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 Amanda Joanna <I>McCormick</I> Adams

Amanda Joanna McCormick Adams

Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Death 12 Oct 1891 (aged 69)
Watkins Glen, Schuyler County, New York, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 68144873 · View Source
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Amanda Joanna McCormick was the daughter of Northern Irish immigrants, Robert McCormick and Mary Ann McChesney Hall. She married Hugh Adams, the son of James Adams, on 8 May 1845.

They had known Adams children:
Mary Caroline, 21 Apr 1846 (Jno E Chapman, 1869)
Robert McCormick, 21 Oct 1847, (Virginia Claiborne) below
Cyrus Hall, 21 Feb 1849, (Emma Blair) below
James William, 2 Jan 1853 below
Sarah Ella, 10 Mar 1855 (Willis E Lewis, 1886)
Hugh Leander, 5 May 1857 - 4 Jun 1891 (Susan Kirby, 1881)
Edward Shields, 12 Dec 1859 (Amie de Houle Irwin, 1895)
Amanda Virginia "Minnie,", 3 Mar 1862 (Wallace F Campbell) below

On the 1850 District 51 1/2, Rockbridge Co., VA census, I found merchant Hugh Adams, 30; Amanda J Adams, 25; Mary C Adams, 4; Robert Adams, 2; Cyrus H Adams, 1 and clerk Theodore R Beard, 25, all VA born.

On the 1860 Chicago Ward 9, Cook Co., IL census, I found "Com.", H Adams, 40; Amanda Adams, 37; Mary C Adams, 14; Robt Mc A Adams, 12; Cyrus Adams, 11; Jas N Adams, 7; Sarah E Adams, 5; H L Adams, 3; Edwd Adams, 6/12, 3 plus servants. All VA born except for Edward in IL.

On the 1870 Chicago Ward 20, Cook Co., IL census, I found Com Mer Hugh Adams, 50; Amanda Adams, 47; bookkeeper Robert Adams, 23; Cyrus Adams, 21; James Adams, 17; Ella Adams, 15; Lelie Adams, 15; Edward Adams, 10; Minnie Adams, 8, plus 3 servants. They were all VA born except Edward and Minnie, born in IL.

On the 24 Jun 1880 Chicago, Cook Co., IL census, I found Hugh Adams, 65 "died March 10, 80, in_____?____ (can't read illness, 2nd death on page), VA born; Amanda Adams, 55, VA born; all IL born: Board of Trade and son Robt. Adams, 36; dau. in law Ella Adams, 22; g.son Clayburn Adams, 4; Board of Trade and son James Adams, 27; Board of Trade and son Cyrus Adams, 29; dau. in law Emma Adams, 24; clerk and son Lee Adams, 24; clerk and son Edward Adams, 23 and daughter Minnie Adams, 17

On the same page is neighbor and "reaper" Wm L McCormick, 42 and his family.

ADAMS - Amanda J McCormick Adams fell asleep in Jesus, at Glen Springs, Watkins, N Y, on the 12th day of October, 1891, Amanda Johanna, daughter of Robert and Mary Anna McCormick, of Rockbridge County, Virginia, and widow of the late Hugh Adams, of Chicago, Ill. Mrs. Adams was born at "Walnut Grove," the old McCormick Homestead in Rockbridge county, Virginia, September 17, 1822. Early in life she made a public profession of her faith in Christ, and joined the Presbyterian church near her father's home. She was married to Hugh Adams on the 8th day of May 1845, and they settled at Kerr's Creek, a small town in the same county, where six children were born unto them, viz: Mary, Robert, Cyrus, James, Ella and Leander. In 1857 the family removed to Chicago, where, associated with the late Hon. Cyrus H McCormick, her husband became the active partner in the well known grain firm of McCormick, Adams & Co. 4 Nov 1891 issue of the Staunton Spectator.

Amanda's father, Robert McCormick's Walnut Grove farm is located near Raphine, Rockbridge Co., VA. 8 of the 9 buildings remain today (A History of Rockbridge Co., by Oren F Morton, the WPA survey, multiple online sites, even wikipedia has data on the farm.)

Her husband's obit was in the 23 Mar 1880 issue of the Staunton Spectator (see 5-2017 added photo on his site).

Amanda's brother Leander James McCormick, wrote a McCormick biography called Family Record and Biography in 1896. It includes photos of both Amanda and husband Hugh Adams inside, plus her bio.

See further data on her and her family in Henry Whittemore's The History of the Adams Family, With Biographical Sketches of Distinguished Descendants of the Several American Ancestors....., 1893 publication in NY, p 71-73.

The top of her low marker says:
the front is illegible but may list the years

Bio by LSP

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Amanda Joanna McCormick Adams (17 Sep 1822–12 Oct 1891), Find A Grave Memorial no. 68144873, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by LSP (contributor 46860931) .