|Birth: ||Jul. 9, 1801|
|Death: ||Dec. 6, 1887|
Joshua ‘Mackeltree' Adams was born in Halifax County, VA on July 9th of 1801. He is descended from the Adams family originating in Wales. He is believed related to Nipper Adams and Lucy MacEntree of Virginia, who may have been his grandparents. His father may have been James or William Adams. Joshua's middle could have been spelled differently, such as MacEntree or McKentrie.
Following the migrations of many people in the early part of the 19th century, Joshua Adams left Virginia to seek a new life and travel west. After obtaining adulthood at about twenty years in about 1820 Joshua became restless and went to another nearby state and met Margaret Sexton or Thaxton who's family was a member of a religious sect. Joshua and Margaret were married in the 1820s and immigrated to Tennessee before 1830. Joshua and Margaret stayed there about one generation or at least seven to ten years and four of his children were born there: James, Elizabeth, Samuel Haskin, and Robert Sanford.
After 1835 the Alabama territory had opened up for settlement and Joshua and his family migrated from Tennessee down to Pickens County Alabama to settle as farmers along the Tombigbee River not far from the towns of Pickensville and Carrollton. They began buying federal land grants and eventually owned 640 acres.
By 1850 Joshua and Margaret had several more children: Martha, Mary, Jane, and Jackson bringing the total to eight. By 1860 Joshua Adams was getting up in years and Margaret had passed away. It is unknown where she is buried. Only his children Martha, Mary, and Jackson were left in the house with him.
The Civil War, as far as we know, passed without event for Joshua although his sons Samuel and Sanford served in the CSA and possibly James and Jackson also. After the war Joshua's son's Samuel and Robert Sanford had places nearby and did some farming and house painting. His daughter Martha married Alfred Barksdale Cox and daughter Mary married Pleasant Sutton.
In about 1865 Joshua marries his second wife Amanda (Manda) Gannon and they had a daughter, Ida Witeria "Witerie" Adams, in 1866.
Joshua lived on in Pickens County with Amanda and Witerie until 1884 when Witerie marries into the Cosper family and moves away. Joshua passes away on Dec. 6, 1887 in the cabin of his son Samuel at the age of 86 years. Amanda buried Joshua with her family in Shady Grove Cemetery in the old Spring Hill Community, northwest of Carrollton.
Amanda Gannon Adams (1825 - 1900)
Margaret M Thaxton Adams (1801 - 1859)*
Samuel Haskin Adams (1832 - 1905)*
Sanford M Adams (1833 - 1896)*
Ida Witera Adams Cosper (1866 - 1955)*
Shady Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: L Adams
Originally Created by: LJH
Record added: Jul 15, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28294894
Added: Apr. 6, 2010