Meet the Owner

Anton R. Williams

Anton was born in the state of Michigan and was the first of the 9 generations of the Williams since the family progenitor that wasn't born in the Natchez MS area.

The Anton R. Williams Holding Company HQ in Kalamazoo MI and Grand Rapids MI; oversees various companies, properties and other assets in several states throughout the U.S.

The nine generations have included owners of over 10,000 acres (on average, peak of 1 million acres) of real estate, timberland and other product from Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas and California but also:

  • Progenitor who immigrated to the U.S. from Wales England in the 1760s

  • Civic (societal and government) as well as corporate roles for most of the 9 generations

  • A free person of color during the era of slavery, Archie P. Williams of Natchez MS, who was an inheritor (over $1 million in 1860s dollars; $200 million in current dollars) one of the few millionaries of any race during that era

Anton is also the founder of the Anton R. Williams Foundation of Grand Rapids MI and the Global Missions Network Foundation of Grand Rapids MI.