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Rev. Ambrose Hunter Williams

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Rev. Ambrose Hunter Williams, whose efforts as a minister in the Arkansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, at Perryville, have been signally blessed by God, is a native of what is now Stone County Ark., where he was born November 16, 1846. His father, Burton Williams, was born in Missouri about 1823, and is also a minister, now living at Eureka Springs Ark. He belongs to the Arkansas Conference and has been engaged in ministerial work thirty years. He is a son of Ambrose Williams, of Irish descent, who came to Northwest Arkansas from Missouri in a very early day, where he died. Burton married Clarissa Brown, of Missouri, she dying in Johnson County Ark., about 1874. Our subject's father went to South Arkansas when Ambrose was a child, where he was pastor before and during the war. There were eleven children in this family, of whom young Ambrose was the third. He was partly reared and educated in Chicot County Ark., and completed his education in Hickory Plains Institute, R.H. Crozier, of Oxford University (Miss.), being principal. He has acquired most of his ministerial education in the pastoral work by study and practice, having begun preaching in 1874, the conference at that time being held at Dardanelle, Yell County, Bishop G.F. Pierce, presiding. December 26, 1879 Mr Williams married Miss Loduska A. Horton who was born in Shelby County ALA. in 1855, daughter of D.A. Horton and Mary Eliza Arnett who came to Arkansas in 1876. They have had a family of five children: Lily A., Willie May, Mather Wilton, Paul H. and Myrtle Lucile. Quite recently Mr Williams and wife have been called upon to bear much sorrow, their two boys, Paul H. and Mather Wilton, having passed from earth to a home above, where they await the coming of loved ones. Mr Williams has always voted the Democratic ticket, but supports the man more than the party. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.