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56. Abraham ADAMSON14 was born on 14 September 1790 in Lost Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee.5,18 He died on 11 October 1863 at the age of 73 in Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.5,28

Enos Adamson was surety for the marriage of Abraham & Eleanor.

1812, 7, 25. Abraham was disowned from the Lost Creek Monthly Meeting for marrying contrary to discipline. Eleanor Adamson, formerly Lewis, was disowned the same day for the same reason so apparently their transgression was not marrying a non-Quaker, but something else. As their marriage was recorded in Jefferson Co records, perhaps they were married by a Justice of the Peace. Apparently all was forgiven.
1814, 11, 26. Abraham Adamson was received by request into the Lost Creek MM.
1815, 11, 25 Eleanor Adamson was received by request.
1816, 2, 24 Evan & John, children of Abraham, were received by request of their father.
1819, 5, 29 Abram and family were granted a certificate to Newberry MM, Blount Co, TN. Eleanor was granted certificate the same day. But they moved back to Lost Creek.
1823, 2, 22 Abraham & family (s: Evan, John, Benjamin & Enos) were received on certificate from Newberry MM, dated 1822, 12, 7. On the same day Eleanor and daughter Elizabeth were also received on certificate from Newberry.
Then they went back to Newberry because they were granted certificates for Newberry MM TN, 1827, 5, 26.

Jefferson Co TN
WB 2, p.448 [451]
Sale of estate of Smallwood Middleton on 26 Jun 1824
Simon Adamson bought a pitcher and “boles” $1.18
Abraham Adamson bought a skillet & smoothing iron $1.51


1850 Census. Jasper Co, Iowa
Hh 168 Abram Adamson, age 61, b. TN; Eleanor, age 60, b. TN
Elisha 19, born "Ia" which I believe was Indiana - this enumerator wrote out the word "Iowa" for those born there - this is a common error of transcriptionists who don't understand "Ia" was an abbreviation for Indiana at that time.
Lewis, age 26 and Henry age 22, born born in Tennessee
Ira, age 20 and Rachel age 16, both born in Indiana [Rachel could have been a wife of one of the sons]
I suspect Evan, Thomas, & Benjamin also found on this page were also sons of Abraham:

Hh 163 Evan Adamson, age 37, b. TN, Elizabeth, age 28, b. NC
Francis [male] age 12 and Mary age 10, born Indiana
Clarinda 7 and Sarah 5, born in Missouri
Abraham 4, and Evan, age 2, both born in Iowa

Hh 165 Thomas Adamson, age 37, b. TN [were Evan & Thomas twins? or is this a cousin - there was no son of this name submitted for membership in the monthly meetings - nor is there a Thomas in the estate settlements of Abraham & Eleanor.]
Elizabeth, age 34, b. Ohio.
Valentine, age 16 and Robert age 10, born Indiana
Mariah, age 6, born Missouri
Martha, age 3, Caroline age 7 months, both born in Iowa.

Hh 167 Benjamin Adamson, age 28, b. TN
Sarah, age 24, b. Indiana
Margaret age 17, b. Missouri [she certainly cound not be their child - was she another sister of Benjamin's?]
Rachel, age 1, born Iowa

Checking back in Indiana in 1840, I found in Huntington Co, IN, the four young men. The problem is that at the top of each of the pages is written "Madison Co". Madison Co is missing from the browse index of counties, yet it became a county in 1823. Further searching reveals that the majority of pages indexed as Huntington are actually Madison Co Indiana.
So in Madison Co are:
Evin Adamson: 1m -5, 1m 20-30; 1f -5, 1f 20-3
John Adamson: 1m 20-30, 1f 15-20
Seth Adamson: 1m 30-40, 1f -5, 1f 5-10, 1f 10-15, 1f 20-30 [probably Abraham's younger brother]
Thos. Adamson: 1m -5, 1m 5-10, 3m 20-30; 1f 20-30 1f 60-70

I found in Platte Co MO an Abram Adamson in 1840; he was a bit young but certainly had a household of boys:
1m 5-10, 2m 10-15, 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30, 1m 40-50; 1f 5-10, 1f 40-50


1860 Census, Jasper Co Iowa, Hh 168
Abraham Adamson, age 71, b. TN. Elnora, 170, b. TN
Elisha, 26, b. IN Drusilla, 18, b. Ohio [Elisha married Priscilla [Drusilla?] Ross 20 Nov 1859]
Sons Henry, Lewis, and Ira, were all enumerated following Abraham in this census.


Received copies of estate file from Jasper Co, Iowa.
24 Oct 1863 Joseph Ashton, Joshua Dilham & Thomas Haskit were appointed to appraise the personal property of the estate of Abraham Adamson, deceased.
A copy is included: some livestock, corn & wheat, a two-horse carriage, bee stands, a box of carpenter tools. There was a list of those who owed Adamson money and included two of his sons, Lewis & Enos. Property was set aside for benefit of the widow - all household and kitchen furniture and all farming utensils, 1 cow & calf, a gray mare, five head of fat hogs, 15 pigs under 6 mo. old, 125 bushels of corn, two loads of sheaf, oats & hay in the mow, and 20 bushels of wheat, $52 to hire help, $20 for clothing, $15 for grociers.

A. T. Ault sumitted a bill for visits 7 visits from Sept 19 -25 - $16
H. E. Hunter submitted his medical bill for 6 visits from Oct 5 - Oct 11 - $18

There is a record of the sale - items and buyers but not dated. Family members who made purchases were Elisha Adamson, son-in-law Nathan Ballard, Lewis Adamson, Evan Adamson. Henry Hammer bought the carriage for $23.

In 1864, Ellen Adamson petitioned the Court in a suit to have her dower laid off. Defendants were Henry Hammer, Administrator of the estate of Abraham Adamson, Evan, John, Benjamin, Enos, Henry, Lewis, Ira, and Elisha Adamson, Elizabeth Hodson, and Rachel Ballard. The land described was 129 acres.
Those who receipt of the notice on 27 Aug 1864 were Evan Adamson, Henry (X) Adamson, Lewis (x) Adamson - attested to by Nathan S. Ballard, Elizabeth (x) Hodson, attested by Henry Adamson, Elisha Adamson, Henry Hammer as Adaministrator, Rachel (x) Ballard, attested by Nathan S. Ballard. Notice was delived on 24 Nov 1864 on Enos Adamson in Buena Vista Township, Jasper Co. There is a statment by Henry Adamson that Benjamin & Ira Adamson are not residents of the state of Iowa.
Jesse Rickman, H. K. Parker & Baxter George were appointed to lay off the dower and report to the court before 1 Jan 1865. Their report was dated 31 Dec 1864. They laid off a plot of 50 acres, the lands containing the homestead.

Many members of this family are buried in Adamson Grove Pioneer Cemetery, Jasper Co, Iowa, as are many Hammers - probably relatives of Abraham's mother.
Adamson Grove Cemetery began in the fall of 1846 when Henry Adamson died. Many of the early graves from this time on were Adamson graves. A little over two acres was deeded in 1849 for use as a cemetery. Today it is fenced, has a gate, is well maintained, but access is down a poorly maintained lane. There are approximately 140 burials in Adamson Grove Cemetery and the tombstones are in fair to good condition.
Compiled by Jasper County Genealogical Society
Note: I have not been able to identify a Henry Adamson who died in 1846 - his name is even given as Henry W. Adamson in one place, although I doubt he had a middle initial. The grave is not marked. Abraham did have a son named Henry, born 1826, who was alive and well long after 1846. Abraham had no known brother named Henry. I suspect the name may have been lost to time. Or maybe he was a Henry Hammer, instead of Adamson.

Abraham ADAMSON and Eleanor "Nelly" LEWIS were married on 29 June 1812 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.5,16 Eleanor "Nelly" LEWIS was born about 1792 in Tennessee. She died on 7 May 1875 at the age of 83 in Jasper County, Iowa.29

In 1870, Elenor was living with her son Evan.
1870 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Evan Adamson, age 55, b. TN Betsy, age 51, b. NC
Clarinda, 25, b. MO. Elizabeth, 17, b. Iowa
Evan, 22, b. MO.
Martha E., 14, b. Iowa
Ellen Adamson, age 78, b. Tenn.

I received a copy of her estate file from Jasper Co, Iowa.

