|Birth: ||Dec. 13, 1842|
|Death: ||Feb. 12, 1914|
Nancy Melton was born in 1842, the daughter of Jesse Melton and Nancy Worrell. They were a prominent, fairly affluent family of farmers in Coosca County in east Alabama, having migrated from Georgia when the Alabama territory became a state.
Nancy was one of three children. From early life she was strong-willed, had good judgment, and had a dominant type personality that became useful in later life. In those days it was impossible for Nancy to get an education beyond the basics, but throughout her life she was an avid reader and kept a diary. And she could sing, while having an untrained voice, it was said it had an operatic quality about it.
After the Civil War when the men came home, Nancy's sister Delia Adams, the widow of Samuel G Adams, had a visit from Sam H. Adams, a cousin from Pickens County, Alabama. Sam H. liked Nancy and she apparently liked him because he visited back and fourth several times and in 1865 they married. They had a Honeymoon trip by wagon with no roads back to Pickens County and set up housekeeping in a small log cabin near Sam's parents. It had no door, one table, four chairs, and a fireplace to cook. At night they propped the table upright against the open door, but Nancy soon made Sam to build a proper one.
Sam and Nancy produced six children in six years – Willie, Fannie, Josh, Sam F, Laura, and Mag. Sam was forced to buy more chairs and a bed for his growing family. Sam and Nancy in one bed, the girls in another, and the boys and the dog on a pile of cotton in the corner.
Sam farmed a little, but he never liked it, so early on he went into the house painting trade and in a era where not many painted their house, he had to travel all over from job to job. He left the farming to Nancy and hired hands. Twenty years went by and on one of those painting jobs in Mississippi Sam found an area that he liked a lot better than the hard-rock place in Pickens. In 1887 the two oldest boys got into some mild trouble and to avoid the Sheriff, the decision was made for all to move west to Walthall, Mississippi. They found a nice farm east of the town and settled down. Within four years all of their children were married, except for their son Sam, who eventually married in 1904.
Sam continued to paint and the other family farmed and picked cotton. Nancy and Sam kept their house in Walthall for as long as they could, then following the custom they "broke up housekeeping" and spent the rest of their lives in the homes of their children. In 1905 Sam passes away and then, forty years after leaving home, Nancy made her only trip back to visit her relatives in Coosca County. She regretted making the journey because she wanted to remember them as young people.
Nancy passed away in 1914 and is buried in Hebron Cemetery in Walthall.
Samuel Haskin Adams (1832 - 1905)*
Samuel Felto Adams (1871 - 1948)*
Maintained by: L Adams
Originally Created by: LHamilton and BHamby
Record added: Dec 26, 2008
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