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25. John N. ADAMSON5,6,14 was born on 9 December 1767.5,18 He died on 12 January 1828 at the age of 60 in Blount County, Tennessee.5

Jefferson Co TN DB B, p.238
8 Aug 1793 Jeremiah Horn of Jefferson Co NC to John Adamson of same. 60#'s 200 Acres. S side Holston R known by name of Sherel's place, near dividing ridge between Holston & French Broad Rivers. Walnut, post oat, along the ridge, post oak, small post oak near sink hole. Includes where John Adamson now lives. Signed: Jeremiah Horn. Wit: Simon Adamson, Joel Morrison. Reg. 16 Apr 1795 [This tract will be sold in two parcels – 75 acres to Simon Adamson, 13 Dec 1797, and 125 acres to the heirs of William Wilson, on 5 March 1801.]

Jefferson Co TN DB D, p.178
13 Dec 1797 John Adamson to Simon Adamson, both of Jefferson Co TN. 25#'s. tract on S side of Holston, known as Sherell's place. Between Holston & French Broad Rivers. Walnut, post oak, stake, hickory, white oak. 75 acres. Part of plantation where Simon now resides. [Sale of this property will be by Simon Adamson, Sr., who signs his deeds with an "S"]

From EARLY TENNESSEE TAX LISTS by Byron & Barbara sistler, Evanston IL, 1977: Listed on the Jefferson Co TN Tax Lists in 1800: Simon, John, Jonathan.
In 1804, a John Adamson was in Grainger Co, TN, but that doesn't seem to be the same man.

Early Tax Lists of Tennessee. Microfilm, 12 rolls. The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. database
Tax List: Capt Hodges' Company
John Adamson, 133 acres, 1 white poll
Jonathan Adamson, 63 acres, 1 white poll
Simon Adamson, 75 acres

Jefferson Co TN DB E, p.235
5 Mar 1801 John Adamson of Jefferson, TN to Susannah Willson & Levi Willson, Executors of William Willson, dec'd of Grainger TN. $600. 125 acres. S side of Holston, near dividing ridge bet Holston & French Broad, small post oak near sink hole. Signed: John Adamson. Wit; Jeremiah (x) Routh, Abraham Willson Reg 4 Jan 1802

Jefferson Co TN DB F, 181
12 Apr 1803. Martha Bullard, widow of Joseph Bullard dec'd and John and Joseph Bullard heirs of Joseph to John Adamson. All of Jefferson, TN. $140. 24 acres. S side Holston, on Lost creek. James Baker's corner. Meanders of the creek. Signed: Martha (x) Bullard. John Bullard. Joseph Bullard. Wit: Richard Bailey, John Casey/Cafey, William Baker.

Jefferson Co TN DB F, p.183
12 Jan 1803 John Turner to John Adamson, both of Jefferson, TN. $700. 100 acres. S side Holston, head of Lost Creek. Ezekiel Henry's corner. Seth Johnson's line. signed: John Turner. Wit: Benj. Murrell, Isaac Hammer Reg 14 Jan 1804

Jefferson Co TN DB H, p.18
14 Jan 1803 William Patton to John Adamson, both of Jefferson, TN. 30 #'s. Tract on top of Bays Mountain known as Thomas Clark's place. Part of tract that John Reins bought of William Patton. Stake, corner pines, stake. 100 acres. Signed: William Patton. wit: Thomas Beals, Thomas Thornburgh, John Rains. Proved in court. Reg. 17 Jul 1806

This deed shows John, Simon Sr, and Simon Jr. all living near each other:
Jefferson Co TN DB G, p.152
July, 1804. Robert McFarland & Adam Meek to Simon Adamson Jnr. all of Jefferson, TN. $37.50. 77 acres. Adj Edmond Phillips, Simon Adamson Sr and John Elliss. Hickory on the mountain at Ellis's line, with Simon Adamson Senior's line and John Adamson's line, Phillips' corner. Signed: R. McFarland, Adam Meek. Wit: Joseph Williams, Richard Thornberg. Proved April Session 1805. Reg 29 Jul 1805

Cane Creek Monthly Meetings (Orange, now Alamance Co NC)
1786, 10, 7 Mary formerly Hammer dismissed for marrying out of unity [in some databases this is shown as her date of marriage - it was not]
1803, 12, 3 Mary condemned her misconduct and was granted certificate [This is a bit puzzling in that they seemed to have been in Tennessee for several years prior to 1803 - did she have to write and letter back to be re-instated before she could transfer to Lost Creek?]
1806, 10, 4 Mary formerly Hammer granted certificate to Lost Creek Monthly Meeting (certificate granted 1803, 12, 2, miscarried) Lost Creek was in Jefferson Co TN.

