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William Adams
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Birth: Nov. 1, 1815
Rockcastle County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 18, 1905
Rush Hill
Audrain County
Missouri, USA

William Adams
Gathered to his Father's. Was past 90 years of age

William Adams was born in Rock Castle County, Kentucky, November 1st, 1815, and died at the home of his son, W.H. Adams, at Rush Hill, Missouri, on Saturday, November 18, 1905. Deceased left Kentucky at the age of twelve years and went with his father's family to Indiana. When the family arrived in Indiana, the part of the state in which he settled was bur sparsely settled. The family camped in the timber and lived by a fire built by the side os a big log until a rude cabin could be erected to shelter them from the weather. Deceased used to frequently talk of these experiences and attributed in a great measure his rugges constitution to the life he lived when a boy.

He was first married at the age of eighteen years. His wife was a Miss Keith. To the union three children were born, all of whom died in youth. His wife lived about five years. After her death he married Kate Spencer. The couple had one son, Abraham Adams, who died in Decatur a few years ago. After the death of the last named wife, he was married to Miss Sallie M. Miller. Of this union nine children were born, six sons and three daughters. The daughters all preceded the father to the spirit land. Five of the sons survive, to-wit: W.H. of Rush Hill, Missouri; Charles, of California; David, of Oregon; and Joel and Thomas of Maroa. His last wife was Mrs. Caroline McKinley. To them five children were born, three of whom survive the father. Richard and Lee who live in the state of Washington and Frank J. Adams, who lives in Decatur. His last wife died in Maroa about three years ago. After her death, he went to Missouri to live with his son, W.H. Adams. Although more than ninety years old at the time of his death, he had been in the enjoyment of perfect health up to within three days of his death.

Deceased made a profession of religion at the age of twelve years and united with the M.E. Church of which organization he remained a zealous and constant member to his death. He was kind, loving and true; was always ready to contribute to objects of charity so far as he was able. He always had a good word for everyone, and always tried to make brighter the lives of all with whom he came in contact. He is mourned by a host of relatives, including children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Deceased was respected b all the citizens of Maroa and vicinity where he had lived for about twenty years.

His funeral was from the Methodist Church in Maroa. Rev. W.W. Drake preached the funeral sermon from Acts 1:23: "Being let go they went to their own company." The funeral services were largely attended. The pall bearers were six of his old neighbors and friends: Capt. T.H. Barr, T.B. Gardner, William Rainey, A. Wykoff, W.H. Stoutenborough, and Lemuel Wikoff. His remains were laid to rest in Maroa, Cemetery.

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  Caroline Vanderhoof McKinley Adams (1826 - 1903)
Maroa Township Cemetery
Macon County
Illinois, USA
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Originally Created by: Candie Rogers
Record added: Sep 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58090743
William Adams
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