Biographies of Williams County Ohio

We are actively publishing online the biographies from volume 2 of A Standard History of Williams County, Ohio by Charles A. Bowersox. County histories are a treasure trove for genealogists, offering a glimpse into the lives of ancestors and the communities they inhabited. By carefully utilizing these biographies, researchers can piece together family histories, understand the socio-economic backdrop of their ancestors’ lives, and connect with the past in a meaningful way. With patience and thorough investigation, the stories uncovered can enrich family narratives for generations to come.

While county histories are rich in information, they also have limitations. The biographical sketches were often submitted by the families themselves and might emphasize positive aspects while omitting less favorable details. Additionally, not all families were included, typically favoring those who were more prominent or could afford to pay for inclusion.

The biographical sketches usually contain detailed accounts of notable citizens, often including information about their families, occupations, and contributions to the community, and may include a photograph of the subject or subjects family. Treat the information found in these biographies as a secondary source. Always try to confirm details through primary sources like birth, marriage, and death records.


This is a work in progress.

Current Williams County Biographies Online

  1. J. E. Alspaugh
  2. Joseph P. Arnold
  3. Hiram E. Batterson
  4. Jesse W. Beerbower
  5. Eliel T. Binns
  6. Dayton M. Blue
  7. C. H. Boone
  8. Charles L. Bowen
  9. Horace D. Boynton
  10. George A. Brim
  11. Harvey F. Brown
  12. F. M. Bruns
  13. Joseph Burkhart
  14. Samuel F. Burkhart
  15. Emmet E. Calvin
  16. Harry B. Calvin
  17. M. M. Cameron
  18. Edmond C. Carlin
  19. Wesley Casebere
  20. George Z. Castor
  21. Byron W. Clark
  22. Harley F. Clark
  23. Clifford Clemens
  24. Lyman O. Cook
  25. Frank Copeland
  26. Ernest E. Culbertson
  27. George W. Custar
  28. William Marcus Dunlap
  29. Henry W. Ellis
  30. Jacob A. Fabee
  31. William Felger
  32. Frank C. Flickinger
  33. Edward Frappier
  34. Wilbur M. Fyke
  35. Curtis D. Gardner
  36. William H. Gardner
  37. William Hawkins
  38. John S. Ingram
  39. Ora A. Keiser, D. D. S.
  40. Grant S. Kintigh
  41. Franklin Knecht
  42. Oscar Frank Koch
  43. Levi B. Kunkle
  44. William M. Kurtz
  45. John M. Hodson
  46. Martin T. Hodson
  47. Leland S. Houlton
  48. John A. Leavy
  49. Zeph Lees
  50. Dwight O. Leslie
  51. William M. Maneval
  52. Daniel C. McTaggart, M. D.
  53. David J. Mettler
  54. Guy Mignin
  55. Lewis P. Mignin
  56. H. Cortez Miller
  57. Levi Miller
  58. Elias S. Myers
  59. Benjamin Franklin Neff
  60. Roy E. Oberlin
  61. Lewis T. Perkins
  62. Fred Planson
  63. H. F. Planson
  64. Hezekiah Poast
  65. William Rittenour
  66. Charles A. Roode
  67. David Shaffer
  68. Silas Shaffer
  69. Eli R. Sheline
  70. William Henry Shinn
  71. John Wilson Sloan
  72. Alva E. Snyder, M. D.
  73. Jesse G. Snyder
  74. Emanuel W. Starr
  75. Eli E. Strayer
  76. H. A. Throne
  77. Walter S. Tomlinson
  78. Martin Troxel
  79. Joseph M. Vail
  80. E. E. Vernier
  81. Frank N. Watson
  82. J. Arter Weaver
  83. Harry W. Wertz, M. D.
  84. H. J. Wineland
  85. George J. Wise
  86. Albert L. Youse

Source: Bowersox, Charles A. ed. A standard history of Williams County, Ohio: an authentic narrative of the past, with particular attention to the modern era in the commercial, industrial, educational, civic and social development , 2 vols. Publisher Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co. 1920.

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