Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     JOHN EVAN WILLIAMS, who resides about three miles east from Hartline, is a man of excellent standing and possessed of a comfortable competence.  He has gained the former by his uprightness, integrity and kindness to all, while the latter is the result of continued labor and thrift, wisely bestowed in this country.  He was born in Anglesey, Wales, on December 16, 1835, the son of William and Ann (Jones) Williams, natives of the same country.  The mother died in 1882, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Our subject received a good educational training from the schools of his native land and there remained until 1856, when he sailed for the United States.  Settlement was made in Winnebago county, Wisconsin, and for fourteen years he was occupied in general farm labors.  Thirty-two years were spent in that state altogether.  Then he sold his holdings, and in 1888, came to Sprague, Washington.  A time was spent in labor at the round house there, after which he came on to Douglas county and secured a pre-emption which is his home at the present time.  He has added a quarter since by purchase and this all is in a very high state of cultivation, the proceeds of which make a fine annual income.
     At Sprague, on July 14, 1890, Mr. William married Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, the daughter of Edward and Margaret (Evans) Davies, natives of Wales, and immigrants to the United States in 1872.  Mrs. Williams was born in Llanarmon, Wales, on October 20, 1852, and came to the United States in 1884.  By her former marriage, Mrs. Williams has two sons; David O. Hughes, born in Wales, September 6, 1878; and Owen Davies Hughes, born in Virginia, United States, on January 30, 1889.  She has two brothers, David E. and Edward E., and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Morgan and Mrs. Ann Jones.  Mr. and Mrs. Williams are devout members of the Calvinistic Methodist church and are highly respected people.  They have labored faithfully for the years past and it is very pleasing at this time to note that they can enjoy the fruits of their toil now as the golden years begin to run apace.