201. MARY ELIZABETH "Molly" HARMON50,75 was born on 14 July 1849 in Indiana.75,76 She died on 13 September 1912 at the age of 63 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas.77
In 1850, Mary should not have been counted in the census as she was born in July. However, she was - clearly listed as age 11/12. It's likely she was born in 1849 rather than 1850.. Her older brother James was listed as age 1 - he was born in July of 1848. They were the only children. The census was taken on 19 Sep 1850 - maybe the enumerator intended to list her as 1/12 - one month old. However, in 1860, she was counted as age 12. Then in 1870, she was age 19.
Listed in 1910 Census in the household of Elisha Harrison. Also living there is Albert E. Tribble & Mary A. his wife - he's a barber and they have a year old son, James M. Tribble appears to have a brother, Michael age 39 and his widowed mother, Lavina age 69 living there, too. The Tribbles were in the 1900 Census - Albert, Michael & Lavina, living some distance from any of the Harrisons.
Mary had 4 living children at the time of this Census, only Ray and Clair living with her. She didn't give a birthplace for her parents other than "United States".
Also in 1910 in Dyer Twp is W. L. Harrison age 36, born in IN with wife Annie and children Mary and Hershel.
Strangely enough, Mary, Ray & Clair also seem to be listed in Escalupia Twp, Benton Co, AR, on a "Supplement, Ward 3". The listings seem to refer back to previous households. The number for Mary H. Adamson was 433. When I looked back at Ward 3, Rogers Town, household 433, I did find her married daughter Minnie & Elias Musselman.
Mary H. Adamson, mother-in-law, [no age], widow, 6 children, 4 living, b. IN, own income
Ray, brother-in-law, age 24, b. MO, parents b. IN, Carpenter, Bridge, RR
Clair, brother-in-law, age 18, b. AR, parents b. IN, Carpenter, Bridge, RR
Perhaps Mary and her sons moved back and forth between the households. Mary's obituary reveals that the family owned a fruit farm at Chester in Crawford Co.
"Pensioner Dropped" 4 Nov 1915. Last paid 4 Aug 1912. Dropped because of Section 4719, R.S. FamilySearch.org has the pension payment cards, 1907-1933. Mary was paid $36.27 on Jul 1 1910, as the widow and she was paid in Chester, Ark. Her pension began on the 8th of July with a partial payment of $29.20. She was paid $36 per quarter thereafter until the final payment, 3rd quarter of 1912. Her date of death not listed, but stamped notified 4 Nov 1915.
California Death Index erroneously gives Ray W.'s mother's maiden name as "Arnold". Ray died in 1958.
ADAMSON, Mary Elizabeth HARMON - Mrs. E.R. Adamson died Saturday morning [September 13th] at Dr. Love's sanitarium after a prolonged and painful illness. There had been but little hope for her recovery for several months and death came as a welcome relief from her sufferings. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church Sunday afternoon at three o'clock and were conducted by the officers of the Eastern Star, under the direction of District Deputy Worthy Matron Addie L. Bartlett. A large number of friends gathered at the church and cemetery to pay their last sad tribute to the memory of the deceased. Mary Elizabeth Harmon was born in Indiana July 14th, 1850 and was married to Enoch R. Adamson on October 19, 1868. They moved from Indiana to Bremer county, Iowa in 1869 and lived also in Kansas and Missouri before coming to Rogers twenty years ago from Pierce City, Mo. Mr. Adamson died Jan. 7, 1910 and Mrs. Adamson is survived by four children, Mrs. E.E. Muesselman, Lee H. Adamson, and Ray and Clair Adamson, all of this city. A daughter, Miss Blanche, died a number of years ago. The deceased also leaves two brothers and a sister. Mrs. Adamson had been a member of the Presbyterian church of Rogers for twenty years and was always one of its most conscientious and faithful workers. She was one of the best beloved Christian women of the city and none stood higher in the esteem of our people. She was a member of the Woman's Study Club and took an active interest in all matters that pertained to the welfare of her town and her neighbors. Her death is a loss not only to her own immediate family but to the entire community. [Rogers Democrat - Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas - (Thursday) September 19, 1912]
The two-story building located at 506 East Spruce Street is a beautiful example of circa 1880 architecture in Northwest Arkansas. Though no longer believed to be the site of Callahan’s Station, this building does sit on land that once belonged to the Callahan family. In 1849 George Jewell Callahan and his family purchased a large section of land including what would become part of Electric Springs as well as the property at 506 East Spruce.
