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Matthew Adams

  • Birth 1 Nov 1788 Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1 Feb 1855 Lexington, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Pleasant Hill, McLean County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 22764417

Matthew Adams was of Irish descent; his father was John Charles Adams and his mother Elizabeth Peek Adams. He was born and raised in Pennsylvania but later moved with his family to Boone County, Kentucky. It was there, on August 29, 1810 he married Jane Black.

Matthew and his brothers, Robert and Thomas, were associational messengers for Old Bethel Baptist Church in Boone County Kentucky and in April 1824 he was ordained to the office of a Deacon. Old Bethel Baptist Church identified with the Predestinarian (Hard-Shell) movement. This sect died out before the end of the nineteenth century. (source

He was a soldier in the War of 1812, enlisting shortly after Hull's surrender at Detroit, serving in the 49th (Maxwell's) Regiment, Pennsylvania Militia on the Canadian frontier.

In October 1834 Matthew, his wife Jane and their children, said goodbye to family in Kentucky and moved to McLean County, Illinois where he acquired a farm with the help of a land grant from his service in the war.

According to "The Good Old Times of McLean County" (Duis) "Matthew was a man with somewhat peculiar ideas. If he had money, he would sometimes lend it, but would never charge a cent of interest. He raised corn, but would never sell it for less than twenty-five cents per bushel, as he thought that a fair price, and if he could not get this price immediately, he kept his corn until it rose in the market. On the other hand, he never charged more than twenty-five cents per bushel, no matter how high it rose in the market, as he thought the acceptance of a larger price would be extortion. During 1844, the year of the great flood, when all the crops failed, Matthew Adams had on hand about a thousand bushels of old corn. He could have sold it for a very large price, but would accept only twenty-five cents per bushel, and would never sell to anyone more than that person needed for his family. No speculator was allowed to buy his corn. People came from Old Town, Cheney's Grove, Buckles' Grove, and from all over the county, to get some of Adams's corn."

*Probate records name Ann Adams as his widow at the time of his death. I don't have any information regarding this marriage.*

Veteran of the War of 1812
Matthew Adams appears on a list of the men who were drafted from the 49 Reg't Pennsylvania Militia to perform a tour of duty on the Canada frontier and mustered at Carlisle on the 24th day of February, 1814, and remained there three days in compliance with a requisition of general John Armstrong, then Secretary of War, and general orders of the Governor of Pennsylvania, by James Lamberton, Brigade Inspector, and one day marching to Carlisle, and one day returning, being discharged as supernumeraries, making in the whole five days.

Matthew Adams appears as shown below on a Receipt Roll under the following heading:
We whose names are hereunto subscribed, bein drafted men from the 49th Reg't Pennsylvania Militia to serve a tour of duty on the Canada lines agreeable to a requisition of Gen. John Armstron, then Secretary of War, and general orders of the Governor of Pennsylvania, in February, 1814, do acknowledge to have received of James Lamberton, Brigade Inspector of the 1 Brigade, 7 Division, Pennsylvania Militia, two dollars and twenty-five cents in full for five days pay and rations, being the time we were kept under marching orders and before discharged as supernumeraries.
War of 1812
roll dated April 13, 1818.
Matthew Adams

Thomas Adams
Letty Adams Steers
Robert Gillespie Adams
Alanson Adams
John C. Adams

Besides the children linked below, is Matthew and Jane's oldest son:
John L. Adams (born about 1815, died unknown)He was a farmer and had a wife named Mary and their children were Thomas, Jane and Almeda.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 22764417
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Matthew Adams (1 Nov 1788–1 Feb 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 22764417, citing Adams Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, McLean County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Gennaphyr (contributor 47698254) .