice L. Dixon traces the lineage of  Rufus' ancestral family from Gwynedd, Pennsylvania in 1717, down the valleys of Virginia to Surrey County North Carolina, back  along the French Broad River in Tennessee to the White River Valley in Lawrence County and the small town now called Williams.  It includes the births of Rufus' generation.

 LAWRENCE COUNTY AND BEYOND Part One  distributed in 2000  and revised in 2006 by this author.  Still a work in progress, this details Rufus' life, the lives of his children, and grand children.  Since the initial printing and distribution, the author has been able to make contact with at least one representative of  each of Rufus and Susan's children's families.

 LAWRENCE COUNTY AND BEYOND Part Two   also distributed in 2000 and revised in 2006 by this author continues with the linage of the Rufus' son Otmar, his children, grand children, and  beyond.

OKLAHOMA RECOLLECTIONS by the four Uerkvits girls, great grand children of Rufus and Susan (Kern) Williams is a great narrative regarding their childhood years in rural Oklahoma. 

SIX GENERATIONS AND COUNTING   is a one page documentation of the historic first time meeting of  fifth and sixth  generation male descendents from Rufus and Susan  with the Williams surname in June of 2006.

RECENT REUNIONS  includes pictures taken when the descendents of Otmar and Celia Williams gather.


Rufus was a civil war veteran who was wounded, received an honorable discharge and returned to Lawrence County, married Susan Jane Kern, and established himself as a respected farmer.  In 1882 Rufus sold his vast holdings and moved his wife and seven children to a farm near North Bend, Nebraska.  Their eighth and final child was born there.  Two years later he moved the family to South Haven, Kansas.   Less than two years later, Susan became ill and died.  Her youngest child, this writer's grandfather, was less than two years of age at the time.    In 1889 Rufus and a son-in-law, J. C. Miles homesteaded land in the Oklahoma Indian Territory near Crescent, OK.  Rufus sold his farms in 1895 and returned to Lawrence County Indiana with some of his children while the older and married ones stayed in Oklahoma.  

By 1910, Rufus had joined one of his daughers and her husband on a pineapple plantation in Old Mexico.   In 1916 they all literally "fled for their lives" with limited personal possessions after being caught up in one of the Mexican revolutions.  Rufus returned to Oklahoma and later to St. Petersburg, Florida where he lived with some of his children.  He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed the roaming the fishing piers of the area.  He died in 1926 and is buried in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Otmar Williams was this writer's grandfather.  



Uncle Ned Williams traveled by train from St. Petersburg, Florida to visit his little brother, Otmar
on the farm located northwest of the Walnut Hill Cemetery near Odon, Indiana..
It was their first meeting in nearly 40 years.

Follow this link for the detail narrative of Rufus Williams and his children.
The Rufus Williams Story

This link will take you to a web site being maintained by Brad Manzenberger
Isaac Williams Family History Pages
A great collection of materials about the pioneer family
 of Lawrence County Indiana


 Otmar Williams married Celia Bowman, the daughter of Jackson Bowman.  The Bowman were neighbors of Rufus Williams in Lawrence County; and they, in fact bought some of  Rufus' holdings when he sold out and moved from Lawrence County, Indiana to North Bend, Nebraska.

Celia Bowman's grandfather was Pleasant Bowman who had married a cousin of Rufus Williams' father (Clarissa Williams).  Family lore could not trace the lineage of the Bowmans back farther than Pleasant.  This writer's study of the census records strongly suggests that his heritage is known and documented.   The following link leads to the author's notes on the subject.

Notes on Pleasant Bowman

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