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John Adney
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Birth: Mar. 28, 1774
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 20, 1847
Ohio, USA

John Adney, reputed oldest son though not oldest, child of Thomas and Elizabeth DUNN Adney was born in North Carolina March 28, 1774, probably at the Quaker settlement near the Cape Fear River.

On January 11, 1797, in Franklin County, Virginia he married Barbara LESENA, a young woman of 16 years "half Dutch," that is to say French Huguenot on the father's side, her mother probably a Dillbone, and immigrant like her father's family to America through the port of Philadelphia by a ship from Amsterdam.

John and Barbara are thought to have had eighteen children, of whom six are not known.

An excerpt from Adney Family of America by Edwin Tappan Adney and John Robert Adney of Miles, Iowa told by John's grandson, Daniel Adney:
"I was in the house with old grandfather, sitting there by the fire. Old grandfather smoked considerably and he carried his pipe and his tobacco and matches in his vest pocket. He sat there quite still, and bye and bye he took out his pipe and had a smoke, and then he put his pipe away, and sat as if thinking, and then he said to me - he used to say, 'By dad --- By dad, Dan, let's count out money. ' I said not a word. Old grandfather went out of the room and went upstairs, and though I never went up there and saw him, I could hear him, and he appeared to be moving a board where the chimney was, and inside the chimney. When grandfather came down he carried a tin box, it was so big - and had a rounding top. He set the box down, and he had a key, he unlocked the box and there were silver dollars. He poured them out on the floor and then he piled them in rows." (The speaker indicated a box perhaps a foot long, narrower and several inches deep which would hold at least 800 silver dollars.) Then he put them back and carried it away upstairs again. He came down again and he carried three or four sacks, small sacks about eight inches long; he untied them, and he poured them out. They were all silver dollars. He counted these and then he took them back and brought back some more. I didn't keep count exactly of these but there must have been as many as eight sacks and they were all full of half dollars. Grandfather then went into his own room and brought out a cup that held between a pint and a quarter, and he poured this out. It was gold pieces, all sizes and it was full. Then he took this back and he brought out a slate it was a slate in two pieces that folded together that he had made himself. He opened this and there was laid in there all paper money, I don't know how much there was. Then he said to me 'By dad, Dan, we'll look at our small change.' I said, 'all right.' That was the first word I had spoken. He led the way into his sleeping room. He had there a big old-fashioned bureau and opened the ton drawer, a big top drawer, and I looked in and there was all small pieces of silver, quarters and less than quarters. I don't know how much there was, but it seemed to me, as I looked, that there was enough to fill a wooden bucket. That was just a little while before old grandfather died. The day that he died, I went with my father and the administrator Mr. Lipps to the house. Mr. Lipps asked me if I knew where grandfather kept his money and I told him I did, and we went upstairs, and there I saw with my own eyes the sacks on the floor, kicked to one side, empty. They found the hole in the chimney, but the administrator couldn't open it. He tried, he could not lift the boards, but a person present said, 'I'll show you' and he lifted it, like that. There was just four hundred dollars and that was all they ever found."

John died at Ft. Recovery, Darke [now Mercer] County, Ohio on February 20, 1847. He is buried in the Adney Graveyard, now known as Green Mound Cemetery, at Ft. Recovery, Mercer County, Ohio. From the farm of John Adney, this tract of land had been set off for a burial ground.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Barbara Lesena Adney (1782 - 1855)
 
 Children:
  Jonathan Adney (1799 - 1866)*
  William Adney (1802 - 1873)*
  John Leseney Adney (1807 - 1849)*
  Sarah Adney Hawkins (1814 - 1869)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: 72-10-23
 
Burial:
Green Mound Cemetery
Fort Recovery
Mercer County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section B
 
Maintained by: Woodlief
Originally Created by: Tracy Clark
Record added: Jun 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 38415322
John Adney
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John Adney
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Rest in peace.
- Woodlief
 Added: Mar. 12, 2014
Thank you for selling your mill to my 4great grandfather James McGhee.
- Debbie Hodge
 Added: Oct. 20, 2012
 
 
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