Manason Augustus Adams

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Manason Augustus Adams

  • Birth 7 Jul 1833 Columbia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 30 Mar 1911 Hancock County, Ohio, USA
  • Burial Van Buren, Hancock County, Ohio, USA
  • Memorial ID 41215961

M. A. ADAMS

The family of this name is well known in Hancock county for its general intelligence and good qualities of citizenship. They are of Irish extraction and descended from William and Sara Adams. Of the latter's family was Paul Adams, Sr., born in 1758, who was twice married, first to Sara Bogart, born January 6, 1744, and secondly to Abigail Parkhurst, born May 14, 1774. The latter died on the sixth of November, 1843, and her husband in 1834. Of the family of Paul Adams, Sr. and his second wife, Abigail Parkhurst, was Paul Adams, Jr., a native of Pennsylvania, born April 28, 1811. He was educated for the ministry of the Presbyterian church, but by some disturbing factor his attention was turned to the teaching profession. His superior educational advantages so equipped him for his chosen profession that he made an excellent teacher. He was also somewhat of a linguist, having command of four languages. He taught twenty years in Pennsylvania in the earlier part of his life, and also after he came to Ohio. He married Miss Margaret Diehl, who was born in Columbia county, Pennsylvania, June 6, 1808. The union was blessed with nine children, five of whom are now living. In 1835 the family removed from Pennsylvania to Richland county, Ohio, where Mr. Adams taught school, and latter entered eighty acres of land in Hancock county, to which he had removed in 1841 with his family. He went at once to clearing the land of its timber, and constructed for his family a log house which stood until the spring of 1902 as evidence of his handiwork. He continued this labor until the date of his death, January 28, 1850. Paul Adams, Jr., was a man of greater mental than physical strength and his constitution gave way early under the severe pressure of pioneer life. After his premature decease his wife and son, the subject of this sketch, worked heroically to keep the family at home. She with her wheel and loom spun and wove cloth for garments for her children, while the different members of the family headed by our subject did the necessary work on the farm. They were thus able to keep the members of the family together until they were able to do for themselves. After this the, mother in 1860 married David Dorsey, a member of an old pioneer family, whose son, Allen, by a former wife, was the first white male child born in Cass township. Paul Adams, Jr., was a man of influence in his adopted county. He was township treasurer for seven years, and was nominated by the Democrats for auditor of the county, but did not receive enough votes to elect. His wife, Margaret D. Adams, ceased from her earthly toils December 14, 1891.

Mr. M. A. Adams, who forms the immediate subject of this review, was born in Montour county, Pennsylvania, July 7, 1833. Coming to this county at an early age, he was educated in the common schools and showed such proficiency that he aspired to a college course. This, however, became impossible, because of the early death of his father and the necessity for his services on the farm. He, however, received enough education to follow teaching for several years during the winter months. His first purchase of land was in 1858, and consisted of a modest tract of twelve acres. To this small holding he added at various times until he is now in possession of a farm of one hundred and sixty acres, upon which there is a flowing gas well. As Mr. Adams looks out over his broad acres he has the satisfaction of knowing that his own labor has brought the farm to its high state of cultivation, it being now one of the best in the county. Underlying this farm there are some seventeen miles of tile, which give him an almost unbroken area for crop purposes. Mr. Adams practices the most up-to-date methods on his farm, and hence is looked upon as a very progressive agriculturist. For example he has produced for the past several decades twenty-five bushels of wrheat to the acre, a record which cannot be surpassed in Hancock county. During his adult life he has ever given his time freely to the matters that would benefit the community at large, has served as a member of the board of education for fifteen years and as justice of the peace of his township for three years. He celebrated his marriage with Miss Cordelia Dorsey, October 15, 1863. This lady was the daughter of David and Rose Dorsey, and is also a native of Hancock county, where she was born January 13, 1842. Their family consisted of the following children: Margaret R., Clara A., deceased, Sara E., Viola, deceased, Nathan S., Nellie and Ada. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are esteemed members of the Methodist Episcopal church, the former having been for a long period a class leader and trustee in that organization. It is something to live; it is more so to live that society shall be the better or our having had existence. Mr. and Mrs. Adams and their family are held in the highest repute by all who know them, and are most worthy members of their community.

A Centennial Biographical History of Hancock County, Ohio. New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1903.


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  • Created by: Sara Kilker
  • Added: 27 Aug 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41215961
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Manason Augustus Adams (7 Jul 1833–30 Mar 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41215961, citing Bechtel Cemetery, Van Buren, Hancock County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Sara Kilker (contributor 47171069) .