Notes for Richard J. McWilliams: Obituary: "RICAHRD McWILLIAMS DIES IN AUBURN - A Pioneer of New Auburn - Well Known as Contractor. Richard McWilliams, for 64 years a resident of Auburn, and the first person to settle on First street, in that city, died Saturday at his home. He was well known as a contractor in stone work, up to the the time of his retirement from business. The fire which swept New Auburn, May 15, 1933, destroyed Mr. McWilliams' home. Alert in mind as he had been during the most active years of his life, he drew plans for a new house, even while the flames were reducing to a heap of ashes the home where he had lived so long. He completed his new residence, but the experience of that day, with the dense smoke in which he worked, impaired his health, and he developed a cough from which he never recovered. Mr. McWilliams was born Sept 12, 1853, in St Basil, Canada, coming to Auburn in 1871. For years he was superintendent of construction for American and Canadian Construction companies. Among the structures on which he has been engaged are the bridge of Dover-Foxcroft, the foundation of Peck's store in Lewiston. the Lewiston Universalist church, the Lewiston public library, the Bates weave shed, the piers of the north bridge across the Androscoggin between Lewiston and Auburn, and the Oxford and International mills at Rumford. He built the entire plant for the paper mill in Brompton Falls, Canada. He constructed the Bangor water works, and many of the large grain elevators in western Canada. He also did the stone work on a number of railroad bridges. No fatal accident ever occurred on any construction work he superintended, a record on which he looked back with justifiable pride. Mr. McWilliams is survived by his wife. Mrs. Hannah McWilliams, three daughters, Miss Mary McWilliams Miss Ruth McWilliams, and Mrs Sarah White; two sons, Richard McWilliams Jr., and William McWilliams, all of Auburn; a sister, Miss Anna McWilliams of Portsmouth, N.H. two brothers, Thomas McWilliams of Portsmouth, N.H., and William of Rockland and several grand-children and great grand-children. Mr McWilliams and several other members of their family left Quebec to settle in Auburn, Maine and in Mass. Manner and dates are still unknown. Records are based on Church of England research in Judicial Archives, Quebec, Canada. They were members of the Congregation of the Settlement of Portneuf, Borg Louis and Ste. Catherine, Province of Quebec. He worked for the railroad in Canada, learned stonemasonry and worked as foreman in that trade. He and his wife were charter members of the St Michael's Episcopal Church (Source: Hannah's obit) Richard and his wife Hannah had 12 children (Hannah's obit) but only 8 are listed.
More About Richard J. McWilliams: Baptism: September 20, 1851, Ste Catherine Anglican Church, Bourg Louis, Quebec, Canada. Burial: Unknown, Oak Hill Cemetery, Auburn, Maine.
More About Richard J. McWilliams and Hannah Mawhinney: Marriage: 1871, Quebec, Canada.251
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