RUFUS WILLIAMS FAMILY HISTORY PAGE
This web site is devoted to an accounting of the
families the RUFUS WILLIAMS who was born in Lawrence County, Indiana
Two different publications are available which
detail the lineage of Rufus Williams's parents, his life, and his
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,
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.
COUNTY AND BEYOND Part One
distributed in 2000
revised in 2006 by
Still a work in progress, this details Rufus' life, the
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
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,
children, and beyond.
by the four Uerkvits
great grand children of
Rufus and Susan (Kern) Williams is a great narrative regarding
childhood years in rural Oklahoma.
SIX GENERATIONS AND COUNTING
is a one page documentation of the historic first time meeting
fifth and sixth generation male descendents from Rufus and
Susan with the Williams surname in June of 2006.
includes pictures taken when the descendents
Otmar and Celia Williams gather.
RUFUS WILLIAMS FAMILIES IN OKLAHOMA ABOUT 1915
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
In 1882 Rufus
sold his vast holdings and moved his wife and seven children to
North Bend, Nebraska. Their eighth and final child was
Two years later he moved the family to South Haven,
Less than two years later, Susan became ill and died. Her
child, this writer's grandfather, was less than two years of age
In 1889 Rufus and a son-in-law, J. C. Miles
in the Oklahoma Indian Territory near Crescent, OK. Rufus
farms in 1895 and returned to Lawrence County Indiana with some
while the older and married ones stayed in Oklahoma.
By 1910, Rufus had joined one of his daughers and her husband on
pineapple plantation in Old Mexico. In 1916 they all
"fled for their lives" with limited personal possessions after
caught up in one of the Mexican revolutions. Rufus
Oklahoma and later to St. Petersburg, Florida where he lived
of his children. He was an avid fisherman who enjoyed the
the fishing piers of the area. He
died in 1926 and is buried in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Otmar Williams was this writer's grandfather.
OTMAR WILLIAMS FAMILY
DAVIESS COUNTY INDIANA 1938
Uncle Ned Williams traveled by
from St. Petersburg, Florida to visit his little brother,
on the farm located northwest of the Walnut Hill Cemetery near
It was their first meeting in nearly 40 years.
Follow this link for the detail
narrative of Rufus Williams and his
This link will take you to a
being maintained by Brad Manzenberger
A great collection of materials
the pioneer family
of Lawrence County Indiana
Otmar Williams married Celia Bowman, the daughter of
Bowman. The Bowman were neighbors of Rufus Williams in
and they, in fact bought some of Rufus' holdings when he
and moved from Lawrence County, Indiana to North Bend, Nebraska.
Celia Bowman's grandfather was Pleasant Bowman who had married a
of Rufus Williams' father (Clarissa Williams). Family lore
not trace the lineage of the Bowmans back farther than Pleasant.
This writer's study of the census records strongly
his heritage is known and documented. The following link
to the author's notes on the subject.