|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1837|
|Death: ||Mar. 13, 1908|
from A Portrait and Biographical Record of Hendricks County (Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1895)--pages 955-957
Dr. Thomas J. Adams, one of the old soldiers of the Civil War and one of the older and respected physicians of Hendricks County, Ind., was born September 22, 1837, in Center Township, near Danville. He is the son of Solomon and Nancy (Griffith) Adams. He received an academic education at Thorntown and began the study of medicine with Dr. Lockheart of Danville, as preceptor. He taught school in Tipton, Boone and Hendricks counties for several years, and enlisted, January 2, 1864, at Danville, in Company I, Ninth Regiment Indiana Cavalry, for three years or during the war, his commanding officers being Capt. William Robbins and Col. Jackson, and he served until honorably discharged in September, 1865, at Indianapolis, on account of the closing of the war. On the organization of his regiment, he was appointed hospital steward and served in that capacity until discharged, but during six months of this period acted as surgeon, his superior officer being away. His regiment took part in many heavy skirmishes on Hood's campaign, being in the battles of Columbia, Franklin, Nashville and many others, in which Dr. Adams cared for many wounded, especially at the battle of Nashville, remaining behind to assist in gathering up the wounded and in placing them in ambulances to be taken to hospital, and then rejoined his regiment. His regiment met with severe losses, but Dr. Adams escaped without wounds and with no sickness.
After his service he returned to Hendricks County; then attended medical lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, in 1865-6 and in 1869-70, when he graduated. He had meantime practiced medicine at North Salem, beginning in March, 1866, and has since practiced in this town and throughout the surrounding country, and has been more than usually successful. The doctor is a member of Hendricks County Medical Society, and possesses a valuable medical library; he is a patron of the leading medical periodicals of the day, and keeps up with the tomes. He is a member of the G.A.R., Joseph Fleece post, No. 383, at North Salem; has been commander and is now adjutant; also a member of North Salem lodge, No. 42, F.& A.M., and has held the offices of master and secretary. He married, in April, 1867, Mary A., daughter of John and Elizabeth (Davis) Fleece, and to Dr. and Mrs. Adams have been born seven children: Galen, Beula, Percy and Herman (both deceased), Ella, Herbert and Earnest.
Dr. Adams comes from a family of soldiers, four of the Adams brothers having served in the Civil War. (See sketch of Judge Adams, of Lebanon, Ind.) Solomon Adams, father of our subject, came from Nicholas County, Ky., in the twenties, married in Switzerland County, Ind., and soon after marriage settled in Hendricks County, where he was one of the early pioneers. The doctor and his wife are members of the Christian Church, and, socially, move in the best circles of Eel River Township.
from The History of Hendricks County (Indianapolis: B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914)---pages 276-278
Among the men of the past generations who have been influential factors in the life of Hendricks County, the late Dr. Thomas J. Adams occupied a prominent place. Doctor Adams was born September 22, 1837, in Center Township, near Danville, and died at North Salem, this county, March 13, 1908. He was the son of Solomon and Nancy (Griffiths) Adams. Solomon Adams was a native of Nicholas County, Kentucky, and in the twenties of the last century came to Switzerland County, Indiana, where he married. After his marriage he came to Hendricks County, where he was one of the leading pioneers.
Thomas J. Adams received an academic education at the old Thorntown Academy in Boone County and began the study of medicine with Doctor Lockhart, of Danville, as his preceptor. For several years before the war he taught school in Tipton, Boone and Hendricks counties and on January 2, 1864, he enlisted at Danville in Company I, Ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Cavalry, for three years. He served until he was honorably discharged in 1865, the close of the war. On the organization of his regiment he was appointed hospital steward and served in that capacity throughout the remainder of his service. During six months of this time he acted as surgeon, his superior officer being absent from the regiment. His regiment took part in many heavy skirmishes on Hood's campaign, being in the battles of Columbia, Franklin, Nashville and many others. Doctor Adams helped to care for the wounded. At the battle of Nashville, he remained behind several days to help gather up the wounded and send them to hospitals.
