Adams Family Genealogy
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1. Absalom Adams Sr. - was born in 1727 in England (?) and died in 1790 in near Lancaster, Ky .
Absalom married Elizabeth Fothergill about 1752. Elizabeth was born in 1730. She died in 1790 .

Absalom - Lived in Fauquier Co., Va. about 1774, Culpepper, Va in 1775. Thought to have moved to Ky. about 1790. Is said to have come from England with Lord Culpepper and settled in Va....
 
Our branch of the ADAMS family is descended from two of Absalom's sons, Feathergail Adams's daughter Mary and Luke Adams's son Reuben married even though they were first cousins.
 
Absalom is enumerated as a Virginia tax payer in Culpeper County, Virginia, during the years, 1782-1787.
 
KHC information concerning service rendered by Absalom Adams during the Revolutionary War includes a claim submitted on August 18, 1781, by Absalom Adams of Culpeper County, Virginia, for (1) one smooth bore gun, for militia. On June 16, 1783, payment was made to Absalom Adams - Certificate for one gun.
 
The Culpeper County, Virginia tax list for 1790 included Absalom Adams, Sr., Absalom Adams, Jr., Gavin Adams and John Adams among the "delinquents" with the note "gone to Kentucky."
 
In 1791, Absalom Adams was listed on the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list, and Absalom Adams, Gavin Adams and John Adams were on the Fayette County, Kentucky tax list. It is believed that Absalom Adams, Sr. settled in Lincoln County, and his sons in Fayette County.
 
Absalom Adams, Sr. last appears in the Lincoln County, Kentucky census in 1800. Neither Absalom nor Elizabeth are listed in the census for 1810, and it is presumed they died between the 1800-1810 census count. Further research may discover more about the life of Absalom and Elizabeth (Fothergill) Adams.

(from The Genealogy of Herbert Ward Adams & Myrtle Luella Whitehill)

 
Immigrated from England sometime prior to 1755 and settled in Fauquier County, Virginia. Is listed a tax payer in Culpeper County, Virginia (adjacent to Fauquier) from 1782-1787. He is the subject of a book "Absolom Adams of Fauquier County, Virginia" by Katheryn Hutcherson Campbell. This is available from the Latter Day Saints Historical Society. There is evidence he fought in the Revolutionary War (payment for the purchase of a gun for the militia in 1783). Absolom Sr. and sons Absolom Jr., John, and Gavin were reported as delinquent on the Culpeper County tax rolls in 1790 with the note "Gone to Kentucky". In 1791, Absolom was listed on the Lincoln County, Kentucky tax list, and Absolom (Jr), Gavin, and John were on the Fayette County, Kentucky tax list. Henry County was formed from part of Fayette County in 1799 and Henry County was split into Oldham and Henry Counties in 1824. It appears the county name may have changed from Fayette to Henry to Oldham during the time William was in or near La Grange and Westport, Kenducky, perhaps without him ever moving. Reference in an Oldham County history book refers to Absolom as the "the great preacher of Crab Orchard" (a town in Lincoln County, Kentucky).
(Sources: - 1 - 2)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Feathergail Adams was born on 4 Feb 1755 in Culpepper Co., Va. and died on 7 Nov 1807 in Sugar Creek, Garrard Co. Ky. and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky . See #2. below.
ii.  Absolom Adams Jr was born about 1755.

Absolom - By the 1780's, Absalom and his family have moved to Culpeper County, Virginia, where he is found in the tax list in 1782-1787.
 
By 1797, Absalom owned 100 acres of first-rate land on David's Fork of Elkhorn Creek. In 1808, he is listed with 125 acres. This additional 25 acres probably was the land to which, in 1826, Abner Wilson gave a deed to Absalom's heirs in order to make a clear title (Fayette County Deed Book 2: page 125). (Sources: - 1)
iii.  Luke Adams was born in 1755 in Prince Georges, Maryland. See #3. below.
iv.  Robert Adams
v.  Thomas Adams
vi.  Polly Adams
Polly married Henry Perry on 11 Jul 1818 in Fayette County, Kentucky.

Henry -

email from Marti Reynolds Dec 2008

 
They had a daughter, Frances Perry born about 1831 in KY. Frances then married John Gamble on 5/15/1851 in Indiana. Frances died in 1881.
(Sources: - 3) (Sources: - 3)
----- Second Generation -----
2. Feathergail Adams - was born on 4 Feb 1755 in Culpepper Co., Va. and died on 7 Nov 1807 in Sugar Creek, Garrard Co. Ky. and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky . He was the son of Absalom Adams Sr. and Elizabeth Fothergill.
Feathergail married Nancy Elizabeth Smith about 1773 in Fauquier Co., Va.. Nancy was born about 1755 in Culpepper, VA. She was the daughter of William Smith. She died on 9 Nov 1807 in Sugar Creek, Garrard Co. Ky. and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky .

Nancy - Her name is also given as Mary, Polly, or Nancy.

email from Carl Gearhart (December 2006)

 
You have Feathergil Adam wife's parents wrong.
 
Nancy's parents are William Smith(born August 21, 1729, place unknown and died February 2, 1821 in Lincoln County Kentucky)(from FHL 2218295, case file #2099) he was married to Peggy unknown. The above court case file #2099 shows his Will to have been destroyed by his wife.
 
