Charles And Lavina Williams

Clark Williams Genealogy

.b. 03 February 1845 in Guilford, New Haven , Connecticut USA (Source: (1) Guilford Births, Marriages
& Deaths, Volume 2, Page 286, All children of Fredrick Wms and Eliza A.Williams, Recorded October 2nd. 1845., (2) Guilford Births, Marriages & Deaths, Volume 2,Page 286, All children of Fredrick Wm's and Eliza A.
Williams, Recorded Oct 2nd 1845.) d. 15 March 1930 in Bemidji, Beltrami, Minnesota USA (Source: Death Certificate State of Minnesota, 5710.). He married LAVINA MARY CLARK 23 April 1866 in Kenyon, Goodhue, Minnesota USA (Source: marriage Certificate State of Minnesota, Book 2 Marriages, Page 133.),
daughter of GERONNE. CLARK and LAVINA LADD b. 09 December 1850 in St. Charles, Cane, Illinois, USA, d. 21 January 1944 in Bemidji, Beltrami, Minnesota USA (Source: Death Certificate State of Minnesota, 541, Register 12.).

His father died when he was 6; he was raised by uncle, Alpheus S. Williams.He graduated from Yale when he was 15,(substantiated?)and his uncle bound him out to a carpenter in Detroitbut he skipped bondage after his uncle Alpheus went to Washington D.C.become a general in the union army in 1860. He returned to MN and enlisted in military. He was a bugler under Company "C" Second Regiment Minnesota Cavalry Volunteers during the Civil War . He was a School teacher at Montevideo, MN, carpenter who uilt grain elevators from Minneapolis, MN. to Aberdeen, S. Dakota. Homesteaded at Becida, MN.

Charles's family must have moved from Connecticut sometime around 1860, to Deerfield, MN., as 2 sisters died there, this is where he lived at the time he met andwas married to Lavina Clark, by Rev. Mr. Brown..

Military service: 01 December 1863, 17 November 1865, Private, Company "C" Second Regt. Minnesota Cavalry Volunteers (Source: National Archives, Civil War Division, Claim for Pension for service,, Pension certificate number 649475, Applied for pension August 1890. He enlisted at Deerfield, MN. and was discharged at Fort Snelling as a trumpeter.Afdavits in pension file include marriage information and dates of birth of all his children.) Occupation: School teacher, carpenter
Residence: Becida, MN.

Charles I and Lavina Williams and Family (Circa 1889)

Back row: Fredrick, Jennie, Charles II (Hal)
Middle row: Charles I,Vera, Carrie, Gladys Ila, Lavina Mary
Front row: Dolly, Minnie

Grandmother Lavina Mary Clark Williams and her 6 daughters(circa 1905) From the lower left and clockwise are Gladys Ila, Minnie Drusella, Vera Adella, Jennie Lavina, Carrie Jesse, and Dolly Isabell


photo circa 1926

60th Wedding Anniversary

Photo circa 1936
View of the homestead in northern Minnesota which was buillt by Charles Williams after moving from southern MN
Grandpa Wms
Charles I 75 th Birthday
Williams Sisters

(Top row) Jennie, Vera
Minnie and Dolly

ben Williams
Benjamin Williams

Obituary of Charles Harrison Williams - Bemidji Pioneer - 17 March 1930:
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Civil War Veteran, Resident of This Community More Than 30 Years, Dies
A long and useful life ended Saturday, March 15th, at 11:30 P.M. with the passing of Charles H. Williams, Sr. at his home in Becida. He had lived in Bemidji and vicinity since 1899.
C.H. Williams was born in Gilford, Conn., on February 3, 1845. He celebrated his eighty-fifth birthday recently. He was a veteran of the civil war, serving in the second Minnesota cavalry.
On April 23, 1866, at Kenyon, Minnesota, he was married to Lavina M. Clark, who with six children survives. Four children preceded him in death. They had spent all of their married life in Minnesota. He is also survived by thirty-four grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren.
The children still living are C.H. Williams, Jr. of Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. C.A. Plummer; and Mrs. A.S. Hutzler of Bemidji; Mrs Adolph Knutson and Mrs. James Morris of Becida; Mrs. Andrew Wright of Sentinel Butte, N.D.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the Becida town hall and interment will be in the family lot in the Becida cemetery,
Wires have been received from C.H. Williams, Jr. of Detroit and Mrs. Andrew Wright of Sentinel Butte, that they will be here to attend the funeral.
A large circle of friends extend their sympathy to the bereaved family.
Cause of Death: Chronic Myocarditis - lived 85 yrs, 1 mon, 12 days
Census: 1880, Montevideo, Chippewa, MN. listed as carpenter 35, living with Lavina 30, with son F. W. Williams 11, Charles H. Jr. 6, Jane L. 3, Vera A. 5;12.
Medical Information: Heart disease - arterosclerosis
Cause of Death: Chronic Myocarditis - lived 85 yrs, 1 mon, 12 days