In the spring of 1851, Elijah, his wife, Lucia, and their four children, Richard, George,
John, and Helen, left their home in Findlay, Ohio, and headed west for the Oregon Territory.
They rode with 14 other wagons filled with emigrants wanting to start a better life in the Oregon
Along their path, they discovered many conflicts, but overcame each and every one of
Lucia documented all of the family’s obstacles that had to be faced.
For example, their
youngest son had been riding with Edwin Fellows.
One day, the oxen had been given a fright, so
their son, John, was thrown underneath the wagon and was killed.
The Williams family had to
turn around when they heard of their son’s death because they were 2 miles ahead of Edwin and
They buried him by the roadside about ½ mile before they crossed the Fontonelle, a little
They covered his grave with stones to protect it from wild beasts, and a board with his
name and age.
Also, their youngest child, Helen, had been sick for a long time.