Jefferson Co TN DB H, p.142
10 Feb 1806 Joseph Thornberg to John Adamson, both of Jefferson, TN. 60#'s. 51 and 1/2 acres. Waters of Beaver Dam Creek. pine, rock, black oak, hickory, post oak, stake, post oak, stake, black oak. Signed: Joseph Thornberg. Wit: Simon Adamson, Isaac Cooper. Ack Jan Term 1807. Reg. 23 Feb 1807

John Adamson was received by the Lost Creek Quaker Meeting in Jefferson Co TN on 24 Jun 1809 along with eight minor children, as listed here: Abraham, Enos, Susannah, Mordecai, Solomon, Isaac, Nellie & Seth.

Jefferson Co TN, DB K, p.1
19 Dec 1810. Jeremiah Horn to John Adamson both of Jefferson TN. $400. 116 acres, Sinking Cane Valley on draught of Beaver Creek. virtue of bond given by Jeremiah Horn to Richard Mills, from Mills to Elisha Harrold, from Elisha to Jonathan Harrold, agent for Horn. Wilson's corner, post, black oak, stake. Signed by agent Jonathan Harold. wit: Thomas Adamson, Simon Adamson, (unreadable initial) Thornburgh. Proved by oaths of Simon Adamson & Thornburgh, Dec Session 1811. Reg. 16 Dec 1811
19 Dec 1810. Jeremiah Horn of Wilson Co TN, to John Adamson of Jefferson TN. $50. 25 acres. Sinking Cane Valley on draught of Beaver Creek, virtue of bond (same as deed for 116 acres). West side of land formerly claimed by William Thornburgh, dec'd. Signed by agent Jonathan Harold. wit: H. Thornburgh, Simon Adamson, Thomas Adamson. Proved in court Dec session 1811. reg. 3 Jan 1812

At the "Digital Library on American Slavery", I found petition, #11481738, filed to the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee, in Knoxville, in 1817. Forty-one petitioners argued that slave owners should be permitted to free their slaves on terms which will not involve them, nor their estates, for their maintenance. And they proposed a law to declare all descendants of slaves, born after the passing of the law, shall be free at a certain age which your honourable Body may fix upon. Signers to the petition included John Adamson, Jonathan Adamson, Simon Adamson Sr, and Isaac Williams.
A copy of the petition is held at the Tennessee State Library & Archives in Nashville.

1819, 7, 31 John was dismissed from the Lost Creek MM
1821, 5, 26 John's family requested certificate for Newberry MM, Blount Co TN
1821, 6, 30 Mary & dts. were granted certificate for Newberry MM

East Tennessee's 1820 census is lost including Jefferson & Blount Counties.

1823, 3, 29 Mary & fam (dt: Eleanor) were received on certificate from Newberry MM, dated 1822, 12,7. This was the same date that Abraham and family's certificates were dated.

The birthdates of the children of John & Mary are said to have come from a Bible Record. They are also listed in the Lost Creek records.

Jefferson Co TN DB R, p.248
20 Sep 1825 John Adamson of Jefferson TN to Manning Summers of Knox Co TN. $500. Tract in Sinking Cane Valley, 132 acres. Begin said Summers SW corner, Israel Wilsons line, pine, rock, black oak, hickory, etc. Signed: John Adamson. Wit: Jas S. Thornton, John Thornton, Simon Adamson. Reg 11 Jan 1829
December Session 1828. Deed from John Adamson to Manning Summers for 132 acres was presented in open court. James A. Thornton, one of the witnesses, saw John Adamson, sign and execute the same and he saw John Thornton and Simon Adamson sign their names. John Thornton is now dead and Simon Adamson has removed beyond the limits of this State. Deed admitted to record.
[The two elders Simons were dead ...this Simon is probably the Simon, son of Jesse. Enos also likely had a son Simon, but I believe he was in Wilson Co long before 1825,]

The Newberry records say that John Adamson died at the home of his son Seth on 12 Jan 1828.

John N. ADAMSON and Mary HAMMER were married on 7 October 1786 in Cane Creek, Orange County, North Carolina.5,10 Mary HAMMER, daughter of Abraham HAMMER and Rachel MEETING, was born on 31 July 1768 in Orange County, North Carolina.1,5,18

Probably born Guilford County, NC - the part that became Randolph in 1779.

John N. ADAMSON and Mary HAMMER had the following children:



Abraham ADAMSON.






Susannah ADAMSON5 was born on 14 April 1795.5,18

Email states that Judy K Dye's publication gives a marriage to Eli Wilson 18 Aug 1820 but that was Susannah, daughter of Simon Jr. instead. An error in her book.

One of the Susannah Adamsons married Edward Lamb, son of Henry Lamb and Ann Dennis, probably in Randolph Co, NC. That would also seem to be some other Susannah and not this one. Lydia, Samuel & Amassa, supposedly all children of Enos Adamson & Mary Love, married children of Henry Lamb & Ann Dennis. It would seem plausible that the Susannah that married Edward Lamb would be their daughter. However that Susanna is also shown married in Grainger Co TN, 1799, to Alexander Hamilton, .
Randolph Co NC: Edward Lamb married Susanna "Edomes" [as transcribed], 26 Dec 1811.



Mordecai ADAMSON.



Solomon ADAMSON.






Eleanor "Nellie" ADAMSON.