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WILLIAMS: Charles CLARK marries Eliza HIGH MILLER in Westfield, Essex, New Jersey and they have 10 children - parents of Mary HIGH WILLIAMS ELDRIDGE

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Charles Clark WILLIAMS was born 29 Nov 1797 in Westfield, Union, New Jersey, son of Nathaniel and Anna CLARK WILLIAMS. He married Eliza HIGH MILLER in 1820 in Westfield, New Jersey. She was born ca 1801 in New Jersey, the dtr of Ezra and Mary HIGH MILLER.

From the History of Scott County, Iowa 1882:
"Charles C. Williams came to Iowa in August 1844. He was from Newark, New Jersey. He was an elder of the First Presbyterian Church of that city and afterward in the Central Church for many years. He was a man of most ardent piety, ever ready to lend his aid and influence in promoting the cause of his Redeemer's Kingdom. His connection with the church of Davenport when it most needed spiritual aid and encouragement seemed providential. At this time Mr. Hoge [Hogge?], one of the elders, moved to Galena [Illinois]. So Mr. Williams and James M. DALZELL were ordained and set apart as elders in this church. His first work, with the help of others was to establish a Sunday-school which continued to date, and of which he was superintendent to the time of his death, which occurred in September 1852"

Charles was said to have been a 'sweet singer'. He died of cholera in Davenport, Scott, Iowa 3 Sept 1852; Eliza died 2 May 1878 in Creston, Platte, Nebraska. They are buried in Davenport's Oakdale Cemetery.

1. Jane Henderson born ca 1822 in Westfield, New Jersey married William VANDEVER on 7 Jan 1847 in Davenport. Wm was born 31 Mar 1817 in Baltimore, Howard, Maryland, son of Wm VANDEVER (no mother). In 1839, Wm came to Rock Island, Rock Island, Illinois where he studied law, was a surveyor of public lands and proprietor of the "Northwestern Advertiser' newspaper. In 1851, the family moved to Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa where Wm practiced law and where he was twice elected as a Republican to represent the 2nd District of Iowa in the US Congress. During the Civil War, he commanded the 9th Iowa Infantry and was appointed Major General. General VANDEVER returned to his law practice in Dubuque where he was active in developing several railroad lines through eastern Iowa. The family moved to San Buenaventura, California in 1884; he was twice elected to Congress from that state before he died 23 Jul 1893 in Ventura, California. Jane WILLIAMS VANDEVER, known as Mrs. General VANDEVER died 28 Feb 1908 in their daughter Miss Florence VANDEVER's home in Ventura.

2. Rebecca M. born 1824 (no date) in Westfield, New Jersey; died 10 Sept 1845 in Davenport and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery.

3. Alexander FRASER born 15 Jul 1826 in Westfield; married Frances Mary ROBINSON, 17 Feb 1858 in Rockford, Winnebago, Illinois. She was born 31 Jul 1837 in Albany, Albany, New York, dtr of Jos. and Sarah CROSBY ROBINSON Alexander settled in DAvenport after his marriage where he was in partnership with his brother-in-law Jacob MULLEN ELDRIDGE. He worked in the dry goods business for some yers in New York City but returned to Davenport where he joined with Rienholdt SIEG to found the SIEG Iron Company. He helped promote the Hennepin Canal, was responsible for bringing several railroads through the community and was senior trustee for the Calvary Baptist Church in Davenport.
On 15 Dec 1887 Aleander died in Atlantic, Cass, Iowa and is buried with his family in Oakdale Cemetery. Frances died 17 Feb 1915 in San Diego, California. They had 4 children:
a. Ella Ophelia b 5 Mar 1859 in Davenport married John S. THOMPSON and was living in 1928 in Escondido, North, California.
b. Annie Sarah (Anna W. my reference) born 26 Feb 1862 in Davenport married 14 Oct 1885 Dr. Jennings PRICE CRAWFORD, one of Davenport's most prominent surgeons. (see Find-a-Grave) She died 12 Oct 1928 in her Los Angeles, California home. They are buried in Oakdale Cemetery.
c. Frederick CROSBY born 11 Sept 1870 in Davenport died of tuberculosis on 21 Sept 1894 in Colorado Springs, El Paso, Colorado. He is buried in Oakdale.
d. Joseph ROBINSON born 19 Mar 1876 in Davenport, died 11 Feb 1894 in Davenport of a brain tumor at age 18. Rob was buried in Oakdale.

