|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1826|
|Death: ||Jul. 11, 1903|
husband of Hannah Forney Adams
son of William Townsend Adams & Mary Miller Adams
The following from contributor I LOVE GENEALOGY:
The Clinton County Times, July 17, 1903.
Death Record. Rev. J. Q. Adams.
Rev. John Quincy Adams, aged 77 years, a widely known and highly respected citizen, died at his home on West Bald Eagle street Saturday night of liver trouble.
The deceased was a man of rugged constitution until a few months ago when the fatal disease made its appearance. He bore his sufferings with the patience and fortitude of a strong man and the faith of a true christian, leaving to his sorrowing family the blessed assurance of a triumphant entrance into a world where suffering is unknown.
There survive, his faithful and beloved wife, three sons and three daughters, namely; W. O. Adams of Roanoke, Va.; Ulysses Grant Adams of Philadelphia, Elmer Ellworth Adams, Mrs. M. C. Fargus, Mrs. E. A. Bartlett and Miss Lillian Adams of this city.
The funeral, conducted by Rev. W. R. Picken and Dr. H.R. Bender, was held from the late home of the deceased Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock. James Myers, C. E. Withee, A. H. Berry, W. H. Wren, C.E. Oberheim, and John Carter, all members of the official board of the East Main street M.E. church of which deceased was so active a member, bore the remains to the tomb in the Dunnstown cemetery.
John Quincy Adams, was the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. William T. Adams and was born January 24, 1826 in Loganton, this county. He received his early in the village schools to which he was obliged to walk two miles, and spent his vacation days assisting his father on the farm.
When sixteen years of age he entered upon the trade of a millwright, following it for several years, at the same time teaching school during the winter months and spending his leisure time in the study of theology, for which he had a great love. His deep insight into spiritual matters and the belief that he was called to the ministry caused him to abandon his trade, and at the age of 22 years he was licensed to preach by the United Brethren Conference at New Hollland, Lancaster county.
Rev. Adams was very successful in his calling and served various charges at four of which he was instrumental in building churches, namely, Lykenstown, Cross Roads, Powells valley, all in Lancaster county and Lancaster city.
He came to Clinton county in 1878 settling in Dunnstown on a small farm. As is well known to residents of this city during the destructive flood of ‘89 Mr. Adams’ home was swept away and he lost his all. He then moved to Woodward township where for many years he engaged in gardening and acted as a local preacher.
Rev. Adams was one of the charter member of the East Main Street Methodist Episcopal church, was for many years superintendent of the Sunday School and a member of the official board until his demise.
Two years ago he removed to this city and rested from his labors, after a long life well spent in the service of his Master, his country and his home.
Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania, J. H. Beers, p. 580-583.
REV. JOHN Q. ADAMS, who is now practically living retired in the village of Dunnstown, Woodward township, Clinton county, was born January 24, 1826, in Loganton, Sugar Valley, the same county, and has devoted the greater part of his life to the work of the ministry.
His grandfather, William Adams, was a native of Massachusetts, and of English descent. He grew to manhood in that State when the country was still under British rule, and on the outbreak of the Revolutionary war enlisted in the Continental army under Washington, valiantly fighting for liberty until independence was achieved and the colonies were recognized as free States. On leaving his native State he removed to one of the southern counties of New York, where he engaged in farming for some time, and then came to Stroudsburg, Monroe Co., Penn., where he continued to follow that occupation throughout his remaining years. He was a well-educated man, and took a just pride in the fact that he had aided in establishing this most glorious republic of ours. He married a Miss Everett, of Scotch descent, who also died at Stroudsburg, and to them were born six children: William, Benjamin, Joseph, Jesse, John and Margaret.
William T. Adams, our subject's father, was born in Monroe county, in 1794, and, as there were no public schools in that locality during his boyhood, his education was limited to the knowledge he could acquire through his own unaided efforts. He spent much time in the reading and study of the Bible. Until eighteen years of age he assisted his father in the cultivation of the home farm, and then learned the mill- wright's trade, which he followed in his native county for twelve years. In 1824 he located in Sugar Valley, Clinton county (then a part of Centre county), where he assisted in building the first gristmill, and continued to follow his chosen occupation in Clinton, Centre, Lycoming, Dauphin, Lebanon and Schuylkill counties, Penn., until he had secured a comfortable competence which enabled him to lay aside business cares in 1864. He then removed to Berrysburg, Dauphin county, where he lived retired at the home of our subject until called to the world beyond in 1874, and now sleeps the sleep of the just in the silent graveyard at Berrysburg. He was a faithful member of the United Brethren Church, to which his wife also belonged, and was an ardent Republican in politics.
In Sugar Valley William T. Adams had wedded Miss Mary Miller, whose birth occurred in Lebanon county, in 1802, and of the nine children born to them our subject is the oldest. He was followed by Angelina, now the widow of William Sharer, of Lock Haven; Jesse, of Williamsport, Penn.; Martha, wife of B. F. Rodenbaugh, of Muncy, Lycoming county; Charles, who died from the effect of wounds received at the second battle of Bull Run during his service in the Civil war; George; Thomas, who was killed at the battle of Petersburg; Rebecca, wife of Daniel Pottiger, of Renovo, Penn.; and Harriet, wife of Jonathan Overholtzer, of Iowa. The mother survived her husband for some time, dying at the home of our subject in Dunnstown in 1892 , and her remains were interred there.
