Alfred, son of Wm. F. and Mary Williams died September 4,1896, after a short illness of one week of typhoid fever aged 17 years 11 months and 4 days. While he did not associate himself with any church the friends that were with him in his sickness know that his spirit rests in the glory world. Alfred was a kind hearted boy at school being bright in his studies. No one knew him but to love and respect him. He leaves a father, mother, two brothers, four sisters and a lot of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. His sickness was so short and he was loved so much it was hard indeed for his friends to give him up. But we trust they will be willing to submit to the Lord's will and look unto Him for comfort. A large number of friends expressed their sympathy by bringing flowers the collection being large and beautiful. Funeral services were held at the house Sunday morning Sept. 6. Rev. (illegible) officiating. After which the remains were laid in the last resting place in the family cemetery in the presence of a large assembly of people. The family desires to thank their friends for their kindness during the sickness and death of their son.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


Evening World: april 11, 1966

Benham E. Williams, 62, of R. R. 1, Worthington, in Owen County near Freedom died Saturday evening at the family home where he was born.He was a farmer and had served as a Physical Education instructor and coach in East Chicago High School.Mr. Williams was born in Owen County, December 5, 1903, a son of John and Kate Woods Williams, and was a member of the Freedom Methodist Church.Survivors include the widow Josie Ellen Mitten Williams to whom he had been married since June 14, 1924; one dauaghter Janet Lee Waggoner, of Worthington; two sons, Benham Jr., of Milford, Ohio and John of Bloomington; one brother, Byron Williams of California; three sisters, Mrs. Susie White, of Downey, California, Miss Geneva Williams, of East Chicago, and Mrs. Gayle Sanders, of Worthington.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


Published in paper July 29, 1965 Blanche Williams, Retired Teacher, Dies Tuesday Miss Blanche Williams of Freedom died in the Freeman-Greene County Hospital at Linton Tuesday night, July 27.Miss Williams was a retired school teacher. She had taught in Freedom, and then for many years was a teacher in the Gary schools.She was born in Owen County March 17, 1880. Her parents were Walter E. Williams and Hulda McClarren Williams.She was an active member of the Freedom Methodist Church.Survivors are her four brothers, Boyd Williams, Clayton, Mac Williams, Indianapolis, Otto Williams, Upland, California, and Heaton Williams of Freedom; one sister, Iva Ellingsworth of Indianapolis, and several nieces and nephews.Funeral arrangements were pending at Drescher's Funeral Home and press time

Posted by Pamela Meyer


An Owen Co. newspaper, July 12, 1977Worthington--Clarence N. Williams, 78, of Worthington, died at 4 a.m. todayat the Greene County General Hospital. Williams was born near Worthington, Oct. 16, 1898. He was a retired carpenter and a member of the Folsom Memorial United Methodist Church at Worthington. His wife, Lucile Dyer Williams, preceded him in death on Aug. 1, 1975.Survivors include a son, Robert Williams, Worthington; two daughters, Mrs. Norma Taylor, Buena Park, Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Evelyn Michele, Worthington; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Carlton Williams, Spencer, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Dyer, Worthington and Mrs. Glen Putoff, Clay City.Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at the Myers Funeral Home with burial to follow in the Pleasant Bethel Cemetery.Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Posted by Marsha Pearson



Daphne A. Williams, 63 years old, died Thursday morning in a hospital in Indianapolis, following a two year illness. She always considered her residence as Freedom where she was born and reared. She was born August 25, 1896 in Owen County, a daughter of the late Walter and LaRue Hickam Williams. Miss Williams was a member of the Freedom Methodist Church, the Eastern Star Lodge at Worthington, a member of the Wesleyan Service Guild at Gary and was a Social Worker in the Gary Public Schools since 1923. She served in the Gary schools until her health failed, and she was forced to retire. Survivors include two sisters and four brothers, namely: Miss Blanche Williams of Freedom; Mrs. Iva Ellingsworth of Indianapolis; Mac Williams of Indianapolis; Heaton Williams of Freedom; Boyd Williams of Clayton; and Otto Williams of Upland, California. Other survivors include several nieces and nephews. Following death the body was brought to the Drescher Funeral Home where final rites were held Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock and interment was made in Riverside Cemetery. Rev. Thomas Oxbon and Rev. Elbert Cole, officiated at the final rites.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


BRAZIL, Ind., July 19

Joseph E. Williams, 75 years old, was found dead on the floor near his bed at the residence, 815 South Fifteenth street, Terre Haute, Wednesday. A Callahan ambulance rushed the stricken man to St. Anthony Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The body was brought to the Moore Funeral Home here were friends may call. Surviving are six sons, Ted of Terre Haute, Jesse of Brazil, Ermil of Bloomington, and Ed, Charles and John Williams all of Cincinnati, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Gaynell McAninch and Mrs. Ruby Branam, both of Bargerville; 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Freedom Baptist Church in Freedom, Ind. Burial will be in DeFoe cemetery near Freedom.

