Here, gathered in our beloved South Dakota, are a few members of our Williamson / Mattson Clan. Charles and Luella are to be blamed (be kind, they didn't know what they were doing). We're generally a happy bunch and somewhat intelligent (notwithstanding our tenuous grasp on reality). I'm also proud to say that most of us still have our teeth.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Williamson Historical Footnotes

From the Fortress of Solitude
Pleasant Grove

Hello Williamsons!
It's snowing in Utah Valley as I type. If its light snow in Utah it will be blizzard and tornadoes the those of you living on the eastern side of the Rockies, Great Plains and East when the front hits you.

There's a section of the Fortress' Great Room full of pictures and documents of family history. So many in fact, that if I thought I had to organize them into one readable document I'd give up and go back to mind numbing television. That is why I've given myself permission to post everything in whatever order and leave it to later life, or another generation, to organize it into one great volume of family history.

In many instances I won't know where the information comes from, all I know is that I have the documents and trust that the memories are fairly accurate.

Enjoy these fragmented bits and pieces of family history.


From the First Document. Willis / Williamson
Jonathan Willis served in the Confederate home Guard during he Civil War. General Stoneman made a raid in Floyd County and camped for days on Anabella Willis' father's farm - even in the yard, and made extensive use of the farm house.

General Stoneman

General Stoneman and his Staff

Our Great Great Grandmother Margaret Ann Willis, first child of Jonathan and Anabella Willis was born March 1, 1835. She married George Matthew Williamson of Charlotte County Virginia. He was the son of Matthew Williamson and Lelina (Selina) Dandridge Jeffries who was from Lynchburg Virginia. Margaret Ann Willis and George M. Williamson married on July 17, 1856 and that same year moved to Birmingham, Schuyler County, Illinois.

Margaret's brother Hamilton Willis and his cousin Abraham Wade rode on horseback to Margaret and George's home in Illinois in 1857. The trip took three weeks. During the Civil War the two, still in Illinois, being with Union Territory , when into Oregon Territory to keep from being drafted to fight against the South.

Relationship Chart
Our GGG Grandparents Jonathan Willis. B. 1807 and Anabella Phlegar b. Dec. 12, 1809. d. October 15, 1865.

The Children of Jonathan and Anabella are:
GG Grandmother Margaret Ann Willis (b. 1835. d. 1921)
David Willis (b. 13 April 1836. d. 1925)
Hamilton Willis (b. 1837)
Bennet Willis (1839 - 1862 )
Lavina Willis (1841 - 1916)
Thomas Willis (b. 1842)
Samuel Allen Willis (b. 1843)
Simon Peter Willis (1845 - 1915)
James Willis (1846)
Mary Willis (1849 - 1850)
Martha Willis (1849 - 1875)
John Calvin Willis (1850 - 1935)
George Willis (1852)
William Henry Willis (1856 - 1932)

Margaret Ann Willis. Married George Matthew Williamson
William J. Williamson Married Effie Helen Victor
Vennie, Ima Della, Inez, Lillie Ethel, Josie, Emmett, Walt, Charles, Maurice.
(through Charles to his son Charles who married Luella)

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