The only education which our subject received was obtained by three months' attendance during the winter season at the public schools, and he was obliged to walk a distance of two miles to the school house. His summers were devoted to farm labor in Sugar Valley, where he continued to work until sixteen years of age. With his father he then learned the millwright's trade, which he followed for six years in Centre, Clinton, Lycoming, Union, Dauphin and other counties in the summer season, while the winter months were devoted to school teaching in Sugar Valley. By constant study he improved his own mind, and having a strong desire to become a minister of the Gospel, he devoted much attention to the study of theology. At the age of twenty-two he was licensed to preach by the United Brethren Conference at New Holland, Lancaster county, Penn., and his first charge was in the Halifax circuit, Lykens Valley, Dauphin county, where he attended to the spiritual wants of the people for three years, during which time he built a church at Lykenstown, another at Cross Roads, and a third at Powells Valley. From there he was transferred to the Susquehanna mission and located at Linglestown, Middle Paxton township, Dauphin county, where he spent one year as a missionary, and built a fine brick church. The next two years were spent in Lancaster, Penn., where he also erected a house of worship and made other improvements in the church property, and from there he moved to High Spire, Dauphin county, where he made his home for eight years, during which time he served as local pastor and also worked at his trade. In 1868 he went to Berrysburg, the same county, where the following decade was passed, and in connection with farming he also served as a local preacher.
Mr. Adams has made his home in Dunnstown since 1878, and has engaged in market gardening, owning and operating a small farm. In 1889 his property was destroyed by the great flood, causing a loss of $3,000, and he then removed to his present home, where he continues to follow gardening. He has never given up preaching the word of God, but has acted as a local minister, and has been elected elder of the United Brethren Church. Possessing great oratorical power, his preaching has been very effective, and he has been the means of bringing many souls to Christ. Since the organization of the Republican party he has been one of its earnest advocates, and, being a great temperance worker, he is a prominent member of the Good Templars, and also is identified with the Knights of Pythias fraternity and the Order of Odd Fellows, holding membership in the lodge at Berrysburg, in which he has tilled all the chairs. No man in Clinton county is more highly respected, or is more deserving the high regard in which he is uniformly held than Rev. John Q. Adams.
In 1850, at Berrysburg, Mr. Adams was united in marriage with Miss Hannah Forney, a native of that place, and a daughter of Peter and Margaret (Rumberger) Forney, the former born in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, in 1783, and the latter in Northumberland county, Penn., in 1795 The father received a good German education in his native county, and made farming his life occupation, owning and operating several farms in Dauphin county, at different times, three of which were in Mifflin township. He became quite well-to-do, was widely and favorably known, was a Republican in politics and a member of the Evangelical Church, to which his family also belonged. He died in Mifflin township, Dauphin county, in 1873, and his wife in 1865. In their family were the following children: Catharine, wife of William Mettz, of Dauphin county; Susanna, wife of Adam Zortman, of Northumberland county; Mary, wife of George Spotts, of Northumberland county; Hannah, wife of our subject; and Daniel, who died at the age of sixteen years.
Seven children blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Adams, namely: (i) William O., born March 15, 1854, in Linglestown, Dauphin county, began his education in the public schools of that county, and later attended the Berrysburg Seminary and Lebanon Valley College. He is now foreman in the car shops at Roanoke, Va. He married Sarah Rodenbaugh, and has four children - Dottie, Alice, Lillian and Daisy. (2) Joseph M., born April 23, 1856, died in March, 1857. (3) Ellsworth E., born in High Spire, Dauphin county, December 27, 1861, attended the Berrysburg public schools, and graduated at the Seminary of that place and also at the business college in Lock Haven. He has taught school, but is now a traveling salesman for a lumber company of Lock Haven. He married Hannah Mingle, of Lock Haven, Penn. (4) U. S. Grant, born November 19, 1865, in Berrysburg, where he pursued his studies in the public schools and seminary, has engaged in teaching in Dunnstown and Beach Creeks, Clinton county, and is now a photographer, of New York City. (5) Lillian M., a native of Berrysburg, was educated in the public schools of Clinton county and in the Central State Normal School, where she graduated in the spring of 1897. For eight years she was successfully engaged in teaching, six in Castanea and two in Lockport. She possesses an excellent voice, and is now a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church choir. (6) Mary H. , born in Berrysburg, was a student in the public schools of Clinton county, and the high school of Lock Haven. She was married in the latter place in 1893 to Mackey C. Fargus, of Dunnstown, and now has a son. Grant E., born in 1895. (7) Edith E., also born in Berrysburg, and a student in the public schools of Clinton county and the high school of Lock Haven, graduated in 1895 3-t the Central State Normal School, and has taught for one year in Pine Creek township, Clinton county. She also sings in the Methodist Church choir. As will be seen, the children have all been provided with excel- lent educations, are now filling important positions in life, and occupy a prominent place in social circles.
William Townsend Adams (1794 - 1874)
Mary Miller Adams (1802 - 1890)
Hannah Forney Adams (1832 - 1911)*
William O. Adams (1854 - 1925)*
Elmer Ellsworth Adams (1862 - 1912)*
Lillian Margaret Adams (1867 - 1958)*
Mary Helen Adams Fargus (1873 - 1941)*
Edith Evangeline Adams Bartlett (1876 - 1964)*
John Quincy Adams (1826 - 1903)
Angeline Adams Shearer (1829 - 1916)*
Martha W Adams Rodabaugh (1829 - 1915)*
Jesse M Adams (1830 - 1907)*
George Washington Adams (1841 - 1900)*
Rebecca Adams Potteiger (1844 - 1900)*
Created by: Beth
Record added: Jan 07, 2011
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