|Birth: ||Jun. 4, 1871|
|Death: ||Oct. 16, 1948|
Samuel Felto Adams was born in 1871 in Pickens County, Alabama. He was the son of Samuel Haskel Adams and Nancy Melton. His grandparents were Joshua MacKeltree Adams of Virginia and Margaret Thaxton of North Carolina; and Jesse Melton and Nancy Worrell of Georgia.
Sam F grew up on a farm near the Tom Bigbee River north of Pickensville, Alabama. His family did not have much money after the Civil War and they lived in a one-room log cabin with no door. They cooked in the fireplace. When Sam was sixteen his father had enough of the poor farming in Alabama and they moved to a farm a few miles east of Walthall in Webster County, Mississippi.
Sam was the scholar of the family and had some education, but wanted more and paid his own tuition to earn a high-school diploma. He was apparently good at learning and teaching and was asked to take the teacher's examination, even though he was quite young, and he passed it. Sam began teaching school four months a year at the age of twenty-one. Sam lived where ever the school was located and during his long career he taught all over Webster County and in nearby Calhoun, Winston, and Attala counties, mostly in small school houses. During the summer he went home to Walthall and helped his father farm.
Sam held off becoming married until he was thirty-three years old, but in 1904 he married Addie Edison, one of his former students. She was twenty-three. They became the responsible ones in the family and took care of her relatives, his younger brothers, and eventually his aged parents. All this made it impossible for Sam to go to college, although he had the aptitude for it. Sam and Addie had five children, Josh, Elia, Ruth, William Jackson (W.J.), and Sam F. Jr. Three of these children also became teachers.
Never making much money teaching Sam began delivering the US mail in 1908. It was a good job in the spring and summer, but hard in the winter. After a dozen years Sam had health problems from riding the wagon over rough roads and went back to teaching, a vocation he loved. He stayed with teaching throughout the 1920s and 30s and planned to move back to Walthall to retire, but just before the trip Addie was admitted to the hospital and died in 1930 at forty-nine years of age. Sam finally retired in 1935 at the age of sixty-five after forty plus years teaching and delivering the mail.
Samuel Feldo Adams died on October 16, 1948 in the same house in Walthall that he lived in years earlier and loved so much, now occupied by his daughter Ruth. He was buried in Hebron Cemetery by his wife Addie, and near his parents, three sisters, a brother, and others descendants of Sam H. and Nancy Adams.
Samuel Haskin Adams (1832 - 1905)
Nancy Williams Melton Adams (1842 - 1914)
Addie E Adams (1881 - 1930)
Felix Joshua Adams (1904 - 1990)*
Maintained by: L Adams
Originally Created by: Lizham71
Record added: Dec 26, 2008
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