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G. Barstow Williams 1817-1900


Posted By: Beverly Gerdts (email)
Date: 6/28/2021 at 06:38:39

Columbus Gazette, Columbus Junction, Iowa
Thursday, October 4, 1900
Page 1

G. Barstow Williams, one of the early pioneers of Louisa County, died at his home south of Columbus City last Sunday, Sept. 30, 1900, and was buried in the Columbus City cemetery on Tuesday at 11 a. m. The funeral services were held in the Christian church and were conducted by Rev. Blanchard. He was born September 12, 1817, and so was ever 83 years old at the time of his death; he had been a resident of Louisa county for 64 years and was perhaps the oldest settler in the county. Mr. Williams had nine brothers and sisters, and 10 half brothers and sisters. He came to Louisa county with his parents in 1836, and settled 25 miles from the nearest settlement. The Indians were numerous and troublesome in those days.

He was married three times the first time in November, 1837, to Miss Ann Hall, to whom six children were born; they were Wright, Lucy, Warren, Thomas, Millie and Alice; his wife died in 1853. In 1854 he was married to Cordelia Spafford, to whom four children were born; they were Augusta, Elizabeth, Frank and Lawrence; the wife died in 1866. On May 27, 1869, he was again married to Eliza Rhodes, who with two children, Miss Nellie and Arthur, still survive.

For 59 years Mr. Williams has been an earnest worker in the Christian church. He was thoroughly straightforward and true as a citizen and man, loving and careful as a husband and father. He has helped in the development of this community, and has been a blessing to it. He had been sick but a short time before his death, although last winter he had a very severe sick spell.


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