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Maxwell Barry Adams
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Birth: Aug. 2, 1827
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death: Sep. 22, 1888
Humboldt County
California, USA


Another Pioneer Gone.

Maxwell Barry Adams died at his home in Arcata last Saturday morning, at 2 o’clock. For two years past Mr. Adams suffered from heart trouble and for the past six months his suffering was continuous and at times most intense. But his rugged constitution and unyielding nerve kept him along the gaunt edge of the dark pathway for months and months after men of less vitality and pluck would have crossed the dark river. Sitting in one position for more than two months; with his body and limbs so swollen at to render tying down impossible, and breathing exceedingly difficult, me maintained that cheerful and happy disposition that characterized his life. Well aware that his disease was incurable, and that the commencement of his journey to the unknown land was near, he still did not lose his relish for a joke and rarely let an opportunity pass to propagate one.

Barry Adams was a man of more than ordinary culture. He received a classical education at one of the best colleges in Ireland, and emigrated from there to Australia when quite young. He came from Australia to California in 1810, and in 1832 came into Humboldt county from Colusa, driving with him the first band of cattle ever driven into this county. He went into the butchering business in Eureka which he gave up a few years later and commenced the mercantile and packing business at the Forks of Salmon. This he gave up in 1857 and returned to Eureka. Three years later he was married to Caroline, daughter of Thos. Armstrong, deceased. He resided with his family first in Eureka, but latterly in Arcata, since that time. He engaged in various kinds of business, with varied success, until a few years ago when he retired. Since then, with the exception of serving as deputy county assessor for two or three terms, he lived quietly at his home. Deceased leaves a widow and four children, two sons and two daughters, all grown up, the two daughters and one son being married.

Deceased was loyal and true to his friends and bitter and unrelenting to his enemies. He was a man of marked character in that respect. But it was in his own home where his true spirit of love and devotion shown out most brightly. He was a loving husband, a kind and indulgent father, and the idol of his household.

The funeral took place on Sunday afternoon and was largely attended, though deceased was no member of no secret order. Rev. Mr. Todd conducted the services at the house and grave. the pall bearers were J. Greenwald, John McConnaghy, R. Burns, K. N. Greer, I. Minor, Sr. and Wm. Espy.

Milo Brown Wible and Emma Stern Adams had no children but they adopted his niece, Ellen Benton Wible (1895-1994,) the daughter of his sister, Laura Averilla Wible, and Arba Leslie Benton. The audio tape recorded by Ellen at the request of Faith Carol (Adams) Dikas and later converted to an MP3 file contains some of this information. Ellen's find-a grave memorial is 91656732.

“Two Adams brothers, full of adventure and in their late teens set out from Ireland and went to Australia. The elder of the two, Saint Clair Adams, staying in Australia, married and had a family. Maxwell Barry Adams came to the United States and Humboldt County, married and raised a family. He married Caroline Armstrong (on April 22, 1859) and they lived in Eureka for a time on 2nd Street that was the residential area where the Carson Mansion is. Eventually he went to the Armstrong home in Arcata, his wife’s family home and made that their home.”

Maxwell was Naturalized on December 30, 1859 in Humboldt County’s 8th Judicial District. The July 19, 1860 census lists his occupation as a butcher in Eureka. In the Greater Register of Humboldt County voters, on July 28, 1866 he is also recorded as a butcher in Eureka, California. The August 30, 1870 census lists his occupation as a farmer in Arcata. The June 5, 1880 census lists his occupation as a butcher in Arcata. In the Greater Register of Humboldt County voters on June 8, 1880 he is also listed as a butcher in Arcata, California. Maxwell Barry Adams is sometimes referred to as Barry Maxwell Adams.

Maxwell and Caroline had five children, the first born died at a young age. 
Family links: 
  Caroline Armstrong Adams (1839 - 1904)*
  Edwin St. Clair Adams (1860 - 1865)*
  John Quincy Adams (1861 - 1904)*
  Mary Louise Adams Minor (1863 - 1937)*
  Emma Stern Adams Wible (1865 - 1944)*
  Barry Maxwell Adams (1867 - 1929)*
*Calculated relationship
AUG. 2, 1827
SEPT. 22, 1888
Greenwood Cemetery
Humboldt County
California, USA
Plot: 1st Addition, Row: 18A, Lot: 59
Maintained by: R A Look
Originally Created by: Karen Hendricks
Record added: Aug 03, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74361945
Maxwell Barry Adams
Added by: R A Look
Maxwell Barry Adams
Added by: R A Look
Maxwell Barry Adams
Added by: Karen Hendricks
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