Thomas Williamson: One Scioto County’s Oldest Natives

Thomas B Williamson, son of Joseph Williamson and Martha Feurt, was born about 1798. He died on September 5, 1874 aged 76 years. He was married twice: once to Lucinda Oard and to Druzilla Smith (nee Wilcoxen)

Death of one of the Oldest Natives of the County

We announced last Saturday morning the failing health of Mr. Thomas Williamson, of Washington township, and at noon of that day he breathed his last. Mr. Williamson was born in this county, in what was known as Alexandria, May 20th, 1798, and resided in the county of his nativity up to his death, which occurred at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Luther R Jones. On the 25th of last month, Mr. Jones and wife, upon returning from camp meeting, found Mr. Williamson at their house, to which he had walked from his farm on Dry Run. To their question as to why he had walked he replied, “I was feeling strange and bad, and I wanted to be here.” From the first it appeared that he had come home to his daughter’s (his only child) to die. He had the best medical skill that could be secured, but a deep seated fever and general debility was too great to overcome. He was a member of the M.E. Church for over fifty-five years, and in conversation with Reverend Mr. Lewis a few days prior to his death, he said, “I am just waiting; my work is done.” Turning to his children he said, “It may be your loss, but it is my gain.” The deceased was an honest, upright and respectable member of society, and his funeral services were attended by full 300 persons, who followed his remains to a spot on George Williamson’s place, selected by himself some time prior to his death. The services were conducted at the residence of Mr. Luther Jones Sunday afternoon, by Reverend Charles Lewis of the Old Town M.E. Church” 1

  1. Death of One of the Oldest Natives of the County. (1874, September 12). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.