The Tom Sawyer of True Williams & Mark Twain   Remembering
True W. Williams
aka - Mark Twain's Illustrator
The artist who showed us what Tom Sawyer
& Huck Finn looked like.
 

 



True W. Williams lived to age fifty-eight, from 1839-1897.  He was born in Allegany County, New York, on March 22, 1839, and named Truman W. Williams.

True Williams is best known as the illustrator for Mark Twain, and is especially remembered today for his illustrations of Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn in Mark Twain's 1876 Tom Sawyer American classic.

 

a sketch of True Williams
"Friend Williams:
Your pictures get a deal more praise
than do the sketches of your humble servant"
- Mark Twain.

His wife, Carrie M. Williams died in Hinsdale, Illinois, on July 25, 1885. Years later in 1897, True Williams died in Chicago, and was there after buried near his wife Carrie and infant son Truman Paul, both of whom had been buried years earlier in Torode ( aka York ) Cemetery near Salt Creek, about four miles north-northwest of Hinsdale, Illinois.

When the tide of progress came to the growing Oak Brook village in the 1960's, Torode Cemetery needed to be relocated due to various projects. Fortunately for True W. Williams, the magnanimous patron of Oak Brook Illinois, Paul Butler, had a private family cemetery where True W. Williams was moved to with Carrie Williams, and where they rest together to this day. Some of those originally buried in Torode Cemetery who were moved to the Butler cemetery in Oak Brook were never re-identified.
 

Remembering
True W. Williams

The grave of True W. Williams today in Butler Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL
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The grave of True W. Williams today
in Butler Cemetery of Oak Brook, IL

 


The Oak tree over the grave of True W. Williams in Butler Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL
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The Oak tree over the grave of True W. Williams
in Butler Cemetery, of Oak Brook, IL

 

 

\The headstone over the grave of True W. Williams in Oak Brook, IL

The headstone over the grave of True W. Williams,
in Oak Brook, IL

 

 

The headstone over the grave of Carrie M. Heath Williams in Oak Brook, IL

The headstone over the grave of Carrie M. Heath Williams,
in Oak Brook, IL

 

 

The Oak tree over the grave of True W. Williams in Butler Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL
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The Oak tree over the graves of True & Carrie Williams
in Butler Cemetery, Oak Brook, IL

 


The corner of Butler Cemetery where the grave of True & Carrie Williams are in Oak Brook, IL
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The corner of Butler Cemetery where the graves of True 
& Carrie Williams are located



The Butlers of Butler Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL
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The Butler Family monument in Butler Cemetery of Oak Brook, IL

 

The Offices of nearby Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, IL

The Offices of nearby Bronswood Cemetery
in Oak Brook, IL

 

The Visitor's Center of nearby Fullersburg Park, off Spring Rd., in Oak Brook, IL

The old Boathouse of nearby Fullersburg Woods,
off Spring Rd., in Oak Brook, IL


 

Salt Creek from the Visitor's Center of Fullersburg Park, off Spring Rd., in Oak Brook, IL

Salt Creek - from the old Boathouse of Fullersburg Woods,
off Spring Rd., in Oak Brook, IL

 

The Graue Mill on Salt Creek, off Spring Rd., in Oak Brook, IL

The Graue Mill on Salt Creek, off Spring Rd.,
in Oak Brook, IL. Still running.

 

The Sugar Maple Woods southeast of Adams & Spring Rd., by Salt Creek, in Oak Brook, IL

The Sugar Maple Woods southeast of Adams & Spring Road,
near Salt Creek, in Oak Brook, IL. ( now called Adams Road Woods )

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This is the neighborhood where I wandered about as a lad.
Occasionally we ran into our neighbor Paul Butler, who lived across from us 
on Spring Road. He was a nice neighbor to us, and a genuine gentleman. 
He was nice to True Williams, as well.

Tom Sawyer, by True W. Williams
The 1876 Tom Sawyer of True W. Williams

 

For visitors convenience, click here for a detailed map

Link to Twain Quotes website, for more information
about True Williams

 

All the color photos were taken on 8/28/2011 by Jos. Pashka

 

 

Other Related Local Historic Sites



Hinsdale Illustration for1873 advertisement. The artist may have been True Williams. The hand drawn type fonts & borders resemble his other works.
1873 Hinsdale Advertisement

 

 

The Old Hotel & Tavern "where Lincoln slept ", Fullersburg Illinois
The Old Hotel & Tavern on Ogden by Elm, where Lincoln slept, Fullersburg Illinois
The Hotel & Tavern was located on Ogden Ave, East of York Rd.
( then Walker Rd. ) and West of Elm, in what is now called Hinsdale IL.
Hinsdale was first called Brush Hill, then renamed to Fullersburg in 1851.

It is said the Tavern was built in 1835 by relatives of U.S. Grant,
and was later turned into an Antique store between the World Wars.
Eventually, it was torn down.

Click on Photo for Aeral Photos of location of Ogden Hotel-Tavern where Lincoln slept.

The road from Chicago to Fullersburg was once
a wooden planked Toll Road about 8 feet wide.
Odds are True Williams may have visited this Hotel & Tavern,
as it was said Abraham Lincoln did earlier.

 

 

The Old Graue Mill on Salt Creek, Fullersburg Illinois
he Graue Mill on Salt Creek - prior to 1943 restoration started by the CCC in the thirties.
The Graue Mill on Salt Creek - prior to restoration completed
in 1943 that was started by the CCC in the Thirties.

 


 

The Old Graue Mill on Salt Creek,
Fullersburg Illinois

The Old Graue Mill on Salt Creek, Fullersburg Illinois, prior to 1943 restoration.
The Graue Mill on Salt Creek - prior to 1943 restoration,
located West of York Rd., in what is now Oak Brook IL

 

 

 

The Old Hinsdale C. B. & Q. Railroad Station
The Hinsdale CB&Q Train Station - circa 1909
The Hinsdale C.B. & Q. Train Station - circa 1909
The railroad line was started during the Civil War,
and a "Brush Hill" ( aka Hinsdale ) station completed by 1864.
The Highland station was added in
1873.

Carrie M. Williams probably took the train to Hinsdale IL,
where she died on July 25,1885.

 

~ The late Curtis Cade was also a notable from Fullersburg ~

 

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