Erwin Funk, an early Rogers newspaper editor wrote about 506 East Spruce Street explaining that Mr. D.C. Githens purchased it in 1885 and built the brick building that still stands today. Githens was the first to operate what then was known as the Summit House Hotel. The property changed hands several times over the years before Mrs. Willie Pennington and her husband Doctor J.C. Pennington, purchased the building and operated a “sanitarium,” which was an early version of a hospital.
In 1909 the property was sold to Dr. George M. Love. Love and his wife Alice had moved to Rogers in 1909, and he had a downtown office for a time. When they bought the building they lived in part of it and opened the rest as Love Sanitarium, a small private hospital. Since Love wasn’t a surgeon, other doctors performed the operations there. The first floor included Dr. Love’s office (east side) and a recuperation ward (west side), while the second floor was for the operating room (east side) and another recuperation ward (west side). The 1918-19 Rogers city directory bore an ad for the sanitarium and called it “a home-like place for the sick, convalescent, obstetrical, and surgical.”
MARY ELIZABETH "Molly" HARMON and ENOCH REUBEN ADAMSON were married on 18 October 1868 in Oregon, Holt County, Missouri.75,76,77,78,79,80 ENOCH REUBEN ADAMSON81,82, son of ANDREW JACKSON ADAMSON and RACHEL ANN GARNER, was born on 19 February 1841 in Indiana.76,78,83 He served in the military in 1863–1864 at 2nd Lt, Co G, 57th Regiment Indiana Volunteers in Civil War. He died on 7 January 1910 at the age of 68 in McAlester, Pittsburg County, Oklahoma.75,77,84 ENOCH was buried on 10 January 1910 in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas, United States.
I found Enoch's middle name when I ordered Ray's Social Security application.
There is a bit of a puzzle concerning his birth year. His obit claimed Enoch was born 19 Feb 1854 - simply not possible. He was already 9 years old in 1850, living in his father's household; he served in the Civil War and married in 1868. In 1860, his age was given as 19. In 1870, he was age 29; a state census in 1875, gave his age as 34. Enoch claimed to be age 39 in 1880. In the 1900 census, Enoch said born Feb 1840, age 60. The over-whelming evidence appears to suggest he was born in 1841.
Married 32 years in 1900.
Marriage record from Holt County. This certifies that Enoch Adamson of Shellrock State of Iowa and Mary Harmon of Oregon State of Missouri were by me joined in Holy Matrimony Oct 18th 1868. J. L. Hatfield, VDM. In presence of Wm. Harmon, John Price
Filed for Record Nov 9th 1868. E. L. Allen Recorder.
Testimony of both Enoch & Mary in his pension application gives the location of their marriage as Oregon, Holt Co, MO. Married by Rev. J. L. Hatfield VDM.
Service records from NARA reveal an Enoch Adamson who enlisted April 19, 1861 at Kokomo, Howard Co, IN and was mustered in as a private in Co. F (which became Co. D), 6th Regt. of the Indiana Infantry on Apr 22. He was mustered out on Aug 2, 1861 after serving his 3 months. Age was given as 20 years. Enoch then re-enlisted in the 57th Regt, Company G. He was a 1st Sergeant when he enlisted, a 1st Lt when mustered out. The 57th was mustered in 18 Nov, 1861.
Aaron Adamson, probably his 1st cousin once removed, served in the 57th Regt, Company K, as a private.
There is also a Pension File for Enoch R. Adamson filed under Certificate #704100, Mary, Widow of Enoch R. Adamson. Information from that file reveals the following.
Enoch R. Adamson, Pension #416.857, was mustered into service on 4 Apr 1863 as a 2nd Lt, Co G, 57th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteers to serve 3 years or the duration of the war. He was on the Muster-roll of Company D for the months of March & April. On 6 Jun 1863 he was mustered in as 1st Lt, Co. G. In November & December of 1863, he was absent at home as recruiting officer. His resignation was accepted 22 Nov 1864 and the surgeon's certificate stated: "I certify that E. R. Adamson 1st Lieutenant, Co G, 57 Ind Vol Infty is afflicted with chronic Rheumatism causing exudation and enlargement of the right knee disabling him for the duties required of an officer holding the position he does." Signed W. T. Mendenhall, Asst. Surg. 57th Ind Vol
No copy of his actual application for Pension was found in the file but the date of the earliest deposition given is 24 Feb 1881 and is from Hosea Tillson MD, late Surg. 57th Regt. Ind Vol. Dr. Tillson states that he was personally acquainted with Lt. Enoch R. Adamson & knew he suffered from rheumatism at various time, the first attack being in 1863 while in camp near Murfreesboro or on the move from that place to Chattanooga. He frequently prescribed for him and excused him from duty until his resignation on the grounds of disabiliy from sciatic rheumatism in the Fall of 1864.
Enoch lived in several locations following the Civil War as documented in the various depositions of this file. Nathan H. Beals of Washington Township, Bremer Co IA stated in Feb of 1883 that he had known Adamson since 1856 in Oakford, Howard Co IN. In 1861, he (Beals) had moved to Iowa and Enoch's family had moved there in 1863 and lived near Shelrock [Shell Rock, Butler Co IA - just over the county line from Bremer Co]. In February of 1865, after the War, Enoch also moved to Bremer Co where he lived until he moved to Kansas about January of 1872. Beals never knew Adamson to have any rheumatism before the War, but figured he was incapacitated because of it about half of the time he lived in Iowa.
James H. Rodman and Thomas W. Walker of Moline, Elk Co, Kansas, testified that they had known Adamson well and intimately since the first part of the year 1872. Rodman said he knew him for 4/5 years before the War when they lived near each other in Oakford, IN. Both men lived near Adamson close to the town of Moline from 1872 until December of 1880 when Adamson & his family went to Kokomo, IN for a vist and then settled in Pierce City, MO. All the years they knew Adamson he was suffering with rheumatism of his right leg; his right knee & leg would swell & become stiff until he was unable to perform manual labor. They figured he was incapacitated 3/4 of his time from 1872 to 1880.
J. W. Tate of Pierce City, Lawrence Co, Missouri stated on 14 Feb 1883 that he was well acquainted with Enoch R. Adamson since March of 1881 when applicant first came to Pierce City to reside. All the time he knew him, he had suffered with rheumatism of his right knee and leg.
W. T. Mendenhall, late Asst Surg. 57th Regt. IN Vol. Infy, also ceritifed that Enoch R. Adamson "was afflicted with sciatic Rheumatism caused by exposure in the service and was under my treatment for said disease for near two months until his resignation was accepted for said cause on 22 Nov 1864."
There is no paper in the file to indicate a date that Enoch R. Adamson first began receiving his pension but he obviously was awarded one. There is a form in the file with the note, "Sir: In forwarding to the pension agent the executed voucher for your next quarterly payment please favor me by returning this circular to him with replies to the questions enumerated below. Very respectfully, H. Clay Evans, Commissioner" This form gives Enoch wife's full name and maiden name, the date of their marriage & by whom married, where the marriage was recorded, names & dates of birth of all children. This form was completed and signed with Enoch's signature on 3 Aug 1898.
Apparently Enoch's rheumatism continued to worsen because there is a "Declaration for the Increase of an Invalid Pension." This form is dated 8 Jan 1908 from Rogers, Benton Co, Arkansas and states that "he is now totally disabled in right hip and leg". This form also signed by Enoch R. Adamson. He was awarded an increase to $17 beginning 5 Feb 1908. (A later testimony accompanying the widow's application states that the Adamson's were living in Benton Co by 1892.)