But a division record exist listing his heirs as Nancy Ball, Reuben Smith and the heirs of Feathergil Adams. (Reference: Family History Center - tape FHL 192229 (Probate records Vol. F-G 1815 - 1822) page 181.)
 
Weedon Smith is the son of Reuben Smith and Judith unknown.
 
I hope this is helpful and thank you for publishing your material.
 
Carl Gearhart
(Sources: - 4)

Feathergail - was a Baptist Preacher. Moved from Va. to Sugar Creek, near Lancaster in Garrard Co., Ky and died after a stroke in his pulpit at Antioch Meeting House. Listed in DAR index - Wgn - VA

email from Linda R. Ashley - March 2005

 
Feathergail Adams had a stroke in his pulpit, but did not actually die there. He lived long enough to make a will. I actually believe he lived almost a week, since Nov 7, 1807, is a Saturday. I know this is a small point. Also, I think Nancy was the daughter of William Smith, not Weyden. I have all the records stored away somewhere, but they definitely indicate that William was her father, since, as I recall, he mentioned his grandchildren in his will. Also, Nancy did not die the same week that Feathergail did.
 
I am a descendant through William Adams (another indication of the William connection), Allensworth Adams, Lucy Adams, my father Russell Ramsey, and me. Kind of hard to believe I am only a fifth generation descendant of one who died in 1807, but it's true.


Info from Samuel Hurlbut:

 
Feathergill Adams was a Farmer and preacher who had a church in Garrad County, Kentucky, known as the Feathergill Adams Meeting House. He died of a stroke while preaching. The church is currently known as the Antioch Christian Church. He names only 8 children: Bill, Caty, John, Nancy, Absolom, Reuben, Martha, and Peggy. He and his wife are buried at the Antioch Church on Buckeye Pike, in Garrard County, five miles from Lancaster.
 
(from Bill Davis' Data)
(Sources: - 5)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Nancy Adams was born about 1774 in Va. and died before 1821 in Garrard Co., Ky. .

Nancy - Married John Hutcherson on Mar 24, 1792 in Madison Co., Ky.
ii.  Margaret (Peggy) Adams was born about 1775 in Fauquier, VA.

Margaret - married Beverly Jos. Brown
iii.  William French "Devil bill" Adams was born on 16 Jun 1776 in Fauquier, VA and died on 16 Jun 1844 .

William - Married Peggy/Polly Long (#1) and Rebecca Lawrence (#2) William (devil Bill) had 9 children: Betsie (m1: Crawford, m2: Burkett, m3: Dr Joplin), Burkett, Dr. Allen Worth Adams (m Sartin) John (m Lucy Hiatt), Dr. Smith, Thomas (m1: Patsy Terrell, m2: Mattie Haley) Willis (b:10/3/1818, m1: Helen Hiatt, m2: Marg. Maret), Olmstead (m: Susie Bragg), William.
 
William gained the name "Devil Bill," after the family moved to Kentucky in 1787, and Bill, a teenager and unhappy with Kentucky, stole his father's best horse and returned to Culpepper County. (from Bill Davis Data)

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The name of William French "Devil Bill" Adams' son is Allensworth, not Allen Worth. His first wife was Elizabeth Sartain, who was 13 when they married. They had two children, John and Rebecca. He abandoned her when he went to Texas. She divorced him in Garrard Co., KY. His brother, Jones Adams, made a deposition for her. She married 2nd to a Brown. In Texas, Allensworth married Minerva Webb in Limestone Co. I don't know what happened to her. After his first wife's death Allensworth, came back to Kentucky for his children and married Elizabeth French. They went back to Texas and they had several children. Eventually he married Eleanor Jane Mink, but I haven't found the marriage record. One of their daughters was my grandmother, Lucy Owsley Adams, who married John Houston Ramsey.
 
Polly Long Adams, his first wife, had not died when William "Devil Bill" Adams married Rebecca Lawrence. I believe she can be found in the Mercer Co. census in 1810 and Fayette County Census for 1820 and 1830. I understand Polly tried to take him to court for bigamy, but Rebecca testified that she wasn't married to him. She told family members that she thought he was free to marry when she married him, but she had to testify that she wasn't married, even though it damaged her own reputation. Otherwise, he would be sent to prison and her children would have no one to support them.
 
Linda Ramsey Ashley - August 2007
(Sources: - 5)
iv.  Elizabeth (Betsy) Adams was born on 27 Apr 1778 in Fauquier, VA and died before 1811 .

Elizabeth - Married Mr. Hugison Dec 23, 1799.
v.  Virginia (Jennie) Adams was born on 20 Aug 1780 in Fauquier, VA and died in 1804 .

Virginia - Married Nicholas Smith in 1797
vi.  Judith Adams was born on 16 Jan 1783 in Fauquier, VA and died on 23 Aug 1870 in Garrard, KY and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky .
Judith married Walter Adams. Walter was born in 1778 in Montgomery, VA. He was the son of Luke Adams and SophinaThorn /. He died on 3 Aug 1825 in Garrard, KY and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky .

Judith - Married her cousin.
See Walter Adams below for children.
vii.  Absolem Adams was born on 27 Mar 1785 in Va and died in 1849 in Madison, KY .
Absolem married Elizabeth Slayton on 25 Mar 1807 in GARRARD, KY. (Sources: - 5)

Absolem - Married Elizabeth Slayton in 1807.
viii.  Mary (Polly) Adams was born on 14 Apr 1787 in Russell, VA and died on 5 Feb 1863 in Marion Co., IN .
Mary married Reuben Adams Sr. in 1803. Reuben was born in 1778 in Henry, Virginia. He was the son of Luke Adams and SophinaThorn /. He died in 1826 in Marion County, Ind and was buried in New Bethel Cmty. .

Mary - Mary and Reuben were Cousins.
 
Was living with her son Benjamin in Franklin, Indiana in 1850 and 1860

Census: 1850 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age'occupation born in  
Mary Adans 64   Va
Benj Adams 25 Farmer Hy


Census: 1860 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age occupation born in
Benj Adams 34 Farm Laborer Ky
Lenez Adams 27 Ky  
Mary Adams 77 Va  

See Reuben Adams Sr. below for children.
ix.  Katherine Adams was born on 23 Aug 1789 in Culpepper CO., Va and died on 23 Mar 1867 and was buried in Brown Cem, 1/2 mile W of New Liberty, Ky .
Katherine married Thomas Brown on 5 Jun 1806 in Garrard County, Kentucky. Thomas was born on 20 Oct 1784 in Culpepper CO., Va. (Sources: - 5)

Katherine -


 
Generous to a fault, she gave freely of items from her smokehouse. In her last years she became mentally ill and had to be confined to a room, to keep her from wandering away. A year prior to her death she was diagnosed as having "cancer of the brain." Thomas willed that his daughters Mary and Catherine care for her, giving them $400 a year and use of the home until Katy died, and they alternated living with Katy until her death.

 
(from Bill Davis data)
(Sources: - 5)
x.  John (Jack) Adams was born on 27 Apr 1791 and died in 1869 .

John - married Catherine Sampson in 1812. One child was William Sampson Adams (b: 1813).
xi.  Martha (Patsy) Adams was born on 16 Jan 1793.

Martha - married John Rancliff in 1808.
3. Luke Adams - was born in 1755 in Prince Georges, Maryland. He is the son of Absalom Adams Sr. and Elizabeth Fothergill.
Luke married SophinaThorn /. (Sources: - 6)

Luke - referred to as Luke of Mass.

email from Lucille Adams Smith - June 2007

 
I have proof that Reuben Adams is NOT the son of Luke Adams. If you are interested, please let me know. I descend through Luke Adams three different ways.
 
These are my lines. Luke Adams Elijah Adams & Francis Tatum Emily Adams Married Hamilton Shelton Sarah E. Shelton married William R. Williams Generva Adams married George M. Adams
 
And
 
Luke Adams John Adams & Susannah Childress Elijah Adams, Jr.& Sarah Mitchell Lucy Ann Adams married cousin Joseph M. Adams George M. Adams & Generva Williams Adams
 
And
 
Luke Adams Elijah Adams & Francis Tatum Henry Adams & Sarah Childers Joseph M. Adams & Lucy Ann Adams (COusins) George M. Adams & Generva Williams Adams
 
I don't know for sure who the parents of Reubin Adams are, but he is not listed as one of the children of Luke Adams. Luke's children are: Walter Adams, Margaret "Peggy" Adams who intermarried with Travis Rodgers, John Adams, and Elijah Adams. I have a probate file. Walter and Margaret were deceased so their children are also named. Walter married Feathergail's daughter. I am also interested in the proof of Susannah Thorn as the wife of Luke as I didn't have the name of his wife.
 
Lucille *An additional note October 2008:
 
Luke Adams is a son of Matthew & Elizabeth Adams of Rowan Co., Nc according to will of Matthew Adams.
(Sources: - 6)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Reuben Adams Sr. was born in 1778 in Henry, Virginia and died in 1826 in Marion County, Ind and was buried in New Bethel Cmty. . See #4. below.
ii.  Walter Adams was born in 1778 in Montgomery, VA and died on 3 Aug 1825 in Garrard, KY and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky . See #5. below.
----- Third Generation -----
4. Reuben Adams Sr. - was born in 1778 in Henry, Virginia and died in 1826 in Marion County, Ind and was buried in New Bethel Cmty. . He was the son of Luke Adams and SophinaThorn /.
Reuben married Mary (Polly) Adams in 1803. Mary was born on 14 Apr 1787 in Russell, VA. She was the daughter of Feathergail Adams and Nancy Elizabeth Smith. She died on 5 Feb 1863 in Marion Co., IN .

Mary - Mary and Reuben were Cousins.
 
Was living with her son Benjamin in Franklin, Indiana in 1850 and 1860

Census: 1850 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age'occupation born in  
Mary Adans 64   Va
Benj Adams 25 Farmer Hy


Census: 1860 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age occupation born in
Benj Adams 34 Farm Laborer Ky
Lenez Adams 27 Ky  
Mary Adams 77 Va  
(Sources: - 6)

Reuben - occupation: Farmer, Physician - came from New Liberty, Ky. in 1825 to New Bethel, Ind. He cleared a plot of ground, put in a crop and with the aid of his son, Harrison, built a log cabin. He then went back to Ky. to get his family. They had been in Ind. a short time when Reuben and his son needed to go to a mill north of their home. As they travelled through the woods, they cut trees so they could find their way back home. Reuben was very warm, and it started raining. He went quite a distance in his wet clothes, caught a cold and died within 6 months. His was the first internment at the cemetary in New Bethel, Ind. which was build on his land.


