Williams, Overton

Born: 1793-10-30 Montgomery County, Maryland

Died: 1844-05-16 Illinois

Flourished: Christian County, Illinois

Overton Williams was a pioneer settler of Christian County, Illinois. Prior to moving to Illinois, Williams owned and lived on a farm in Poolesville, Maryland. Williams was also a vestryman in St. Peter's Episcopal Church of Poolesville. In 1820, he was a shop-keeper in Montgomery County, Maryland. In January 1824, he married Mary Young, with whom he had six children. Williams and his family arrived in what would become Christian County in 1836, settling in the Mount Auburn Township. In June 1840, he was on the first petit jury empaneled in Christian County. In 1841 and 1842, Williams served as a commissioner on the county commissioners' court.

Gravestone, Riverside Cemetery, Illiopolis, IL; J. Thomas Scharf, History of Western Maryland (Philadelphia: Louis H. Everts, 1882), 1:676; Maryland, Compiled Marriages, 1655-1850 (Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2004); History of Christian County, Illinois (Philadelphia: Brink, McDonough, 1880), 56, 65, 234; J. C. McBride, Past and Present of Christian County, Illinois (Chicago: S. J. Clarke, 1904), 47; John McGill, comp., The Macgill-McGill Family of Maryland (Washington, DC: John McGill, 1948), 84-85.