Sebastian Cabot Adams Jr.


Sebastian Cabot Adams Jr.

Sandusky, Erie County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Jan 1898 (aged 72)
Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Burial Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA
Plot Lot 712, Space Center 4NW
Memorial ID 14975934 View Source
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Sebastian was the son of Sebastian ADAMS (1789-1847) and Eunice HARMON.

His middle initial was simply C., not Cabot, as widely reported. He was married to Martha E. McBride in 1851. Emigrated: The Oregon Trail - 1850 Settled: Carlton, OR. Preached: Northwest Oregon Died: Salem, OR, buried in Salem Pioneer Cemetery.

The land where McMinnville, OR, stands today was the Donation Land Claim of William Newby, a Christian from McMinnville, Tennessee. One day Newby, James McBride and his new son-in-law, Sebastian Adams, were dreaming about the future and the not-very-literate Newby wanted to see a college established. Sebastian was offered land for a home and college right on the spot and construction began very quickly. Construction was supervised by Wilson Carl for whom Carlton was later named.

The McMinnville College dream survived only one year because of inadequate financing. Bethel College was getting started and it was only 15 miles to the south and had a broader financial base. McMinnville College was turned over to local Baptists. Its six acres of ground, a building and equipment were transferred on condition that it would be kept as an institution of higher learning. It is now beautiful Linfield College.

Sebastian Adams was elected Yamhill County Clerk in 1862, then he was elected to the Territorial Senate where he served for four years. Sebastian moved to Salem and was a teacher in Salem First Christian Church for many years until the death of his beloved Martha in 1882. While living at Salem, Sebastian completed his book entitled "A Chronological Chart of Ancient and Modern Biblical History". It was advertised heavily in the Christian Standard of 1879, but without a price included.

While nearly all of the pioneer Christians held to the Faith and died in its hope, this may not have been true of Sebastian. Bonnie Miller, the chief researcher for Dr. Jerry Rushford's Christians on the Oregon Trail, cannot find that he continued in the Faith. But his brother Will held to his hope in Christ. Bonnie is distantly related to Will Adams.

Following Martha's death and his remarriage to Sarah A. Babcock, Sebastian drifted toward her Unitarian view. His brother Will and his wife Frances Adams divorced. Will remarried and lived his remaining years in Hood River, Oregon.

Spouse: Martha Eveline McBride (1831 – 1882), married February 6th, 1851, at Carlton, Yamhill County, Oregon

Spouse: Sarah A. Baker (1839 – 1904), married 1884, at Oregon

Father: Sebastian Cabot Adams, Sr. (1789 – 1847)

Mother: Eunice Harmon (1798 – 1883)

Occupation: minister/preacher for churches of Christ.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 14975934
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sebastian Cabot Adams Jr. (28 Jul 1825–5 Jan 1898), Find a Grave Memorial ID 14975934, citing Salem Pioneer Cemetery, Salem, Marion County, Oregon, USA ; Maintained by Candice xo (contributor 13003043) .