Family:Widney, Samuel Williams (1820-1865)

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Rev. Samuel Williams3 Widney (John2, James1), son of John2 and Ann (Patterson) Widney, was born 17 Nov 1820, Franklin Co., PA, and died 20 Apr 1865, Bulls Gap, TN.

He married, 18 Feb 1844, Monroe Co., IN, Matilda A. Thompson, daughter of John and Sarah (Grimes) Thompson. She was born 10 Sep 1825, Monroe Co., IN.

He resided DeKalb Co., IN.

"Samuel W. Widney was born Nov. 17, 1820 in Franklin county, Pa., a son of Samuel and wife who are deceased. He settled in De Kalb county, Ind., in 1837 and married Feb. 18, 1844, in Monroe county, Ind., Matilda J. Thompson, who was born Sep. 10, 1825, in Monroe county, Ind. Her father, John Thompson is deceased, as is also her mother Sarah (Grimes) Thompson. Their children are Cyrus A., Robert P., Harvey S., all deceased: Charles W., Ancil B., Clara dec., and Frank dec. Comrade Widney was a minister, at the time of his enlistment in the service of his country, March 17, 1865, at Auburn, Ind. He was enrolled as Chap. of 30th Ind. V.I., and died April 20, 1865, at Bull’s Gap, East Tenn., with lung trouble. The subject of this sketch graduated from high school in Franklin county, Pa., and was one of the pioneer ministers of Ind. He commenced preaching in the M.P. church when 21 years old in which, he was very popular, having held several of the highest offices. He also served as county recorder five years from 1859 to 1864. His widow receives a pension and her address is St. Joe, Ind."

Children of Samuel Williams3 and Matilda A. (Thompson) Widney:

i. Cyrus A.4 Widney, b. ca. 1846, IA; d. before 1849.
ii. Robert P. Widney, b. say 1847; d. before 1849.
iii. Harvey Sharp Widney, b. 11 Mar 1849, DeKalb Co., IN.
iv. Charles W. Widney, b. ca. 1852, IN; m. 9 Nov 1874, DeKalb Co., IN, Mary Sechler
v. Ancil B. Widney, b. ca. 1855, IN.
vi. Clara Annetta Widney, b. ca. 1859, IN; m. 9 Nov 1875, DeKalb Co., IN, Daniel Shilling.
vii. Frank Widney, b.


94 94 Samuel Widney 24 M - Meth. Preacher Penn. Matilda Widney 24 F - Pa. Harvey 1 M - Pa.

92 92 Samuel W. Widney 39 M - County Recorded $2500 $200 Pennsylvania Matilda J. " 33 F - Indiana Harvy E. " 11 M - Same Attended school Charles W. " 8 " - Same Attended school Ancil B. " 5 " - Same Attended school Clarea A. " 1 F - Same

  • 1870: not found.
  • 1880, Jackson, DeKalb Co., IN:

Matilda WIDNEY 53 Self F W W IN Keeping House SC VA

56 56 Widney, Mathild J. Head W F Sep 1826 73 wid 7ch 2liv Indiana North Carolina Virginia Domestic duties, Owns free house


  • Census records.

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