|Birth: ||Oct. 25, 1827|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Apr. 30, 1903|
Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Pike and Calhoun Counties, Illinois, 1891; Page 525 – 526
JEREMIAH G. ADAMS is a prominent and influential resident of Atlas Township. He is the proprietor of one of the fine farms for which Pike County is so noted, and has a beautiful home on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Mr. Adams was born in Rensselaer County, N. Y., October 25, 1827. His father, Israel A. Adams, was born in that State in 1803, and was a son of James Adams, who was a native of Connecticut. The father of the latter, who was also named James, was likewise a native of that New England State where he carried on farming, and died at a good old age.
The grandfather of our subject was a farmer by occupation, but in his younger days he was engaged as a sailor a good deal of the time. He finally located in the State of New York, and followed farming there until his death at the age of eighty-four years. He was a Revolutionary hero and was an old-line Whig in politics. For his services to his country he received a pension during the last years of his life. He was of the Baptist faith in religion. He and his good wife reared four sons and two daughters.
The father of our subject passed his early life on a farm in the State of New York. He engaged in agricultural pursuits a part of the time, and was also interested in woolen manufacturing. Rightly judging that a man of his capability and enterprise would find a good opening for himself in the State of Illinois, he came to Pike County in the month of August, 1843, making the journey partly by rail and by canal to Buffalo, from there across the lakes to Chicago, then by stage to Pekin and by steamboat to Florence. He settled at Atlas, and purchased eight hundred acres of land here and farmed extensively. He owned bottom land which he improved much and left it a valuable piece of property. His life was rounded out here at the age of eighty years. He was a member of the Congregational Church and in all his transactions showed himself to be a manly, upright Christian.
The mother of our subject, Harriet Green, was a native of Rensselaer County, N. Y., where she was born in 1802. She lived to be eighty-two years of age. The paternal grandparents of our subject reared three children, whom they named Jeremiah G., Edna A. (Mrs. Roosa), and Cornelius. The maternal grandfather of our subject was Jeremiah Green, and he was a native of Rhode Island. He was both a carpenter and a farmer, and he finally settled in the State of New York, and farmed there until his demise at a venerable age. He reared a large family of children.
He of whom we write lived with his parents in New York until the age of sixteen years, when he accompanied them to this State. He remained with his father until his death. He has been a very extensive farmer in his time, and he once owned about one thousand acres of land a good part of which was in the Mississippi bottoms. He has done a great deal to develop these bottom lands, and has acquired a valuable property while so doing. His residence is a large two-story structure, a part of which was erected in 1822 by Col. Ross, one of the very first settlers of Pike County, so that it is an old landmark in this township. Our subject has remodeled the house and added to it until he now has one of the most comfortable and conveniently arranged dwellings in this locality. It is very pleasantly situated as it occupies a prominent position on the Mississippi Bluffs looking westward.
Mr. Adams and Jane E. Sanderson were married in the month of October, 1849, and their wedded life has been one of much felicity. It has been blessed to them by the birth of seven children, namely: Clarence, George, Hattie (Mrs. Warren), Mary (Mrs. Rupert), Fannie (Mrs. Helkey), Laura and Maggie.
During their many years residence here, Mr. and Mrs. Adams have gained a high place in the regard of the entire community, and are considered invaluable members of the social and religious circles of the county. They both belong to the Congregational Church and their influence is felt in whatever will benefit the town. Mr. Adams is a conspicuous figure in public life and has represented Atlas Township as a member of the County Board of Supervisors for a number of terms, and has held other offices of trust. He is at present one of the Road Commissioners of the township. In his political views he is a firm believer in the principles promulgated by the Republican party.
Israel Allyn Adams (1803 - 1883)
Harriet Green Adams (1802 - 1884)
Jane Eliza Sanderson Adams (1829 - 1909)
Jennie Adams (____ - 1865)*
Harriet A. Adams Warren (1852 - 1910)*
Mary Edna Adams Rupert (1854 - 1928)*
Clarence A. Adams (1857 - 1875)*
Frances Louise Adams Helkey (1859 - 1939)*
Laura B. Adams (1860 - 1952)*
George Sanderson Adams (1862 - 1932)*
Margaret Adams (1865 - 1954)*
Cornelius A. Adams (1825 - 1864)*
Jeremiah Green Adams (1827 - 1903)
Edna Carlisle Adams Roosa (1833 - 1906)*
Created by: Kathy Robinson
Record added: May 07, 2011
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