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John A. Adams
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Birth: Apr. 20, 1792
Wilkes County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jan. 29, 1870
Johnson County
Missouri, USA

John married Abigail Adams in 1811. According to Effie Adams, his great granddaughter, Abigail was the daughter of Spencer Adams, and was either his first or second cousin.

John served in the War of 1812 under General Andrew Jackson. He served in the Seminole Creek Indian War. He served between 1812-1813, Capt. James Martin's Company, North Carolina Militia, Eighth Regiment, Fourth Company, detached from the Wilkes Regiment. (Moses East, Lietenant and James Benge, Ensign).

John moved near Warrensburg, Johnson County, Missouri with his family around 1834. He bought two land warrants in township 45 range 25 and built a house on section 11 (8 miles southeast of Warrensburg). He built a good-sized L-shaped house of white oak logs, one and a half stories high, where he lived until his death. A part of this house was still standing in 1972. (1)

In 1853 he returned to North Carolina and married his second wife, Peggy Evans, a woman who could neither read nor write.

His sons, Daniel, Abraham and George, lived on farms adjoining his. Tom located on a farm about four miles distant. That section of the country is still known by the name of "Adams Neighborhood". There is the Adams Cemetery and the Adams Schoolhouse, although the original old log schoolhouse is no more. All of his sons rest in the Adams Cemetery except Jackson and Hugh. Jane, who never married, is buried there.

When the Civil War broke out, George was the only son to join (most of the others were too old to join). George died within a year of enlisting (having drown in a river) and left a widow and three children. One of the children, Sarah/Sally, lived with John and Peggy. John's sons were strong Union men, but his daughters had married men whose sympathies were with the South. After the war, when things were too "hot" in Missouri, Margaret's family moved on to Texas. All of Susan McCrary's folks (except one brother and herself), had Southern leanings, not always openly expressed, but understood. Feeling ran very high for years in Missouri and Kansas over the War, and families were divided. (1)

John was listed in the Missouri 1870 Census as age 78, living with his second wife, Peggy/Margaret Adams, age 56. His occupation is listed as Farmer, with Real Estate valued at $14,000 and Personal Property valued at $1,100. It also states that he cannot write (it's possible that this was meant to refer to Peggy).

John was a Baptist. (1)

John was stricken with paralysis about a year before his death. (1)

(1) Effie Adams Fitzgerald's journal. 
Family links: 
  Abigail Adams Adams (1793 - 1849)
  Margaret Peggy Adams (1813 - 1903)
  Daniel A. Adams (1813 - 1892)*
  Thomas Adams (1820 - 1888)*
  Abraham Adams (1822 - 1888)*
  Hugh Adams (1829 - 1901)*
  Jane Adams (1832 - 1907)*
  George W. Adams (1835 - 1862)*
*Calculated relationship
Adams Memorial Cemetery
Bristle Ridge
Johnson County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Lori Holmlund
Record added: May 21, 2009
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