Thomas Adams

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Thomas Adams

Raunds, East Northamptonshire Borough, Northamptonshire, England
Death 25 Oct 1863 (aged 33)
Nephi, Juab County, Utah, USA
Burial Scipio, Millard County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 223089299 View Source
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Thomas Adams was the son of Thomas and Rebecca (Vorley) Adams. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England an immigrated to the Unite States in 1863. He was a shoe maker like his father and brothers.

He walked from the Missouri River to Salt Lake City pulling a handcart as a member of the Samuel D. White Company with his wife Mary Elizabeth (Hazeldine) Adams, son John Hazeldine Adams (age 9), and daughters Elizabeth Adams (age 7) and Eliza Ellen Adams (age 3).

Thomas Adams was not a strong man and the journey across the plains wore heavily upon his strength, but he reached Salt Lake City and after a few days rest was ready to resume the journey south. On the first day out he contracted a cold but he had to keep traveling for there was no place to stop and doctor himself. He grew alarmingly worse and was soon unable to walk any farther, They prepared a bed in the wagon and drove on but the jolting became too uncomfortable to be endured.

At Nephi the company stopped and made camp until he should improve enough to travel. He lived for several days and then succumbed to his affliction. It was decided to bring him to Cedar City for burial if possible and to this end he was wrapped heavily in a canvas wagon cover. The loading was rearranged among the several wagons in the company so that one would carry only the dead man, his wife, his brother John V. Adams, and a few previsions. They took the best oxen and hurried on ahead as fast as they could travel.

The weather was warm and Cedar City was four or five days distant at the best the oxen could do. After two days they decided that the dead man could be carried no farther. He must be interred at the first settlement they could reach. Upon reaching Round Valley (now called Scipio) John began to inquire for lumber to make a coffin. He stopped at every house along the road. The first man had none to sell. The next one refused because Adams was a stranger and had nothing but a promise to pay. The next said, “Bury him in that canvas like thousands of people have been buried”. At last a good Samaritan was found who took the sides off his wagon box to help a family in trouble. He helped make the coffin and he welcomed the widow and made her comfortable in his home until the family could catch up and a funeral could be held.
The remains of Thomas Adams was laid away in Mother earth along the side of the road at the South end of Round Valley and the sorrowing family drove on to make their home in Cedar City.

His body still lies in the corner of what is now known as Sorensen's field at the south end of Scipio as there was not a cemetery to bury him in at that time.


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