Posted by Debbie Jennings


newspaper: April 13, 1944

Mrs. LaRue Williams, 72, widow of the late Walter Williams, died at her home in Freedom last Wednesday afternoon following a two months illness. She was born in Scott county, Va., on January 1, 1872 and was the daughter of Wm. and Iva (Workman) Hickam. She was married to Harry Williams in November, 1895, and went to housekeeping at Farmers. To this union was born three children: Daphene, who lives at Gary; Mrs. Iva Ellingsworth, of Worthington; and Heaton Williams, of Freedom. Other survivors are five step-children, six grandchildren, 11 step-grandchildren; also two brothers, Nicholas G. Hickam of Freedom, and William Hickam, of Worthington.Funeral rites were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Myers Funeral Home at Worthington, and interment was made in the Williams cemetery.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


Newspaper: May 18, 1961

Paul Williams, a native of Owen County, died Sunday, May 14, at his home in Wheatland, Wyoming. He was 74 years old.Mr. Williams had been seriously ill about 30 days.He was the son of John W. Williams of Jefferson Township, and the late Kate Woods Williams. He was born at the Williams' homeplace in Jefferson Township, R.R. 1, Worthington, in the same house in which his father was born 98 yeas ago.Mr. Williams was married to Mabel Dickerson.He is survived by the widow, three daughters and one son.Other survivors are the father, John W. Williams, R.R. 1, Worthington; two brothers, Byron Williams, Wyoming, Benham Williams, R.R. 1 Worthington; three sisters, Susie White, Wyoming; Mrs. Ben Sanders, Worthington, and Miss Geneva Williams, East Chicago.His mother preceded him in death in 1933. His death is the first among the children of the family.Funeral services and interment were in Wyoming.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


Solomon Williams was born in Greene county, Indiana, November 8, 1826 and died in Owen County, June 21, 1916, aged 89 years, 7 months and 16 days. He came to Owen county with his parents in 1836, settling on a farm on White river a few miles below Freedom in the near neighborhood of which he spent the remaining eighty years of his life. Born and reared on a farm his educational advantages were limited to the neighborhood schools of that day.He was married Oct. 10, 1854 to Cornelia Heaton, daughter of the late Isaac Heaton, who was one of the early pioneers of Owen county.He was of a family of 12 children all of whom have passed to their future home, except, William F. Williams, who is nearing his 80th mile stone.To Solomon Williams and wife were born seven children, to wit: Walter E., Edmund G., Ada May, George B., Fletcher E., John H. and Harry B., all of whom are now living except Ada May and George H. Harry B. Williams is well known to the people of Owen county, having served four years as county treasurer immediatly preceeding the present incumbent. The wife and mother died in 1904.Solomon Williams was an industrious and sucessful farmer. He owned and lived upon the fine farm on White river where he died since 1865. As a citizen, neighbor and friend he was respected by all who knew him, and by an upright life retained the confidences of all. In politics he was an adherent of the Democratic party, but was liberal in his views and offensive to none. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Protestant church for sevety three years, havng joined that branch of the church in 1846. In his death we note the breaking of one of the links which binds the present to the past.

Posted by Pamela Meyer


Note: Walter Williams passed away May 25, 1933.Walter Williams, about 73 years old, a retired farmer living at Freedom, hanged himself in his barn about 11 o'clock Thursday morning and was dead when found by his daughter, Mrs. Ellingsworth. Worry over ill health and financial matters was supposed to be he cause of the act.Before retirement from active farming Mr. Williams was one of the most influential and substantial men of the county. A hard worker, he had made his farm net him a goodly return. He also was a believer in thoroughbred live stock and his herd of Hereford cattle was talked aobut all over the county.While Mr. Williams had been in ill health for some time, there was nothing about his actions to indicate that he contemplated self destruction. Thursday morning he stated he was going to the barn to attend to some chores. Shortly after he left the house his daughter, Mrs. Ellingsworth, went to the barn and found the body hanging from a rafter. He was dead when found. Coroner J. P. Whitaker of Gosport was called and other officials were notified.Surviving Mr. Williams are the widow and eight children, Sol and Heaton of Freedom, Otto in California, Misses Blanche and Daphne, teachers in the Gary schools, Boyd of Avon, Ind., and Mrs. Clyde Ellingsworth of Worthington. The latter was at the Williams home on a visit.Mr. Williams was a member of the Masonic order and the Eastern Star auxiliary.Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Williams home, the Rev. Albritton of Jasonville, former pastor of the Freedom Baptist church, officiating. Internment was made in the Williams cemetery near Freedom.

Posted by Pamela Meyer

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