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Nelson William Adams
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Birth: May 3, 1845
East Aurora
Erie County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 18, 1930
Alden
Hardin County
Iowa, USA

On May 14, 1864, when only 19 years old, he answered President Lincoln's call for "hundred-day men" by enlisting in Co. K, 139th Illinois Infantry. At the end of the period he was mustered out at Peoria, Illinois. He has always held in high esteem the autographed letter of thanks from the President issued to all the survivors of the "hundred-day" enlistment. He re-enlisted at once for the duration of the war as a member of Co. G, 156th Illinois Infantry and so saw service at the famous battles of Cold Harbor, Kenesay Mountain, the seige and capture of Atlanta, and may others. In the campaign following the capture of Atlanta, he was in the division commanded by General Slocum. In 1865, a short time before the end of the war, he was mustered out at Memphis, Tenn. for disability caused by sun-stroke. On March 20, 1872, he was married to Idelia Watson and became the father of seven children, six of whom are still living; Charles W., Los Angeles; Luther S., Kansas City; Bertha A. Johnson, Alden; Metta A. Craven, Bloomfield; Alic S. Reed, Cincinnatti, Iowa; and Erma I. Adams, Alden. Clara N. died in infancy. There are 17 grandchildren and 1 great granchild. Mr. Adams was a descendant of John Quincy Adams, and has treasured a much worn gold ring that sustains the claim. He was an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church, an honorably demitted Mason, and member and past Commander of Fairbanks Post of the G. A. R. Funeral services were held at his late home in Alden Sunday morning. They were conducted by the Rev. F. F. Robinson, pastor of the Alden Methodist church. Six grandsons acted as pallbearers and the American Legion conducted military services at the grave. 
 
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 Parents:
  Luther Adams (1815 - 1875)
  Polly May Ward Adams (1825 - 1862)
 
 Spouse:
  Idelia Ellen Watson Adams (1853 - 1913)*
 
 Children:
  Charles Wilbur Adams (1873 - 1970)*
  Bertha May Adams Johnson (1877 - 1972)*
  Alice Lucille Adams Reed (1882 - 1931)*
  Erma Idelia Adams Adams (1887 - 1969)*
  Clara Nell Adams (1891 - 1891)*
 
 Sibling:
  Nelson William Adams (1845 - 1930)
  James Alfred Adams (1855 - 1929)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Alden Cemetery
Alden
Hardin County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Chuck Adams
Record added: Oct 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 98235546
Nelson William Adams
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Nelson William Adams
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Nelson William Adams
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