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Josiah was born in Weakley County, Tennessee on April 22, 1859. He was given the name "Josiah", but he went by the name "Joe Si". He later became known as "Buddy".

Josiah married Elizabeth Hill Roberts in Graves County, Kentucky on November 24, 1879.
They were living with his brother, William J. Williams in Weakley County, Tennessee on the 1880 Census.

In May of 1881 Josiah bought Sixty acres from R. T. Burton in Graves County, Kentucky. This land was located in section thirty-two of Township 1,Range 1 East, just East of Dukedom on the Kentucky and Tennessee state line. In October of 1886 Josiah bought an additional seven acres in the same section from J. R. Adams. In November of 1891 he purchased sixteen acres in the same section from the heirs of his father-in-law, Alfred Roberts.

Josiah was a farmer raising tobacco, corn and sorghum. His wife, Elizabeth died in 1898, just one year after the birth of their last child, Ballard E. Williams. Josiah never remarried, raising the children alone with the help of the older girls.

In August of 1919 Josiah bought a farm next to the Old Bethel Baptist Church, just northeast of Dukedom. Josiah was baptized and joined the Old Bethel Church in 1891.

He was ordained to the ministry there on January 25, 1922. He served as messenger for the Church at several Primitive Baptist conventions.
The last few years of his life he lived with his daughter, Etta and her husband, Prester Bennett

It is told that some few years prior to his death, Josiah dug his own grave and constructed a vault and built a coffin, but when he died the laws wouldn't allow him to be buried in his homemade coffin. So a new coffin had to be used, and it wouldn't fit in the vault he had built for himself, so it had to be destroyed and a new one placed in the grave before he could be buried.  

Josiah F. Williams

Information on Josiah and his wife Elizabeth Roberts from the mid-late 1800's near Dukedom, Tennessee.

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