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110. John Wesley ADAMSON33 was born on 26 August 1802 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.35 He died on 12 March 1881 at the age of 78 in Lawrence County, Indiana.33 He was buried in Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Married Fannie Kern. She was born 20 Aug 1808, Nicholas Co, KY and died 14 Sep 1877, Lawrence Co, IN. She was a daughter of Abraham Kern and Susan Wilson.

Indiana marriage database, Lawrence Co: John Adamson married Fanny Kern, 27 Jan 1823.

1830 Census. Lawrence Co IN.
John Adamson: 1m 5-10 (Abraham), 1m 20-30 (John). 2f under 5 (Abigail & Rachel), 1f 20-30 (Fannie)

1840 Census. Lawrence Co IN. John Adamson and Abraham Kern enumerated next to each other
John Adamson: 2m under age 5 (Alexander & John W. Jr), 1 male age 15-20 (Abraham), 1 male age 30-40 (John Wesley). 1 female under 5 (Sarah), 1 female 10-15, 1 female 30-40 (Fannie)

Note: There were two unidentified females in 1830 under the age of 5 - one of these is counted as age 10-15 in 1840.

1850 Census. Indian Creek Twp, Lawrence Co IN, Hh 834
Jno W. Adamson, age 49, b. TN. Fanny, 42, b. KY
Sarah age 15. Alexander 13. John W. 11. Leva J. age 5 [female- Olivia]
in Hh 833 was
Abraham K. Adamson, age 27 [son of John] Louisa, age 25.
Hannah E. 5, Fanny M. age 2.
Louisa Fisher, age 18

1860 Census. Indian Creek Twp, Lawrence, IN, Hh 300
John Adamson, age 60, b. TN. Fanny, 52, b. KY
Born Indiana: Wesley age 20, and Livia, age 16
Alexander was next door in Hh 301, age 23, with Malissa, age 18.
A William W. was in Hh 302 - dittoed with the surname Adamson- he was 59 (or 39, but I do believe it is 59) - probably John Wesley's brother.

1870 Census. Indian Creek Twp, Lawrence IN, Hh 99
John W. Adamson, age 70. Fanny, age 61.

Ancestry.com. Indiana Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999
Lawrence Co, Will Book B, p.150
Will of John W. Adamson
Debts to be paid and discharged. Previously disposed of all real estate in a former will. All the personal property that he dies seized of to be equally distributed among my legal heirs:
1. Children of Abram K. Adamson (dead)
2. Rachael Susanna Cox
3. Abigail Bridges
4. Sarah Jane Hastings
5. Alexander Adamson
6. John Wesley Adamson
7. Olivia Jane Espich.
All are the children of John W. and Fanny Adamson. My will is that the settle between themselves by sale or by division without going to Court.
Sons Alexander and John Wesley Adamson, Executors
9 Dec 1880. Signed John W. (x) Adamson
Wit: Edward F. Allen, John M. Sears, J. W. Sellers
Johnathan M. Sellars proved the will to the Lawrence Co Circuit Court, 28 Mar 1881

John Wesley ADAMSON and Fannie KERN were married on 27 June 1823 in Lawrence County, Indiana. Fannie KERN38,61, daughter of Abraham KERN and Susan WILSON, was born on 20 August 1808 in Kentucky. She died on 14 September 1877 at the age of 69. She was buried in Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville, Lawrence County, Indiana.

John Wesley ADAMSON and Fannie KERN had the following children:

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Abraham Kern ADAMSON was born on 9 May 1824 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He died on 14 November 1855 at the age of 31 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He was buried in Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Married Louisa Sears (1825-1908) on 25 Dec 1842, Lawrence, IN. Abraham Kern officiated.