10 Jun 1871, Enos Adamson petitioned the court to have a guardian appointed for Eleanor Adamson, stating that she had personal property requiring care and by reason of her great age, 70 years [on Aug of the same year her age was stated to be 79] she is not competent to manage her property. He asked that Thomas Arthur be appointed. After hearing the evidence, the court ordered Thomas Arthur appointed her guardian.
July 1871. Case Thomas Arthur vs. Eleanor Adamson. Eleanor objected saying that she was able to care for her property and that should a Guardian be necessary she demands the right to choose.
17 Aug 1871 Hearing on the guardianship. Conclusions of the court were that Elenor, at age 79, her memory was almost entirely gone and she little if any idea of the condition or amount of her property. She was illitereate and not capable of working calculations. In selecting assistants in aiding her to take care of her property she has exhibed prudence and ability to entitle her to manage her own affairs thus far. Her increasing infirmity and present condiditon of her property are such that would not be able to take proper care. Eleanor Adamson being present joined in a request for a guardian. "Elener Adamson is a person of unsound mind by reason only of the infirmity of al age and a guardian ought to be appointed to take charge." She nominated and selected Aaron Hinshaw as guardian. The appointment of Thomas Arthur was cancelled and Aaron Hinshaw hereby appointed guardian of Eleanor Adamson.
A copy of Abraham's inventory is included - presumably to show what property she actually had and what debts were still owing to her.

Reports were filed regularly by A. T. Hinshaw, showing payments for her taxes, for her individual use, and for room & board with various of her children - Evan, Benjamin, and Nathan Ballard [daughter Rachel's husband]

10 Jan 1872, Even Adamson was paid a total of $274.85 by Hinshaw for board for Eleanor for three and a half years, also a note to Aaron Hammer dated 17 Jun 1870 for $200 payable in three years, and a claim of $42 for repairing an outhouse.
On 12 Jan 1872, Nathan S. Ballard received $86 for her board for eighteen months inluding a doctor bill and hired girl's fees. Benjamin received $57.80 for board for Eleanor from 15 Jan 1872 - 2 Nov 1872 and another $25 for her board from 1 Nov 1872 until 1 Feb 1873.

Eleanor did write a will. It was dated 17 Aug 1871, the same day as the above hearing regarding her guardianship. She left her son Enos $5 only and everything else divided equally among her other nine children, Evan, John, Benjamin, Henry, Elisha, Lewis, Ira, Elizabeth Hodson, & Rachel Ballard. Aaron T. Hinshaw was appointed Executor. "Elanor" signed with her mark.

On 16 Jun 1875, Enos Adamson made a formal objection to the Will, stating that she was not of sound mind and capacity sufficient to make a will. She was very old, infirm and childish. She was under the influence of others of the heirs, particularly Ira Adamson who persuaded her by reason of her weakness to make the will. The will was apparently disregarded because when the property was divided it was divided equally among the nine living children including Enos, and a equal share to the heirs of son John, deceased.

6 Jul 1875, A. T. Hinshaw was appointed Administrator of Eleanor's estate. Her date of death stated as March, 1875. Heirs at law and their places of residence were Evan Adamson, Newton. Heirs of John Adamson, dec'd - Priscilla Adamson, widow, and children Riley, Jane & Elizabeth - of Delaware Co, Indiana. Benjamin Adamson, Newton. Elizabeth Hodson and Enos Adamson of Jasper Co Iowa.
Lewis Adamson of Kansas. Henry Adamson of Jasper Co. Ira Adamson of Newton, Iowa. Elisha Adamson of Cass Co, Iowa, and Rachel Ballard of Newton.

There were three separate distributions to the heirs. Early in 1876, all but the heirs of John receive $30 each. In June, they all recived another $70 each.
30 Sep 1876, A T. Hinshaw reported to the Court that he had collected all the assets of the Estate and paid all claims. He had made partial distribution and there was no further business. He would like to make final distribution to the heirs and be discharged. A final payment of $27.40 was made to each of the nine living children, and $127.40 was received by Henry Adamson, as Administrator of the Estate of his brother John, dec'd.

Some the bills paid included one to H. E. Hunter [same doctor that attended Abraham] for 10 visits from Jan 24 to Feb 21. On 2 Mar 1875, Hinshaw was billed $25 for a Coffin Box. Nathan Ballard had died - one of the reports showed Nathan Ballard's "widow" - and Rachel received $70 for the "care necessary during the last sickness of said Eleanor Adamson being about 7 weeks of time, paid 14 Jan 1876.

Abraham ADAMSON and Eleanor "Nelly" LEWIS had the following children:

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Evan ADAMSON30 was born on 5 January 1808 in Wilson County, Tennessee. He died on 26 May 1899 at the age of 91 in Adamson Grove, Jasper County, Iowa.

1850 Census. Jasper Co Iowa Hh 163
Evan Adamson, age 37, b. Tenn.
Elizabeth, age 28, b. NC
Francis [male] age 12, b. Indiana. Mary, age 10, b. Indiana. Clarinda, age 7, b. Missouri, Sarah age 5, b. Missouri, Abraham 4 and Evan 2, both born in Iowa.

