Daguerreotype of Rev. Eleazar Williams, (photograph)
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 137
This gentleman has heretofore been considered a descendent of Eunice Williams, who was taken at Deerfield in 1701, and married an Indian in Canada. Discoveries made within a few years have led many to believe that he is the son of Louis XVI, called the Dauphin, who was supposed to have perished in prison in Paris in 1795 in the old French Revolution. It is now said that some friends of the royal family secretly liberated him from prison, brought him to America, and placed him among the Canada Indians, while in a state of mental derangement, caused by his sufferings in prison. Facts favoring this supposition have been published in the Democratic Review and in many newspapers. During a recent visit in Northampton, and other places, several persons compared his features with the engraved heads of Louis XVI, and Louis XVIII, and found a striking resemblance. Mr. Williams does not know what to believe in regard to his origin; he says he has no recollection of the first ten or twelve years of his life. In his youth he spent several years at Longmeadow, Mass., and Tolland, Conn., and lived from 1809 to 1812, with Rev'd Enoch Hale, of Westhampton, a brother of Capt Nathan Hale, who suffered for his country during the American Revolution. [P. 13.]
Catalogue of the Works of Art exhibited at the Fair of the Hartford Co. Agricultural Society, October, 1851. Hartford: J.H. Bardwell, Printer. 1851.