1850 Census. Indian River Twp, Lawrence Co IN, Hh 834
Jno W. Adamson, age 49, b. TN. Fanny, 42, b. KY
Sarah age 15. Alexander 13. John W. 11. Leva J. age 5 [female- Olivia]
in Hh 833 was
Abraham K. Adamson, age 27 [son of John] Louisa, age 25.
Hannah E. 5, Fanny M. age 2.
Louisa Fisher, age 18

Ancestry.com. Indiana, Wills and Probate Records, 1798-1999
Lawrence County, Will Book A, p.155
Will of Abraham K. Adamson, dec.
In the name of God, Amen! I, Abraham K. Adamson of the County of Lawrence and state of Indiana, being of sound mind and membory and considering the uncertainty of this transitory and frail life do therefore make, ordain, establish and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say.
First, after all my lawful and just debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate, real and personal, I give bequeath, and dispose of as follows, to wit: To my beloved wife the land and appurtenances situated thereon it being the south east quarter of section twenty six, township
five north of range two west, situated and being in the County of Lawrence and State of Indiana, also the north half of the north east quarter of section thirty five, same county, town and range, together with the following described property to wit: all the household and kitchen furniture, two head of horses and three head of milk cows, to be selected by her, also one yearling man colt and the one third part of all my remaining personal estate, now possessed by me during the term of her natural life, or so long as she remains my widow, or until my youngest child John Rainey Adamson, becomes of the age of twenty one yeard, then, or in case my wife should marry again, then and in that case, the one third part of my real estate to wit: the north half of the south east quarter of section twenty six in township five north of range two west situate in the County of Lawrence and State of Indiana, together with the above named personal property to go to my wife Louisa Adamson. I give, beqqeath and devise all the rest and remainder of my real and personal estate to my children now living, or to my children who may then be living in equal proportions.
Likewise I make, constitute and appoint my father John W. Adamson, to be executor of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, this 12th day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifity five.
Abraham K. Adamson
The above written instrument was subscribed by the same Abraham K. Adamson, in our presence and acknowledged by him to each of us; and he, at the same time published and declared the above instrument so subscribed to be his last will and testament, and we, at the testator's request and in his presence have signed our names as witness hereto.
Wm. Sears Ezra Sears Robert Boyd
State of Indiana, Lawrence County. We do solemnly affirm that the foregoing will of Abraham K. Adamson, late of said county, deceased, was duly executed by the testator who was at the time of execution competent to devise his property and not under coercion.
Robert Boyd, Wm Sears, Ezra Sears
Subscribed & affirmed to before me this 19th day of November 1855
Witness my hand and the seal of the court of Common Pleas of said County the aforesaid
Geo. A. Thorntin, Clk.

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Rachael Susanna ADAMSON was born about 1827.

Surname listed as Cox in her father's will.

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Abigail ADAMSON was born about 1830.

Surname listed as Bridges in her father's will.

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Alexander ADAMSON was born on 26 February 1834. He died on 9 November 1915 at the age of 81. He was buried in Old Union Cemetery, Fayetteville, Lawrence County, Indiana.

Married Melissa Jane Sears (1840-1913), 31 Dec 1857, Lawrence Co IN. Abraham Kern, an Elder, officiated.

1860 Census. Indian Creek Twp, Lawrence, IN, Hh 300
John Adamson, age 60, b. TN. Fanny, 52, b. KY
Born Indiana: Wesley age 20, and Livia, age 16
Alexander was next door in Hh 301, age 23, with Malissa, age 18.

