Williams, Roderick Norton, was born in Chestnut Ridge, town of Lockport, October 8, 1823. His father, John Williams, was a native of Connecticut and came to Niagara county in 1817, buying his land of the Holland Land Company and through life was identified as a farmer. He married Catherine, daughter of Henry Norton, sr. He was an upright, conscientious man who ever advanced the best interest of his town and townspeople. Roderick N. Williams was educated in Lockport, and there engaged in the dry goods business for thirty-one years. In 1880 he retired and engaged in farming. In 1852 he married Minerva, daughter of Abram L. Jones. Mrs. Williams died in 1883, and he married Lizzie, daughter of Gottlieb Holland, and they have two children, E. John and Catherine Irene. Mr. Williams is one of the representative men of the town, taking an active interest in educational and religious institutions and is recognized as a man of sterling integrity who has ever received the respect of his associates.
Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897
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