El Dorado County









      A descendant of one of the pioneer families of El Dorado County, Major L. Williams is widely known as one of the most substantial and respected citizens of this division of California.  He has been most successful in ranching throughout a long career, and has made his home in El Dorado County since the year 1910.

      Major Williams was born in Des Moines, Iowa, April 21, 1853, a son of Charles and Emily (Waterman) Williams, who came to El Dorado County, in 1855, crossing the western plains with an ox team and enduring all the customary hardships and dangers incident to this long and perilous journey.  The father bought a squatter’s rights and proved up on the property, continuing to engage in farming until his death.  Eight children were born to them, all of whom are living except two.

      Major Williams was educated in the common schools of El Dorado County.  At the age of sixteen years, he decided to make a start for himself, consequently returned to the old home place and remained there until 1910, when he came into the town of El Dorado to reside.  He continued to engage in ranching after this change, and was so engaged until the death of his wife in 1923.  Major Williams was married in 1913 to Mrs. Lucy Vance, who was the mother of two children by a former marriage.  Major Williams is a Republican in his political views.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 3, Page 51. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.



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