Note for: Lillie C. Paulson, - Index
Lillie's father and mother were both born in Germany. German was their mother tongue.
Note for: Carolyn Wood, 1917 - Index
Place: Roseburg, Douglas, OR
Note for: Levi Wood, 4 May 1768 - 30 Mar 1853 Index
Place: Cotton Hollow Cemetery, Monson, MA
Note for: Esther Roberts, ABT 1768 - 20 Feb 1829 Index
Place: Cotton Hollow Cemetery, Monson, MA
Note for: Melcena M. Rutledge, 22 Sep 1844 - 20 Jan 1891 Index
Place: Williams Cemetery, Union Church, MO
Note for: Mary Gray, 16 Jan 1796 - 18 Aug 1872 Index
Mary had 9 children of which Lafayette was the last.
Note for: Ezekiel "Zeke" Williams, ABT 1775 - 24 Dec 1844 Index
Cole Camp, Missouri is located along what was once known as The Military Road. A man named Ezekiel Williams had surveyed a segment of this road to include the section that came through what was to become the future Benton County. Williams, Zeke, as he was known, liked the area and was to return in 1829 or 1830, settling along what became Williams Creek about four miles west of the present town site in 1829 or 1830. Here he opened a trading post and a way-station for travelers and stage coaches. He also opened a post office which he reportedly named after his home parish of Cole Camp, in Kentucky.
Zeke was a colorful person and had first settled in the area of Boonville, Missouri that became his base of early operations. He was a trapper, led wagon trains along the Santa Fe Trail, was captured by the Indians and vied with the French trappers. He was at one time accused of bigamy and even murder, but was cleared of both charges. He is also reported as being the first white settler in Benton County, although French and Spanish trappers and adventurers had criss-crossed the area many years before.
Ezekiel Williams was recorded as the first white to explore Arkansas River and was possibly a member of the Lewis & Clark Expedition. He was the first white settler in Benton County, Missouri. He established a store, post office and stopping point for travelers and stage coaches traveling along the old Military Road, or the Butterfield Trail, about four miles west of the present Cole Camp. He later moved the post office to the present town site in 1839.
--28 Aug 1799: Commissioned as Captain in 16th Regiment of Green County, KY
--09 Jul 1804 Commissioned as Captain in 46th Regiment of Cumberland County, KY
--1807: Hired by William Clark to escort Mandan Chief Big White, wife and son back to village (near present Bismarck, North Dakota).
--August 1810: Left Fort Mandan, headed southwest into Wyoming and Colorado for Manuel Lisa to find the Spanish Settlements.
--September 1810: First white man in area of North Platte River and Casper, Wyoming.
--June 1811: At junction of Sweetwater and North Platte Rivers.
--Jun 1813: Taken prisoner by Kansas Indians
--15 Aug 1813: Released by Kansas Indians
--Nov 1813: Attended meeting at Arrow Rock (West bank of MO river in Saline County). Meeting was attended by George C. Sibley (Indian Agent - Fort Osage, MO) and Kansas Indians. Zeke recovered 10 - 11 bales of fur lost during capture.
--15 Dec 1813: Met with William Clark, Governor of MO, in St Louis
--First 1/2 1814: Served as Ranger and defender at Cooper's Fort (1mile west of Petersburg in Howard county) during war with British along Missouri River.
--18 Jan 1814: Received $561.00 for bales of fur from Missouri Fur Company
--May 1814: Left for expedition to Arapaho Country with Morris May, Braxton Cooper, and 18 men of Philleber’s (Philbert’s) Company.
--1815: Returned from Arapaho Country expedition
--Jul 1816: Served on first Grand Jury of Howard County
--8 Jul 1816: Granted Letters of Administration to vacate estate of James Jones
--17 Feb 1817: Paid $960.00 for 270 acres of Boon's Lick Bottom.
--April 1817: Served as Petit Juror.
--April 26, 1817: Deeded north half of Lot 7 and paid additional $80.00 to Thomas Gray in exchange for South half of Lot 16. (Lot 7 on Second Main St - now Hamilton St - in Franklin, MO.
--July, 1817: Served as Petit juror. Received guardianship of step-children; Eady (Edith), Benjamin, Francis, Thomas, Corbin.
--Summer 1818: Commissioned to mark out road from Franklin to nearest intersection with road leading from junction of Potosi Road and the Osage River to Cole's Fort.
--March, 1820: Fined for not appearing for juror duty.
--Dec 19, 1820: Signed horse race agreement for second Saturday in Feb 1821. Race was 500 yard heat. Prize was $500.00 cash, $200.00 in silver, and $300.00 in good young horses.
--August 14, 1821: Hosted meeting of 17 men for expedition to “Far western places.”
--August 18, 1821: Led first mule pack train on Santa Fe Trail.
--November 1822: Bought 2 lots in Boonville from Robert P. Clark (Administrator of estate for Asa Morgan).
--July, 1823: Indicted for Bigamy by Circuit Court of Cooper County for marriage to Margaret Thornton of Cumberland County, KY on Jan 1, 1800.
--August 6, 1823: Arrested for Bigamy by Sheriff of Cooper County.
--Nov 17, 1825: Paid $53.00 for Lot 3 in Rocheport, MO (in west point of Boone County).
--May 15, 1827: Attended rendezvous in Blue Springs with 105 men. Appointed Captain of 53 wagon and carriage caravan destined for Santa Fe, NM on Santa Fe Trail. This was largest caravan on trail to date.
--Fall, 1830: Moved to farm in northeast Benton County, 10 - 12 miles Spring, 1831 North of Osage River, 70 miles South of MO River. Built house on SE quarter of NE quarter of Section 16, Township 42 North, Range 21 West.
--March, 1834: Fail to show for duty as Grand juror.
--Feb 16, 1835: Granted Grocer's License (Saloon license) by first session of Benton County Court. Same session established "Township of Williams.” Post Office "Cole Camp" operated from William's farm with Zeke as first postmaster.
--Late 1839: Acquired half of Section 10 (320 acres) and 240 acres of Section 16. Dates vary from Oct 23 - Dec 10.
--May, 1842: Sold parcel of Section 10 to Methodist Episcopal Church. Land purchased now holds Union Church and Cemetery, North of Williams Creek on old Boonville-Springfield Road.
--December, 1843: Mortgaged "home 40" and adjoining 80 acres in Section 16 to School Fund for $244.78.
--Dec 20, 1844: Dictated will to James Godwin, John Tyree, Dunks Sumner, and H. Bartlett.
--Dec 24, 1844: Died. Buried in Williams Cemetery, Union Church, Benton County, MO.