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James Williams, Gen.

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Grainger County, Tennessee, United States
Death: 1869 (73)
Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria
Place of Burial: Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria
Immediate Family:

Son of Etheldred Williams and Mary Williams
Husband of Lucy Jane Williams
Father of Kate Kavanagh Ballyane, Freifrau
Brother of Mary Crozier

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About James Williams, US Ambassador

WILLIAMS, James Born in Grainger Co., TN, about 1814 [note: Due to source: Muzeji Hrvatskog Zagorja: „Obitelj Kavanagh-Ballyane iz Malog Tabor 2015“: date of birth: 1796] , son of Ethelred and Mary Copeland Williams, he owned a line of steamboats plying the Tennessee River from Knoxville to Decatur. He located in Chatt. because of river location and with his brother William established Chatt.'s first bank as well as Tennessee River Mining, Manufacturing, and Navigation Co. Given a silver service by citizens of Chatt. "for his contribution to development of river." He was known to President James Buchanan and offered a cabinet post. Instead he became Minister to Turkey. When war broke out he remained in abroad, selling Confederate bonds in London and throughout Europe. He also wrote pieces in London papers in support of CSA. He was author of The Model Republic, but found himself unwelcome in his native country. He married Lucy Graham. Died at Gratz, Austria in 1869 and buried there


Ehemaliger US-Konsul ("Minister Resident" 1858-1861) in Konstantinopel, Osmanisches Reich (Türkei), Später in London Journalist für den "Index", In der Rente lebten er und seine Frau bei seiner Tochter auf dem Schloss Mali Tabor in Kroatien.

Quelle: Fort Worth gazette, Texas., November 29, 1891, Page 3, Image 3

“Baroness Ballyane Dead: She was the beautiful daughter of the editor of the London Index. Special to the Gazette. New York, Nov 28. – Among the Southerners who distinguished themselves during the civil war was Gen. James Williams, who was United States consul at Constantinople. He resigned his position on learning of the declaration of war and became editor of the “Index”, a paper published in London in the interest of the Confederacy. His property in Nashville was swept away, including his house, which was confiscated and turned into a hospital. His immense estate in Texas and other Southern states became comparatively valueless and his fortune vanished. His daughter, Kate Graham Williams, born in Nashville, was a recognized belle in London and many continental cities. The sultan of Turkey was so struck by the girl’s beauty that he conferred many honors upon her. She married Baron Henry Kavanagh Ballyane, an Eastern nobleman, who on his marriage left the army and settled on his estate Kis Tabor (note: i.e. “Mali Tabor,Croatia”) near Goatz (note: “Graz, Austria”). Gen Williams and wife retired to this beautiful old castle an ended their days there. News reached this city yesterday that the Baroness Kavanagh Ballyane has just died after a lingering illness.”

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James Williams, US Ambassador's Timeline

Grainger County, Tennessee, United States
Age 44
Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, United States
- 1861
Age 62
Constantinople / Istanbul, Turkey
Age 73
Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria
Graz, Graz, Styria, Austria