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RG5704.AM:  John B. Williams, 1862-1950

Journals:  1907-1947

Kansas and Nebraska:  Itinerant preacher

Size:  2 volumes


John B. Williams was born in Scotland in 1862. He came to the United States at the age of 19 and lived in Chicago, Illinois for a time. After graduating from Drake University, Rev. Williams served his first pastorate at Whiting, Iowa. He served many pastorates throughout Kansas and Nebraska, including Junction City, Mayview, and Plainville in Kansas, and Guide Rock, Chadron, Unadilla, Lincoln and Greenwood in Nebraska. Rev. Williams died in Decatur, Illinois on December 3, 1950. He was survived by his daughter, Mrs. Lois Klitzing of Decatur, Illinois; his son James of Lincoln, Nebraska; and his son Blair of North Platte, Nebraska. Rev. Williams was buried at the Greenwood, Nebraska cemetery.


The collection consists of two volumes owned by Rev. John B. Williams, an itinerant preacher. The first volume is a record of his sermons showing the date, town, subject of sermon, number in attendance, and the weather. Several pages at the back of the volume list weddings, baptisms and funerals performed. The volume dates from 1907-1947. The second volume is more of a personal journal kept by Rev. Williams. It lists various daily activities and dates from 1915-1946. Some of the towns in Kansas where he preached included Junction City, Norton, Alida, McPherson, Mayview, and Plainville. Towns in Nebraska where he preached included Guide Rock, Inavale, Chadron, Dakota Junction, Blair, Dorchester, Riverdale, Unadilla, Lincoln, Greenwood, and various others.



  1. Sermon book, 1907-1947 (includes lists of weddings, baptisms and funerals)

  2. Personal journal, 1915-1946

Folder of loose items removed from volumes (church programs, newspaper clippings, etc.)



Blair (Neb.) — History

Buffalo County (Neb.) — History

Cass County (Neb.) — History

Chadron (Neb.) — History

Clergy — Kansas

Clergy — Nebraska

Dakota Junction (Neb.) — History

Dawes County (Neb.) — History

Dorchester (Neb.) — History

Greenwood (Neb.) — History

Guide Rock (Neb.) — History

Inavale (Neb.) — History

Lancaster County (Neb.) — History

Lincoln (Neb.) — History

Methodist Church — Nebraska

Otoe County (Neb.) — History

Riverdale (Neb.) — History

Saline County (Neb.) — History

Unadilla (Neb.) — History

Washington County (Neb.) — History

Webster County (Neb.) — History

Williams, John B., 1862-1950


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