From the 1885 History of Steuben County, Indiana
Silas R. Williams was born in Otsego County, N. Y., in 1847. In 1863 his father, Thomas L. Williams, came to Steuben County, and afterward went to Milwaukee, Wis., where he still resides. He came to this county in the spring of 1862. He enlisted in the war of the Rebellion in the Seventy-fourth Indiana Infantry and served till the close of the war. He participated in the important events of the last part of the war in which General Sherman's army was engaged, among others the siege of Atlanta and the march to the sea. Mr. Williams lives on section 11, Steuben Township, a part of the farm of Abner Winsor, and is engaged in general farming. Mr. Williams married Sarah A. Staley, a native of Angola, born in 1849, the only surviving child of Christian Staley. They have three sons -- Mild. R., Claud H. and Roy W.
Submitted by Kim Davoli