Ancestry.com. Indiana Wills & Probate Records, 1798-1999
Lawrence Co Will Book C, p. 506
Last Will and Testament of Alexander Adamson
provisions: devises to well beloved son Walter A. Adamson, the farm upon which he now resides, in Indian Creek Township, Lawrence Co, the west half the south east quarter, section 25, township 5 north, range 2 west. Also the southwest quarter of section 25, township 5 north, rante 2 west, except one and 41/100 acres off of the south east quarter of the southwest quarter for a road. Also a part of the north half of the north west quarter of section 36, township 5 north, range 2 west, the same being all that part of the said north west quarter that lies north and west of the pike road leading from Bedford to Williams, described as follows: being at northeast corner of said north west quarter, went on the lie dividing sections 25 and 36 to the line dividing the lands of Alexander Adamson from the lands of Earnest Adamson, thence south on said line to the south east corner of the lands of Earnest Adamson, thence east to the center of the pike road leading from Bedford to Williams, thence with the center line of said road with the meaderings to a point where the east line of said north west quarter crosses said center line, thence north to the beginning - all in Lawrenc County, Satate of Indiana. Asserts that his son is to have and hold forever in fee simple, the lands and farm known as my home place.
I bequeath to my said son, Walter A. Adamson, all household and kitchen furniture and farming implements, and all of my personal property of every kind.
Previously gave to my other two children - Cornela E., wife of Frank Jackson, and to Maud A., now deceased, formerly the wife of Dr. Elijah E. Mitchell, the fair, just and proportionate part of my estate. Walter A. has cared for me and for his mother while she lived and is now caring for me.
"I loved all my children with a fathers devotion, and I hope and pray, that they will all do right and deal honorably, honestly and justly with all mankind, I feel and believe I've delt fairly and justly with each of them."
19 Apr 1915
Wit: William B. McGinnis, Lemuel A. Sears, Thomas T. Thompson
Proved 7 Feb 1916 by the witnesses.

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Sarah Jane ADAMSON was born on 9 September 1835 in Lawrence County, Indiana. She died on 18 September 1926 at the age of 91 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. She was buried in Vancouver City Cemetery, Clark County, Washington.62

Married (1) Lewis Hastings (1829-1907) and (2) Rufus Gilmore Callison (1839-1915)
The marriage to Hastings took place 5 Sep 1851, Lawrence Co IN, Abraham Kern, MG, officiating.

The Vancouver Evening Columbian
Tuesday, 21 Sep 1926, p. 2
Obituary
Mrs. Sarah Jane H. Callison
Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Jane Hastings Callison, 91, former resident of Vancouver who died Saturday at the home of her grandson Walter Haynes of Portland, were held this morning at 10:30 in the chapel of the Knapp funeral parlors. Dr. Herbert F. Jones officiated and interment was in the family plot of the Vancouver City cemetery.
Mrs. Callison was one of the first passengers to travel on the Union Pacific railroad train from Indiana to San Francisco. This trip took several weeks to make. She came to Vancouver in 1870. And during the early days here the family was forced several times to seek safety in bunk houses at the Barracks when the Indians became troublesome.
On September 5, 1851, she was married to Lewis Hastings in Fayetteville, Ind. He served through the Civil War, engaging in 13 of the principal battles of the war. In 1907 Mr. Hastings died and in October 1914, she married Rufus P. Callison, who died ten months later.
During her lifetime Mrs. Callison was a member of the Christian church, Women's Relief Corps and the Rebekah Lodge, all of Vancouver.
Besides a host of friends left to mourn her death are the following relatives, a daughter, Mrs. Mary F. Moore, Los Angeles, 12 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and three great, great grandchildren, and a brother, John Wesley Adamson of Bedford, Ind.

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John Wesley ADAMSON Jr. was born on 21 October 1839 in Lawrence County, Indiana. He died in April 1929 at the age of 89. He was buried in Church of Christ Cemetery, Williams, Lawrence County, Indiana.63

Married (1) to Tabitha A. Sears (1844-1951) on 27 Dec 1860; and (2) to Laura F. Lacky about 1894, she was born 1856, died 1935.

1870 Census. Indian Creek Twp, P.O. Fayetteville, Lawrence, IN, Hh 218
John W. Adamson, 31. Tabitha, 26. W'ma Etty, 4.

1880 Census. Indian Creek Twp, Lawrence, IN, Hh 2
Wesley J. Adamson, 40. Tabitha E., 36
Winey E., 16, dau.
Prior A., 8, son
Earnest, age 2, son.

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Olivia Jane ADAMSON was born in 1845 in Lawrence County, Indiana.

Levia J. Adamson married 19 May 1867 to William Espich., Lawrence, IN. Edward Evans, JP, officiated.