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 Martha Jane <I>Little</I> Adams

Martha Jane Little Adams

Hampshire County, West Virginia, USA
Death 19 Sep 1916 (aged 79)
Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Burial Princeville, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Plot Div D, Row 9, Lot 10
Memorial ID 22075426 · View Source
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Daughter of David C. & Ann (Harrison) Little. Wife of Ezra Adams, m. Oct 23, 1856.

The following is from the Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Peoria County, Volume II, 1902

Mrs. Adams is related, through the families of her husband and mother, to (the) former President of the United States. Her father, David C. Little, was a native of West Virginia, and married Ann Harrison, who was born in England, and died July 25, 1888. Mrs. Little was the mother of five children: John W., Benjamin F., Martha J., James H., and Henry N. (deceased). David C. Little was a mechanic by occupation. He died October 1, 1856. Mrs. Adams' brother, Henry N., is entitled to more than passing notice, and is enrolled among the brave men who uncomplainingly sacrificed their lives while fighting for the emancipation of the Southern slaves during the Civil War. With the declaration of the war he was one of the first in his locality to tender his services to the Union cause, and the very confidence which he inspired in his superior officers resulted in irreparable loss to his family and friends. Entrusted with dispatches to be delivered at the headquarters of General Hastings, at Goldsboro, North Carolina, he was shot in the discharge of his duty, the ball passing through his watch and entering his right side, from the effects of which would he soon after expired.

The marriage of Martha J. Little and Ezra Adams occurred in Princeville, Illinois, October 23, 1856. Mr. Adams was a native of Pennsylvania, and was born January 11, 1828. He was educated in the public schools, and under his father's able instruction learned to be a practical farmer, to which occupation he devoted his active life. He represented a family which furnished brave soldiers for the War of 1812, and who ever maintained their reputation for industry, integrity, and all-round good citizenship. His death in Princeville, May 21, 1890, signalized the passing of a man of sterling worth, whose place in the old familiar haunts would not be readily filled. He was a strict advocate of Prohibition principles, and adopted this as his national platform. In religion he was a Methodist, and contributed to the extent of his ability towards the charities and support of his church. To Mr. and Mrs. Adams were born six children: F. Marion, a farmer in Princeville Township who married Leoria M. Kackley of Stark County, and has two children, Leota E. and P. Gilbert; Jane O., who became the wife of John Hoag of Akron Township, and who died January 25, 1896, leaving two daughters, Beulah M. and Elva L.; Newton E., a business man at Princeville, and who, through his marriage with Annie French, is the father of four children, Florence E., Lois F., Blanche, Marie and Ralph E.; Augustus H., a music salesman of Buffalo, New York, and whose wife, formerly Hattie Colgrove, of Painesville, Ohio, died May 8, 1899; Rowena A., who is the wife of Augustus H. Sloan, of Akron Township, and has four children, Lowell J., Leland E., Jennie (deceased), Hobart D., and Eldridge, who was born March 14, 1891; and Della E., who became the wife of Willis M. Hoag, of Princeville, March 5, 1901, and has one child, Eugene Ezra, born January 28, 1902. The Adams and Harrison families are of German and English descent."

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Gravesite Details buried Sep 21, 1916





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