Six Generations of Williamsons in the McBaine River Bottom: Home of the Bur Oak

Presentation by John Sam Williamson

John Williamson shares the history of his family in the McBaine River Bottom and their connection with the famous Bur Oak.

Published: June 13, 2023

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John Sam Williamson shared with attendees the history of his family in the McBaine River Bottom along with their connection to the famous Bur Oak. The Williamson family have served as stewards to “The Big Tree” for generations. During this talk, John will transported the audience back through six generations of Williamsons who have called the McBaine River Bottom home since 1827. The stories told were be varied and colorful, many of which took place beneath the branches of the 390-year-old oak.

John Sam Williamson is a farmer, husband, father, grandfather and local community leader. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture. Following this, he became a commissioned Officer in the United States Air Force based out of Charleston, SC. He is the founder of the McBaine Levee District and has served as President since its beginning in 1993. Formerly, he has served as the President of Boone County Farm Bureau for two terms and has spent 30 years on the board. He is also a part of the Boone County University of Missouri Extension Council. Currently, he is the Chairman for the Boone County Fire Protection District.

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