Adele Cutts was the daughter of James Madison Cutts, a government official, and Ellen (O'Neale) Cutts. Tall, with striking features and chestnut hair, her beauty, intellect, and personality made her a leading belle in Washington society. In early 1856, Sen. Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861) of Illinois, who was then a widower with two sons, met Adele Cutts and on November 20, 1856, they were married. From this union they had one daughter, but the child survived for only a few months. Senator Douglas was defeated in the Presidential election of 1860 and died of natural causes on June 3, 1861. In 1865, Adele Cutts Douglas met Capt. (later Gen.) Robert Williams, U.S.A., and they married in January 1866. They lived for many years in army posts in the West and had six children. Two of their sons served in the army and their eldest daughter married an army officer.
Source: FAMOUS AMERICAN BELLES OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY by Virginia Tatnall Peacock (Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1901), pp. 175-89.