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Aug. 7, 1969: Remains of Williamsville’s founder discovered in Cheektowaga fill dirt

The home of Williamsville founder Jonas Williams made it from 1808 to 1967, when it was torn down for parking at the Amherst Town and Williamsville Village halls on Main Street.

Williams’ assumed unmarked grave remained undisturbed from the time of his death in 1820 until 1969, when crews making room for a parking lot just off Main Street at Cayuga Street carted fill to the home of a Cheektowaga man.

As he worked the newly transported soil, a landscaper found a skull and bones. More were bones found in the coming days, and judging from where the soil was taken, historians believe the remains came from the unmarked grave of the man after whom Williamsville was named.

"More bones found at site of Jonas Williams’ grave"

“More human bones were found late Wednesday in Cheektowaga and Williamsville in what Amherst police say may be the discovery of the remains of the founder of Williamsville.”

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