Private I. A. Williams, Company A.


From the 'History of Saint Croix Valley', pg 635

I. A. Williams was born in New York state, a son of Ira and Esther (Cardall), both natives of that state. L. A. soon after his birth was taken to Pennsylvania and later attended schools in Illinois, graduatin g from the High school at Princeton in that state. He also attended the academy at River Falls for two years and subsequently took up teaching for several years. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, serving three years. He accompanied Sherman on the march to the sea, but at Atlanta received wounds which necessitated his being given an honorable discharge. Upon his return he taught school in the winter time and farmed in the summer. In 1866 he served with much credit on the town board. His land consisted of eighty acres on section 34 in Kinnickinnic township, Pierce county, and fifteen acres adjoining, which are located across the line in St. Croix county. Mr. Williams was a Republican in politics and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He died in 1875, sincerely mourned by all who knew him. I. A. Williams was married in 1865 to Hanna B. Lovell, born in England July 2, 1844, daughter of Richard and Sarah A. (Pickering) Lovell, who came to America in 1853, and settled at Beloit, Wis., where their daughter was living at the time of her marriage to Mr. Williams. Mrs. Williams has a sister, Mrs. Rachael Cuss, and a brother, William Lovell, both of whom reside in River Falls township.

Mr. and Mrs. Williams were blessed with two children: Fred V. was born in 1866, attended the common schools and then the River Falls Normal school, taught school a number of terms, served as city councilman for two years, now lives at River Falls city; married to Laura Wolf in 1892, by whom he has four children: Leona E., Avers V., Margaret J. and Lila R., all of whom attend the River Falls common schools. Elmer, the other son, was born in 1868, and passed away in 1873, at the age of five years.