 
In the graveyard at New Bethel the first internment was that of Reuben Adams, on whose land the buriel-place was laid out. It was at first a plat of about one acre, which has since been increased to about two acres. The ground is now nearly filled with graves, and contains some handsome monuments,

 
(History of Indianapolis and Marion County)

 
Reuben was a physician in Ky. as well as a farmer. He bought the NE 1/4 of Sec 31 in Franklin Township, Marion Co. on Oct 28, 1824.
 
Mary Adams struggled relentlessly to make a living for her children. In 1834, she asked John Messinger to plot out the town of New Bethel. The town plot was recorded Mar 24, 1834. The Adams' gave a plot of ground on their farm for the building of the New Bethel Baptist Church. It was build on the south side of Michigan Rd. (now Northeastern) where the old cemetary now resides.
 
Reuben and Mary were cousins. One source shows Rueben's father as Abraham Adams, other sources show his father as Luke Adams. (Sources: - 7 (pg 532) - 6)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Wesley Adams
ii.  Gowan Adams
iii.  Hubbard Adams
iv.  Harrison Adams was born on 24 Apr 1813 in New Bethel, Ind. and died on 26 Jun 1889 .

Harrison - married Harriett Helms. Lived on what was later known as the Cummin's farm about two miles south of New Bethel. Two of there sons were named George Washington Adams and Reuben Adams - they both lived in New Bethel, Ind.
v.  Benjamin Adams was born in 1825 in Kentucky and died in 1868 in Bethel, Marion, Indiana .

Benjamin -

Census: 1850 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age'occupation born in  
Mary Adams 64   Va
Benj Adams 25 Farmer Ky


Census: 1860 Franklin, Marion, Indiana
name age occupation born in
Benj Adams 34 Farm Laborer Ky
Lenez Adams 27 Ky  
Mary Adams 77 Va  
vi.  Simeon Adams was born on 11 May 1804 in Kentucky and died on 1 Dec 1878 and was buried in Knoxville, Marion, Indiana .

Simeon - paid poll tax in Franklin Twp, Marion Co., Ind. in 1829 (Sources: - 5)
vii.  Lucinda Adams

Lucinda - Married James SKELLEY about 1830.
viii.  Reuben S. Adams Jr. was born on 28 Apr 1817 in Liberty, Ky. and died on 6 Mar 1866 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill Cmty. . See #6. below.
ix.  William Adams was born about 1825.

William - Settled on a farm in Franklin Co., Ind. Paid poll tax in 1829 Later sold the farm to John Smither. John erected a tavern there - Smither's Tavern - it was a favorite "primping station" for "gentlemen of yesterday" riding up Michigan Rd. to Indianapolis.
x.  John Quincy. Adams was born in 1827.
John married Mary Brown on 9 May 1844 in Owen County, Kentucky. Mary was born on 11 Jan 1829. (Sources: - 5)

John - - 3 childreb - Jennis Damsn, James Adams (married Bettiw Thomas) and William Adams. (Sources: - 8 - 5)
5. Walter Adams - was born in 1778 in Montgomery, VA and died on 3 Aug 1825 in Garrard, KY and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky . He was the son of Luke Adams and SophinaThorn /.
Walter married Judith Adams. Judith was born on 16 Jan 1783 in Fauquier, VA. She was the daughter of Feathergail Adams and Nancy Elizabeth Smith. She died on 23 Aug 1870 in Garrard, KY and was buried in Walter Adams Cmty., Garrard, Ky .

Judith - Married her cousin.
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Feathergill Adams Adams (Sources: - 5)
----- Fourth Generation -----
6. Reuben S. Adams Jr. - was born on 28 Apr 1817 in Liberty, Ky. and died on 6 Mar 1866 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill Cmty. . He was the son of Reuben Adams Sr. and Mary (Polly) Adams.
Reuben married Mary Matilda Glazier on 22 Jun 1843 in Indianapolis, Ind. Mary was born in 1825 in Maryland.. She was the daughter of Jacob Glazier. She died in 1901 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill Cmty. .

Mary - was listed with her son Henry Clay Adams in 1880 Census.

Reuben - occupation: Merchant - was one of the earliest settlers of Marion Co., a deputy sheriff for a considerable time, and engaged in the dry goods business.

Census: 1850 Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana page 242
name age occupation born in
Ruben Adams 31 Merchant KY
Mary M. Adams 25   MD
Henry C. Adams 6   Ind
Harriet A. Adams 4   Ind


Census: 1860 Indianapolis Ward 7, Marion Co., Indiana page 562
Reuben Adams 39 Clerk Ky  
Mary Adams 33   Md  
Henry Adams 16   Inadiana  
Alice Adams 11   Indiana  

 
Was a clerk with R.W. Depot House in 1855 Indpls City Dir, lived at 71 S. New Jersey. Clerk with Bradshaw and Glazier in 1860.

