WILLIAMS, David

DAVID WILLIAMS is a native of Bedford County, Tenn., born in May, 1815.  His father, Joseph Williams, was born in North Carolina, in 1777, and came to Tennessee at a very early period.  He was a farmer, and a soldier in the war of 1812, participating in the battle of New Orleans.  In 1813 he wedded our subject’s mother, Charity Turrentine, who was born in North Carolina in 1791.  The father died in 1876, and the mother two years later.

David Williams and Sarah T. Harris were united in marriage in 1836.  Mrs. Williams was born in 1816, and her parents, James Harris and Nancy (Thompson) Harris, were born in Pennsylvania and South Carolina, respectively.  The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Williams are Almeda, born in 1837; Lou, in 1839; Elvira, in 1841; James H., in 1845: Lafayette, in 1854; Mollie J., in 1859, and Samuel K., in 1861.

Our subject was reared on a farm and has followed farming from early boyhood.  He was postmaster of Hickory Hill for several years, before and after the war, and in 1869 located on his present farm of 230 acres.  He has a neat frame residence, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  In politics he is a Democrat.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.

COLLINS, Ida J. (Mrs.)

Mrs. IDA J. COLLINS was born October 6, 1837, daughter of David and Sarah (Harris) WILLIAMS, who were born in Tennessee in 1814 and 1818, respectively. Mrs. COLLINS’ paternal ancestry were originally from the State of Virginia, and her mother’s people were North Carolinians. Our subject was united in marriage, April 29, 1858, to W. J. COLLINS, who was born October 25, 1835. He was a merchant at Unionville up to the date of the late war. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the time of his death, which occurred July 21, 1866.

His union with our subject resulted in the birth of six children: Spencer D., born March 19, 1859; Edward E. and John B. were twins, born October 25, 1860; Lycurgus F., born January 11, 1863; Emmet C., born December 15, 1864; Ellen J., born December 29, 1866. Mrs. COLLINS is an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is a woman who has won the respect and esteem of all. She has managed her farm successfully and is a credit to the county in which she lives.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.