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
1880. Delaware Co, Muncie, Hh 771
Jonathan P. Adamson was a witness to the Declaration for Invalid Army Pension filed by his great-nephew Edom Adamson, 3 Jan 1880.
Said to be buried at the Muncie cemetery.
Emily was the daughter of Reuben Macy and Lucinda Petty.