The Indianapolis Bar published a memorial in the Indianapolis Journal, Mar 9, 1866.

 
"We will ever cherish in our memories a deep feeling for the loss of the lamented officer, whose conduct at all times in the discharge of all duties was such as to win the respect and confidence of all who associated with him..."

 
- Died of Pneumonia.
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Henry Clay Adams Sr. was born on 8 Apr 1844 in Indianapolis, Ind and died on 14 Nov 1910 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried in Crown Hill - sec 16 lot 59 . See #7. below.
ii.  Alice Harriet Adams was born in 1846 and died in 1890 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried on 27 May 1890 in Crown Hill Cmty.
Alice married Alexander L. Harbison on 26 Oct 1875 in Marion Co, Indiana. Alexander was born in 1836. He died on 21 Mar 1907 in Greene Two, Indiana .

Alexander -

American Civil War Soldiers
18 May 1864 Distinguished Service:
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
Side Served: Union
State Served: Indiana
Unit Numbers: 535 535
Service Record: Promoted to Full Corporal
Enlisted as a Private on 18 May 1864
Enlisted in Company B, 132nd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 18 May 1864.
Mustered out Company B, 132nd Infantry Regiment Indiana on 07 September 1864 in Indianapolis, IN


Census: 1880 Indianapolis, Indiana
Alexander Harbison age 35 - Bill PosterAlice Harbison age 33Josephine Harbison - daughter - 3William Harbison - son 1

 
Listed an the Manager of the Indianapolis Bill Posting Co at 63 1/2 N, Penn in Indianapolis in 1890.
 
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. H. Harbison lived at 1474 Central Ave, Indpls in 1943. (Sources: - 9) (Sources: - 10)
iii.  Infant Adams was buried in Crown Hill Cmty. .

Infant - Buried in same grave as father
----- Fifth Generation -----
7. Henry Clay Adams Sr. - was born on 8 Apr 1844 in Indianapolis, Ind and died on 14 Nov 1910 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried in Crown Hill - sec 16 lot 59 . He was the son of Reuben S. Adams Jr. and Mary Matilda Glazier.
Henry married Stella E. Barneclo on 15 Apr 1868 in Marion Co. Ind. Stella was born on 17 Jun 1846 in Georgetown, Dc. She was the daughter of John M. Barneclo. She died on 29 Aug 1904 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill - sec 16 lot 59 .

Stella - Stella was a "Belle of the Southside" (of Indianapolis)
 
Her name was listed as "Saltillo" in the 1860 Census.

Indianapolis Star, Aug 30, 1904

 
"One of the prominent women of the city ... her death was rather unexpected, although it was known some time ago that she must surely, sooner or later, succumb to the disease from which she suffered."


Henry - occupation: Stone Contractor - Attended Indianapolis Public Schools until 14. Joined Indiana Volunteer Infantry 7/25/1861. Declared ineligible because of age and stature and rejoined as Bugle Boy. Served in Civil War with General Fremont 1861, Gen. Shofield 1862, Gen. Herron at Vicksburg and Yazoo. Discharged 1/25/1866.Rank of 1st Lt. Delegate to Rep. Nat. Convention in 1884.
 
Owned Flatrock Quarries - St. Paul, Ind Helped build Central Avenue Bridge over Fall Creek in Indianapolis.
 
Sheriff of Marion Co, Ind. 1880-1882, Deputy Sheriff from 1866 to 1875. In 1876 he was engaged as assignee in bankrupt cases and did most of the business in that line in Indianapolis.

(Sketches of prominent citizens of 1876 )

 
Henry C. Adams, more generally known as Harry Adams, was born in Indianapolis on the 8th of April, 1844; he is the eldest son of the late Reuben Adams. Mr. Adams is married to Miss Stella Barneclo, who was a belle of the southside. During the war he was a lieutenant in the 26th regiment Indiana volunteers; He enlisted as a prvate.
 
In 1866 he was appointed deputy sheriff, a position which he held until 1875. While Mr. Adams was in the sherriff's office he did the most important part of the business.
 
He was nominated by the Republican party for Sheriff in 1874 but was defeated by Mr. Albert Reissner. Mr Reissner magnanimously offered to retain him, but he preferred other business. He is now engaged as asignee in bankrupt cases, and does most of the business in that line for this city.
 
Mr. Adams' father was one of the earliest settlers of Marion county, and himself a deputy sherrif for a considerable time, and for a length of time engaged in the dry goods business. There was a large family of Adams, uncles of Harry, living near Bethel, in the southeast part of the county.
 
Harry Adams is perhaps as well known in this county as any man in it.

