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77. Jonathan P. ADAMSON20,45 was born on 16 December 1818 in Economy, Wayne County, Indiana.1,45 He died on 17 June 1890 at the age of 71 in Delaware County, Indiana.1

Until Jonathan was 45 years old, he lived on his native farm in Wayne Co IN. He sold that farm about 1 May 1865 and moved to Muncie, Delaware Co and engaged in mercantile, first in the grocery business with his nephew B. R. Adamson as a partner. Later he changed to dry goods with Mr. Hammer as a partner. Other partners were James N. Cropper and Riley Jones. Jonathan sold out two weeks before his death. In 1862 he was baptized and united with the church in Jacksonburg, Wayne Co and after moving to Muncie, he and his wife helped organized the First Christian Church in which he was an elder. For 9 years he was a justice of the peace in Wayne Co. Jonathan and Emily had no issue, although they reared two girls and one boy - Lucinda Hammer, John Adamson, a nephew who fell in the defense of the Union, and Nettie Adamson.

Perry Twp in Wayne Co IN in the 1850 Census. His mother lived with Jonathan and wife Emily and Lucinda Hammer, age 7 [a niece of Emily's].

Still in Perry Twp in 1860. Jonathan P. Adamson, age 40. Emaily age 37. Lucin Macey, age 78, b. VA and a widow, lived with them.

1870. Delaware Co, Muncie, Hh 489. Jonathan P. Adamson, age 51, Grocer, b. IN
Emily, age 46, b. IN. Cynthia Foreman, age 28, Domestic servant.

1880. Delaware Co, Muncie, Hh 771
J. P. Adamson, age 61, Grocer, b.IN, father b. TN, mother b. NC.
Emily, wife, age 57, b. IN, father b. NC
Nettie, age 8, adopted, in school, b. IN
Nancy Worth, age 71, widowed,b. NC
Maggie McConnell, age 17, servant, b. IN
Jessie Hammer, age 42, Boarder, Grocer, b. IN, father b. TN, mother b. NC
L. D. Sherman, age 25, Boarder, Music teacher, b. IN

Jonathan P. Adamson was a witness to the Declaration for Invalid Army Pension filed by his great-nephew Edom Adamson, 3 Jan 1880.

Find A Grave Memorial# 66040487. Confirms birth and death dates - stone is pictured. He is buried Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie, Delaware Co, IN. Died at 71 yrs 6 mos 1 day.

"A Portrait and Biographical Recording of Delaware County, Indiana" Jan 1894, p.177-178
This is a lenghthy article - here are excerpts
....son of Jonathan and Ruth (Williams) Adamson, born near Economy, Wayne Co, IN on 16 Dec 1818 and until 45 years old lived on his native farm
....disposed of his eighty acre farm in Wayne ...May 1 854, or three weeks after the surrendaer of Gen. R. E. Lee, Mr. Adamson came to Muncie ...engaged in mercantile trade, going first into the grocery business, having for his partner his nephew, B. R. Adamson; he then changed to the dry goods trade, with Mr. Hammer for his partner
....1862 that he was baptized ...In that year he united with the church in Jacksonburg, Wayne Co, and on coming to Muncie, he and wife became prime movers in organizing the First Christian Church, in which he at once became an elder and faithfully filled the position until the end.
....nine years he filled the office of justice of the peace in Wayne County.
...November 22, 1838, Mr. Adamson was most happily united in marriage to his now venerable life companion, Emily Macy, daughter of Reuben and Lucinda (Petty) Macy... native of Wayne County and born in 1822
....no children born to their union but they reared to useful maturity two girls and one boy, viz: Lucinda Hammer (a niece of Mrs. Adamson) now the wife of Thomas McCulloch, a farmer of Delaware Co; John Adamson, a nephew, who fell in the defense of the Unions, and lastly, they adopted Nettie Adamson, at the age of three years, whom they educated in the best institutions of learning in the city and who was married to William Fadely of Muncie.
....companions over 52 years, and on 22 Nov 1888, celebrated the golden anniversary
....He died on June 17, 1890 at the age of 71 years
....afflicted for a number of years with catarrhal (mucus in the lungs) trouble, and was confined to his room about five months

Jonathan P. ADAMSON and Emily MACY were married on 22 November 1838 in Wayne County, Indiana.33 Emily MACY, daughter of Reuben MACY and Lucinda PETTY, was born on 28 August 1822 in Wayne County, Indiana.45 She died on 24 November 1911 at the age of 89 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.

Emily was the daughter of Reuben Macy and Lucinda Petty.

1899 Muncie Indiana City Directory
Mrs. Emily Adamson, wid. of Jonathan P., home: 217 N. High

1900 Census. Muncie City, Ward 1, Center Twp, Delaware, IN, Hh 306
Emily M. Adamson, b. Aug 1822, age 77, widow, no children, b. IN, father b. NC, mother b. Virginia
Nancy Worth, sister, b. Apr 1805, age 95, widow, had one child who is dead, b. NC
Frank Gibson, roomer, b. Jun 1878, age 21, b. Kansas

1910 Census. Muncie Ward 1, Delaware, IN, Hh 37
Emily M. Adamson, 87, widow, no children, b. IN, father b. NC, mother b. Canada (prob misunderstood)
Mary C. Kirkwood, cousin, 79, married twice, the last time for 40 years, had 3 children - only 1 is living, b. IN, parents b. NC

Buried Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie.