May 30, 1854, Beallsville, Ohio.

May 6, 1938, Camden, New Jersey.

Cedar Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

William was the son of Elam Williams and Elizabeth Sarah McKitrick, and husband of Mary Elizabeth Lanning. He studied at the Western Seminary, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, and was licensed by the Clairsville Presbytery in 1880. He graduated from Franklin College in New Athens, Ohio, in 1876, and received his Doctor of Divinity degree from Scio College in 1888. Starting in 1881, he taught Greek and English language and literature at Franklin College, and served as the college’s president, 1887-1901. Copyright records state he was living in Warnock, Ohio, in 1892.

Williams was ordained by the St. Clairsville Presbytery as pastor of Concord, West Brooklyn, and Powhattan Point, Ohio (1885-96); Moundsville, West Virginia (1896-1901); supply preacher for congregations at Allen Grove and Limestone congregatoins in Shadyside, Ohio (1901-02); pastor of Cross Creek and Two Ridges congregations, near Steubenville, Ohio (1902-04); the Allison Park congregation, De Haven, Pennsylvania (1904-08); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1908).

  1. All Is Well, My Savior’s with Me
  2. As I Travel on Life’s Journey
  3. Christ Is All
  4. Don’t You Hear the Cry of the Tempest Tossed?
  5. Far from My God I’m Wandering Today
  6. I Am Resting in Thee
  7. I’m Thirsting, Fainting
  8. Jesus, Savior of Thy Sheep
  9. No Love Is Like the Savior’s
  10. Not Yet Too Late
  11. O Hear the Tolling of the Bells
  12. Old, Yet Ever New
  13. They Pray the Best
  14. We Are Coming, We Are Coming
  15. We’ll Never Be Sorry
  16. What Blessings We’ll Know Some Day
  17. When We Reach the Pearly Gate
  18. Where Is My Wandering Boy Tonight?
  19. World Was Once So Full of Sin, The
  1. Guide Us Aright

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