 


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from "Indiana at Vicksburg" by Henry C. Adams, Jr (19

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1880 Census Marion Co. Indiana
Name relation age born in occupation father born mother born
Henry C. Adams self 36 IN D. U.S. Marshall MD KY
Stella B. Adams wife 33 DC   MD MD
Bertram Adams son 11 IN      
Henry C. Adams son 5 IN      
Stella M. Adams dau 11 mos IN      
Matilda M. Adams mother 54 MD   MD MD
John Fulford other 22 NC works on Farm NC NC


Census: 1900 Indianapolis 3rd Ward, Marion Co., Indiana, 1208 North Alabama St
#cg name relation born age mar status born in mother born father born occupation
Henry C. Adams head Apr 1844 56 md 32 Indiana Penn Penn Gen Contractor
Stella P. Adams wife jun 1848 51 md 32 Md Md Md  
Bert B. Adams son nov 1868 31 md 8 Indiana Indiana MD  
Nellie H. Adams d-law Jun 1870 30 md 8 Indiana Germany Germany Merchant
H. C. Adams Jr son Jun 1876 23 md 2 Indiana Indiana Md Contractor
Mary P. Adams d-law Mar 1877 23 md 2 Indiana Indiana Indiana  
Stella M Adams dau Jul 1880 29 S Indiana Indiana Md  
Edith Adams dau Jul 1882 17 S Indiana Indiana Md  
3 servants                
Mary M. Adams mother Nov 1825 74 Wd Md Md Md Lawyer

 
(note it the above census, the occupations (Merchant and Lawyer) appear to be on the wrong lines) (Sources: - 11 (pg 548) )
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Bertrand B. Adams was born in 1868/1869 in Indiana and died about 1910 .
Bertrand married Nellie Hausheisen on 27 Jan 1892 in Marion Co., Indiana. Nellie was born about 1870.

Nellie - (listed as Thusnelda Haneisen in Indiana Marriages)

Bertrand - Bert lived at 622 N. Alabama in 1887 - clerk at Ind. Paper Co. Bertrand B. Adams worked as a clerk in the When Clothing Store in Indianapolis in 1889 and still lived at 622 N. Alabama.
 
Lived with his father in the 1900 Census.

Census: 1910 Indianapolis, Indiana -133 21st Street
Bertrand Adams age 41 Municipal Bond Dealer  
Neiile Adams 41 born in Indiana parents born in Indiana
Flora Deneke 16 servant  

 
Mrs. Bert B. Adams lived at 1433 N. Penn St, Indianapolis 1943
 
Bertrand was killed in a gas explosion in his home about 1910. Nellie Adams was seriously burned inthe legs, and suffered off ond on for the rest of her life, from lack of healing in one leg. It finally had to be amputated in the 1930's (Sources: - 10)
ii.  Harry P. Adams was born on 21 Jun 1871 in Indianapolis, Ind. and died on 12 Aug 1871 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill .
iii.  Henry C. Adams Jr was born in 1875 in Indianapolis, Ind and died in 1948 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried on 2 Oct 1948 in Crown Hill - sec 16 - lot 58. See #8. below.
iv.  Walter C. Adams was born on 26 May 1877 in Indianapolis, Ind. and died on 29 Apr 1879 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried in Crown Hill .
v.  Stella M Adams was born on 31 Jul 1879 in Indianapolis, Ind. and died on 17 Jan 1952 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill .
Stella married Dr. Samuel A. Johnston on 6 Apr 1904 in Indianapolis, Ind.. Dr. Samuel was born on 18 Jun 1876 in Indianapolis, Ind. He was the son of Samuel Andrew Johnston Sr. and Estelle Pullis. He died on 20 May 1921 in Indianapolis, Ind. and was buried in Crown Hill .
See Johnston family for children.
vi.  Bertha Adams was born in 1880 in Indianapolis, Ind. and died in 1892 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried on 30 Jan 1892 in Crown Hill Cmty..
vii.  Edith Jamison Adams was born on 2 Sep 1882 and died on 20 Mar 1947 in Los Angeles, CA and was buried in Crown Hill, Indianapolis . See #9. below.
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Stella Adams (Johnston)
1879-1952



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Stella Adams (Johnston)



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----- Sixth Generation -----
8. Henry C. Adams Jr - was born in 1875 in Indianapolis, Ind and died in 1948 in Indianapolis, Ind and was buried on 2 Oct 1948 in Crown Hill - sec 16 - lot 58. He was the son of Henry Clay Adams Sr. and Stella E. Barneclo.
Henry married Mary Pickens. Mary was born in 1876. She was the daughter of Samuel O Pickens and Virginia Franklin. She died in 1967 in Indianapolis, Indiana .

Mary - Judge S. O. Pickens lived at 1901 N. Penn St in 1943.
 
Resources: Samuel_O_Pickens.htm

Henry - Compiled "Indiana at Vicksburg" which includes a memoriam to his father. Lived at 1425 N. New Jersey in Indianapolis. Listed as a Broker in 1915, and a Paving Materials Suite in 1935, Occupation as "Brick" in 1940. Graduated Culver Mlty Acad. in 1895 Lived at 1302 N. Alabama, Indpls 1943

Census: 1910 Indianapolis 8wd, Marion CO., Indiana pg 368
name relation age mar status born in father born mother born occupation
Henry C. Adams, Jr. head 34 md 11 Indiana Indiana Indiana contractor - brickwork
Mary N. Adams wife 34 md 11 Indiana Indiana Indiana  
Henry P. Adams son 3 Indiana Indiana Indiana    


(Indianapolis Star June 28, 1919)

 
Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Adams and family, 1425 North New Jersey street, will leave Wednesday for rye Beach N.H. where they will spend the summer


