Richard Williamson, a farmer on section 6, in the township of Munson , came to Henry County in 856. He was born in the township of Kingwood , in Hunterdon Co., N. J., Aug.. 4, 1817. His parents, Derrick and Catharine (Lafler) Williamson, were born in the same State, and were residents of the same township until he was 14, when they removed to Amwell Township, in that part of Hunterdon County which has since been set off to Mercer County. That was his home through the remaining years of his minority, and he was reared on the homestead estate. He became his own master at the age of 19, and he readily obtained employment in the neighborhood, where he had lived long enough to become well known.
   Sept. 13, 1845, he was married to Amanda P. Quick. She was born in the township of Hopewell , in (then) Hunterdon County , and is the daughter of Joseph and Phebe (Primmer) Quick. The day of her birth was Jan. 29, 1825. The young couple rented a farm in Mercer County , and were farmers there until their removal to Illinois , in the year which has been mentioned. Mr. Williamson bought 122 acres of land in Munson Township , for which he paid $15 per acre. It was located on the section on which he has since lived, and was in an uncultivated condition. He erected a farm house, and entered with the greatest vigor into the work of improvement. All of the estate is now under cultivation, and is all fenced. Many trees have been set out of several kinds, and the place is a fair manifestation of the good judgment and industrious perseverance of the proprietor.
   The family of Mr. Williamson comprises two children. Calvin J. was born in Hopewell Township , in Mercer Co., N. J., Oct. 26, 1847. He married Sarah McCarthy, and they have twos children, --Lillie and Laura C. Sallie was born in the same township, Oct. 7, 1856, and she is the wife of Jacob Winans, who is also a native of the same State. They live in the township of Cambridge , in Henry County .
   He parents belong to the Presbyterian Church.

1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois   page 530

Transcribed by Jan Roggy

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