WILLIAM CLAIBORNE WILLIAMS, M. D.
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Shelby, Jefferson and Blount county, Alabama
William Claiborne Williams, M.D. was one of the rising young physicians of Shelby county. He was born Oct. 23, 1876, in Brooksville, Blount county, Ala., where his father at that time was a merchant. At the age of eleven years, he moved with his parents to North Birmingham, and he obtained his preliminary education in the academy at that place. At nineteen he moved with his parents to Mobile, where, a year later, he began the study of medicine at the Medical College of Alabama.
At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war, he volunteered as a private in the United States hospital corps and served till the close of the war, when he returned home, resumed the study of medicine, and graduated with honors in the class of 1900. In March, 1901, he settled in Shelby, Shelby county, where he enjoyed quite a large practice. He voted the Democratic ticket. He was a member of his county medical society and the State and American Medical associations.
On April 15, 1902, he married Miss Naldo Christian, the daughter of Jefferson Payne Christian of Shelby. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was a steward in his church.
William was the oldest son of George W. Williams and Martha (Whitworth) Williams, who resided in Birmingham in 1904, where the former was a contractor and builder.
George W. Williams was the son of William Williams and Sarah (Avery) Williams, natives of North Carolina and Alabama, respectively. George Williams was born March 19, 1856, and at two years came with his parents to Alabama, and was reared on a farm in Blount county.
His father, William Williams, was a sergeant in the Confederate army, but on account of ill health, served only a short time.
Martha (Whitworth) Williams, born Feb. 14, 1860, was a daughter of Claiborne Whitworth and Catherine (Dunn) Whitworth, both natives of Alabama. Claiborne Whitworth, born Dec. 12, 1837, was a sergeant in the Confederate army, and served the entire time of the war. His parents were among the first settlers of Marshall county.
George W. and Martha Williams had six children, five were living in 1904, viz.:
1.William Claiborne Williams, born Oct. 23, 1876;
2.Henry Williams, born 1878 (died in infancy);
3.Lena Williams, born Nov. 28, 1880;
4.Patrick G. Williams, born Dec. 24, 1885;
5.Janet Williams, born Feb. 6, 1890,
6.Loma Williams, born April 24, 1892.
1.Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose