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117. Jonathan P. ADAMSON37,68 was born on 16 December 1818 in Economy, Wayne County, Indiana.40,68 He died on 17 June 1890 at the age of 71 in Delaware County, Indiana.40
Taken from an article in A Portrait and Biographical Recording of Delaware County, Indiana, p.177-178
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.

1840 Census. Perry Twp, Wayne Co IN
Jonth. Adamson: 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30 (he would have been 22). 1f age 15-20.

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].

4 Jul 1853. Marriage license for Thomas Swain to marry Belinda Underhill (dau of Jonathan's sister, Keziah). Thomas and Belinda were married on the 7th day of July, 1853, by Jonathan P.Adamson, Justice of the Peace.

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 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

The Indianapolis Journal, Wednesday, June 18, 1890
Muncie Loses a Prominent Citizen
Muncie, Jun 17. This morning Jonathan P. Adamson died at his home in this city aged seventry-two. Mr. Adamson was one of this county's oldest citizens, and was for a number of years prominent in the mercantile business, being at one time a wholesale grocer. He was also one of the founders of the Christian Church here.
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Jonathan P. ADAMSON and Emily MACY were married on 22 November 1838 in Wayne County, Indiana.48 Emily MACY, daughter of Reuben MACY and Lucinda PETTY, was born on 28 August 1822 in Wayne County, Indiana.68 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 Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999
Delaware County Wills, Vol. 6. p.450
Last Will and Testament of Emily M. ADamson
Be in remembered that on the 27th day of November the same being the 73 Judicial Day of the September Term, 1911, of the Delaware Circuit Court of Delaware County in the State of Indiana, by an order of Court made and entered in probate order book No. 64 at page 59, the following Will was admitted to probate and together with the written testimony thereof was ordered entered of record in the Record of Wills of said County, to wit:
I, Emily M. Adamson, at this time a resident of the City of Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
Item I. I hereby direct that all my just debts, including the expense of my last sickness, shall be paid in full.
Item II. Whereas, the Jackson Street Christian Church of Muncie, Indiana, has heretofore from time to time advanced certain sums of money to me for the payment of a nurse to care for me, and other sums to pay my taxes, which said sums of money I desire shall be repaid to said Jackson Street Church out of my estate.
I hereby direct the executor of this will, hereinafter named, to ascertain the amount of money, with interest, so advanced by said church for my benefit, at the time of my death, and to repay said sum to the said Jackson Street Christian Church out of my estate. The remainder of my estate shall be distributed as described in the following items.
Item III. I give, devise and bequeath to my niece Nancy Emily Smell, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item IV. I give, devise and bequeath to Pleasant Adamson, a nephew of my beloved husband, the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item V. I give, devise and bequeath to Lucinda McCullough the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item VI. I give, devise and bequeath to Mrs. Nettie Fadely the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item VII. I give, devise and bequeath Claude Macy Fadely the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item VIII. I give, devise and bequeath to Kenneth Fadely the sum of One Hundred Dollars ($100.00)
Item IX. I hereby give and devise to Mrs. Nettie Fadely and Mrs. Lucinda McCullough all of my household goods and furniture equally, share and share alike.
Item X. All the balance and residue of my estate of whatever kind and discription, I give, devise, and bequeath to the Jackson Street Christian Church of Muncie, Indiana.
Item XI. I hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my beloved brother in Christ, Thomas A. Reynolds, executor of this my last will and testament.
Item XII. In case I shall die seized of any real estate, I hereby direct and empower my said executor, to sell such real estate with or without notice as he may deem best and convert it into money, and use the money in the payment of the foregoing bequests.
Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of June, 1911, at the City of Muncie, Indiana.
Emily M. Adamson
The foregoing instrument was signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Emily M. Adamson, as and for her last will and testament in our presence who, at her request and in her presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witness hereto this 23rd day of June, 1911.
Harace G. Murphy
Edmund F. Aldredge
State of Indiana, Delaware County, CC:
Before me James H. Leffler, Clerk of the Circuit Court of the County of Delaware, in the State of Indiana, personally came Edmund F. Alldredge subscribing witness to the foregoing instrument of writing, who being by me first duly sworn, upon oath deposes and say the Emily M. Adamson, the testatrix named in the instrument of writing, purporting to be her last Will and Testament, died sign, seal, publish and declare the same to be her last Will and Testament, on the day of the date thereof; that the said Testator was at the same time of the full age of twenty-one years, and of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that she was not under coercion, compulsion or restraint, and that she was competent to devise her property. And that the said testatrix so signed, sealed, published and declared the same to be her last Will and Testament, in manner and form as aforesaid, in the presence of affiant and of Horace G. Murphy, the other subscribing witness thereto; and that they each attested the same and subscribed their names as witnesses thereto, in the presence and at the request of said testatrix, and in the presence of each other.
Edmund F. Alldredge
Subscribed and sworn to before me, in witness of which I hereunto affix the seal of said Court, and subscribe my name at Muncie, this 27 day of Nov. A.D. 1911
J. H. Leffler, Clerk

Buried Beech Grove Cemetery, Muncie.