1. Reuben4 Williams (Ira3, Ira2, Stephen1) was born November 13, 1836 in unknown, and died October 1898 in Trosky, Minnesota, USA. He married Sarah E. Cramb\Crumb December 23, 1865.
Notes for Reuben Williams:
A Winter Night's Experience
In the winter of 1856-7 two sons of Ira Williams, Reuben and David, aged twenty and fourteen years, respectively, went over to Horace Green's, a neighbors, to water his cattle. They left home about 10 A. M., and owing to the extreme cold weather, they had to go up the stream in search of another place at which to water the stock. They finally
succeeded in watering them, but while doing so a violent storm arose with such fury that they could not get the cattle to return, and in their attempt they themselves were lost, and compelled to remain out all night. After wandering some time they found a small grove, in which they took shelter, and kept on the move all night to keep from freezing to death. They finally thought the storm had abated sufficiently to admit of their venturing home, but they again soon lost their way, and
were also unable to return to the clump of trees, around which they had tramped so many long hours as their only refuge. David became exhausted and Reuben gave him his left hand, keeping his right one in his pocket, as he knew the one exposed would be frozen soon, and he took the
precaution to save the right hand. In this manner they moved along not knowing whither they journeyed, keeping pace across the stormy prairies, until the bitter night had passed away, and the sun had made its cheerful appearance in the eastern horizon, when they found, to their utter astonishment, that they were near Mason City. They were overheard
by two men, who were cutting wood and who came to their relief, taking them on into Mason City. Reuben could still walk, but David was completely exhausted. David, very naturally, was the first to receive medical attention, and thus was saved from much suffering endured by Reuben, who lost his right foot, and half of the other, also a finger on his left hand. David lost a part of his right foot and two toes from
the other foot. The latter resided in Worth county in 1883, and Reuben was a resident of Minnesota.
It was on Dec. 22, 1866, that her two boys, Reuben and David, had their fearful experience in the snow storm near the Pedalty settlement, when they came near to losing their lives. It was then that David, who is now a rich and retired farmer living near Manly, had both feet frozen so that he has gone through life with half feet, and Reuben lost one foot entirely, all but the heel of the other, and all of the fingers of one hand.
Children of Reuben Williams and Sarah Cramb \ Crumb are:
2 i. Charles Judd Williams.
+ 3 ii. Clara Eldora Williams,
born November 02, 1867.
4 iii. Ida Emma Williams,
born March 22, 1871.
She married Nelson R. Greeley December 15, 1885.
Generation No. 2
3. Clara Eldora Williams (Reuben4, Ira3, Ira2, Stephen1)1 was born November 02, 1867. She married Charles Henry Judd October 17, 1882.
Children of Clara Williams and Charles Judd are:
5 i.Reuben Franklyn Judd,
born January 04, 1884.
6 ii.William Henry Judd,
born December 10, 1886.
7 iii.Harry Lee Judd,
born February 14, 1889;
died March 07, 1889.
I am searching for anyone with connections to any of the above lines that wants further info on the Williams line preceeding Reuben's generation, and am seeking information on the generations from him forward.
Thank you in advance for any information received,