John Pierce Adams, Sr

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John Pierce Adams, Sr

  • Birth 1 Nov 1854 North Carolina, USA
  • Death 3 Apr 1939 Manchester, Coffee County, Tennessee, USA
  • Burial Manchester, Coffee County, Tennessee, USA
  • Plot F-550(tengenweb tombstone transcription plot id)
  • Memorial ID 119939725

Son of Lytle (Little) T. Adams and Permelia ?. Husband of Mary May Tommie Clarke of Tennessee and Emma Covington of Mississippi. Father of Florie L., John P. Jr., Gladice T., Marion L. and Arthur.

-Burial record from TennGenWeb tombstone transcription project. comments: [fa. Little T.; mo. Permelia; sp. May Tommie Clarke] [Here Begins a fenced in area] single stone.

Mr. Adams was a founder and first president of the People's Bank and Trust founded Oct. 5, 1906, opening in 1907. He served as bank president from 1906-1924. He built the now famous Tower House which later became a historical Inn located on the town square in Manchester, Tn. He also owned several lots on the square and a store located at 210 Spring Street. He was an influential merchant in town for 57 years.

During the 1880 census for Coffee county, TN. John is enumerated as living in his mother Permelia Adams household at 23 years of age. He is a store clerk. There is one brother, George P.Adams, age 20 also living in the home.

The 1860 census for Coffee county, Tn lists Lite (Lytle or Little)b. 1817, Parmelia (Permela)b.1825 with children Narcissa b. 1853 , John and George b. 1859. also living with the family is May Adams age 14.

John and his first wife Mary appear in the 1900 census for Coffee county, Tn. with their children. John and Emma appear in the 1910 census with John's children from his first marriage in Coffee County, TN Living with the family is Mattie France, a widow and her child Willie (enumerated as household servants). By 1920 John is again widowed and is living with his son John P. Jr. and his wife and one other son, Clark Armestead Adams in Coffee County, TN. He lists his birth place as North Carolina in this census and reports his parents are from Virginia. In 1930, John remains widowed and is living with his son Clark and his wife Mary with their two children. John died intestate without a will and his estate was distributed among his heirs, Floy Carden, John Adams Jr., Clark Adams and Ruby Meadows.

Mary May Tommie Clarke Married Dec. 19, 1883 in Bedford county, Tn.
Emma Covington married June 1, 1904 in Davidson county, Tn.

Children not linked:
1.Floy (Florrie) L. Adams married Lewis Carden March 7, 1906 in Coffee county, TN. (she appears an heir in John's estate settlement.)

2.Gladice T. Adams
3.Arthur Adams

(neither of these two children or their heirs are mentioned in the settlement of John's estate it is assumed they had already passed)
Narcissa Adams Moran b. aug 8, 1853 in TN d. Oct. 5, 1949 in Knoxville, Knox county, TN.
George P. Adams b. abt 1859

Death record transcription from
Name: John P. Adams
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 03 Apr 1939
Event Place: Manchester, Coffee, Tennessee
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Age: 85
Birth Year (Estimated):
Birth Date: 01 Nov 1853
Birthplace: Tenn.
Spouse's Name: widowed
Father's Name: Lytle Adams
Father's Birthplace: Don't know
Mother's Name: Don't know
Mother's Birthplace: Don't know
Occupation: Merchant
Date deceased last worked at this occupation (month and year): March
Total time (years) spent at this occupation: 57
Residence Place: Manchester, Tenn.
Cemetery: Manchester
Burial Place:
Burial Date: 04 Apr 1939
Informant's Name: John P. Adams Jr.
Additional Relatives:
Cause of Death: Lobais Pneumonia, Influenza
Contributing causes: none
Undertaker: J. R. Bailey
Address: Manchester
Filed date: April 7, 1939
Filed by: Mildred Anderson
State file number: 7183
Reg. No. : 109
Reg. Dist. No.: 162
Prin.Reg. Dist. No. : 21606
Digital Folder Number: 004183669
Image Number: 02348
GS Film number: 1876873
Reference ID: cn 7183

additional notes: Mrs. Ruby Porter Adams Meadows gives affidavit during a 1939 petition by administrator of John's estate to sell property that she was an adopted child of Mr. Adams and an heir. (no other record found at this time to support claim)An entire accounting of the settlement of his estate, lists of property etc. held at the time of his death can be found at the website, includes dees, trusts, creditors, pensions given to employees Mattie France and A. W. Lawson and additional estate information, microfilm of file available in digitized format.(Tennessee, Probate Court Files, 1795-1955CoffeeCounty Court, Probate case files1836-1972)

Family Members

Gravesite Details several small stones with unidentified initials within family plot.





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  • Added: 7 Nov 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 119939725
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Pierce Adams, Sr (1 Nov 1854–3 Apr 1939), Find A Grave Memorial no. 119939725, citing Manchester City Cemetery, Manchester, Coffee County, Tennessee, USA ; Maintained by nora barton-carver (contributor 48156516) .