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Charles Williams

Charles Williams, son of John and Nancy Williams, was born June 18, 1840, and is of Scotch-Irish extraction. He was reared a farmer, and in 1864 began on his own account on sixty-four acres on the roads leading from Harrisburg to York and from Sidonsburg to Dillsburg.

In the fall of 1862 he was drafted and assigned to Company C, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Pennsylvania Infantry, as corporal; was stationed at Suffolk in the Third Army Corps, under Gen. Peck, and was mustered out in July, 1863, at Harrisburg.

He was engaged in butchering from 1870 to 1873, in connection with farming, and in 1877 opened a general store. He is a Jeffersonian Democrat; he served as school director in Monaghan Township three years, and in Carroll six years, and in the fall of 1884 was elected to the legislature by over 3,800 majority. Since 1861 he has been a member of Filey's Lutheran Church, and has been deacon, elder and trustee many years; he has been actively connected with the Sunday-school since boyhood, and in the conventions at the upper end held the offices of president and secretary and chairman of the executive committee.

In 1861 he married Margaret A., daughter of Thomas and Sarah Burtnet, of this to wnship, and of the seven children born to him four are living: Mary Jane, Henry Wesley, Catherine Elizabeth and Martha Elverta.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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