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Arza Matson Adams
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Birth: Jan. 22, 1804
Ontario, Canada
Death: Apr. 15, 1889
American Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA

Arza Adams buried at Old Pioneer Cemetery,
later moved to American Fork City Cemetery.

Arza Matson Adams
Born Ontario, Canada in what is now Beverly.
Oldest child of thirteen.
Carried news of martyrdom to Nauvoo.
A High Priest. Missionary to Canada.
Ward Teacher. Justice of the Peace.
First miller in Am. Fork. Retired flour miller.

Spouses and some of 27 children:

Married: March 23, 1831
(1)Sabina Clark 1812-1861,
Buried American Fork Pioneer Cemetery;
   Nathan Adams
   Joshua Adams* (wife Mary Bathgate Logan)
   George Adams
   Sabina Ann (Nicoll) Adams
   Sidney Moses Adams (died Illinois, cholera)
   Elizabeth Nancy Adams
   Theothan Plandemie Adams
   Joseph Smith Adams
   Orpha E. Adams (Robinson)

1836 LDS baptism December 25
by Elder Jo [John] Page

1839 January 5.
Arza Adams ordained Seventy
30 other men ordained Seventy.

1839 Far West
Left Far West for Illinois
March 7th

1844 Carthage, Hancock, Illinois
Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith martyred.
Arza Matson Adams carried to Nauvoo the official letter of notice.

CARTHAGE JAIL, June 27, 1844, 8:05 pm
"Joseph and Hyrum are dead. Taylor wounded, not very badly. I am well. Our guard was forced, as we believe, by a band of Missourians from 100 to 200. The job was done in an instant, and the party fled towards Nauvoo instantly. This is as I believe it. The citizens here are afraid of the Mormons attacking them. I promise them no!"

1845 Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois
31 December 1845
Arza and Sabina endowed, Nauvoo Temple

1850 Little Salt Lake
Names of the company and their outfit for Little Salt Lake
Deseret News, 1850-11-16, page 1.

1850 Settlement American Fork, Utah
Arza Adams was one of the first settlers of
American Fork, Utah in the fall of 1850.

1850 Census Utah Territory
Arza Adams 48, carpenter
Sabina Adams 39
Nathan Adams 19, farmer
Joshua Adams 17
Sabina Adams 14
Elizabeth Adams 7
Jothan Adams 6
Joseph Adams 5
Orpha Adams 1
Abram Coon 26, woodman

1853 Married
Married 7 December 1853
(2)Editha Morgan Anderson 1803-1877,
born 15 March 1803, Massachusetts
Editha was a spiritual wife only.
She lived separately, known by maiden name thereafter.
died 1 April 1877, Buried Am Fork with Arza

1857 Married: Utah
March 7
(3)Marillah Olney 1833-1899,
Buried with Arza
   Davis Adams
   Arza Quincy Adams
   John Olney Adams
   Alvah Barnabus Adams
   Alvin Francis Adams
   Lucy Ann Adams(Ambrose)
   Mary Adaline Adams
   Moroni Adams

Married: March 7, 1857
(4)Catherine Cunningham 1838-1912,
Buried with Arza
   James Arza Adams
   Elizabeth E. Adams (Robinson)
   Charles Adams
   Beulah Adams (Rhodes)
   Agnes Adams
   Alexander Adams
   Margaret Ann Adams(Mulliner)
   Phoebe Adams
   Mary Adams (Anderson)
   Isabell Adams (Householder)
   Daniel Erwin Adams

Married: August 11, 1857
(5)Elizabeth Gaskill 1836-death unkn,
Burial unknown.
Elizabeth was a spiritual wife only.
Quote by Bishop Leonard Harrington, Elizabeth "has some little property, but she is one of the smart kind and knows how to manage better than anyone else."

1860 Census Lake City, Utah, Utah
Arza M Adams 55, farmer
-Sabina Adams 49,
-Marilla Adams 27,
-Cathe Adams 22, born Scotland
Joseph Adams 14, son
Orpha Adams 11, daughter
Hy Harden 23, laborer, born New York
James A Adams 11 months (mother is Catherine)
Living next or Orson and Mary Kelly

1870 Census American Fork, Utah, Utah
Arza Adams 66, miller
Catharine Adams 30
Betsy Adams 9
Bulay Adams 7
Alexander Adams 3
Margret Adams 2

1880 Census American Fork, Utah, Utah
Arza Adams 76, retired flour miller
-Catherine Adams 42, wife
William Robinson 22, son-in-law
Betsy Robinson 19, daughter
Beulah Adams 17
Alexander Adams 13
Margaret Adams 11
Phoebe Adams 9
Mary Adams 7
Isabel Adams 5
Daniel Adams 3
-Marilliah Adams 47, wife
John O. Adams 19
Alvah Adams 17
Alvin Adams 15
Lucey Adams 12
Living on Adams Street

