John Rutledge Williams, born 13 July, 1851 Marshall
County, Alabama; died 15 Nov 1933 in Torrance County. John R. Williams
brought his family from Texas to Torrance County in 1906. In this
family were his wife, Newton Carol (Callie) Laughlin, a step son,
Durey Allen (Dude) Boyd, two sons and a daughter,
Lester, Bertha and Jason Williams. When the homestead act was set in
motion, both Dude and Lester were old enough to file on their own land.
John also filed on a claim. Dude never married. He died and was
buried in Mountainair in 1932. Lester married Willie
Wright from Texas. They raised five children, Bertha,
Oletha, Lester Leon, John Jason, and Emma Lou, five miles north and
a mile and a half east of Mountainair.