Isaac Williams

Isaac Williams was an American who arrived in Los Angeles in 1832. Williams married in 1836 and by 1842 he owned Rancho Santa Ana del Chino. Secondary accounts claim Williams sailed to San Nicolas Island in 1835 when the islanders were removed and taken to San Pedro. According to George Nidever, Williams brought a Nicoleña to his Los Angeles home.

DATE OF BIRTH: September 19, 1799
PLACE OF BIRTH: Wyoming Valley, Pennsylvania, USA
DATE OF DEATH: September 13, 1856
PLACE OF BURIAL: Los Angeles, California, USA

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Morris, Susan L., John R. Johnson, Steven J. Schwartz, René L. Vellanoweth, Glenn J. Farris, Sara L. Schwebel. “The Nicoleños in Los Angeles: Documenting the Fate of the Lone Woman’s Community.” Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 36, 1 (2016)., Find A Grave, database and digital images, ( accessed December 12, 2014) photograph, gravestone for Isaac Williams (1799–1856), Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, California.

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Last updated: November 17, 2018