Arza Adams Journal

Death of Arza Adams
A Man of Many Sterling Qualities Passes Away.
After Living on this earth over 85 years, the last 52 of which have been spent in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brother Arza Adams, on the 15th of April, 1889, in full faith, went the way of all the world. Brother Adams was widely known in consequence of his noble and heroic deeds in defense of his religion in times of persecution. He has ever been found between his hearth and enemies. He carried a letter from John Taylor at Carthage to Nauvoo, containing information concerning the martyrdom of Joseph and Hyrum Smith.
During the persecution in Missouri he was many times fired upon by mobs. Many of his years have been spent in the service of the Church, and by all who knew him he is pronounced one of the most useful members, and a true pioneer of Utah.
Together with his brother Barney, and five others, he carried the first surveyor's chain over the land along American Fork creek. Of the party of seven, Washburn Chipman is the only one now living. Father Adams built the first grist mill known to have been run by the waters of American Fork.
For the last year or so his health had been very poor, but it was common to see him at the age of 83 assuming the physical responsibilities of a man in the prime of live.
Arza Adams was born January 22, 1904, and baptized into the Church by J. E. Page, on December 25, 1836.
He leaves a large family and many grandchildren. Just previous to his death he said that he was ready to die, and would go perfectly satisfied with his religious belief. "Mormonism" had in no way disappointed him.
The funeral services were held in the meeting-house on Tuesday, the 16th.
E. W. Robinson.
American Fork, April 17, 1889.
Utah Enquirer, 1889-04-23 vol. 13 no. 33, page 1

Arza Adams buried at Old Pioneer Cemetery,
later moved to American Fork City Cemetery.

Arza Adams Grist Mill American Fork, Utah
Utah man rebuilds pioneer-era grist mill to honor heritage
KSL July 24th, 2015

Brother Barnabus L Adams 1822-1869
Brother Franklin Metcalf Adams 1823-1913
SIL Elizabeth Ellen Nelson Hill 1847-1888

Darrel Arza Anderson 1898-1918

Family links: 
  Joshua Adams (1780 - 1863)
  Elizabeth Chipman Adams (1786 - 1856)
  Sabina Ann Clark Adams (1812 - 1861)
  Editha Morgan Anderson Adams (1803 - 1877)
  Marillah Olney Adams (1833 - 1899)*
  Catherine Cunningham Adams (1838 - 1912)*
  Nathan William Adams (1832 - 1916)*
  Joshua Adams (1833 - 1906)*
  Elizabeth Nancy Adams (1841 - 1853)*
  Joseph Smith Adams (1847 - 1917)*
  Orpha Elzetta Adams Robinson (1849 - 1916)*
  Arza Quincey Adams (1858 - 1859)*
  James Arza Adams (1859 - 1860)*
  Elizabeth E Adams Robinson (1860 - 1948)*
  John Olney Adams (1861 - 1932)*
  Alva Barnabus Adams (1862 - 1928)*
  Charles Franklin Adams (1862 - 1862)*
  Beulah Adams Rhodes (1863 - 1897)*
  Lucy Ann Adams Ambrose (1864 - 1960)*
  Alvin Francis Adams (1865 - 1942)*
  Agnes Adams (1865 - 1866)*
  Alexander Adams (1866 - 1925)*
  Mary Adeline Adams (1868 - ____)*
  Margaret Ann Adams Mulliner (1869 - 1926)*
  Phebe Adams (1870 - 1921)*
  Moroni Adams (1870 - ____)*
  Mary Adams Andersen (1872 - 1959)*
  Isabell Adams Householder (1874 - 1905)*
  Daniel Erwin Adams (1876 - 1962)*
  Arza Matson Adams (1804 - 1889)
  Alvah Adams (1805 - 1884)*
  Barnabas Lothrope Adams (1812 - 1869)*
  Franklin Metcalf Adams (1823 - 1913)*
*Calculated relationship
American Fork Cemetery
American Fork
Utah County
Utah, USA
Plot: E-233-2
GPS (lat/lon): 40.39042, -111.79746
Maintained by: RememberThem
Originally Created by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Record added: Oct 11, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16143652
Arza Matson Adams
Added by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
Arza Matson Adams
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Arza Matson Adams
Added by: Wes & Debi Grossnickle
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- Carried to Nauvoo, official letter of notice, Joseph Smith and Hyrum Smith had been martyred.
- RememberThem
 Added: Jan. 22, 2015
GOD Bless you and 22 children all which do and/or the ones which come here to view too !!!
- Jonathan Robert De Mallie
 Added: Jun. 22, 2014
- Fearless pioneer !!!
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 Added: Jan. 22, 2014
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