biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
L. D. WILLIAMS, who resides on section 3, Des Moines Township, was born in Logan County, Ohio, in 1817; and is the son of Jeffrey and Elizabeth (Cooley) Williams, both natives of Virginia. Mr. Williams came to this county in 1852, and located on his present farm, which comprises 166 acres of land. He was married in 1840 to Hannah Johnson, daughter of John and Sarah Johnson, natives of Maryland, the father dying in 1846, aged sixty-three years, and the mother some years later. Mr. and Mrs. Williams are the parents of seven children: Alaboisa, born April 26, 1841, died June 13, 1845; Francis Marion, born Sept. 2, 1842, is a farmer in this township; Lucina, born March 14, 1844, is the wife of Dennis White, of Garfield Township; Joseph H., born May 8, 1846, is married and resides near New Sharon, and is a farmer; he served eighteen months in the War of the Rebellion, in the 33d Iowa Infantry, and participated in the battles of Saline River, Spanish Fort, and numerous other engagements in the Southwest. Nancy M., born Aug. 28, 1848, is the wife of Jacob Smith of Garfield Township; Ellis, born May 31, 1850, and Henry, May 1, 1852, are at home; James Wesley, born Jan. 21, 1855, resides in Garfield Township. Prior to coming to this State from Ohio, Mr. Williams followed the occupation of milling for about twenty years. He began life as a poor man, and has accumlated his present blessings by hard work, good management and strict economy. He and his wife are sincere, earnest Christian people, and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Their home is one of comfort and good cheer, and in it the social qualities largely predominate. There has ever been concert of action, and a most delightful harmony has ever existed between parents and children, and there are no citizens of Des Moines Township who occupy a higher position in the esteem of their fellow-citizens, neighbors and friends, than Mr. and Mrs. Williams.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy