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Williams - Eddy Family History Page 2

The first train to come to Shawnee came in on the Katy Railroad tracks. There was  a large crowd to see the train. Will Williams was quite a prankster. He rode a horse down the tracks and  shouted "Move back. The train may come in sideways!" The crowd must have believed him, they backed up about half a block.

Ernest Williams' mother was an Eddy.  The Eddy family came to Oklahoma from Arkansas with three ox drawn wagons and one horse drawn wagon.  When they were between Earlsboro and Seminole, a posse met the Eddy train to inquire about some horse thieves.  Will Williams was riding in the posse and he was 27 years old.  The Eddy family had three unmarried daughters and they all looked out the back of the covered wagon when the posse come up.  Will was especially impressed with 23 year old Nora and he quickly told her that he would some day marry her.  He learned that the Eddy's were bound for Tecumseh, so later he found Nora at Tecumseh and they did indeed get married.

In 1952, Ernest M. Williams was visiting with an elderly man who said that he used to own a grocery store  between Oklahoma City and Tecumseh.  He asked Ernest if he knew a William (Will) Jackson Williams and Ernest said "That was my daddy." The old man said " He used to haul groceries and supplies to me and he often camped at my place for the two day trip between Oklahoma City and Tecumseh".  He said "There was another grocery and supply hauler named Lewis Nordman.  Ernest said "That was my father-in-law."  It was news to Ernest and Josephine Williams that their fathers had known each other at all.   Josephine said "That she had heard that her father sometimes had to use a bull-whip to keep robbers from stealing his cargo."  He died when Josephine was 2 years old.

Josephine Nordman was visiting Ernest Williams' Aunt Ida O'Connor on Whitaker Street in Shawnee when they met. Ernest was 18 and he drove up in a new Ford Touring car.  Aunt Ida introduced them as they stood under a large rose trellis.  Josephine was 12 years old and when she said that she had to go home, Ernest wanted to tease the little girl and he put his hand on the top of her head and said "Someday I'm going to marry you."  They met again three years later.  At first Ernest didn't remember meeting he earlier.  (She had changed!!)  But Josephine remembered him and remembered what Ernest had said.  Ernest and Josephine were married three months later.

On December 25,  1985  Ernest and Josephine celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

William Jackson (Will) Williams

By Janis Williams Collins

William (Will) Jackson Williams (father of Ernest M. Williams) hauled the logs for the log cabin at Woodland Park.  The cabin was built at a different location and later moved to Woodland Park.   It was the first house in Shawnee, OK.