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Sanford M Adams

  • Birth 29 Apr 1833 Tennessee, USA
  • Death 10 Jun 1896 Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
  • Burial Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA
  • Memorial ID 15979249

Robert Sanford Adams was the son of Joshua MacKendrie Adams of Halifax County, Virginia and Margaret Thexton, Thaxton or Sexton from North Carolina. His parents moved west into Tennessee and Robert Sanford was born in that state in 1833. After the Alabama Territory opened to settlement around 1835 the family, including Robert, migrated from Tennessee to Pickens County Alabama to make a life for themselves farming near the edge of the Tombigbee River not far from Carrollton, Alabama.

Robert Sanford stopped using his first name and began going by his middle name, Sanford and middle initial M sometime after 1850 and before the Civil War.

In 1861, at the age of 28, Sanford joined the cause and voluntarily enlisted in the Confederate Army. He was assigned to Company K of the 12th Regiment of Alabama Infantry commanded by Col. O'Neill. The regiment was brigaded under Gen. Rodes' Division in the Army of Northern Virginia commanded by General Robert E. Lee.

Sanford fought in almost every one of Gen. Lee's campaigns and remained unscathed in battle, including the victory at Chancellorsville, where his regiment charged three lines of breastworks and was badly mutilated. In the famous battle of Gettysburg in July 1863 Sanford's 12th was on the extreme left of Gen. Lee's forces the first day and his unit was again badly mauled, this time due to poor leadership of Col. O'Neill. Then on the third day of the battle Sanford and the 12th supported the left flank of the Virginians as they advanced toward Union lines in the famous assault lead by Virginia General George Pickett. It was there that Sanford was severely wounded in the left arm by a minie ball and lay where he fell. After his comrades retreated from the failed charge, Sanford was picked up by Union troops and taken to the Union aide station. While waiting to be treated a doctor from Massachusetts asked Sanford's name and upon learning they both had the same last name, the kind doctor ordered Sanford taken care of right away. Sanford's shattered arm was amputated and the doctor gave him the mangled ball that did the damage as a souvenir. Sanford's life was likely saved due to that Union doctor and the excellent care he received in Union hospitals afterward. He remained a convalescent prisoner until the next spring when he was paroled back to his regiment and retired from the army in July, 1864.

After the war was over for Sanford he returned to the Spring Hill Community in Pickens County, Alabama and took up the house painting trade with his brother Samuel. He met and married Nancy Elizabeth Seymour, originally from S. Carolina and they had a family of three sons and two daughters: James Joshua "Josh" 1869, Margaret "Maggie" in 1872, Jenks Seymour in 1873, Lewis Stone in 1875, and Mary Jane in 1878.

The years passed for Sanford and Nancy, but by 1890 Sanford's elderly father Joshua had passed and also daughters Margaret and nine month old Mary Jane. Sanford's three sons, not seeing much opportunity in Pickens County to better themselves, moved to Richmond, Texas in 1893 taking Sanford and Nancy and their orphaned nephew Sanford Butler with them.

In Texas Sanford again took up the house painting trade, however he passed away suddenly in 1896 while painting the roof of the Ft. Bend County, Texas Courthouse. He is buried in the historical section of Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Texas, with his wife Nancy and all his sons nearby.

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  • Originally Created by: Screwtape
  • Added: 3 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15979249
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sanford M Adams (29 Apr 1833–10 Jun 1896), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15979249, citing Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by L Adams (contributor 47015886) .