Kate Williams was the daughter of John Josiah Williams and Nancy A. Verser. Known to many as "Kate," she was born Martha Malinda Williams. Shortened versions of these given names (Mattie Lynn) were placed on her grave marker. Kate's grave marker shows that she was born in 1873, but a researcher reports that Kate and William D. "Dee" Williams were twins--both being born in Marshall County, Alabama on October 16, 1871.

Kate married James Alexander Shafer, Jr. in Milam County, Texas on June 27, 1895. She died in Milam County on August 29, 1962 and is buried in Milam County at Pin Oak Cemetery.

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