Contra Costa County












WILLIAM C. WILLIAMSON.  In the eastern part of Contra Costa county, just south of Antioch, is located the well-improved and highly cultivated ranch of William C. Williamson, which evidences the ability, energy and industry of its prosperous owner.  He came to the state empty-handed less than thirty years ago, a young man of twenty years, his only capital a strong constitution and unlimited ambition, and from the foot of the ladder has climbed steadily upward until he holds rank to-day with the most successful ranchers of the county.


A native of Missouri, Mr. Williamson was born October 27, 1858, a son of Jesse and Missouri Ann (Stallcup) Williamson, the father being a miller by trade.  He was reared and educated in Sullivan county, Mo., remaining in that location until 1878, when he decided to try his fortunes on the Pacific slope.  Accordingly he came west in that year and located at Mendocino City, where he spent one year in the lumber section; but not content with his prospects for future success, he came to Contra Costa county and rented a ranch upon which he engaged in the cultivation of grain.  He met with a success which brought him financial returns sufficient to justify the purchase of a quarter-section of land in 1888 from Mrs. Thomas Shannon.  This property he continued to cultivate and improve, and when it was all paid for he immediately purchased two hundred and forty acres more, all of this land being now devoted to the cultivation of wheat, barley and hay, the first named, however, occupying the greater part of his attention.  Among the improvements which have added value to his property are a comfortable residence and commodious barn.


In California, in November, 1888, Mr. Williamson was united in marriage with Elizabeth Shannon, a native of the state, and a daughter of Thomas Shannon, who is now deceased.  They are the parents of seven children, namely: Nellie, William, John, Mabel, Aubry, Francis and Leslie.  Fraternally Mr. Williamson belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is a charter member of the Knights of the Maccabees.





Transcribed by Donna Toole.

ญญญญSource: History of the State of California & Biographical Record of Coast Counties, California by Prof. J. M. Guinn, A. M., Pages 996-999. The Chapman Publishing Co., Chicago, 1904.

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Contra Costa County Biographies

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