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Mary Thomas "Mollie" Lillard Adams
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Birth: Feb. 20, 1855
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Nov. 17, 1882
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA

She was the daughter of Thomas Madison Lillard and Mary Bright Lillard. She married Joshua B. Adams in 1880 in her parents' home near Danville in a double ceremony in which her sister was also married (see below). Her only child, Mollie Annette Adams, buried in the same grave, was born Nov. 1, 1882, and died Aug. 7., 1883, before she reached the age of one year. (See 'Lillard,' book by John T. Lillard, back matter (no page no.), Chronological Family Table.)

p. 74; Lillard: Thomas Madison Lillard. Mary Bright Lillard
Title Page: A Short History of Thomas Madison Lillard
and Mary Bright Lillard, of Boyle County, Kentucky.
Written by their son and admirer, John T. Lillard, and
dedicated to them, and to their posterity. 1890.

"Mary Thomas Lillard (Adams)
"The fifth child was a daughter, Mary Thomas Lillard; born February 20, 1855. She was educated at Caldwell Institute, Danville, Kentucky. On April 27, 1880, she was married to Mr. Joshua B. Adams, then a merchant of Danville, Kentucky, afterwards a wholesale stove and hardware dealer in Louisville, Kentucky, and now a farmer near Danville, Kentucky. Mr. Adams is a gentleman of high standing, and in all his business engagements has succeeded. He and his wife were lovers throughout their married life: inseparable for even a day, until their bright dream was ended by her death on November 17, 1882. She left a daughter and namesake, Mollie, who was the counterpart of her mother. Our sister Mollie was proudly loved by us. She was tall and graceful, with auburn hair and large brown eyes. She was a woman of judgment, of skill, of tenderness, of social and business tact."

See clipping info below (appears to be from Kansas City Star - no printed name or date) - Her widower married her sister, Nancy "Nannie" Lillard.

Mrs. B.F. Hargis Dies
Widow of the Banker was 84 Years Old.
For Many Years, Couple Lived at Belton, Mo. - Sister Was Her Husband's First Wife
(Sep 23 [Handwritten - Dora McDaniel Robinson's writing,])
Mrs. Henrietta L. Hargis, widow of Benjamin F. Hargis, widely known banker and one-time president of the Kansas City Board of Trade died last night at her town home at 4063 Warwick Boulevard. She was 84 years old.
Mrs. Hargis had been bedfast from arthritis since before the death of her husband in 1934. Although she had been unable to leave the home here, her principal residence still was considered the Hargis country house at Belton, Mo., where she and her husband lived many years.
There was an unusual family background to the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Hargis. The former Miss Henrietta L. Lillard of Danville, Ky., she was married to Mr. Hargis in 1892, two years after the death of his first wife Mrs. Pet [sic] Lillard Hargis, her next youngest sister. ['Pet' is correct - the name is not 'Pat' or 'Patricia' or 'Petricia' - it is 'Pet' - bcs]

REARED SISTER'S CHILDREN
Miss Pet Lillard and Mr. Hargis married in 1880, had three children. After the first wife's death, the older sister stepped in and reared the Hargis children as if they were her own. Ben L. Hargis, Park Lane hotel, one of the sons of Mr. Hargis, recalled last night that Mrs. Henrietta Hargis never was considered as a step-mother but always as mother.
Besides Ben L. Hargis, who is resident partner here of the Lamson Brothers & Co., investment firm, another son, William H. Hargis, of the home at Belton, survives. The third Hargis child, Mrs. Mary Hargis Georgia of Oklahoma City, died in 1933.
The Lillard sisters were members of a family of eleven of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Lillard, plantation owners at Danville. In the marriages of two of the other Lillard daughters is another story curiously connected with the history of the Hargis family.

WED IN DOUBLE CEREMONY.
The marriage of Mr. Hargis and his first wife was part of a double ceremony at the Lillard home at Danville April 27 fifty-eight years ago. Another sister, Miss Mollie Lillard, became the wife of Joshua B. Adams, a southern landowner, at the same time.
The couples in the double wedding separated to establish homes. Within two years Mollie Adams died. Just as Mr. Hargis did ten years later, Mr. Adams returned to the Lillard home and took another of the sisters, Nannie B. Lillard, for his wife. This sister, now living at her old home at Danville, is the only one of the Lillard family to survive Mrs. Benjamin F. Hargis.
Mrs. Hargis's was a quiet life, devoted to the rearing and education of the three children. She was a member of the Hyde Park Christian church.
Also surviving are two grandchildren, Miss Nancy Hargis, of the Park Lane hotel, and Benjamin S. Hargis, 5005 Wyandotte street. 
 
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 Parents:
  Thomas Madison Lillard (1815 - 1891)
  Mary Bright Lillard (1823 - 1907)
 
 Spouse:
  Joshua Bell Adams (1849 - 1935)
 
 Children:
  Mollie Annette Adams (1882 - 1883)*
 
 Siblings:
  Elizabeth Lillard Erwin (1849 - 1911)*
  Fannie Lillard Robinson (1851 - 1898)*
  John T. Lillard (1852 - 1932)*
  Henrietta Annette Lillard Hargis (1854 - 1938)*
  Mary Thomas Lillard Adams (1855 - 1882)
  Pet Lillard Hargis (1856 - 1890)*
  Katharine Lillard (1858 - 1862)*
  Thomas Love Lillard (1860 - 1928)*
  Nancy B Lillard Adams (1862 - 1947)*
  Stonewall Jackson Lillard (1865 - 1878)*
  William H. Lillard (1867 - 1914)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Bellevue Cemetery
Danville
Boyle County
Kentucky, USA
Plot: 3, 1, 13
 
Created by: BetsPix
Record added: Jun 18, 2009
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- Dolores J. Rush
 Added: Mar. 16, 2017

-Anonymous
 Added: Nov. 29, 2013
We remember you, Aunt Mollie - b - for the Collins Girls of Colorado, descendants of Sarah Frances Lillard -
- BetsPix
 Added: May. 21, 2010
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