Clarence D Adams

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Clarence D Adams

  • Birth 2 Sep 1859 Grayson, Carter County, Kentucky, USA
  • Death 8 Jul 1939 Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA
  • Burial Gunnison, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA
  • Plot Block47 Lot08 Plot09
  • Memorial ID 79555692

Death of Pioneer Citizen, Clarence Adams, Saddens Community Of Friends
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Prominent Resident Would Have Been 80 In September; Here Since 1881On Saturday afternoon, July 8, 1939, Clarence Devers Adams, one of Gunnison's prominent pioneer residents and business men, passed away at his home, after a lingering illness. By the death of Mr. Adams is also removed one through whose veins coursed the red
blood of the early Puritan and Pilgrim fathers.

Born near Grayson, Kentucky, on September 2, 1859, on his mother's side he sprang from the stock of Henry Morris, one of the men prominent in the early history of struggles of the Colonists. His great-great grandfather, Robert Morris, was a wealthy citizen of the colonies and during their troublous days he was one who patriotically responded to the call of duty and assisted in financing the colonies at a time when the Mother country was pressing harshly down upon the necks of the struggling Pilgrims.
On the father's side, Clarence Adams descended from Henry Adams. From this branch of the family there came two presidents of the United States, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, and the statesman, Samuel Adams, who also assisted in financing the colonies during their depression years of struggle for freedom. Mr. Adam's grandfather was Samuel Adams of Ohio. Also, his great, great grandmother was Sarah Bradford Adams, descendant of Governor William Bradford, first governor of the colonies.

His parents were William Chauncey and Amy Morris Adams.
At the breaking out of the civil war, his father enlisted on the Union side, served through the war, was twice captured and served twice in prison; was wounded; was promoted to lieutenant and then to captain of Co. I 2nd Kentucky Cavalry. His company presented him with a beautiful sword after his discharge from service.
During the progress of the war, the family home being so near the borders between the North and South, the country was frequently raided by bushwhackers, and often the mother, with her little flock of three children under her arm, would have to go out into the dense woods and hide for days to keep from being captured or killed or assaulted by roving bands of men pillaging through the country.

Immediately after the close of the war and return home of the father, the family moved to Grantville, a small settlement a few miles east of Topeka, Kansas. They embarked in a boat down the Ohio river to Cairo, thence via the Missouri river to Kansas City, where they left the boat and were taken by an ox team to their new home at Grantville. This was in 1865. The family remained there until 1870, when they moved to Chautauqua county, then Howard county, Kansas. There was a small settlement at Cedar Vale. Mr. Adams' father with two brothers-in-law settled on the creek, now known as Grant creek. This creek was named by his father, as he was a great admirer of General Grant. The three men started log cabins together, but his father had the roof on his cabin first, as he was the only married man, the others helped in finishing it first so he could move his family from Grantville. At the outbreak of the civil war, Clarence Adams was two years old, and when they came to Kansas he was six years old. In 1876 the family moved to Texas, remaining there for five years, during which time Mr.Adams became of age and pre-empted 160 acres of land in Young County, Texas, alongside 160 acres homesteaded by his father.

In 1881 the family sold their Texas holdings and moved to Gunnison, Colorado, in two covered wagons, one of which was driven by Clarence. After arriving in Gunnison, he secured employment from the late A. W. Mergelman, who lived near Iola. He herded cattle for one season out on north Beaver creek. After this he secured employment in the Denver, South Park & Pacific railroad shops in Gunnison. He was later made a fireman on the freight trains between Gunnison and Denver, later became an engineer, remaining with the railroad until it ceased operation west of Buena Vista.

Upon his return to Gunnison, after leaving the railroad employ, he purchased the furniture and undertaking business from his brother-in-law, S. J. Miller, went to Denver and took an embalmer's course and became a licensed undertaker and embalmer. Although he had been in failing health for some time, he was able to be at his store constantly until the last few weeks, since which time he has been confined to his bed.

Mr. Adams was a deep thinker and kept up to date in political and social matters. He was a man of sterling integrity and strong convictions. On July 15, 1891, Clarence Adams was married to Miss Ethel Miller, daughter of a pioneer family, the late Lowell F. Miller and Mrs. Alice Miller. To the union two daughters were born, Vera, who became the wife of Dr. John C. Johnson, and Alta, now the wife of A. E. Winslow of Gunnison. Vera Johnson died some years ago.

Mr. Adams was a member of three branches of the Odd Fellows in Gunnison, the subordinate lodge, Encampment and Rebekahs. Recently he was presented with a 50-year jewel, which he prized highly and wore constantly. He was also chief patriarch of Gunnison
Encampment, No. 26, at the time of his death.

Funeral services were held from the Community church Monday afternoon at two o'clock. Rev. George L. Nuckolls preached the sermon, telling of the deceased's worth to the community and his integrity as a man and a citizen. The church was filled with friends who loved him and were saddened by his death.

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Fogg sang "City Four Square." The Odd Fellows had charge of the burial service at Masons' & Odd Fellows' cemetery. Over 150 friends of the family followed the remains to the cemetery, where Charles E. Adams of Montrose, brother of the deceased, gave a short eulogy, recalling early life of his brother, and how as a boy, he, himself, owed much to the older brother.

Pallbearers were older members of the Odd Fellow's lodge, Jos. Blackstock, E. G. Palmer, Richard Andrews, Robert Cooper, Henry Knoll and John McEwen.

Surviving relatives are his wife and daughter, Mrs. Alta Winslow, eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild, the baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Van Sunderlin. Chas. E. Adams, of the Montrose Press, is a brother.

Published in the Gunnison News-Champion of July 13, 1939

Father: William Chauncey Adams 1828-1896
Mother: Amy Morris 1832-1900

P-Grandfather: Samuel Forbes Adams 1793-1834
P-Grandmother: Orra Ann Hard 1794-1875

P-G-Grandfather: Pvt John Bradford Adams 1750-1829
P-G-Grandmother: Sarah Davenport 1759-1815

P-G-G-Grandfather: 2nd Lt Joseph Adams 1715-1780
P-G-G-Grandmother: Sarah Bradford 1720-1807

P 3rd G-Grandfather: Capt Joseph Adams
P 3rd G-Grandmother: Eunice Spalding 1685-1726

P 4th G-Grandfather: Samuel Adams 1655-1727
P 4th G-Grandmother: Mary Rose Meeker 1656-1718

P 5th G-Grandfather: Lt Thomas Adams 1612-1688
P 5th G-Grandmother: Mary Blackmore 1923-1695

P 6th G-Grandfather: Henry Adams 1853-1646
P 6th G-Grandmother: Edith Rosemund Squire 1587-1672

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