|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1835|
A Portrait and Biographical Record of Hendricks County (Chicago: A.W. Bowen & Co., 1895)--page 968
William J. Adams, a native of Hendricks County, Ind., was born December 21, 1835. His grandfather, Thomas Adams, was a farmer of Nicholas County, Ky., and at the time of his death was the owner of a good farm of 160 acres.
Solomon Adams, son of Thomas and father of William J. Adams, was born in Nicholas County, Ky., January 19, 1799, but when a young man moved to Switzerland County, Ind., and married Miss Nancy Griffith, a daughter of Jackson and Catherine (Sigman) Griffith, and in 1828 came to Hendricks County and entered a farm four miles west of Danville, which he converted into a good home of eighty acres. Mr. Adams was a strong Republican and was three times elected township assessor and one time township trustee, and was, indeed, quite active in local political affairs.
To Solomon Adams and wife were born the following children: John G., Mary, Catherine, William J., Thomas J., James M., Gabriel H., Joshua G., Hiram F., Caleb F. and Thaddeus S. The father of this family died June 9, 1863, and the mother July 2, of the same year.
They were charter members of the Christian Church at Lizton, in which Mr. Adams also held the office of deacon, and both were known for the readiness in aiding the sick and distressed.
William J. Adams, the gentleman whose name opens this biographical sketch, secured a very fair education at the pioneer school house of his early day and was reared to the occupation of farming.
He married July 26, 1863, Miss Emily Leach, daughter of John and Nancy (Dale) Leach, to which marriage were born two children: John S. and Thomas, both deceased. Mrs. Adams was called to her final rest February 28, 1868, dying a devout member of the Christian Church.
The second marriage of Mr. Adams took place October 27, 1869, to Mrs. Priscilla J. Kursey, widow of John Kursey, who was a son of Edward and Annie (King) Kursey. The parents of Mrs. Priscilla J. Adams were John and Margaret (Clark) Owens, highly respected residents of Eel River Township and consistent members of the Methodist Church. To the second marriage of Mr. Adams have been born four children, viz.: Ora J., Luella, Hother and Carrie.
Mr. Adams is a stanch Republican in his politics and for sixteen years has served as justice of the peace in a most satisfactory manner, and has been honored by his party for a renomination for the same office.
Solomon Adams (1799 - 1863)
Nancy Griffiths Adams (1811 - 1863)
Priscilla J Owens Adams (1841 - 1935)
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)*
Created by: KEW
Record added: Mar 10, 2011
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