4. Mary HIGH born 27 Sept 1829 in Newark, Essex, New Jersey married Jacob MULLEN ELDRIDGE, his 2nd wife, in Davenport, Scott, Iowa on 25 Jun 1851...this writer's legacy. See Find-a-Grave and J. M. ELDRIDGE blog.

5. Margaret CLARK born 15 Dec 1831 in Newark, New Jersey, married first Thomas MASON 12 Nov 1856 in Davenport. He died 28 Dec 1862 and is buried in Oakdale Cemetery. Margaret married 2nd, James DOUGHERTY 1 Oct 1877 in Davenport. She died 26 May 1912 in Newton, Jasper, Iowa and is buried in Oakdale with Thos. MASON. The MASON couple had 4 children: a. Sarah (no info) b. James Edgar - b. 14 Feb 1859 in Davenport, d 6 Dec 1892 in Laurel, Marshall, Iowa. buried 8 Dec 1892 in Jasper, Iowa's Hickory Grove Cemetery. Jas' son married Edna HASKINS BAWDEN, c Charles W. and d. Thomas S. (no info)

6. Anna CLARK born 22 Oct 1834 in Newark. married Ezra MILLARD on 6 Feb 1855 in Dubuque, Dubuque Iowa. She died 30 Dec 1902 in Omaha, Douglas, Nebraska. (see Find-a-Grave)

7. William BELDEN born 18 Nov 1840 in Newark, served in the Cavalry during the Civil War and lived in Lincoln, Nebraska, He married Mary E. STEEL in Long Beach, L.A., California. He died 1 Jul 1921 in Long Beach.

8. Frances W. born ca 1849 in Davenport, married W. Nevin McCANDLESS/McCANDLISH and was living in Ohama, Hebraska in 1887.

9. Son dead by 1876
10. Dtr dead by 1876

There is noted in some trees the intervention of Phebe M. ROFF as having maternity. She was b 1811 in Mt. Bethel (state?) m. 1833 (no location). I have circled Mary HIGH WILLIAMS as her dtr. Can anyone straighten this out? I thought at one time Phebe was the wife of Nathaniel Williams before he came to Iowa.

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by Bawden4 on 2012-01-18 17:10:48

The Eldridge-Bawden Families: The Ancestry and Descendants of Duncan Campbell Eldridge and Stephen Bawden, Scott County, Iowa; author-compiler Alice Richardson Sloan, C.G. (dec 2011), commissioned by John Duvall Bawden (dec 1992), Bettendorf, Iowa; Anundsen Pub Co., Decorah, Iowa , 1986, 290 pps, no copyright, no ISBN, in the personal library of this writer.

References for Nathaniel Green and son Charles Clark Williams on pp of the above vinyl-bound source:
Charles C. Gardner Collection of Essex County, New Jersey Families (no other info)
Davenport Past and PResent, Franc B. Wilkie 1858 (no pages)
History of Scott County Iowa 1882 pp 732-33
Annals of Iowa Vol 1, 3rd series 1893-95, pps 236-37, Recollections and Sketches of Notable Lawyers and Public Men of Early Iowa by Edw H. Stiles 1916, pps 132-34
The United States Biographical Dictionary, Iowa Volume 1878 pgs 278-79
1850 Iowa Federal Census, Scott County, Davenport #438-474
Oakdale Memorial Gardens, 2501 Eastern Ave, Davenport, IA 52803
Scott County Iowa probate #01130
Scott County Iowa deed records
Behind These Years 1839-1939, The Story of the First One Hundred Years of the First Presbyterian Church of Davenport, Iowa limited edition
Davenport Democrat newspaper 29 Oct 1861, front page; 6 Jan 1868 front page; 6 May 1878 front page; 12 Feb 1894 front page, 22 Sept 1894 (no page)
Evening Democrat Gazette newspaper, 15-17 Dec 1887 front page
Davenport Democrat andLeader newspaper: 1 Mar 1908 p 15; 27 May 1912 p. 15; 28 May 1912 p. 11; 18 Feb 1915 p. 12; 12 Oct 1928 p 30; 14 Oct 1928 p. 11
Dubuque (Iowa) Times, newspaper: 25 Jul 1893 p. 4

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