Irving Henry WILLIAMS (RIN: 0009), son of John Richard WILLIAMS and Arabella Rosina LANYON , was born 17 February 1872 in Cheshire, New Haven Co., Connecticut. He married Jean HAMMEL 24 April 1918 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He died 05 January 1944 in Sacramento, California. Jean HAMMEL (RIN: 0010), daughter of William F. HAMMEL and Martha Belle LAURENCE , was born 16 May 1890 in Hutchinson, Kansas. She died 05 October 1972 in Sacramento, California.


Children of Irving Henry WILLIAMS and Jean HAMMEL are:
1. George Irving WILLIAMS (RIN: 0001), b. 26 November 1918 See George Irving WILLIAMS & Constance May WIESE
2. David Crawford WILLIAMS (RIN: 0011), b. 21 January 1923 See David Crawford WILLIAMS & Mary Maxine Elizabeth HOLMES
3. Barbara Belle WILLIAMS (RIN: 0012), b. 15 December 1920 See Thomas BILLETT & Barbara Belle WILLIAMS OR Herbert KIRKPATRICK & Barbara Belle WILLIAMS OR Edmund Hugo SOMMER & Barbara Belle WILLIAMS OR John Frederick THOMPSON & Barbara Belle WILLIAMS
4. Lawrence Frederick "Tucker" WILLIAMS (RIN: 0013), b. 04 September 1928 See Lawrence Frederick "Tucker" WILLIAMS & Donna Lou GOFF
5. Robert Lee WILLIAMS (RIN: 0069), b. 01 April 1925

Marriage Notes for Irving Henry WILLIAMS\Jean HAMMEL:

Jean's parents died in a kitchen fire when she was only six weeks old. She spent time with her grandmother, Anna, lived in an orphanage before being informally adopted by Eddie Orland Lee and Jennie Cummings Lee in Salt Lake City. Jean entered St. Mark's Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1911 and graduated as a fully qualified nurse on April 24, 1914. She moved to Sacramento in 1921 with her husband and their two children.


Notes for Irving Henry WILLIAMS:

Irving grew up in Virginia City, Nevada. He work as a carpenter for the mines but did not become a miner. He moved to Salt Lake City sometime between 1885 and 1898.

Irv enlisted in the US Army on April 5, 1898, at Portland, Oregon. (He volunteered in the Utah Militia to fight in the Spanish American war. It was discovered that the militia could not serve outside the USA, so volunteers had to resign, then re-inlist in the regular US Army before serving in the Philippines.)

He was assigned to:
VIII Army Corps, commanded by Maj. Gen. Wesley Merritt,
2nd Division, commanded by Brig. Gen. Thomas M. Anderson,
1st Brigade, commanded by Brig. Gen. Arthur MacArthur (father of Douglas MacArthur),
14th US Infantry,
Company D

Private Williams was transferred to Camp Merritt in San Francisco where he trained with other units destined to participate in the invasion of the Philippines. He sailed from San Francisco on May 24, 1898 aboard the steamship, CITY OF SYDNEY. His convoy, including the cruiser CHARLESTON, CITY OF PEKIN, and the AUSTRALIA arrived in Hawaii for festivities prior to annexation. On June 4, 1898, the convoy left Honolulu reaching Agana bay, Guam June 20. The Spanish government surrendered immediately and Irv's squadron left on June 22. Irv also mentioned a visit to Hong Kong before arriving in the Philippine Islands. He participated in the following actions: combat in the trenches before Manila on August 5, 1898; capture of Manila, August 13, 1898; engagements with insurrectionist forces on February 5, 1899, April 9, 1899, and June 10, 1899 earning the Spanish Campaign Medal, Spanish War Service Medal and the Philippine Campaign Medal. He served as corporal of his company from August 16, 1899, to November 18, 1899. He sailed from the Philippine Islands April 1, 1900, and arrived in the United States April 26, 1900. He was Honorably Discharged as a private September 19, 1900 at Fort Wayne, Michigan.

When talking of the war with his son, George, he remembered a couple of incidents that occured during his time in the Philippines. There was a close call when a bullet passed close enough to his ankle to tear a lacing clip from his legging. Another time Irv told of stopping Emilio Aguinaldo while on guard duty at General Lawton's headquarters camp. He refused to let the guerilla leader pass until he gave up his arms. Aguinaldo was furious and threatened to report him to the general, which apparently he did. Irv was later told that his action was correct.

After discharge, Irv found his way back to Salt Lake City where he worked as a carpenter. He was in the hospital for a week in August, 1911. There was a young nurse trainee named Jean Hammel who started at St. Lukes Hospital that year. Irv and Jean were married in 1918.


Photos for Jean Hammel:


 
Jean Hammel, ca. 1895         Jean Hammel, 1914



Notes for Jean HAMMEL:

Jean's parents died in a kitchen fire when she was six weeks old. She spent time with her grandmother Anna, lived in an orphanage and was informally adopted by the Lee family of Salt Lake City before entering St. Mark's Hospital Training School for Nurses in 1911. She graduated as a fully qualified nurse October 14, 1914. The family moved to Sacramento in 1921.


Photos for Robert Lee WILLIAMS:



Only known image of Robert Lee WILLIAMS, ca. 1925



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