West Virginia Pioneers

Francis M Adams

Male Abt 1841 - 1857  (~ 16 years)

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  • Name Francis M Adams 
    Born Abt 1841  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died Jun 1857  Jackson County, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Buried Sandyville, Jackson, West Virginia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I15137  WVPioneers
    Last Modified 21 Nov 2013 

    Father Spencer Adams,   b. 1804, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Mary A Howes,   b. Abt 1811, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 

    • 1850 JC # 955-961
      Adams Spenser 47 M Physician N York
      Adams Mary A 38 F Con
      Adams Vinna 18 F N York
      Adams George 15 M N York
      Adams Francis M 7 M Va

      1860 Meigs, Sutton, # 442-425 p 201 shows only
      Spencer, 56, NY; Mary, 53, CT

      From Kerrie Alexander:
      (The following children's names are taken from "Henry Adams of Braintree" - I have not found any evidence of them)
      5. Schuyler bc1840 NY
      6. Egbert b c1845
      7. Eunice b NY d 1880

      John House, 'Pioneers of Jackson Co' pg 184

      The most prominent of the pioneers of Trace Fork was Dr. Spencer Adams, who appears to have first come to this neighborhood in 1840, or a little earlier.

      He came, some say, from Ripley to Trace Fork, and it is related that he married one of four sisters, the father being dead, and the mother the owner of a five hundred acre tract of land, where he afterward lived.

      Sometime in the thirties, (probably), Dr. Adams was a candidate for the House of Delegates, but it was discovered after his election that he was ineligible, not being a freeholder, and his mother-in-law deeded him a portion of the Trace Fork land so he could take his seat in the Legislature.

      Later, he moved on to his land, where it appears he continued to reside until 1855.

      He had (someone told me) a son, Philip, who went to Racine, Ohio.

      There are two Adams children buried in the Howes plot in the old Sandyville graveyard, one in 1857, the other ten years later. The first, Amelia Adams, was born in 1830.

      The Adams and Howes families were connected, Howes having married an Adams as his second wife.

      Adams wife was, I believe, a Tolley, and Andy Adams, the Spencer merchant, and the wife of John A. Macintosh were his children.

      Dr. Adams was a man of more than ordinary intelligence, and enjoyed an extensive practice on Sandy and Mill Creek waters.

      He lived for a short time in the house next the Shepperd place, and then built at the mouth of the run, below where Mr. Hawk now lives.

      When Smith Carder was first married, he lived for a year or two on Dr. Adams place. Uncle Eph Carder, who was born in 1837, lived with him, being a little fellow just big enough to run around and pick up walnuts, say four or five years old, which would make the date about 1842. He says he used to see Adams " 'most every day", and would judge him to have been somewhere in forty years old.
      [House seems to have info on two different Adams families here. Phillip Adams married Mary Tolley, and Phillip was their son. . bb]

      John House, "Burying Grounds"
      The Sandyville Graveyard
      Amelia Adams, died August 11, 1847 aged sixteen years eleven months. Francis M. Adams died 1857. They were children of S. and M.A. Adams and probably died with that dread malaria, the Sandy Fever, which sometimes wiped out whole families. The Howes and Adams graves are all in a lot together.
    Family ID F5145  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S4] Death Records, Jackson Co, WV.

    2. [S201] Kerrie Alexander.