No gravestone remains for Almira nor her last son, Sylvester.
Daughter and first child of Elizabeth Barker and Abijah Cadwell.
Her mother was the daughter of Jane Goddard and William Barker and married her father, son of Elizabeth Hubbard and Matthew Sr. Cadwell, on March 20, 1800 at Marlborough, Cheshire, New Hampshire.
They moved to Fair Haven, where Almira (often misspelled "Elmira") was born about 1801 and her brother, Curtis, was born 28 May 1803. Later another brother, Solomon, was born about 1805 and a sister, Eunice in 1807.
Eunice was named for her father's first wife, who had died, along with their first child; the two buried earlier at the Old Wintonbury Cemetery, in Wintonbury Parish, Windsor Township, which is now Bloomfield, Hartford, Connecticut.
About 1810, Almira's family is found on the U.S. Census of Boyle Township, Ontario County, New York, which later became part of Rochester City, New York.
By 1820, her family had joined their father's brother, Dr. George Cadwell, on the Cadwell farm at Six Mile Prarie, Madison County, Illinois.
Almira married Elias Adams here in March 1822. They then established their own home and farm east of the Cadwell farm, and south of what would become Quincy, Adams County, Illinois. (see Elias Adams' biography).
Almira was the mother of Mary Ann Adams, 1824-1852; Selecta Adams, 1826-1826; Rufus Adams, 1828-1876 (unmarried); Lizetta Adams 1830-1841; John Quincy Adams, 1832-1910 (md. Ellen Dolan); Anna Maria Adams, 1834-1929 [md.(1) Issac Monroe Shepard, md.(2) Albro Starkweather]; George Washinton Adams, 1836-1903 (md. Mary Ann Pilling); Sylvester Cadwell Adams, 1837-1842.
Almira and Elias were divorced in 1836, prior to the birth of Sylvester; she lived with this son and her father until Sylvester's death in 1842, and Abijah Cadwell's death in 1845. Her other living children remained with her husband, Elias.
The first "Deseret Territorial Census" was added to the U.S. Census of 1850, which shows Almira living in Adams County "Poor House". Family tradition recounts the reason for her divorce and losing custody of her children as excessive severity in treatment of them. Court records also show she refused summons from the court on several occasions.
One wonders if the stress of losing children to death and harshness of frontier life was more than some individuals could emotionally survive.
Almira died sometime after 1850 and was buried near her father, her son, Sylvester and her brother, Curtis.
Abijah Cadwell (1770 - 1845)
Elias Adams (1792 - 1886)*
Mary Ann Adams (1824 - 1852)*
Selecta Adams (1826 - 1826)*
Rufus Adams (1828 - 1876)*
Lizetta Adams (1830 - 1841)*
John Quincy Adams (1832 - 1910)*
Anna Maria Adams Shepard (1834 - 1929)*
George Washington Adams (1836 - 1903)*
Sylvester Cadwell Adams (1837 - 1842)*
Infant Babe Cadwell (1794 - 1794)*
Almira Cadwell Adams (1801 - 1850)
Curtis Cadwell (1803 - 1874)*
Plot: Cadwell plot
Created by: history4sure
Record added: May 19, 2009
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