Private B Company Infantry Battalion Cobb's Legion, CSA "MEMOIRS OF GEORGIA", Historical and Biographical Sketches, by S. Emmett Lucas, Jr., PUBLISHED IN 1896.
G.R. ADAMSON, merchant, Bowdon, Carroll Co., Ga., son of John W. and Mary Ann (McDaniel) Adamson, was born in Henry county, Ga., in 1842. His, paternal grandparents were William C. and Elizabeth (Crawley) Adamson. He-was Born in Wilkes county, Ga., and she was a. native of Morgan, where they married. Mr. Adamson's father was born in Morgan county, in 1822, where he was reared and educated. About the time he reached his majority he went to Henry county, settled in the woods and cleared a farm. In 1852 he loaded his ox: carts and moved to Carroll county, and again settled in the woods and cleared another farm. A few years after this he went over into Chambers county, Ala., settled in the woods and cleared a third farm. But he liked Georgia too well to be. satisfied, so he returned to Carroll county, and for the fourth time settled in the woods and cleared a farm-the subject of this sketch helping him in all, particularly the last three. In 1860 he began the mercantile business in Bowdon, but the war coming on the business collapsed, and everything was lost. In 1862 his father enlisted in Capt. Este's company, Twenty-sixth Georgia battalion; served through the war-and was at Columbus about the time of the surrender, but escaped being captured. After the war he went into business again at Bowdon, and continued it until he died in 1888. In 1861 Mr. Adamson enlisted in Company B (Capt. Charles A. McDaniel), Cobb's legion, infantry. Capt. McDaniel was president of the college at Bowdon, and his company was mostly composed of his pupils, of whom Mr. Adamson was one. He was an active participant in many battles, among them -Dam No. I, Yorktown, Malvern hill, and South mountain, where he was severely wounded and captured, but was released. As a result of this wound he was disabled, but as soon as he recovered he returned to the army, in Tennessee. Thence he went to Virginia and was at the battle of the 'Wilderness. While his command was on duty on James river he was released on account of his old wound and returned home. While at Bowdon he was captured a second time, but it happened to be after the surrender. The close of the war left him comparatively destitute. Thus father and son, by their bravery and long continued faithful service, made a record of which they rightly felt proud. After the war he engaged with his father in business; but when he married, he went to another point, where he remained until his father's death, in 1888, when he returned in 1889 to Bowdon, took charge of and continued his father's business, and is-now-a leading merchant there. Everything, immediate family connections, natural and by marriage, war record, and splendid business capacity, contributed to this result. Mr. Adamson was married in 1868 to Miss Fannie M. Yarbrough-born in Floyd county, Ga., in 185I-daughter of Nathan and Margaret (Lampkin) Yarbrough. Her father was born and reared in Franklin county, Ga., and went to DeKalb county in 1830 and clerked in a store in Decatur. In 1835 he went to Floyd county, and was one of the pioneers, if not one of the founders, and wrote the first charter of the now flourishing city of Rome. Years afterward he migrated to Texas, and is now living-85 years of age-in Comanche county. To Mr. and Mrs. Adamson ten children have been born: Edith, John, Herbert, Ralph, Norma (dead), Claris, Mattie, Ethel, Robert and Nathan. Mr. Adamson is a master and royal arch Mason, and himself and wife are members of the Methodist Protestant church.