After the close of the war Doctor Adams returned to this county and at once entered Rush Medical College in Chicago, from which he graduated in 1870. However, in the meantime he had been practicing at North Salem, beginning in March, 1866, after he had had one term at the medical college. After graduation he started to practice at North Salem and was more than usually successful. He was a member of the county, state and national medical societies and had a large medical library.
Doctor Adams was married in April, 1867, to Mary A. Fleece, the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Davis) Fleece. John Fleece was born in Boyle County, Kentucky, the son of Charles and Mary (Harlan) Fleece. In 1836 the Fleece family came to Hendricks County and settled in Eel River Township. Elizabeth Davis was born near Mt. Sterling, Montgomery County, Kentucky, and was the daughter of Nathan and Nancy (Kidd) Davis. She was about fourteen years of age when her parents came to this county and located northeast of North Salem, where they entered government land. While Mrs. Davis was still a small girl, her parents moved to Ladoga, where the father engaged in the general merchandise business for sixteen years. Then they moved to North Salem, and after the war her father moved to Jamestown, where he again engaged in the mercantile business until his death, about fifteen years later. While living in Ladoga he served as township trustee.
Doctor Adams continued his practice in North Salem and vicinity until two or three years before his death, when a stroke of paralysis necessitated him giving up his practice. He died in North Salem, March 13, 1908. Doctor and Mrs. Adams were the parents of seven children: Galen, Una and Herbert are still living with their mother at North Salem; Beulah is the wife of Dr. C.M. Trotter, a dentist of North Salem, with one son, Richard; Percy died at the age of twenty; Herman died when he was about six years of age; Ernest, the youngest child, is a graduate pharmacist of Purdue University.
Doctor Adams was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons and the Grand Army of Republic, and held official positions in both. He was one of those strong, sturdy individuals who have contributed largely to the material welfare of this county and was a public-spirited citizen who always stood for the best interests of his community. For a long term of years he was active in promoting the community's progress along social and moral lines, and consequently his name will long be remembered for his potent influence for good in this county.
from The Republican (Danville, Indiana), issue of 3/19/1908--page 1, column 5:
Dr. Thomas J. Adams died at his home in North Salem, Friday. The funeral was Sunday under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity of which the deceased had long been a faithful member.
Dr. Adams was one of the oldest and most respected physicians of Hendricks County. He was born in Center Township Sept. 22, 1837. Receiving an academic education at Thorntown, he read medicine with Dr. Lockhart at Danville. He taught school for several years in Tipton, Boone and Hendricks counties and enlisted at Danville in the Ninth cavalry for three years or the war. He was honorably discharged in September, 1865. He served as hospital steward and during six months of his enlistment acted as surgeon, his superior being absent. At the battle of Nashville, especially, his aid to the wounded was note-worthy.
Returning to Hendricks County he afterwards attended lectures in Chicago and graduated in 1870. He had a large practice and was very skilled in his profession. In April, 1867, he and Mary A. Fleece were married and to them were born seven children, five of whom with the mother survive.
Dr. Adams was a stalwart character in his community, a consistent member of the Christian church, noted for his charities and his ability as a peacemaker with his neighbors among them differences had arisen.
Solomon Adams (1799 - 1863)
Nancy Griffiths Adams (1811 - 1863)
Mary Ann Fleece Adams (1842 - 1929)*
Una Doris Adams (____ - 1956)*
Galen Fleece Adams (1868 - 1941)*
Beulah A. Adams Trotter (1871 - 1955)*
Percival Adams (1873 - 1894)*
Herbert Spencer Adams (1881 - 1961)*
Ernest M Adams (1883 - 1956)*
Catherine Adams Toney (1828 - 1867)*
William J Adams (1835 - 1905)*
Thomas Jefferson Adams (1837 - 1908)
Joshua G. Adams (1845 - 1903)*
Caleb F Adams (1849 - 1910)*
Thadeus Solomon Adams (1853 - 1943)*
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Record added: Nov 27, 2012
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