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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Griffeth George Williams

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[This information is from Vol. III, p. 747 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Griffeth George Williams, head of the Electrical Supply Company bearing his name, was born in Utica, New York, in 1873, and died in New York city, on May 22, 1918. He was the son of Griffeth G. and Elizabeth (Evans) Williams, both of whom died when their son was about seven years of age. The father, Griffeth G. Williams, was born in Utica, and was a descendant of the well known Williams family dating back to the old Massachusetts line of ancestry which included Roger Williams. His wife, Elizabeth (Evans) Williams, was a native of Wales and came to America with her parents when a child.

Griffeth George Williams was educated in the public schools of his home city of Utica, after which he entered Yale College. He then engaged in the electrical business in Utica, under the name of G. G. Williams Electrical Supply Company, and occupied the Governor Seymour residence on Whitesboro street. After disposing of his business in Utica, Mr. Williams moved to New York city and opened the same line of business at No. 29 Cortland street, remaining twelve years, or until his death on May 22, 1918.

On April 12, 1909, in Cassville, New York, Mr. Williams was united in marriage to Miss Martha L. Loomis, daughter of Urbane L. and Julia R. (Nichols) Loomis of Cassville, her father being a merchant of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Williams were the parents of one daughter: Miss Dorothy Elizabeth Williams. Mrs. Williams is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and also secretary and treasurer of the New York Society of New England Women.

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