Obituary of
William James Williamson

Obit: William James Williamson (1 Dec 1835 - 10 Mar 1923)
Source: Bellevue, Texas Newpaper

"An Old Settler Gone"

On last Saturday evening Mr. W. J. Williamson, age 87 years 3 months and 10 days passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R.S. Gowan in west Bellevue. Mr. Williamson had been in feedble health for several months and about one week previous to his death he became afflicted with the hic-coughs from which he gradually grew weaker until the end came. The deceased was born near Lynville, Tenn., Dec. 1st 1835, where he resided until 1882, when he moved to Texas, first settling in Dallas county. From there he to Clay county, settling on a farm seven miles southwest of Bellevue. In the year 1878 he was married to Miss Sarah L. hodge, who died in 1879. To this union six children were born, five of whom survive. in the year 1881 he was again married to Miss Rebecca Ann harris, and to this union three children were born, 2 of whom are deceased. The second wife died in 1915 and since that time Mr. Williamson made his home with his children.

Mr. Williamson was a member of the Methodist Church for 73 years, having been converted and joined the church at the age of fourteen. he was also a soldier in the Confederate army, serving four years under that flag, and participated in the famous battle of Franklin and other important engagements, in one of which he was wounded.

Mr. Williamson was a resident of Clay county some 28 years and was a quite peaceful citizen, a good neighbor and friend. He was well and favorably known by the majority of our people and all who knew him speak highly of his life and the clean moral principles for which he stood. Of course, for the past several years he had been very feeble and unable to mix and mingle with his fellowmen as he did in him earlier life.

Three sons and three daughters survive. They are: Mrs. W. Walters of Happy, Texas; mrs R.S. gowan of this place; Mrs. W.P. lewis of Electra, J.W. Williamson of Dalhart, Texas; S.L. Williamson of Burkburnett, Texas; and George Williamson of Hollister, Okla., all ofwho were present at the funeral except the son at Hollister. he is also survived by 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grand children.

The funeral was held at the Methodist Church in this city, Sunday afternoon at 3:30 O'clock by Rev., H.G. May, G.P. Humphries and W.J. Walker. Interment followed in the Bellevue cemetery.

Submitted by: J. Hodge