Ralph Williams

Male21 October 1897–6 September 1943

Brief Life History of Ralph

Ralph Williams was born on 21 October 1897, in Columbia Township, Van Buren, Michigan, United States as the son of Thonia H. Wilson and Eva Williams. He married Margaret Irene Janoskie on 28 June 1920, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 daughter. He lived in Arlington Township, Van Buren, Michigan, United States in 1920 and Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States for about 10 years. He died on 6 September 1943, in Columbia Township, Van Buren, Michigan, United States, at the age of 45, and was buried in Fairplains Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States.

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Family Time Line

Ralph Williams
1897–1943
Margaret Irene Janoskie
1897–1987
Marriage: 28 June 1920
Ella Mae Williams
1926–1999

Sources (17)

  • Ralph Williams, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Ralph Williams, "Michigan, County Births, 1867-1917"
  • Ralph Williams, "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    28 June 1920Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
  • Children (1)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1898 · War with the Spanish

    Age 1

    After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

    1903 · Ford Motor Company

    Age 6

    "Henry Ford built his first gasoline-powered vehicle, named the Quadricycle, in 1896, at his home in Detroit. Ford sold the Quadricycle for $200 and used the money to build a second car. In 1901, Ford raced his car ""Sweepstakes"" against Alexander Winton and won. The victory resulted in publicity for Ford which allowed him to gain investors for his new company, Ford Motor Company. The first Model A was sold on July 23, 1903, and the company was incorporated on November 13, 1903."

    1910 · The BSA is Made

    Age 13

    Being modeled after the Boy Scout Association in England, The Boy Scouts of America is a program for young teens to learn traits, life and social skills, and many other things to remind the public about the general act of service and kindness to others.

    Name Meaning

    English: variant of William , with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. This form of the surname is also common in Wales. In North America, this surname has also absorbed some cognates from other languages, such as Dutch Willems . Williams is the third most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans.

    History: This surname was brought to North America from southern England and Wales independently by many different bearers from the 17th century onward. Roger Williams, born in London in 1603, came to MA in 1630, but the clergyman was banished from the colony for his criticism of the Puritan government; he fled to RI and founded Providence.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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