HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY 1911
William T. Adams was born in Illinois, March 29, 1860, and came to this part of the country in 1881. He was a telegraph operator for a number of years for the railroad, and then became a successful farmer in section 17, Udolpho township.
He married in 1885, his wife being Jennie M. Washburn, daughter of Seth S. and Julia A. (McQuivey) Washburn, and they have six children Edgar T., Beatrice, Mary F., John Q., Stanley E., Theodore R. Seth S. Washburn, early settler of Udolpho township, was born in Bethel, Vt., June 11, 1826, son of James and Ruth (Sanford) Washburn, both natives of Massachusetts, the former born in 1783 and the latter in 1785, moving to Vermont in 1785.
The parents of Ruth Sanford also moved to Vermont when young, were there married, and there died, the father May 9, 1861, and the mother November 18, 1869.
Before marrying Ruth Sanford, James Washburn married Polly Chadwick in 1806. She died in 1815.
Seth S. Washburn was the fourth of five children born to James Washburn by Ruth Sanford. The subject of this sketch grew to manhood on the farm and received a district school education.
He was married in Vermont, September 4, 1853, to Julia A. McQuivey, born in Vermont, July 4, 1825. In the fall of 1856 Seth S. Washburn left his native state and with his family settled in Dane county, Wisconsin, where he remained a short time.
In May, 1857, he came to Mower county and after a brief stay in Udolpho township took up a claim in section 17. His wife died June 14, 1881, having borne to her husband six children, Sanford S., Jennie M., Hattie L., Emma H., James L. (deceased), and Julius E., deceased. Honorable Sanford S. Washburn, after serving some years as probate judge of Mower county, lives in Washington; Emma H. is the wife of J. P. Rogers, of Newport, Minn., and Hattie makes her home with her.
Jennie May Washburn Adams
1856–1939 (m. 1886)