|Birth: ||Jul. 3, 1805|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 1876|
The following is found in the middle of a long article Titled Early Churches in Jasper County, by Mrs. Charles Martin;
"The next Baptist church organized in Jasper County was the Jasper Church, and today's First Baptist grew directly from it. This church was constituted December 23, 1855 by the following presbytery-John Bean, William (W. R.) Blackshear, E. S. Phelps, and W. W. Maund, who came to Jasper from Georgia after 1850. The fifteen charter members were William Freeman, Rezin Sinclair, James F. Irwin (Erwin), Fabian Adams, William Ferguson, John Morris, Angeline Jones, Sarah Adams, Susan Freeman, Caroline Priest, Angeline Maund, Catherine Adams, Margaret Kelly, ? White, and ? Westbrooks.
It should be noted that segregation of the sexes was maintained even in the charter. Another point of interest regarding the Jasper church is that least three of the four members of the committee appointed almost forty years later to compile a history of the Association were from it - W. W. Blake, E. I. Kellie, and N. F. Belk. The identity of C. E. Smith is unknown." (This church burned in 2003 - GWA)
From the Jasper County Archives by The Jasper County Historical Commission
Thomasville, Thomas County, Georgia, in the early part of 1849, we find six families pulling up their stakes and moving westward. This was the year of the gold rush and the Forty-Niners and perhaps this had a bearing on Faben Adams and his associates in making the long trek to the unknown west.
Composing this migratory party were the families of Faben Adams and that of his brothers, Abel, Sr., and Ballard. The Hancock brothers (John and Charley) together with Amos DuBose and their families brought the total to six families. Tradition states that when the caravan arrived in East Texas that they were impressed with the fine hammock land, the abundance of timber, the many fine streams of water, and unusual amounts of wild game. After camping for several weeks in the counties of Jasper and Newton they voted unanimously to halt their journey to the west.
Faben, Abel, and Ballard Adams settled in or near Jasper. John Hancock settled in Jasper County also. Charley Hancock settled in Newton County as did the family of Amos DuBose. Faben Adams moved to Newton County a few years later and settled in the Holly Springs community.
Faben Adams was born July 3, 1805. He married to Sarah Hurst. His children were Thomas Faben, Abel Jaradore, Charlie, Blackshear (better known as Black). Two daughters were Catherine, who married William S. McCree, and Elizabeth, who married Mr. Jones, father of Jim and William Jones.
The name of Faben Adams appears as one of the 11 trustees elected at the time the charter for Jasper Collegiate Institute was granted on November 24, 1852 by the State of Texas. His fellow trustees were; J. S. Armstrong, William Allen, John Blewett, R. C. Doom, Z. W. Eddy, R. C. McFarland, John M. McRae, William S. Neyland, and Seymore White.
Faben Adams operated a general store at Jasper for a number of years. Farming and stock raising seems to have been his primary vocation and his later years were spent on his farm in Newton County. He held membership in DeWitt Clinton Lodge #29 at Jasper.
The minutes of the First Baptist Church of Jasper reveal that Faben Adams, his wife, Sarah, and his daughter Catherine composed three of the original 15 charter members when the church was organized on December 23, 1855.
Faben Adams died August 7, 1876 and was buried in Magnolia Cemetery at Holly Springs.
There were two brothers, Harmon and Thomas, who never felt sufficient urge to join their venturous brothers, Abel, Ballard, and Faben by coming to Texas. The father of this quintet of sons was named Thomas. It has been reported that he visited his sons in Texas at one time.
This information was printed in the Jasper News-Boy on December 22, 1949. Next week will be the recollections of Abel Adams, Jasper County pioneer.
This article received from Deborah Kay Manning - September 2000 (the article contains many factual errors - Gary Adams)
Sarah Elizabeth Hurst Adams (1812 - 1884)*
Jeradore Cove Adams (1832 - 1912)*
Elizabeth Angeline Adams Jones (1833 - 1860)*
Catherine Adams McCree (1836 - 1901)*
Thomas Fabian Adams (1839 - 1909)*
Abel J Adams (1842 - 1862)*
Charles I. Adams (1845 - 1919)*
William Blackshear Adams (1848 - 1906)*
Created by: Gary W. Adams
Record added: Jul 12, 2009
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