J.M. Williamson was born on July 17, 1833. He was married to Dolly Williamson from either 1889 or 1890 until she was murdered in 1891. He served as the the mayor of Hattiesburg from 1891 - 1892. He died on January 29, 1902, and was buried in McLaurin Cemetery.
- Forrest County Tombstone Inscriptions
- Hinds county marriage records