The agricultural interests of Sacramento county find a worthy representative in Matthew Williams, who is now residing east of Florin, where he has made his home for a number of years, having there an excellent ranch of four hundred acres. He is a native of England, his birth having occurred in Somersetshire, on the 6th of September, 1850, his parents being Joel and Phoeba (Tincknell) Williams, who are also natives of England. The mother is now deceased, but the father makes his home in Somersetshire. Under the parental roof Matthew Williams was reared, no event of special importance occurring to vary the routine of farm life for him in his boyhood days. On attaining his majority he came to America, hoping that he might have better privileges in the new world than he could obtain in his native land. He located first in the city of New York, residing for about two years near Auburn, but since 1873 he has been a resident of Sacramento county, California. Here he was employed as a farm hand but later he began farming on his own account. He owns four hundred acres of land which is productive and valuable, owing to the many improvements which he has placed upon it and the modern farming methods which he has followed. His success has come gradually, as a result of his careful management and enterprise, and he is now one of the substantial citizens of his community.

Mr. Williams was married February 29, 1880, to Miss Susan Scholefield, a sister of John L. Scholefield, of Sacramento county, and a daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Lea) Scholefield. The father is now deceased but the mother is residing in Sacramento county in the seventy-seventh year of her age, her home being near Florin. To Mr. and Mrs. Williams have been born six children: Phoeba L., Edward H., Fannie L., Hattie E., Walter M., and Anita E.

Mr. Williams has served as a trustee of the Enterprise school district for several years and during a portion of that time was clerk of the board. The cause of education finds in him a warm friend, who does all in his power to raise its standard. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Florin and in his political views is independent. He is, however, recognized as a progressive citizen as well as business man, and his influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home in America, for he has found the business opportunities he sought, and through the utilization of these has worked his way steadily upward from a humble financial position to one of affluence.

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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