1854–1938

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 congregations 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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