Williams Database - Page 1
(1) Transcribed information from the Samuel Williams family Bible.
(2) An article found in 'Hazzard's History of Henry County'; published by George Hazzard in
1906, documenting the Jacob Williams family. The article contains a hand written annotation
adding the names of Minnie and Bertha Williams to the list of children.
(3) A letter from Charles Fouts to his brother, John, dated 13 August 1935, in which some of
the history of the Williams family is discussed. This is my only source for the mythological
tale of a family ancestor being the one who killed Tecumseh at the 'Battle of the Thames'.
(4) A page from a larger, undated document containing information on the Samuel Williams
and Margarate Jacobs family. Margarate Jacobs is described as having German or Polish
Jewish ancestry and the mythological tale that one of her ancestors, a grandfather, laid the
cornerstone of the United States Capital Building.
(5) A very old photocopy of obituaries for Samuel Williams (1892) and Margarate Jacobs
(1899) taken from the 'Richmond Radical' in Richmond, Indiana.
(6) Two photocopies made in the mid 1960's of a land deed for Samuel Williams, dated 1847
and 1854 for property in Darke County, Ohio. Both photocopies have been cleaned up in
Photoshop to make the text readable. I do not know who made the photocopies.
(7) The following post was found recently at http://www.armchairgeneral.com/forums/showthread.php?t=71650. It
reprints an 1874 article that purports to explain about the "gun that killed Tecumseh". Now,
could this be a clue to the ancestors of the Williams Family? Need more research. . . .
INTERESTING EVENTS IN THE HISTORY
OF AN ANCIENT RIFLE.
[From the Louisville Courier-Journal.]
Mr. Andrew Whitley, of St. Louis, en route to Lexington, visited the Courier-Journal
office yesterday with a rare relic of the earliest days of Kentucky. It was a rifle, made by
Jacob Young, of Virginia, in 1741, and owned by Mr. Whitley's grandfather, Wm.
Whitley, who was one of the first white men that came to Kentucky, and was a
companion of Daniel Boone. The Gun is as much a curiosity, on
account of its great length, as it is a prize on account of its great age, its history, and
recent associations. It is the old-time flintlock pattern, about five feet five inches in
length, with a siIver plate mounting on the stock, bearing the inscription: "W. and E. W.,"
which stands for William and Easter Whitley. The gun, in the days of its usefulness, was
a piece of the family property, and the wife learned as well as the husband to coolly draw
the bead on a deer or an Indian, whenever occasion required. The weapon is of large
bore, with perfect rifle, and the stock and ferruled rammer are apparently in perfectly
sound condition. Accompanying the gun is a large powder-horn of beautiful shape,
carrying a large supply of powder, and suiting the use of the hunter as well as the
ordinary small hunting flask or horn, its shape being as well adapted to the purpose. The
horn is well known throughout the State, and bears on one side the following verses,
carved in the bony substance. The words were composed, by Wm. Whitley himself, and
will doubtless be remembered by many readers of the Courier-Journal familiar with the
lives of the earlysettlers:
William Whitley, I am your horn;
The truth I love, a lie I scorn.
Fill me with, best of powder,
Ile make your rifle crack the lowder.
See how the dread terrifick ball
Makes Indians bleed and toreys fall.
You with powder Ile supply
For to defend your Liberty.
The belt to which the horn is attached is heavily ornamented with beads made of the
quills of porcupines, which are said to have been killed in Kentucky. After passing
through all the scenes
of terror enacted on the dark and bloody ground, incident to the settlement of the
commonwealth by the whites, the faithful old rifle was associated with events which add
great interest to its history.
William Whitley was a soldier in the war of 1812, and directed the bullets of his old-time
friend against the British and Indians at the battle of the Thames, Canada. Here he was
killed in the thick of the fight, but the gun was preserved and returned to his people in
Kentucky. Some time before the recent civil
war the present owner came to this State, found the gun in the possession of Mrs. Sallie
Ann Higgins, near Crab Orchard, and purchased it at a cost of $150. He carried the relic
to his home
in St. Louis, where he kept it until the breaking out of the war, when he was arrested at
Camp Jackson during the demonstration there on the llth day of May, 1861, and was for
some time a prisoner in Federal hands. A short time previous to this occurrence,
while contemplating entering the Con- federate army, he placed the gun in the keeping of
a man named Bates, the janitor of Wyman's Museum, St.Louis. A short time afterward
the museum changed hands, and Bates went to Canada, taking the gun with him. At the
close of the war Whitley returned home, and immediately afterward commenced looking
after Bates and his gun, but all efforts to find the
man proved fruitless until about twelve months ago, when Bates returned to St. Louis,
and was engaged in the business of stuffing birds and animals for a natural history depot.
His name appeared soon after in the public prints, and by this means his whereabout was
revealed to Mr. Whitley. He went immediately to the place, found Mr.Bates, who readily
recognized him as the owner of the gun, and in due time delivered to him the valuable
family relic, which he had kept in good order for twelve years.
On returning to Kentucky on a visit a few days ago, Mr. Whitley went down to Crab
Orchard and obtained from Mrs. Higgins the horn and belt, which were the only
acconterments belonging to the highly prized piece. Mr. Whitley has refused an offer of
$500 for the gun, and would be loth to part with it at any price.
Peace through superior firepower.