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Amanda Joanna McCormick Adams
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Birth: Sep. 17, 1822
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 12, 1891
Watkins Glen
Schuyler County
New York, USA

Amanda Joanna McCormick was the daughter of Northern Irish immigrants, Robert McCormick and Mary Ann McChesney Hall. She married Hugh Adams, the son of James Adams, on 8 May 1845.

They had known Adams children:
Mary Caroline, 21 Apr 1846 (Jno E Chapman, 1869)
Robert McCormick, 21 Oct 1847, (Virginia Claiborne) below
Cyrus Hall, 21 Feb 1849, (Emma Blair) below
James William, 2 Jan 1853 below
Sarah Ella, 10 Mar 1855 (Willis E Lewis, 1886)
Hugh Leander, 5 May 1857 - 4 Jun 1891 (Susan Kirby, 1881)
Edward Shields, 12 Dec 1859 (Amie de Houle Irwin, 1895)
Amanda Virginia "Minnie,", 3 Mar 1862 (Wallace F Campbell) below

On the 1850 District 51 1/2, Rockbridge Co., VA census, I found merchant Hugh Adams, 30; Amanda J Adams, 25; Mary C Adams, 4; Robert Adams, 2; Cyrus H Adams, 1 and clerk Theodore R Beard, 25, all VA born.

On the 1860 Chicago Ward 9, Cook Co., IL census, I found "Com.", H Adams, 40; Amanda Adams, 37; Mary C Adams, 14; Robt Mc A Adams, 12; Cyrus Adams, 11; Jas N Adams, 7; Sarah E Adams, 5; H L Adams, 3; Edwd Adams, 6/12, 3 plus servants. All VA born except for Edward in IL.

On the 1870 Chicago Ward 20, Cook Co., IL census, I found Com Mer Hugh Adams, 50; Amanda Adams, 47; bookkeeper Robert Adams, 23; Cyrus Adams, 21; James Adams, 17; Ella Adams, 15; Lelie Adams, 15; Edward Adams, 10; Minnie Adams, 8, plus 3 servants. They were all VA born except Edward and Minnie, born in IL.

On the 24 Jun 1880 Chicago, Cook Co., IL census, I found Hugh Adams, 65 "died March 10, 80, in_____?____ (can't read illness, 2nd death on page), VA born; Amanda Adams, 55, VA born; all IL born: Board of Trade and son Robt. Adams, 36; dau. in law Ella Adams, 22; g.son Clayburn Adams, 4; Board of Trade and son James Adams, 27; Board of Trade and son Cyrus Adams, 29; dau. in law Emma Adams, 24; clerk and son Lee Adams, 24; clerk and son Edward Adams, 23 and daughter Minnie Adams, 17

On the same page is neighbor and "reaper" Wm L McCormick, 42 and his family.

ADAMS - Amanda J McCormick Adams fell asleep in Jesus, at Glen Springs, Watkins, N Y, on the 12th day of October, 1891, Amanda Johanna, daughter of Robert and Mary Anna McCormick, of Rockbridge County, Virginia, and widow of the late Hugh Adams, of Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Adams was born at "Walnut Grove," the old McCormick Homestead in Rockbridge county, Virginia, September 17, 1822. Early in life she made a public profession of her faith in Christ, and joined the Presbyterian church near her father's home. She was married to Hugh Adams on the 8th day of May 1845, and they settled at Kerr's Creek, a small town in the same county, where six children were born unto them, viz: Mary, Robert, Cyrus, James, Ella and Leander. In 1857 the family removed to Chicago, where, associated with the late Hon. Cyrus H McCormick, her husband became the active partner in the well known grain firm of McCormick, Adams & Co. 4 Nov 1891 issue of the Staunton Spectator.

Amanda's father, Robert McCormick's Walnut Grove farm is located near Raphine, Rockbridge Co., VA. 8 of the 9 buildings remain today (A History of Rockbridge Co., by Oren F Morton, the WPA survey, multiple online sites, even wikipedia has data on the farm.)

Her husband's obit was in the 23 Mar 1880 issue of the Staunton Spectator (see 5-2017 added photo on his site).

Amanda's brother Leander James McCormick, wrote a McCormick biography called Family Record and Biography in 1896. It includes photos of both Amanda and husband Hugh Adams inside, plus her bio.

The top of her low marker says:
the front is illegible but may list the years

Bio by LSP 
Family links: 
  Robert McCormick (1780 - 1846)
  Mary Ann McChesney Hall McCormick (1780 - 1853)
  Hugh Adams (1820 - 1880)*
  Robert McCormick Adams (1847 - 1925)*
  Cyrus Hall Adams (1849 - 1923)*
  James William Adams (1853 - 1917)*
  Amanda Virginia Adams Campbell (1862 - 1925)*
  Cyrus Hall McCormick (1809 - 1884)*
  Robert Hall McCormick (1810 - 1826)*
  Susan Jane McCormick (1813 - 1826)*
  William Sanderson McCormick (1816 - 1865)*
  Mary Caroline McCormick Shields (1817 - 1888)*
  Leander James McCormick (1819 - 1900)*
  John Priestly McCormick (1820 - 1849)*
  Amanda Joanna McCormick Adams (1822 - 1891)
*Calculated relationship
Graceland Cemetery
Cook County
Illinois, USA
Created by: LSP
Record added: Apr 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 68144873
Amanda Joanna <i>McCormick</i> Adams
Added by: R Lerch
Amanda Joanna <i>McCormick</i> Adams
Added by: R Lerch
Amanda Joanna <i>McCormick</i> Adams
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She married Hugh Adams in Rockbridge County, Virginia on May 8, 1845. They moved to Chicago ca 1858. She died at the home of her son Cyrus Adams.
 Added: May. 27, 2017

 Added: May. 31, 2012

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