Census: 1920 Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana
name relation age born in father born mother born occupation  
Henry Adams Head 44 Indiana Indiana Indiana Paving Supplies broker  
Mary P. Adams Wife 43 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Henry P. Adams son 12 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Samuel P. Adams son 6 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Julia Britwell Servant 34 Georgia Georgia Georgia House Cook  


Census: 1930 Indianapolis, Marion Co., Indiana
name relation age born in father born mother born occupation  
Henry Adams Head 54 Indiana Indiana Indiana Contractor Supplies brick  
Mary P. Adams Wife 54 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Henry P. Adams son 23 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Samuel. Adams son 16 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Henry P. Adams was born in 1906/1907 in Indiana.
ii.  Samuel Pickens Adams was born on 21 Jun 1913 in Indianapolis. Indiana and died on 22 Jun 2004 in Leland, Leelanau, Michigan and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery . See #10. below.
9. Edith Jamison Adams - was born on 2 Sep 1882 and died on 20 Mar 1947 in Los Angeles, CA and was buried in Crown Hill, Indianapolis . She was the daughter of Henry Clay Adams Sr. and Stella E. Barneclo.
Edith married William Dillon Hacker on 16 Oct 1907 in Marion County, Indiana. William was born Apr 1882 in Indiana. He is the son of Thomas Sargent Hacker.

William - was a dentist in Indianapolis. He graduated fromShortridge High School and the Indiana Dental College. The were married Oct 17, 1907 in Indianapolis.
 
William D. and Edith moved to California in 1911, due to poor health of their son.

Census: 1930 Los Angeles, Pasadena, California
name relation age born in father born mother born occupation  
William D. Hacker head 47 Indiana Indiana Indiana drug store salesman  
Edith A. Hacker wife 47 Indiana Indiana Indiana    
William D. Hacker, Jr son 21 Indiana Indiana Indiana    

 
Lt. and Mrs. W. D. Hacker lived in NYC 1943. Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Hacker lived in Topango Ca, 1943

Edith - Listed as Miss Edith Adams in 1904 when her mother died.
 
In the Johnston/Mortenson cottage in Leland, Mi., there is a book, "Perkins of Portland", given to "Edith Jamedau (?) Adams" by J.L.H in 1906.
 
She attended the Girls Classical School in Indianapolis and was graduated from the Quincy (MA) Mansion School. (Sources: - 12)
Children:
i.  William D Hacker Jr was born on 8 Jul 1908 and died on 19 Feb 2000 .
William married Barbara Brewer Lang on 27 Apr 1935. Barbara was born on 8 Oct 1910 in Massachusetts. She died on 16 Jan 1993 in Los Angeles, Ca .

Barbara - graduated from Miss Porter's School in 1929.

Private girl's school receives largest gift ever

 
(Farmington-AP, Oct. 4, 2000 10:00 AM) _ Miss Porter's School has received a $6.1 million gift, by far the largest gift in the 157-year-old private school's history.
 
"It's extremely exciting," M. Burch Tracy Ford, head of the school for girls said. "It's an eye to the future. It helps to ensure the future of the school"
 
The unrestricted gift comes from the estate of William D. Hacker, a businessman who lived in California. His wife, the late Barbara Lang Hacker, graduated from Miss Porter's in 1929.

 
Web: #html http://www.newschannel8.com/Global/story.asp?S=144348 (Sources: - 12)

William - graduated from the California Institute of Technology in 1931, and the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1933. There is a "William D. Hacker Professor of Economics and Management " at the California Institure of Techniology.
 
William and Barbera lived in New York City until 1951 when he retired from business.

WILLIAM D. HACKER—$16.8 million to the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY.

 
Mr. Hacker was a stock-market investor who worked as president of the distribution division of Elna, a sewing-machine manufacturer. He received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Caltech in 1931.
 
Of his bequest, $9.4 million was earmarked for Caltech's biology department; $8 million to help build the Broad Center for the Biological Sciences, a research facility that is expected to be completed in 2002; and $1.4 million for unrestricted use. In addition, Mr. Hacker designated $7 million for economics programs; $3 million for general support; $2.5 million to endow a professorship in economics and management and create a research fund for use by the professor; and $1.5 million for unrestricted support. Mr. Hacker also gave $1 million to create a loan fund to help students pay tuition and living expenses.
 
The university will receive the remaining $600,000 from Mr. Hacker's estate this year. He died in 2000 at age 91.

 
Web: #html http://www.slate.com/id/2058561/entry/97233/

William D. & Barbara Lang Hacker Wildlife Sanctuary

 
Thanks to the generous bequest of William D. Hacker and Barbara Lang Hacker, the Harwich Conservation Trust was able to purchase and preserve forever 8.7 acres of wooded pondshore offering views of sun-spackled waters through tall pines and oaks. In their honor, the woodland, wetland, and 600 feet of shoreline on Katie's Pond was named the William D. & Barbara Lang Hacker Wildlife Sanctuary.
 
(South Harwich, Conn)

 
Web: #html http://www.harwichconservationtrust.org/hacker_wildlife_sanctuary.html

Light The Steeple

 
The Pilgrim Church Steeple and its light is the Harwich Port landmark for both the community and mariners on Nantucket Sound.
 
