Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 31 – November 6, 1866

31st Wednesday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 sick.

November 1st Thursday  rather fine but cool & some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick, Schovell & wife Fredenhagen & wife, Sim Billings & wife & Caroline Willson went down to Naperville in the stage to a Ball & Caroline came back home with R Pollard.

2nd Friday  rather a fine day but some cloudy  I did my choars was at the office all day came home 8 ½ to bed 9 ½ tiard & sick.

3rd Saturday  rather a cloudy disagreeable day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  Henry Rogers was married to Roset Beardsly this afternoon at Turner by Methodist minister.

4th Sunday  A cold cloudy raw day & cleared off in evening  I did my choars & went to Goulds with Bliss horse Wallace went with me got home at sunset went to Salors & got my photograph taken went to store in evening went to bed at 8 ½ sick Roll Cal went to Sher Willsons.

5th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick & lonely.

6th Tuesday  a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 24 – 30, 1866

24th Wednesday  rather a fine cold day & evening   I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

25th Thursday  rather a cool cloudy day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick  Connel __________ to my store celler Pat Jordan helped him part of day.

26th Friday  A cloudy damp forenoon & rainey afternoon Connel part of forenoon & Pat on __________? I did my choars was at office all day and evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard & sick lonely Miller Penny came to Greens with his lady.

27th Saturday  a damp misty day & wet conciderable  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick  [in margin] Wm Henner came.

28th Sunday  A rainey morning & damp cloudy day & evening  I did my choars was at home all day & evening except calling to the office twice  Gould came up to Willsons about noon & went home before I went to bed at 9.

29th Monday  rather a fine cool day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

30th Tuesday  rather cloudy cool & damp  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 17 – 23, 1866

17th  Wednesday  fine weather for the season  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] J F Pollard drew stone.

18th Thursday  fine weather for Oct. I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ lonely & nearly sick.

19th Friday  A cloudy damp day & rained som  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

20th Saturday  A cloudy damp rainey day & evening & hailed a little about 10 A M was a nasty day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

21st Sunday  A cloudy damp disagreeable day with several showers  I did my choars was at the house all day a choaring round the house, cleaned out the hog pen etc was at the office once & went to bed at 9 nearly sick.

22nd Monday  rather cloudy & cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold.

23rd Tuesday  rather fine weather but cool  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 10 – 16, 1866

10th Wednesday  rather a fine hot day but cloudy in morning  I did my choars was at the office all day & in the evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick  Sam Wright & Emma Graves were married this evening at Aurora by Elder Button.

11th Thursday  last day of the fair  A cloudy morning & a fine day I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.

12th Friday  cloud in morning a fine day  I did my choars was at the office all day came home at 8 ½ went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & nearly sick with a cold.

13th Saturday  T Westcott got a Jerrys  A cloudy morning & fine day I did my choars was at the office all day evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick G Sidwell came to Winfield & stayed.

14th Sunday  A fine pleasant day & evening  I did my choars churned choared round the house  picked some apples etc went to the store towards night did my choars & went to bed at 9 nearly sick with a cold G Sidwell came while I was a eating breckfust, he was sick He came from Mrs Holmes yesterday & stayed at Winfield R Willson & Caroline went to H Goulds  R B Pollard 4th child & second daughter was born this morning.

15th Monday  rather a fine day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ tiard lonely & sick.

16th Tuesday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick.”

Cemetery Walk Featured Script: Maria Stahring Williams

As we get ready for our 9th Annual Cemetery Walk next Sunday, on October 16, 2016, please enjoy reading this script that was presented during our 2012 event. It features the story of a Williams family member whose family farm was on Williams Road.

If you want to learn more history behind other street and park names in town, please join us on the 16th. More information can be found here http://wp.me/p1fT1q-Qe.

Mrs. Maria “Mary” (nee Stahring) Williams, birth February 14, 1786, death April 16, 1864

Maria Sterling Williams’ family owned large tracts of land on the west side of Warrenville.  She was born on February 14, 1786 in Mohawk, New York, where her father was a Judge.  Her husband, William Williams’ family had been in the Americans since the 1600s and had lived in Connecticut.  During the early 1800s William decided to move to New York to make a better life for himself.  The couple met in New York and married.  Not long after their marriage, war broke out and William joined the American fight and helped defeat the British in the Battle of Sackett’s Harbor in 1812, as part of the War of 1812, often referred to as the Second American Revolution.  After the war William returned to working on area farms.

With eight children, the couple was always looking for new opportunities to better provide for their family.  When they heard about open land available in Illinois, they set off for the prairie.  William arrived at Fort Dearborn, today’s Chicago, in 1834 and received a loan of $43 to help him purchase land in what was then called Big Woods, just west of the area being settled by Colonel Warren.  The oldest daughter, Mary, and two of the sons traveled west to meet their father in 1836 and started building the family home.  By 1838, Maria and the other five children arrived in Illinois.

Early Map of Warrenville, shows the Williams farm in the bottom left-hand corner, Henry S. Williams was one of Maria and William's sons

Early map of Warrenville landowners, shows the Williams farm in the bottom left-hand corner, Henry S. Williams was one of Maria and William’s sons

Their land in Warrenville had finally given William the prosperity he had so much desired.  The farm on Big Woods Road, now called Warrenville Road, was connected to the DuPage River by Williams Road, named for the family.  Besides the farm, they also had 100-acres west of today’s Route 59 and an 80-acre timber tract near the Kane County line.

Early map of Winfield Township, son Henry (H.S. & S.) Williams listed as property owners

Early map of Winfield Township, son Henry (H.S. & S.) Williams listed as property owner along the bottom

The financial success of the Williams family could not provide everything though.  Their daughter Susan died shortly after marrying Platt Conde at the age of 20 in 1845.  Their oldest son, William dropped dead on the Wells Street bridge in Chicago in 1851, at the age of 33.  Another son George passed away in 1853 the age of 21.  When William died in May of 1860, Maria did not think she could take any more tragedy, however the Civil War broke out the next year and the small Warrenville community faced the stress and pain of seeing some of the town’s boys and men leave to fight for the Union.

In 1862, her daughter Mary’s husband, William Griffith, left the family farm which he had inherited when William Williams died and joined the 69th Illinois Infantry.  Warrenville had faced the death of eight of our volunteers by 1864 when her son John left for the war.  Shortly thereafter another son Samuel died at home with his mother in Warrenville.  This was more stress than she could take and she shortly followed him to their final resting place in the Warrenville Cemetery on April 16, 1864.  Despite the tragedy that had plagued the family, her son-in-law William Griffith returned home and he and Mary lived out the rest of their days in Warrenville.

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Hiram E. Leonard Diary, October 3 – 9, 1866

3rd Wednesday A fine pleasant warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick.

4th Thursday  a fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ nearly sick with a cold [in margin] heifer.

5th Friday  A fine warm day & evening  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

6th Saturday  A fine warm day  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick with a cold.

7th Sunday  a cloudy smokey morning  but a fine hot day  I did my choars walked down to H Goulds & part way back  I went to Naperville & got measured for some cloth came home got here before sunset Gould me & Derry boy up to the mill & Aden Dery went down soon after I got there  I went to bed about 9 tiard & about sick.

8th Monday  rather fine weather  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home about 8 ½ & went to bed about 9 ½ nearly sick [in margin] G Sidwell left for Rockford.

9th Tuesday  fine weather for Oct  I did my choars was at the office all day & evening came home at 8 ½ & went to bed at 9 ½ sick Fair com at Wheaton.”