Enoch R. Adamson was dropped from the Invalid Pension rolls as he died 7 Jan 1910. He was last paid $17 on 4 Nov 1909.
On 19 Feb 1910, Mary Adamson applied for her benefits as widow of Enoch R. Adamson. She was living in Rogers, AR at that time. She states that Enoch was commissioned at Indianapolis, IN on 12 Feb 1863. She was married as Mary Harmon at Oregon, Missouri on 18 Oct 1868 by J. L. Hatfield, VDM. She had not been previously married, nor had he. He died 7 Jan 1910 at McAlester, OK. (He appears to have buried in the Rogers cemetery in a plot shared with his deceased daughter Blanche.)
James N. Harmon, age 61, a resident of Zionsville, Boone Co, IN and postmaster of said town, stated that he was the brother of Mary E. Adamson and he was present when she married Enoch R. Adamson some time in the summer of 1868.
Solomon Foster of Benton Co AR, testified for "Mollie" Adamson. He gave his age as 69 and stated he had known Mary since she was 16 years old, before she was married. They both lived in Oregon, Holt Co, MO and she lived there when she married Enoch. He came to Benton Co in 1892 and the Adamsons were living there then.
Again there is no certification of when Mary began receiving her pension, but there is a "Pensioner Dropped" notice dated 4 Nov 1915 stating "pensioner was last paid at $12 to 4 Aug 1912 and has this day been dropped from the roll because of Section 4719, R.S." She is last found on a Census in 1910, with sons Ray & Clair as boarders with a family in Chester, Crawford Co, Arkansas.
1870 Census. Washington Twp., Bremer Co IA: Enoch Adamson age 29, Farmer, born IN. Value of real estate $4000, $350 pers prop. Mary age 19, Keeping house, born IN, Lee age 8/12 born in Sept, Enoch Adamson age 21 also born in IN (cousin) is living with them and doing Farm labor. Enoch probably the son of Moses Adamson & Lydia Garner.
1875 Kansas State Census. Center Twp, Howard Co. Boston P.O. Hh 58
E. R. Adamson, age 34, Farmer. Value of Real Estate $320, Pers Prop $75. Born Indiana, came from Iowa to Kansas.
Mary, age 24, b. IN, came from Iowa
Lee, age 5, b. Iowa. Minnie, age 2, b. Kansas.
1880 Census. Chautauqua Co KS, p.314B, Hh 142: Enoch, age 39, Farming b. IN, Fb.TN, Mb. OH; Mary E. age 29, Wife, Keeping house; b. IN, parents b. KY; Lee age 10, son b. IA; Minnie age 7, dau b. KA; Blanche age 2, dau b. KA. Lee and Minnie both had attended school that year.
1900 Census. Esculapia, Rogers Town, Benton Co AR, p.265B, SD 3, ED 11, Hh 296: Enoch R. b. Feb 1840, age 60, married 32 yr; b. IN, both parents b. IN, Carpenter; Mary E., wife, b. Jul 1850, age 49, 7 children, 5 living; b. IN, parents b. TN, LandLady; Blanch E., dau b. Oct 1878 in KS, age 21; Ray W. son b. May 1884 in MO, age 16; Clar R. son b. Jul 1892 in AR, age 7; three boarders.
Daughter Blanche's obituary in 1905, states that her father had control of the Commercial Hotel in Rogers for a time and Blanche had handled the active management.
Enoch appears to be buried in Rogers Cemetery, Plot #184, next to daughter Blanche. No dates.
Wife is listed as widowed in the 1910 Census.