Lighting the Pilgrim Church Steeple was originally funded in memory of Charles Detwiller, Jr. by his family. William D. Hacker perpetually endows its maintenance in memory of his wife, Barbara Lang Hacker, who loved Harwich and its waters.

 
Web: #html http://www.pilgrimchurchharwichport.com/light_the_steeple.html (Sources: - 13 - 14)
----- Seventh Generation -----
10. Samuel Pickens Adams - was born on 21 Jun 1913 in Indianapolis. Indiana and died on 22 Jun 2004 in Leland, Leelanau, Michigan and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery . He was the son of Henry C. Adams Jr and Mary Pickens.
Samuel married Katherine Koenig on 31 Aug 1940 in Fort Wayne, Ind. She died in 1992 .

Samuel - living in Leland Michigan in 1990. Lived in Ft. Wayne, Ind. in 1943. Sam was the best man at Paul and Dorothy Kimball's wedding.
 
Died in a traffic accident.
 
Was honored for his dedication as a fire department volunteer in 2003. He was honored at the Leland Township Fire-REscue annual dinner shortly after returning from major surgery in February. He had come to Leelanau County from Indianapolis at the age of 6. They used to (in 1919) take the train to Traverse City, then take the GR&I to FOuch and the Ferry to Leland.
 
Samuel Adams graduated from Williams College in Wilmington, Mass and worked as an actuary and later vice-president of the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in Fort Wayne Indiana.
 
He was nominated for the board of the Leland Fire Department in 1972, and move up there to live in 1973. He was still secretary of the Leland Township fire board in 2003.


 
LELAND - Samuel Pickens Adams, 91, of Leland, died on June 22, 2004, as a result of an auto accident, at Munson Medical Center. Born June 21, 1913, in Indianapolis, he was the son of Henry C. and Mary (Pickens) Adams. On Aug. 31, 1940, in Fort Wayne, Ind., he married Kathryn Koenig, who preceded him in death in 1992. Samuel was a past vice-president and actuary for the Lincoln National Life Insurance Company. Samuel was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland. He served as the secretary of the Leland Township Fire Board and as the secretary-treasurer of the Leland Township Fire Department. Samuel was a member and past treasurer of the Leland Library and was an officer for the Leland Community Improvement Association. He donated 18 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross. Mr. Adams was also an artist and he painted the fire marks for the Leland Fire Department. Surviving Samuel are two daughters, Elizabeth "Betsy" (Bill) VanWesten of Suttons Bay and Sarah "Sally" Adams of Leland; three nieces; and two nephews. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 16, 2004, at 11 a.m., at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Leland, with Pastor Lawrence K. Matro officiating. Burial will be in the Beechwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be considered to the Leland Volunteer Fire Department, the Leland Library or the Leelanau County Chapter of the Red Cross. Arrangements were made by the Martinson Funeral Home in Suttons Bay.
(Sources: - 14)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  Sarah Adams was born on 25 Oct 1946 in Fort Wayne, Indiana and died on 1 Oct 2004 in Leland, Michigan .

Sarah -

Sarah "Sally" Adams 1946-2004

 
Sarah "Sally" Adams of Lenand died at her home on Oct 1. She was 57.
 
She was born on Oct 25, 1946, in Fort Wayne, Ind., the daughter of the late Samuel Pickens and Kethryn (Koenig) Adams.
 
She graduated from Ft. Wayne's South Side High School and attended Michigan State University. She was employed at Tom's Market in Northport. She was noted for her love of animals.
 
She is survived by her sister Elizabeth (Bill) Van Western of Suttons Bay.
 
Memorias may be directed to the Cherryland Humane Sciety or the Immanuel Lutheran Chruch of Leland.
ii.  Elizabeth Adams

Elizabeth - - her husband, Bill VanWestern, is an ex state police officer.
Image of Samuel P. Adams

Samuel P. Adams
(1906-)


taken at wedding of Paul Kimball and Dorothy Johnston in 1943.
Sources:
1 The Adams Family BILL and LINDA ARNOLD Web: http://www.angelfire.com/mo/lindassignpost/adams1.html
2 The Genealogy of Herbert Ward Adams & Myrtle Luella Whitehill Daniel Ward Adams Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=danieladams&id=I217
3 Carroll & Gallatin County, Kentucky Families Bill Davis Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wmadavis&id=I9194
4 email from Carl Gearhart Carl Gearhart Dec 2006 (view detail...)
5 Bill Davis's Data on Carroll & Gallatin County, KY families Bill Davis Web: http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wmadavis&id=I9303
6 Nelson and Tinkle Famiies Marilyn Nelson Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2930269&id=I575579075
7 History of Indianapolis and Marion County, Indiana. Sulgrove, B. R. Philadelphia. L.H. Everts & Co.. 1990.
8 email from Lynnea Dickenson (view detail...)
9 Indiana Deaths - 1882-1920
10 Indiana Marriages 1845-1920
11 Sketches of prominent citizens of 1876 Nowland, John H. B Indianapolis. Tilford & Carlon, printers. 1877. (view detail...)
12 Californie Death Index, 1940-1997 (view detail...)
13 Letter from relative
14 Social Security Death Index

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