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Thomas Daniel Williams

Birthdate: (91)
Birthplace: Beula, Columbia Co., PENNSYLVANIA
Death: October 18, 1894 (91)
Lane, OR, USA
Place of Burial: Pleasant Hill, Lane County, Oregon
Immediate Family:

Son of William Williams, Rev and Joned "Jane" Williams
Husband of Hannah Sater Williams and Anna Williams
Father of Ella Vista Williams; Philip Augustus Wegner; Esther matilda Williams; Charles Levering Williams; Ilena Malena Whitbeck and 12 others
Brother of William Williams; Benjamin Williams and Daniel Williams

Managed by: Alice Zoe Marie Knapp
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About Thomas Daniel Williams

Thomas Williams was born to Welsh immigrants in Pennsylvania. His family had worked the coal mines in both Wales and Pennsylvania. His father was a Baptist minister who preached in Welsh and founded and built the Bethel Baptist Church in Blacklick Township, Cambria County, Pennsylvania. Thomas married Anne Goodwin in 1835 and left Pennsylvania for Ohio that same year. Thomas is listed as one of the first settlers in Moulton Township in Allen County which was later a part of Auglaize County in Ohio. Four children where born to Thomas and Anne: Elias Pitzer, Mary May (Hunsaker), Cecelia Lucretia (Morgan) and Martha Ellen (Dunten). But in 1847, Anne died and Thomas married Hannah Satar Levering in 1849. Hannah was a widow with two children: Esther Matilda Wegner (Johnson) and Philip Augustus Wegner. Thomas and Hannah had two children, Ella and Ellis, but they died in infancy from typhoid. In 1853, Thomas brought his family to Oregon on the Oregon Trail. Thomas and his family were members of the Lost Wagon Train of 1853 who took the Elliot Cutoff to the Upper Willamette Valley. Several family accounts state that Thomas was elected leader or Wagon Master of the wagon train after it was discovered that the cutoff had not been built yet and they were "lost". After bushwhacking their way though the heavily forested Cascades, Thomas, his family and the other 1,000+ members of the wagon train were eventually rescued near the present day town of Oakridge, Oregon. Thomas and his family settled near Dexter, Oregon where Thomas ran a sawmill that he had brought by wagon on the journey. Thomas built one of the largest and grandest homes in Lane County for his family as a promise to his wife for agreeing to the journey. In Oregon, Thomas and Hannah had the following children, Ilena Malena (Whitbeck), Charles Levering, William, Effa (Fenton) and Robert Levering Williams.

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Thomas Daniel Williams's Timeline

October 10, 1803
Beula, Columbia Co., PENNSYLVANIA
July 15, 1837
Age 33
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
May 20, 1840
Age 36
Cincinnati, Hamilton, Ohio, United States
August 22, 1842
Age 38
Wapakoneta, Auglaize, Ohio, United States
November 11, 1842
Age 39
Hamilton, Butler, Ohio, United States
January 16, 1844
Age 40
Auglaize, Ohio, United States
August 7, 1845
Age 41
Hamilton, Ohio, United States
September 16, 1850
Age 46
Auglaize, Ohio, United States