Biography of Thornley U. Williams
Allegheny County, PA Biographies

THORNLEY URE WILLIAMS cashier of the First National Bank of Sheridan, was born April 23, 1878, in Allegheny City, son of Harrison Graham Williams, who was born March 24. 1850, on a farm in Butler county, Pennsylvania, and for many years served as engineer on the Pittsburg [sic], Fort Wayne & Chicago Railroad. In 1873 he settled in Ohio, and the same year married -------, born in 1854, in Buffalo, New York. Mr. and Mrs. williams became the parents of the following children: 1. Nettie, died in infancy. 2. Ormsby P., born March 2, 1876, conducts a large farm in Crawford county, Ohio; married, in 1900, Mary F. Breitweiser. 3. Thornley Ure, of whom later. 4. Harrison G., born in 1880, manager of Dupont Powder Company at Hayer Station, Pennsylvania; married, in 1903, Martha Vitt, one child, Katherine, born 1905, at Uniontown, Pennsylvania. 5. Margaret, born January 25, 1883; married, in 1904, Joseph Ripper. 6. Louis F. F., born April 28, 1887, died August, 1901. 7. Ebenezer P. M., born May 15, 1889. 8. Byard H., born December 25, 1890. 9. Ethel Kathryn, born August 1, 1894.

Thornley Ure Williams, son of Harrison Graham Williams, was six years old when his parents moved to Enon Valley, Pennsylvania, where he attended the country schooL for about two years. At the end of that time the family returned to Allegheny and he became a pupil at the Fifth ward school. At the early age of nine years he went to work as cash boy in the dry goods store of Boggs & Buhi, at a weekly salary of one dollar and a half. After serving in this capacity about two years and a half he was employed for one year as office boy in the Pittsburg [sic] Railroad Coal Exchange, and during the next four years held a similar position with the Federal Street & Pleasant Valley Street Railway Company. He was then offered the position of messenger at the Third National Bank, Allegheny, where he served nine years, being made successively assistant individual bookkeeper, corresponding clerk, general bookkeeper and teller. When the bank at Sheridan was being organized he was offered the position of cashier, which he has ever since retained. Although but twenty three years old at the time he accepted the position and one of the youngest cashiers in the banking business, he has been very successful, having contributed largely toward building up the interests of the institution. He is the owner of several houses and many building lots in Sheridan, also a large farm in Crawford county, Pennsylvania. He holds the office of borough treasurer and supports the Republican party, having always taken an active part in forwarding the interests of the organization.

Mr. Williams married, September 18, 1901, in Allegheny, Mary W. Fairley, and they are the parents of three children: Gladys, born July 29, 1902; Dorothy Elizabeth, born June 16, 1905. Thornley Ure, born August 13, 1906. Mr. Williams is a resident of the borough of Sheridan.

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