Joshua Williams, Mr. (1838 - 1900)

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Birthplace: Milford haven, Wales, England
Death: Died in Ogden, Weber, UT, USA
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Birth: Mar. 23, 1838 Milford Haven, Wales Death: Nov. 21, 1900 Ogden Weber County Utah, USA

OBITUARIES: Ogden Standard Examiner 21 November 1900 DEATH OF A VETERAN. JOSHUA WILLIAMS DIES THIS MORNING OF KIDNEY TROUBLES. This morning at 5:50, Joshua Williams, an old resident of Ogden and Weber valley, died of kidney troubles at Five Points. The funeral has been set for 10 a.m., Friday, from the Fifth ward meeting house. Mr. Williams is well-known to the citizens of Ogden and has been actively identified with the progress of the city. He was 62 years of age and came to Weber valley in 1862. In 1868 he came to Ogden and became engaged in the lumber business. He was the first chief of the volunteer fire department and was a member of the Veteran Fireman's association. One of his last requests was that the association should attend the obsequies over his remains an the request will be granted. During his long residence in this vicinity Mr. Williams acquired a popularity which he retained until his death. He possessed all the qualities which go to make a good citizen and his life has been such as to win him many warm personal friends.

Salt Lake Herald 22 November 1900 JOSHUA WILLIAMS DEAD. One of Ogden's Best Known Citizens Gone to Last Rest. Joshua Williams died yesterday morning at Five Points. Mr. Williams was one of the old residents of Ogden, and later of Peterson, Morgan county. He was a most remarkable man, and had a business record in Ogden which, in spite of misfortunes, he was justly proud of. They were speaking of it yesterday in banks and mercantile institutions, and telling how he rose from failure that would have crushed the spirit of men with less pluck and energy. It was in 1868 that he engaged in the lumber business in Ogden, being the partner of a man named Wilson. Misfortune and an inexperienced partner made the business unsuccessful, and about a dozen or so years ago the concern was forced to the wall. Williams mortgaged his ranch in Morgan county, turning the proceeds over to his creditors, but stipulated that he have the option of redeeming the property by paying the mortgage, plus interest at 12 per cent. Then he went away, burdened with debt and being nearly half a century old. He went to Butte and started in the employ of Marcus Daly, who soon recognized his value and gave him general charge of his lumber business. They say Williams lived on a little or nothing a year, and put by his wages month after month, year after year. They told a story yesterday about his business methods in Butte. A big lumber contract of over $100,000 was to be let by a mining company. Williams got a hint of it after office hours, and set out to look up the subject. He met the manager of the mining company, who was a jolly fellow. Williams was a jolly fellow, too, and out of the proceeds of his month's salary he kept up his end of the evening's expenses. Along about 3 o'clock in the morning the manager was ready to talk lumber, and invited Williams to his office. By breakfast time the details were agreed on, and a contract advantageous to both parties was signed by both the gentlemen. Williams returned to his officework punctually, and there found his employers excited of the news of a big lumber contract to be let. A dozen other lumber companies had employees equally excited. Williams calmly placed the $100,000 contracted before his employers and made out a bill of expense for the night's entertainment. At Christmas time his exploit was recognized by a check for $1,000. But when he had a comfortable balance Mr. Williams returned to Ogden, paid off dollar for dollar all his debts and redeemed his ranch. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and became county attorney of Morgan county after he was nearing 60. He was a man who led movements and enterprises, and was the first chief of Ogden's volunteer fire department. One of his dying requests was that the Veteran Firemen's association attend his funeral This will be as he wished. The funeral will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Fifth ward meeting house.

Ogden Standard Examiner 21 November 1900 ATTENTION FIREMEN! All the members of the old Volunteer Fire Department are requested to meet at City Hall, Thursday eve., November 22nd, at 8 o'clock, to arrange for the funeral of our first Chief, Bro. Joshua Williams. A full attendance is requested. L. J. WRIGHT, President. JOS. ALLEN, Sec'y.

Ogden Standard Examiner 24 November 1900 LAID TO REST. JOSHUA WILLIAMS BURIED WITH HONORS FROM OLD COMRADES AND CITIZENS. The funeral services over the remains of Joshua Williams, were held yesterday and the ceremonies were conducted in accordance with the dying wishes of the old veteran. The services were held from the Fifth ward meeting house and were attended by a very large number of Ogden citizens. By request F.S. Richards of Salt Lake delivered the funeral sermon and he spoke in terms of highest praise of the exemplary life of the deceased. Other speakers were President Middleton, Thos. D. Dee and Mr. Croft, of Morgan. One of the requests was that the Veteran Fire department should be present and that Joseph Clark, an old and true friend of the deceased, who had succeeded the deceased as chief of the old volunteer fire department should drive the hearse, which was done, and the cortege wended its way to the last resting place of the honored veteran. The pall bearers were all members of the Veteran Fireman's association: Richard Douglass, Jas. Allen, Orson Riser, Hyrum Watkins, Hyrum Goodale, and Will Wright.

A daughter of Joshua Williams & Annie Coy: Jessie Williams Green


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Spouses:
 Annie Coy Williams (1835 - 1876)
 Hannah Martha Green Williams (1857 - 1938)*

Children:
 Emily Williams Cheney (1872 - 1947)*
 Franklin Williams (1877 - 1878)*
 Ada Williams Quinn (1878 - 1945)*
 Arthur Williams (1881 - 1928)*
 Gwendolyn Williams Shaw (1883 - 1974)*
 Ivy Williams Stone (1885 - 1980)*
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Burial: Ogden City Cemetery Ogden Weber County Utah, USA Plot: C-2-5-1E


Created by: VaunaMri Record added: Dec 11, 2008 Find A Grave Memorial# 32118013

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Joshua Williams, Mr.'s Timeline

1838
March 23, 1838
Milford haven, Wales, England
1859
1859
Age 20
1860
June 17, 1860
Age 22
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
1872
November 17, 1872
Age 34
UT, USA