Williams, John



Williams, John


John Williams was a master builder elected to the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1839. He served as a Warden in 1854-56, on the Managing Committee from 1857-59 and 1862-64, as Secretary from 1860-1862, Vice President from 1863-65 and as President from 1866-68. In the 1840 City Directory, Williams lived at the North West corner of Third and Catherine streets. During his term on the Managing Committee, Williams was involved in the reoccupation of Carpenters' Hall by the Carpenters' Company after nearly 30 years of occupancy by an auction company. He also was part of the Company's restoration of the hall following their reoccupation. John Williams died in 1889.

Biography from the Philadelphia Architects and Buildings site, a project of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Written by Tom Stokes.

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Office Held

President, 1866-68
Secretary, 1860-62
Vice President, 1863-65
Warden, 1854-56

Committee Membership

Managing Committee, 1857-59,62-64

Business Address

7 Rudolph's Court (CD) (1830)


City Directory - 1830 - John, house carpenter, 7 Rudolph's Court 1835 - John, lumber merchant (same man ?), Green above 9th. 1840 - John, carpenter, NW corner 3rd & Catharine 1845 - John, carpenter, 112 Catharine. 1850 - John, carpenter, Pearl above Schuylkill 8th. 1854 - John, carpenter, 41 Nagle -------------------- City Records D.S.B. book #342; filed October 20, 1826; satisfied March 13, 1827 (with Johnson signature) John Williams and William Johnson trading under the firm of Williams & Johnson vs. George Harrar. Claim for $125.13 against a certain new two story frame and two story kitchen adjoining situate on the east side of the Old York Road ______ feet north of the north side of Brown street in the district of the Northern Liberties. Being for lumber furnished and provided for and about said buildings. ------------------ City Records D.S.B. book #342; two claims filed March 27, 1827; satisfied February 11, 1830. John Williams &William Johnson trading under the firm of Williams & Johnson. One claim for $145.76 against a new two story brick house on the northwest corner of Budd street and Pollard's alley about 100 feet north from Laurel street in the Northern Liberties. . . being for lumber furnished. A second claim for $145.76 against a new two story brick dwelling house or tenement situate on the west side of Budd street the second house north from Pollard's alley in the Northern Liberties on part of a lot of ground owned by John H. Brinton and wife. . . being for lumber furnished. ----------------- City Records D.C.Liens book #399; claim filed February 6, 1841; no satisfaction noted John Williams and George Williams vs. Post & Dardine. Claim for $146.11 for lumber against a certain new 2-story frame messuage or tenement situate on the north westwardly side of the Darby road, nearly opposite to the gate and porter's lodge of the Philadelphia Almhouse. ------------------ City Records D.C. Liens book #400; filed February 9, 1842; satisfied July 18, 1843 John Williams vs. Wilson P. Carman. Claim for $192.75 for carpenters work against a 3-story brick building situate at the southwest corner of 4th and Marshall streets in the District of Southwark. ------------------- City Records D.C. Liens book #402; filed August 22, 1844; no note of satisfaction John Williams vs. John Young et al. Claim for $291.25 for carpenters work done against a 2-story brick building known as the First Baptist Meeting House in Passyunk township & the lot or piece of ground appurtenant thereto situate on the south side of Passyunk road, about 200 feet west of Broad street.

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