John Newton Williamson
John Newton Williamson was born October 22, 1848 in Union County, North Carolina. He died in McVile, Attala County, Mississippi on September 27, 1909.
John Williamson came west on the train at age 15 from North Carolina with his brother, James Dorsey Williamson, who was 18. James and Jhn's mother, Margaret E. Barker Williamson had a husband, John Milton Williamson away serving in the CSA in the Civil War. She had already lost her oldest son, Robert M. Williamson, who was killed in 1862 in the 'War Between the States'. She refused to allow the younger two boys to join the Confederacy, so they hopped the train and headed toward Mississippi.
It is not known where they served, but family lore says John Newton was a drummer boy who received a Union bullet in his ankle which he refused to have removed. He died from infection in this would in 1909.
After the war, John Williamson returned to Attala County, Mississippi where he married Sallie Elizabeth Hall on January 16, 1872. This union produced five children: Augusta John, Laura, Newton and Allie. He was married a second time to Mary Bertha Harrington on May 6, 1885. To this union were born:Allie, Whitfield, Otha, Rueben, Susan, DeWitt, Earl and Mamie.
John Newton Williamson is buried in Yockanookanny Baptist Church Cemetery in Attala County.
James Dorsey Williamson was married to Patience L. and they had three children: Susan, Mattie, Rueben. James is buried in Forest Grove Presbyterian Cemetery in Leake County.