Christie Williams, Auditor of Logan County, is at present classed among the prominent residents of Bellefontaine. He was born in this country March 31, 1833, and is a son of Mathias and Elizabeth (Green) Williams, natives respectively of Virginia and Kentucky.
The father of our subject was brought to the State by his parents when four years of age, in 1805. His father, who bore the name of John, was a native of North Carolina and was a Quaker in religion. He was born in Guilford County and remembered the battle between Green and Cornwallis, at which time many of the wounded were carried into his home. After coming to this State, the grandfather of our subject located in Highland County, and later took up his abode in Champaign County. During the War of 1812, he came to what is now Logan County, where he resided until his decease, which occurred in 1856. His family included seven sons and two daughters.
The maternal grandfather of our subject, George Green, was born in England, emigrating to America when twenty years of age. He settled in Maryland, where he was married, and then moved to what is now Fleming County, Ky., where his family were all born except his eldest child. He later took up his residence in this county, where his death occurred in 1832. He had a large family of seven sons and two daughters. Mathias WILLIAMS was a farmer by occupation, in which calling he was more than ordinarily successful. He departed this life December 28, 1865, being preceded to the better land by his good wife by four weeks, she having died November 27. Our subject, who is the only survivor of the family, had two sisters. He was reared to farm pursuits and received his early education in the public schools. He later attended the Ohio Wesleyan University at Delaware, and the Southwest Normal School at Lebanon. After completing his education, Mr. Williams taught school for several years during the winter months, and worked on the farm during the summer.
In February, 1865, the original of this sketch enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Ninety-second Ohio Infantry, and saw much hard service in the Shenandoah Valley. Having had a very serious attack of measles, he was confined for a time in the general hospital at Baltimore, Md., from which he received his honorable discharge. Returning home, our subject resumed the peaceful pursuit of farming, and continued thus employed until 1881, when, his health failing, he removed to Bellefontaine, with whose interests he has since been identified. In this city he embarked in the mercantile business, but was only thus employed for a short time when he again taught school, filling the position of a teacher until he was elected to his present office, in 1886. So worthily and satisfactorily did he perform all the duties imposed upon him, that the following term he was re-elected.
April 12, 1860, Christie Williams and Miss Phila A. Chesher were united in marriage, and to them have been born one son and one daughter. The wife and mother departed this life September 8, 1889, firm in the faith of the Christian Church, of which body her husband also belongs, and such times officiates in the pulpit as minister. In social matters, Mr. Williams is a Grand Army __ [copy unreadable] is to-day well known throughout the county, and is respected as his industrious and upright life deserves.
Portrait and biographical record of Auglaize, Logan and Shelby counties, Ohio : containing biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens .-- Chicago : Chapman Bros., 1892.