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Wiliiams - Henry

Source: H. W. Beckwith, 1881 History of Montgomery County, Indiana (Chicago: Beers) p 275

Henry WILLIAMS, deputy postmaster, Crawfordsville, was born January   4, 1823 in Baltimore, MD. His father was a merchant and died in 1824 and the subject of this sketch was left in charge of a guardian, R.L. COLT, who sent him to the public school in New Jersey. He finished his education afterward in Pennsylvania, where he graduated. Mr. Williams came to Tippecanoe County, working there several years, then went into the mercantile business in LaFayette. In 1857 he came to Crawfordsville to send his children to college, and engaged in the grocery business a few years. He enlisted in Co. G. 11th Ind. Vols. for 3 years. His son, John F. Williams was Capt. of the same company and was in the battles of Shiloh, Ft. Henry, Ft. Donelson and Winchester. He was a veteran soldier, a brave officer and much lamented by his friends when he died April 6, 1866. After the war Mr. Williams went to Illinois to improve some land he had there, his family remaining here. In 1871 he was appointed deputy postmaster, which position he now holds, his management having been an honesty and efficient one. He is a member of the Center Presbyterian Church, a Mason and a radical republican. He was married Feb 19 to Martha B. HAIGHT, daughter of Rev. S. Haight. They have 5 children: Laura; Charles; Harriet; Eva and John. The latter attended Wabash College before going to the war; Charles attended the same for three years. Eva attended Elmira, NY Female College. Mrs. Williams and her daughters are members of the Center Presbyterian Church. - transcribed by kbz
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