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William Adams (1790- 1856)

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William Adams was born on Jan. 1, 1790 and died May 21, 1856. He is buried in the Adams – Nesbitt graveyard on Yellow Creek, with his two wives, one on each side of him. First, he married Judith Williamson who was ten years older and died in 1835 when William was 45. On her tombstone, Judith is called “Juda”. No record of this marriage is available, and there were no children from the marriage. Second, William married Sarah Hill. Sarah was born June 19, 1820 and was thirty years younger than William. She was the daughter of Isaac Hill and Rebecca (Goodrich) Hill from Bear Creek.

Children of William And Sarah Hill Adams

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

The Ancestors and Family of John Adams

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No Connection can be found between the John Adams family and the Nelson Adams family (1814-1887). This is not uncommon though, as the name Adams has always been popular.

The John Adams family, which is of Welsh extraction, came to Dickson from Virginia circa 1804. Genealogy, Chappel, Dickey, and Kindred Families of Virginia by Phil E. Chappell, c. 1900, states that John 1 Adams, one of the first Adams’ in America, is thought to have come to this country from Wales during the first half of the eighteenth century. He came to Maryland and then on to Virginia. His three sons, Sylvester, Phillip, and John 2 Jr. were living in Virginia long before the American Revolution. John 2 Adams Jr. met and married Susan Wood in Halifax Co., VA. They had eight children, six sons and two daughters named William, Sylvester1, Richard, John, Phillip, Benjamin, Susan, and Elizabeth.

Phil E. Chapell in his genealogy of the Adams family describes the Adams family as follows:

The Adams as I have known them in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, and Missouri are a typical southern family, but possess certain family characteristics in a marked degree. Physicaly they are a strong, robust, healthy people and there has never been a taint of any kind in their blood. They have generally,fair skins, blue eyes, and ruddy complexions with light hair, and are usually handsome men and comely women.

Sylvester 1, the second son of John 2 Adams and Susan Wood Adams was born in Halifax County, VA about 1760. He married Rebecca Boyd on Feb. l9,1792. William J. Nesbitt traveled to Halifax County on Nov. 20, 1979 and found the record of this marriage in the courthouse. Sylvester 1 moved to Humphresy county, TN from Virginia around 1804. He and his family settled on White Oak Creek, with Humphrey County records showing he purchased and sold land in the area. Sylvester 1 died on Mar 2, 1830. His wife, Rebecca Boyd died on Jan 19.1839.

Sylvester 1 Adams and Rebecca Woods Children

  • John
  • Samuel
  • Sylvester 2
  • Thomas
  • Boyd
  • William
  • Ichabod
  • Martha
  • Sarah
  • Susan
  • Isabella
  • Rebecca
  • Ann

Richard Adams, brother of Sylvester 1, married Hanna Adams. He died prior to Feb. 1803, in Halifax Co., VA. His wife, Hanna Adams, is mentioned in her fathers will, and is evidently a widow by that time as her father bequeaths her a special legacy on condition that she not marry one Benjamin Chapman.

Six of Richards children came to Humphreys County, TN with their uncle , Sylvester 1. In order of birth, their names were Susan, John, Richard, William, Sylvester, and George or Texas. Three of those children settled in Yellow Creek, in Dickson County, TN. Those three were Susan, John, and William.

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

John Adams

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John Adams settled near Ruskin Cave in Yellow Creek about 1804. He was born in in 1786 in Halifax County, VA where he met and married Margaret “Peggy” Turner, “a sister of George Turner, who married his sister Susan Adams.”* They purchased several hundred acres on Yellow Creek, including what is now known as Ruskin Cave, although it did not recieve that name until the late 1890’s when the Ruskin Colony moved there.

At the time of his death, in 1865, it is said that John Adams had become the wealthiest man in Dickson County. Goodspeed mentions John Adams of Yellow Creek as having owned one of the first cornmills in the county, and one of the first distilleries.

Children of John and Peggy Adams

Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth V. (Jennie) Adams
child 3
child 4
child 5

* Used by permission, The Primal Families of Yellow Creek Valley” by William J. Nesbitt.

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

Fredonia Adams (1790- 1856)

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Sophronia Adams

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(June 1854 – April 7,1929)

Twin of Fredonia
Married : William D. Adkins
Children:

  • Oscar
  • Van
  • David
  • Adam
  • Boyd

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

Will of William Adams (1790- 1856)

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pg. 1 William Adams Will
I William Adams do make and publish this as my last will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.

First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as possible, out of any moneys I may die possessed of; or may first come into the hands of my Executor.

Secondly, My will is that all my property both real and personal remain in the possession of my beloved wife, Sally Adams during her widow Hood or until her marriage, or until my oldest son John Isaac J. Adams arrives at the age of twenty one years.

Thirdly, It is my will and desire that at the time my eldest son becomes of age, my executor sell all my personal property except the negroes on a twelve months credit, and the moneys arrising from the sale be equally divided between my wife and all my surviving children.

Fourthly, I give to my wife Sally all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek, including the buildings where I now live, for the support of her and the family during her natural life, and at her death the lands, including the buildings are to be sold in a twelve months credit, and the moneys equally divided between all my living children.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my wife, my negro girl, Rody as her own property, and she is to make no charge whatever for the support and maintenance of any of the children.

Sixthly, It is my will and desire that at the time my eldest son becomes of age, all the balance of my negroes be equally divided between all my living children as above; and all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek be sold on a twelve months credit and the money arrising from the sale be also divided equally among all my living children.

Seventhly, I direct that my negro man Patrick be hired out or chop wood to raise money for the purpose of educating my children so as to give them a complete and practical English education.

Eightly, I also direct that if Patrick should die or become disabled, that my Executor sell all my lands on the East side of Yellow Creek, and appropriate the money to the Education of all my children.

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Ninthly, I authorize my Executor that in case my negro man Toby should become contrary or ungovernable to hire or sell him as he may think best; and if hired the money to be appropriated for the purpose of hiring a hand to work on the farm; and if sold the money to be put out at interest for the use and benefit of my children.

And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint James David my Executor, in witness whereof I do to this my will set my hand and seal the 18th day Sept. AD 1849.

Signed, sealed, and published in our presence subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the testator, this 18th day of September, A.D. 1849.

Jesse Daniel                                  her (his)
R.S. Nesbitt				William x Adams, (seal)
[undecipherable] Nesbit			        Mark

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

Elizabeth Adams (1790- 1856)

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Married: J.K. Robertson
Children:

  • Hartwell Robertson
  • Hickman Robertson
  • Elinor Robertson
  • Andrew Newton Robertson, b. 1888, d. 6/11/1956

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

William J.K. Adams

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Andrew Brown Adams

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Married First: Missouri Norris Carney, a widow and daughter of Wash and Elizabeth Norris of Yellow Creek
Married Second: Lulu Smith, daughter of Fredonia Norris and Henry Smith
Children of Andrew B. and Lulu Smith:

  • Sally B. , married E.N. Holmes
  • Adell, married 1st Irving Crutcher, 2nd B.E. Nicholson
  • Betty Lou, married Roy Brown
  • Lennie May, married Raymond Harris

Overview of Adams

The Adams of VA
Andrew Brown Adams
John Adams
John Isaac Johnson Adams
Benjamin Franklin Adams
Elizabeth Adams
Elizabeth V. Adams
Fredonia Adams
Sophronia Adams
William Adams
William J.K. Adams
William Adams Will

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