ADAMSON, E.R. - E.R. Adamson died Friday, January 7th in the hospital at McAlester, Okla. the result of pneumonia and complications. The body was brought to Rogers and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o'clock at the Presbyterian church and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Arnett. Interment was in the Rogers cemetery. Mr. Adamson had been in charge of a Rock Island bridge gang the past three months with headquarters at Haileyville, Okla. Christmas Day he was sent to Shawnee to assist in clearing away the wrecked machine shops where a number of men were killed by the explosion of a locomotive boiler. He caught a severe cold and was ordered to the hospital January 1st. He rapidly grew worse and died before any of the family could reach him. "Col" Adamson, as he was familiarly known, was born February 19, 1854 at Kokomo, Howard county, Indiana. He grew to manhood there served four years in the Civil War in an Indiana regiment. After the war he went to Missouri and October 12, 1870 was married to Miss Mary E. Harmon of Oregon, Mo. To them were born seven children, four of whom with their mother survive him. They are Mrs. E.E. Musselman of Rogers and Lee, Ray, and Clarie, who have been the past year at Quanah Texas. Two children died at Peirce City, Mo. and Miss Blanche died here several years ago. Mr. Adamson had been a Frisco employee for twenty-seven years, commencing about the time the Frisco company began work on the line south from Monett. He had always been in the bridge and carpenter department and in charge of a regular crew. The family moved to Rogers from Pierce City in 1890. In 1897 Mr. Adamson took charge of the Commercial Hotel of Rogers and owned it for about three years, although he was himself in charge and off the road for only one year. He was elected mayor of Rogers that spring and served with credit to himself and the town. For a number of years Mr. Adamson had owned a large fruit farm near Chester and a little over two years ago they moved down there to give it their personal supervision. Mrs. Adamson and the boys will retain the farm this year at least. Mr. Adamson was one of the most popular men that ever lived in Rogers and his list of friends was only limited by the number of his acquaintances. Big, jolly and with a hearty welcome for everyone, he was known from one end of the division to the other and the news of his sudden death will be learned with much regret by all. Mrs. Adamson and children request us to thank the friends who so kindly assisted her in preparing and conducting the funeral and for other kindnesses shown. [Rogers Democrat - Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas - January 13, 1910]
MARY ELIZABETH "Molly" HARMON and ENOCH REUBEN ADAMSON had the following children:
|Lee Harmon ADAMSON.|
|Minnie M. ADAMSON.|
|Blanche ADAMSON was born on 2 October 1877 in Kansas.76,77,78 She died on 7 March 1905 at the age of 27 in Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas.84 |
Buried Plot #184, Rogers Cemetery, Rogers, AR.
March 08, 1905
ADAMSON, Blanche – A telegram was received yesterday announcing the death that morning of Miss Blanche Adamson of Cherry Lynn, 8 miles from Denver. The body will be brought to Rogers for burial and while no word has yet been received from Mr. and Mrs. Adamson regarding the funeral arrangements it is thought they will reach here tomorrow night or Friday morning. Miss Adamson's death was the result of consumption and her condition had been such since Christmas that her death had been almost daily expected. It will be two years in April since Miss Adamson went to Colorado with the hope that the change of climate would cure her and it was thought at times she was on the road to recovery. It was too deep seated and death alone could give her relief. None of the young ladies of Rogers of recent years have been more deservedly popular than Miss Adamson and she had a wide acquaintance in this part of the state. Born in Kansas she came with her parents, E.R. Adamson and wife, to Rogers 16 years ago and resided here until she went to Colorado. She had always been prominent in local social circles, her pleasant manners and lovable traits of character making her a general favorite. During the years that her father had the control of the Commercial Hotel here the active management of the same was handled by Miss Blanche and she made a most capable landlady. The Democrat joins with the many Rogers friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved family.
March 15, 1905
Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Adamson, accompanying the body of their daughter, Miss Blanche, who died a week ago near Denver, arrived in Rogers Friday noon. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Congregational church at two o'clock and were conducted by Rev. J.G. Bailey, assisted by Rev. Alling. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased and of the family and many were unable to gain admission; an eloquent tribute to the popularity of Miss Blanche. Interment was in the local cemetery. All of the funeral arrangements were carried out in accordance with the wishes of Miss Adamson, who planned them a short time before her death.
|RAY WEYMOUTH ADAMSON.|
|Clair Donald ADAMSON.|