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William Wood Adams
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Birth: May 11, 1863
Gentry County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 14, 1946
Harrison County
Missouri, USA

excerpt from :

History of Harrison County, Missouri
Wanamaker, George W., 1846-1921.
BIOGRAPHY for William W. ADAMS page 388,389,390

William W. Adams, the proprietor of Center Valley Farm, is one of the successful farmers and stockmen of Butler Township, and is a descendant of a leading pioneer family of Gentry County.

He was born May 11,1863, the son of William and Delila (Wood) Adams, both natives of Illinois, where they were married. They came to Missouri about 1855 via ox team and settled in the northeast part of Gentry County, where (his father) Mr. Adams entered forty acres of land, which he eventually sold and purchased 100 acres. His father served in the State Militia during the Civil War and died about 1893, and his wife died in 1908; both are buried in the Lone Star Cemetery. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Mary Hunter of Dallas Township; Mrs. Matilda Spillman of Worth County; John who died in 1917; Willis who lives near the home place in Gentry County; William W. of this sketch; Mrs. Lizzie Groom of Gentry County; and Mrs. Lorella Shofner of Union Star, Missouri; and Charles F. and Della, both of the home place in Gentry County.

William W. Adams attended the Gentry County schools during his boyhood days, and grew to manhood on his father's farm, leaving at the age of 24 years, when he rented land in Gentry, Worth, and Harrison counties, and, after five years, he bought a small farm of fifty acres southwest of Bethany, which he sold five years later and bought 174 acres, now a part of the home piece of 254 acres, which is located one-half mile from Matkins and six miles south of New Hampton. This place has been improved by Mr. Adams, he having a good residence. He built three barns, cement silo, 14x32 feet, and at the present time, the farm is one of the best improved in the community. The water, which is excellent, is piped to the feed lots and pumped by a windmill.
Mr. Adams does general farming and raises Shropshire sheep, cattle and hogs. He began life with the proper energetic spirit and his good farm and home, and the respect with which he is held is the result of his own efforts applied in the right manner.
Mr. Adams was married August 14,1887, to Mary A. Dotson, a daughter of Noah and Serelda (Smith) Dotson, both of whom are deceased. Her father was a native of Iowa and died in Butler Township, Harrison County, and her mother, who was born in Harrison County, died near Bethany, where she is buried.
Mr. and Mrs. Dotson were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Adams; Lafayette, of Tulsa, Oklahoma; Alice, of Gentry County; Sarah Susan Roush, of Enid, Oklahoma; Charlie, of Arizona; J.E. of southern Missouri; Willie of Denver, Colorado; and Ona, deceased.
Mr and Mrs. Adams have seven children, as follows: Francis Lee, who married Mabel Lewis, of Colorado; William Seth, who died at the age of twenty-two years; Laura A., the wife of Ross Arthur, of Buffalo, Kansas; Nora D., the wife of Preston Watson of Butler Township; Cora, the wife of Walter Parks, of Butler Township; Stella, at home; and Cecil Clifton, also at home and who has just finished two years in the high school in New Hampton.
The grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Adams are: Thelma, Pauline and Wilbur Adams; Clevtis, Keith, and Evanelle Watson; Kenneth Parks and B.E. Arthur.
Mr. Adams has also found time, aside from his personal duties, to assist in the affairs of the township, having been justice of the peace for four years, a member of the township board and clerk of the school board. He is also a member of the New Hope Baptist Church and the Woodmen of the World.
The Adams family is one of the representative families of this county and highly esteemed by all.

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death: 83 yrs 10 mo 3 days 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  William Adams (1830 - 1890)
  Delilah Wood Adams (1831 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Mary Adeline Dotson Adams (1865 - 1935)
 
 Children:
  Francis Lee Adams (1888 - 1956)*
  William Seth Adams (1889 - 1912)*
  Cora May Bell Adams Parks (1895 - 1926)*
  Stella Beatrice Adams Cross (1903 - 1973)*
 
 Siblings:
  Mary Alice Adams Hunter (1854 - 1943)*
  Clark Adams (1856 - 1929)*
  Matilda Jane Adams Spillman (1857 - 1939)*
  John Wesley Adams (1859 - 1917)*
  Willis Adams (1861 - 1936)*
  William Wood Adams (1863 - 1946)
  Elizabeth Ann Adams Groom (1865 - 1940)*
  Margaret Lorella Adams Shofner (1870 - 1921)*
  Charles Francis Adams (1873 - 1955)*
  Della Adams (1876 - 1929)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Same stone with Mary Adams
 
Burial:
New Hope Cemetery
Bethany
Harrison County
Missouri, USA
 
Maintained by: LP
Originally Created by: ctaz (inactive)
Record added: May 06, 2007
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- LP
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