Jesse Lynch Williams was born on 6 May 1807, in Stokes County, North Carolina. In 1820, he moved with his family to Richmond, Indiana. On 15 November 1830, Williams married Susan Creighton, daughter of United States Congressman William Creighton, of Chillicothe, Ohio. They had three sons: Edward, Meade, and Henry.
Jesse Williams worked as an engineer on canals and railroads mainly in Ohio and Indiana, serving as chief engineer on the Wabash and Erie Canal, and the Fort Wayne and Chicago Railroad. In 1864, Abraham Lincoln appointed Williams as a government director for the Union Pacific Railroad, a position he held until 1869. Williams also worked closely with the Presbyterian Church, and helped found the First Presbyterian Church in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Williams died in Fort Wayne on 9 October 1886.
Collection consists primarily of correspondence between various members of the Williams and Creighton families and their friends which document the activities of the family.
Finding aid available.
Cite as: Williams-Creighton Family Papers, Missouri Historical Society, St. Louis