James Charles Williams

Company D, 2nd Illinois Volunteer Cavalry

Submitted by Denise Gibbs Kneifel

James C. Williams born in Lawrence Co., TN. Dec.15, 1823, departed this life at his home in the village of Karbers Ridge April 24, 1902. He was married to Elizabeth Gray in 1846. Seven children blessed this union, three sons and four daughters James J. Williams, Sarah J., John H., Mary F., Marion W., Lovenia Ann, Margaret Eveline. His companion and two children, Mary Francis and Margaret Eveline preceded him to the spirit world. In 1861 he enlisted in the service of his country and continued faithfully to battle against the "Great Rebellion" till his discharge in 1864. In 1865 he married Anna Curry, widow of the late John Curry, who was also a Union soldier. Six children were given to brother Williams by his last marriage; one of whom died quite young. The other five, Thomas M., Charles L., Robert E., Belle, wife of Jonas Spivey and Milas, still live to mourn the loss which no human power can restore. But thanks be to our father, they "Sorrow not even as others! which have no hope" for brother Williams professed saving faith in Christ and united with the M. E. Church in Tennessee while quite young, and in 1886 he joined the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Karbers Ridge, and was ordained a ruling elder. When the church there disorganized, brother Williams attached himself to the same denomination at Central, and lived a faithful member until the Lord called him from labor to reward. A short time before life death, he told his companion that he did not fear to die, for his way was clean; and when his daughter Belle, came to see him, not with standing his feeble condition he even shouted praises to GOD for sparing him to see to her once more in this life. A few minutes before he died he told Robert E. Williams, his son, that he was going home and wanted him to go with him. The funeral was preached by the writer at Central to a large and attentive audience and he was interred in the adjoining cemetery on Friday, April 23, 1902. May G! ods grace be with these bereaved-ones, and turn this stroke of divine providence to the salvation of those yet unsaved. by: Ira E. Driver

WILLIAMS, JAMES C D 2 CAV (What headstone say's)
WILLIAMS, James C.- Recruit- 2nd CAV., Co.D- New Madrid, MO- New Madrid County- 7-16- 63- disch. 8-12-64

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