James Adams

Henrico County, Virginia, USA
Death 15 Mar 1789 (aged 58–59)
Fluvanna County, Virginia, USA
Burial Bybee, Fluvanna County, Virginia, USA
Memorial ID 61942009 · View Source
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The last of eleven children born to Captain Robert & Mourning (Lewis) Adams of Henrico Co (now Goochland) VA; James married Cecily Ford in 1751 at the St James Northam Parish Church in Henrico Co (now Goochland) VA, possibly the daughter of Culverine & Elizabeth (Lea/Lee) Ford of Charlotte Co VA.

Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940:
Name: Cecily Ford
Gender: Female
Marriage Date: 1751
Marriage Place: St James Northam Parish, Goochland, Virginia
Spouse: Ja. Adams
FHL Film Number: 975.5 V2D

Children with Cecily:
1) James Adams Jr (1753-1835), m: Jane Cunningham.
2) William Adams (1755-aft 1789), m: Keturah Ford.
3) Robert Adams (1757-1839), m: Lucy Williams.
4) Thomas Ford Adams (1758-1836), m: Sarah Ford.
5) Ensign John Adams; lived to adulthood, no more info.
6) Nancy "Nance" Adams (1763-aft 1789), no more info.
7) Richard Adams (1765-aft 1789), m: Susannah Dawson.
8) Sarah "Sallie" Adams (1768-1829), m: Joshua
9) Charles Adams (1770-1845), m: Mary Dawson.
10) Mildred "Milly" Adams (1770-aft 1789), m: Charles Meeks.
10) Mourning Adams (1772-aft 1789), m: Jesse Pace.
11) Susannah "Sulky" Adams (1773-aft 1789), no more info.

During the Indian Wars, James served in the Virginia Militia Regulars, under the command of Captain John Smith, taking part in the Cherokee Expedition of 1760. From 1771-1773, he served as Justice of the Peace in Albermarle Co VA.

Transcribed Will of James ADAMS:
" In the name of God, Amen, I James Adams being of sound memory and calling to mind the (illegible) of Death to all do make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all former will by me made in (illegible) to wit first. I recommend my soul to Almighty God hoping (illegible) of him for all of my offences and to be (illegible) and in this life and my body buried as my Executor hereafter named think proper and as to my worldly goods with which it hath pleased God to prosper me with.
I give an bequeth (illegible) and (illegible) following to wit. First I lend to my beloved wife Cecily Adams widowed life and no longer four negroes named Sam, Amy, Frank and Nan. Also two feather Beds and furniture (illegible) and ten head of cattle also fifteen head of hogs.
Item. I give to my son James Adams two negroes Brister and (illegible).
Item. I give to my son William one negro (illegible) and child namely Sarah and (illegible) and the tract of land on which he now lives containing by (illegible) two hundred acres be the same more or less.
Item. I give to my son Robert two negroes namely Sook and Harry and the land on which he now lives containing two hundred acres be the same more or less.
Item. I give to my son Thomas one negro named (illegible) and the land he now possessess of the South side of the (illegible) containing two hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less.
Item. I give to my son John the land on which he built a house beginning where the path crosses from my (illegible) then (illegible) back (illegible) to son James thence up the (illegible) tract to where the back line crosses the (illegible) tract then thence down (illegible) to a line back to the beginning.
Item. I give to my son Richard Adams one negro Tansey and (illegible) formally belonged to Charles Dougless (illegible) (illegible) son James now lives thence up the sand tract to (illegible) Creek then down the creek to (illegible) it's beganning.
Item. I give to my son Charles Adams two negroes namley Will and Tony and the land on which I now live. (illegible) my wife (illegible) at her death.
Item. I give to my daughter Nance one negro man namely Daniel.
Item. I give to my daughter Sallie one negro man namely Sal.
Item. I give my daughter Milly one negroe namely Littil man.
Item. I give to my daughter Mourning one negro man namely Brister.
Item. I give to my daughter Soolkie one negro namely a new borned child.
I say my will and desire that at my death all the land that is not willed away and the monies thereby converted then paying my debts and if any remains divided Equally amoungest the girls and my wife's legasies except her one third (illegible) of the land to be sold at her death and the monies (illegible) thereby be Equally divided amoungest my sons after my debts being fully satifised.
I appoint four of my sons Executors of my last will and testament namely Robert Adams, Thomas Adams, Richard Adams and Charles Adams.

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of James Adams.
(illegible) Court continued and held for Fluvanna Co on Friday the 3rd day of Apr 1789."

Much gratitude to Al for providing a copy of James' Will and corrections. Thank you too to Mezzo for sponsoring James' memorial.

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  • Created by: Bonnie's Daughter
  • Added: 20 Nov 2010
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