1860 Census Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Evan Adamson, age 50, b. TN Elizabeth, age 47, b. NC
Frank, 23, b. Indiana. Polly, age 20, b. TN [Frank married Mary Lewis on 4 Jul 1858. He died 25 Aug 1866 at age 28 years, 2 months, 2 days.
Sarah A. age 18 and Clarinda 16, both born in Missouri [their ages reversed from what was given in 1850]
Born in Iowa: Abraham, age 14; Evan, age 12; Elizabeth, age 7, and Martha E. age 4.

1870 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Evan Adamson, age 55, b. TN Betsy, age 51, b. NC
Clarinda, 25, b. MO. Elizabeth, 17, b. Iowa
Evan, 22, b. MO.
Martha E., 14, b. Iowa
Ellen Adamson, age 78, b. Tenn.

Evan's son Abraham in 1870, Buena Vista:
Abram Adamson, age 24, born Iowa
Hettie, age 26, born Wales
John Evans, age 20, born Wales [likely Hettie's brother]

I may have found the widow of Frank, Evan's eldest son, in 1870, living in Sherman, Jasper Co, and remarried:
Alexander Grant, age 33, b. Canada. Mary, age 28, b. TN
Eliza Adamson age 9. Mary F. age 7. Lucy age 5. [their ages fit nicely between the marriage of Frank Adamson to Mary Lewis in 1858 and his death in 1866]
Ada Grant, age 1.


The Newton Record, Thursday, June 1, 1899
Obituary of Evan Adamson. States he was born Jan 5 1810 and was age 89 years, four months, and 21 days when he died on Friday, May 6, 1899. [I suspect he was actually born in 1813.] He had made his home on his farm in Adamson Grove for 53 years; he and his wife came the same year that Jasper Co was organized, 1846. He was born in Jefferson Co, TN. His parents moved to Indiana when he was a boy. He married Miss Elizabeth Miller, who survived him, on 4 Aug 1835. They moved to Missouri in the fall of 1840, and to Iowa in April of 1846, settling in the grove which then took their name, a few miles southeast of Newton. They had nine children, six still living: Mrs. S. A. Richards, and Evan Jr., who live at the old home; Mrs. Clara Bushey of Chariton, Iowa; Abraham of Newton; Mrs. Libbie Ohler and Mrs. Mattie Reno of Silver Bow, Wyoming. Children Frank M., Mary Ellen and Joseph S., died many years ago.

Iowa State Democrat, Thursday, Sep 20, 1900
Mrs. Elizabeth Miller Adamson died at her home southeast of Newton, Wednesday, September 12, 1900, in her 84th year.
The maiden name of the deceased was Elizabeth Miller. She was born in North Carolina, Dec. 25, 1816. When a child she moved with her parents to Madison County, Indiana, where she grew to womanhood. She was married to Evan Adamson August 4, 1835, and for almost 64 years they trod life's path together, the husband passing away May 26, 1899. To them were born nine children, six of whom still survive, all being present at the funeral save one.
The Adamsons were among our best known people. For years and years the names of Uncle Evan and Aunt Betsy Adamson were familiar to all. They were old settlers and possessed that warmth of heart and kindly sympathy that is such a strong characteristic of all those older ones who passed through the trials and privations of frontier life. The old customs were never forgotten and at the Adamson home the "latch string" always hung within easy reach.
The funeral occurred Sunday and was held at the home. There were very many present and many tears shed testified to the high esteem in which the deceased was held. The services were conducted by Rev. W. A. Rouze, assisted by Revs. Kirkwood and Murphy. ~

Evan, his wife, and Evan Jr. have a common marker at Adamson Grove Pioneer Cemetery in Jasper Co.
Evan Adamson: b. 5 Jan 1808, d. 26 May 1899
Elizabeth Miller Adamson: b. 25 Dec 1816, d. 12 Sep 1900
Evan Adamson Jr: b. 1848, d. 1929

Francis M. Adamson, another son, is also buried Adamson Grove. He was born 1838 and died 25 Aug 1866.
This baby was apparently his: Amanda E. Adamson, d. 6 Nov 1859, age 5 mos, 11 days, dau of F. M. & M. Adamson

Mary I. Adamson, b. 1840, d. 11 Oct 1855 age 15 y 7 m 3 d; dau of E. & E. Adamson
Joseph Adamson, d. 13 Aug 1851, age 11 months, 6 days, son of E. & E. Adamson.

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John ADAMSON.

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Benjamin ADAMSON was born on 5 March 1817 in Lost Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee. He died on 17 November 1900 at the age of 83 in Jasper County, Iowa.

Married Sarah Ann Williams.

1850 Census. Jasper Co Iowa Hh 167
Benjamin Adamson, age 28, b. Tenn.
Sarah, age 24, b. Indiana.
Margaret 17, b. Missouri [a sister of Benjamin? he isn't known to have a sister of this name...]
Rachel, age 1, born in Iowa.

1860 Census. Palo Alto, Jasper Co Iowa
Benjamin Adamson, age 40, b. TN Sarah A., age 34, b. IN
Alice age 6, Lee age 4, and Ida M. age 1.


Benjamin's grave marker at Adamson Grove Pioneer Cemetery, has the dates 1819-1900. Wife Sarah is also buried there. b. 22 Jul 1826, d 18 Nov 1880, age 54 years, 8 months, 6 days.

Margaret E., b. 1844, d. 1 Aug 1851 age 7 y 2 m 19 d; dau of B. & S. A. Adamson
Abigail, b. 1847, d. 16 Mar 1849, age 2 years, 2 months, 29 days - dau of B. & S. A. Adamson.
Rachel E., b. 1849, d. 16 Aug 1851, age 2 y 5 m 21 d, dau of B. & S. A. Adamson
Infant, dau of B. & S. A. Adamson, died 5 Aug 1851
John H. Adamson, b. 1852, d. 21 Sep 1852, age 1 mo, 14 days, son of B. & S. A. Adamson
Infant, age 21 days, son of B. & S. A. Adamson
Arlando, b. 1855, d. 3 Mar 1855; age 1 month 25 days, son of B. & S. A. Adamson
Austin L., b. 1856, d. 17 Oct 1860; age 4 y 8 m 1 d, son of B. & S. A. Adamson
Ida M., b. 1859, d. 13 Oct 1860, age 1 y 9 m 20 d; dau of B. & S. A. Adamson

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Elizabeth ADAMSON was born on 11 September 1819 in Lost Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee.

That there was a daughter Elizabeth is proved by the following record:
1823, 2, 22 Abraham & family (s: Evan, John, Benjamin & Enos) were received on certificate from Newberry MM, dated 1822, 12, 7. On the same day Eleanor and daughter Elizabeth were also received on certificate from Newberry.
Then they went back to Newberry because they were granted certificates for Newberry MM TN, 1827, 5, 26.

Said to have married John Hodson.

A marriage of an Elizabeth Adamson in 1847 in Jasper Co, Iowa would certainly seem to be a daughter of Abraham since he was the only Adamson with daughters of marriage age that early. Elizabeth Ann Adamson married James Edgar on 10 Apr 1847. The 1850 census of Jasper Co has James Edgar as age 27, born in Ohio, with Elizabeth, age 20, born Indiana, and Theodore, age 2, born Iowa. This indicates Elizabeth was born circa 1830 and could not be same as the daughter received into the Monthly Meeting. Could she have been a granddaughter?

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Enos ADAMSON31 was born in January 1822 in Tennessee. He died in March 1901 at the age of 79 in Nebraska.

Enos married Sarah Burgin. An online database gives his birth as 5 Mar 1819, but this cannot be correct, as his sister Elizabeth is in the Monthly Meeting records with a birth in September of 1819.

1860 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Enos Adamson, age 38, b. TN Sarah, age 39, b. VA
Children born in Missouri: John S. age 17, Dennis A. age 15, Thomas age 12, Nancy J. age 10
Children born in Iowa: Enos, age 7, Mary E., age 3, Letty, age 6 months

Son Dennis apparently died in service during the Civil War
Buried Adamson Grove Pioneer Cemetery
Dennis A. Adamson. Born 1845; Died 18 Feb 1862. Age 17 yrs 2 mos 18 days
110th Reg Iowa Volunteers

1870 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Enos Adamson, age 47, b. TN Sarah, age 48, b. VA
Nancy J. age 20, b. MO
L. E., age 18, [male], b. Iowa. Mary E., age 13, b. Iowa
L. E., age 10 [female], b. Iowa. Dennis L., age 8, b. Iowa.

