Robert C. McWILLIAMS, the popular and efficient postmaster of Henry, Illinois, was born in Mercer county, Pennsylvania, August 19, 1851, and is a son of John and Margaret J. (ALBIN) McWILLIAMS, natives of Beaver and Mercer counties, Pennsylvania, respectively. The father was born April 24, 1824, and died September 23, 1888. He was an extensive farmer of his native state, was widely and favorably known throughout the community in which he lived, as an upright, honorable man, and justly deserved the high regard in which he was universally held. His wife, who was born November 18, 1825, was called to her final rest November 22, 1883. She was an earnest Christian and ardent church worker, belonging to the Methodist Episcopal church, of which her husband was also a consistent member. Her father, William ALBIN, was local minister of that denomination and a very devout man, who rendered most acceptable service to his church in pioneer days. He and his wife, Sarah ALBIN, have long since passed to their reward.
Our subject is the second in order of birth in a family of ten children, of whom the others are as follows: Martha, wife of Robert McCUNE, a resident of Pennsylvania; William, who died at the age of twenty years; Sarah, wife of John McCONNEL, of Chicago; Horatio Seymour, who married Jennie BELL, of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and is now serving as postmaster of Abingdon, Knox county, Illinois; John, of Chicago, who married Nellie SCOTT, of Chicago; Alice, wife of William J. HAYES, of Crawford county, Pennsylvania; Edward, of Chicago; James, who died at the age of six years; and Anna, wife of Henry HAYES, of Crawford county, Pennsylvania.
Robert C. McWILLIAMS is indebted to the
public schools of his native state for his educational
privileges, and after completing his own education he engaged in
teaching for one term. He became familiar with the duties of an
agriculturist upon the home farm, and after coming west in
April, 1875, worked upon a farm in Knox county,
On the 14th of June, 1887, Mr. McWILLIAMS
Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.