Stephen M. Williamson, residing on section I, Wethersfield Township , where he is engaged in the vocation of a farmer, is a son of Peter and Rosanna (Shafer) Williamson, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Germany . They settled in Scioto County , Ohio , and afterward removed to Delaware County , Ind. , where they resided until their deaths.
   Stephen M. Williamson was the fifth child in order of birth of a family of ten children. He was born in Delaware County , Ind. , Aug. 1, 1835. His early years were passed on the farm and in acquiring an education at the common schools. He continued to reside under the parental roof-tree until he attained the age of 23 years, when he came to Bureau County , this State. He resided in the latter county until the spring of 1871, when he sold his farm there, which occupation he had followed, and purchased 160 acres of land in Wethersfield Township , this county. In 1878 he built a frame barn on his place and in 1883 erected as fine a residence on the same as exists in Henry County , and consists of nine rooms, together with halls, etc. In addition to his home farm, Mr. Williamson was the owner of 120 acres of land in Neponset Township , Bureau County . He keeps about 35 head of cattle, 15 head of horses and fattens about 100 head of hogs annually. The appearance of his place is indicative of energy, perseverance and economy on the part of its proprietor, and he is living today amid pleasant surroundings, the outgrowth of his own toil, good judgment and labor, and meeting with success in his chosen vocation.
   Mr. Williamson entered the state of matrimony in Bureau County , this State, Jan. 13, 1859, with Miss Mary J., the accomplished daughter of Timothy and Elizabeth (Russell) Bennett, natives of Ohio . She was born in Wilmington , Clinton Co., Ohio , Sept. 10, 1840. They became the parents of six children, four of whom are living, namely: Arrinda, Elmer C., Arthur B., and Rosanna. Willby and Mary are deceased. Arrinda is the wife of Rufus D. Lyle, and resides in Neponset Township, Bureau Co., this State. The remaining children are all residing at home. Mr. W. has held many of the minor offices of his township. Politically, he is a believer in the principles advocated by the Democratic party.


1885 Portrait & Biographical Album of Henry Co., Illinois   page 660

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