1900 Census, Bayard Precinct, Cheyenne County, Nebraska, Hh 20
Enos Adamson, b. Jan 1822, age 78. Married for 16 years, this marriage. Born Tennessee, as were his parents. A Farmer
Nancy, wife, b. Dec 1847, age 54, Had 8 children, 7 are living. She was born in Pennsylvania, her father in Ireland, her mother in Pennsylvania
Leonard, son, b. Apr 1879, age 21. Born Canada [?], father b. TN, mother b. PA.
Elisha, brother, b. Sept 1831, age 68, b. Indiana, a Vet. Surgeon.

Iowa State Democrat, Thursday, March 21, 1901
Enos Adamson, who settled in Adamson Grove over 50 years ago, we heard died at his home in western Nebraska some 10 days since.

Buried Adamson Grove Cemetery: Sarah Adamson, wife of Enos, b. 1820, d. 11 Nov 1883 age 63 years, 8 months, and 2 days.

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Lewis ADAMSON was born on 8 May 1822 in Newberry MM, Blount County, Tennessee.

Lewis married Elizabeth White 26 Oct 185. He is said to have married Mary Coker Culp - his wife was a Mary in 1860 - she apparently the second wife.

1860 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co, Iowa
Lewis Adamson, age 34, b. IN
Mary age 23, b. MO
James 4 and Mary 9 months.

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Henry ADAMSON was born on 25 November 1826 in Lost Creek, Jefferson County, Tennessee. He died on 25 November 1910 at the age of 84.

1860 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Henry Adamson, age 29, b. Indiana Mary J. age 28, b. Indiana
[Henry married Mary J. Baker, 10 Feb 1853]
Children all born in Iowa: John W. 6, William J. 4, Joseph R 2, and Washington age 4 months.

1870 Census. Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Henry Adamson, age 45, b. TN Mary J. age 38, b. IN
Children born in Iowa:
John W. 16, William 14, J. R. 12, Alva 10, Julia A. 6, Emma J. 5, and Fannie, age 2.

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Ira ADAMSON was born on 8 September 1829 in Indiana.

1860 Census Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa
Ira Adamson, age 31, b. Indiana. [Married Elizabeth Lewis, 20 Dec 1855]
Elizabeth, age 23, b. TN
William H., age 11 months, born Iowa

1870 Census Buena Vista, Newton, Jasper Co Iowa.
Ira Adamson, age 44, born Indiana. Elizabeth 31, b. TN
Henry, 9, born Iowa [William Henry?], Eva age 4, born Iowa
Clarinda Lewis, age 56, born NC [Elizabeth's mother?]

Buried Adamson Grove Cemetery, Jasper Co:
Alsabeth Adamson, b. 1858, d. 19 Mar 1859, age 1 y 2 m 19 d. dau of I & E. C. Adamson
William H. Adamson, b. 1859, d. 25 Sep 1860, age 1 y 1 m 27 d, son of I. & E. C. Adamson

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Elisha ADAMSON was born on 20 September 1831 in Duck Creek, Henry County, Indiana. He died in 1925 at the age of 94.

Elisha is said to have (1) Mary Jones. Drusilla Rose was his second wife - they married 20 Nov 1850.

1870 Census. Swan City, Saline Co, NE.
Elisha Adamson, age 37, b. IN
Drusilla, age 28, b. Ohio
Emma, age 7, b. Iowa
[Elisha & Drusilla were living with his parents in Iowa in 1860]
There may have been younger children - Emma is the last on the page and the next page is missing on Ancestry.


1900 Census, Bayard Precinct, Cheyenne County, Nebraska, Hh 20
Enos Adamson, b. Jan 1822, age 78. Married for 16 years, this marriage. Born Tennessee, as were his parents. A Farmer
Nancy, wife, b. Dec 1847, age 54, Had 8 children, 7 are living. She was born in Pennsylvania, her father in Ireland, her mother in Pennsylvania
Leonard, son, b. Apr 1879, age 21. Born Canada [?], father b. TN, mother b. PA.
Elisha, brother, b. Sept 1831, age 68, b. Indiana, a Vet. Surgeon.

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Rachel ADAMSON was born on 11 February 1834 in Indiana.

Rachel Adamson married Nathan Ballard, 19 Jun 1855.

1860 Census. Palo Alto, Jasper Co Iowa
N. Ballard, age 26, b. Ohio Rachel, age 26, b. IN
Geo. W., age 3 and John 4 months, both born in Iowa.

Included in the payments from the estate of Rachel's mother was from Rachel in the amount of $70 for the "care necessary during the last sickness of said Eleanor Adamson being about 7 weeks of time, paid 14 Jan 1876. Eleanor's guardian referred to Nathan Ballard's "widow" in one of his reports dated 1874.