Elnathan G. Willilams is a representative pioneer citizen and farmer of San Joaquin county, where he has lived practically all the half century and more since 1853. He owns a beautiful estate situated six and a half miles north of Stockton, land which has constituted the Williams homestead since his father got possession of it in pioneer times. He was a lad of some sixteen years when he came to this state, and he has been a witness of the great development which has transformed the country into the garden of the world in the course of fifty years.

Mr. Williams was born in Mansfield, Ohio, December 18, 1837. His parents were Miles and Martrha J. (Reed) Williams, his father a native of Pennsylvania and his mother was born in Ohio. During the childhood of Elnathan the family moved to Independence county, Arkansas, where they lived until 1853, in which year Miles Williams brought wife and children across the plains to this state, coming directly to San Joaquin county. He located on the homestead ranch above mentioned and lived there until his death in 1869. Of his children, seven survive: Elnathan G.; William C., in Stockton; Melinda A., widow of the late W. B. White, of San Joaquin county; Seppie, wife of Alden Spooner, of San Joaquin county; and John E., in Stockton.

Mr. Williams finished his educational training in the public schools of San Joaquin county, and by practical experience in the affairs of the world and by close observation of men and events he has always been known as a well posted and wide-awake man, public-spirited in citizenship and progressive in all his activities. He owns a hundred and thirty-five acres in his homestead, and he has been very prosperous in its conduct. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church, and is affiliated with Truth Lodge No. 155, of the Odd Fellows, at Stockton. For several years he has served as a trustee of Elkhorn school district. He is an independent Democrat in politics, and is a friend of good roads, public schools and civic progress in general.

Mr. Williams was married September 21, 1863, to Miss Mary A. Landrum, a native of Georgia, and after a happy married life of over thirty-five years, during which husband and wife worked together for the prosperity which has come to them, she passed away on may 29, 1899, leaving her husband and five children to mourn her death. The children are as follows: Robert G., of San Joaquin county; Noah V.; Etta, wife of William P. Moore, of San Joaquin county; Mary J., wife of H. M. Cook, of San Joaquin county; and Eugene V., in San Joaquin county.

Source: History of the New California Its Resources and People, Volume II

The Lewis Publishing Company - 1905
Edited by Leigh H. Irvine

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