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William Washington Adams1

b. 11 May 1822, d. 22 May 1894

Father George W. Adams1 b. 12 February 1789, d. 24 March 1875
Mother Christina Werts1 b. 17 May 1797, d. 20 July 1871
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Family 1 Louise Bainter b. 4 October 1832, d. 7 September 1866
Marriage* 22 February 1851 or 2 February 1852  A third date is given in the reference Ohio Marriages 1803-1900 at which is 22 Feb 1852., Principal=Louise Bainter1,4,6 
Children  1. Maria Christina Adams b. 24 Jul 1853 or 25 Jul 1853, d. 7 Aug 1854
  2. Allen Oliver Adams b. 26 Dec 1854, d. 23 Mar 1939
  3. George Frederick Adams b. 1 Jan 1856, d. 2 Dec 1894
  4. Susan M. Adams b. Feb 1861, d. Apr 1904
  5. Myrna Ellen Adams b. 2 Oct 1862, d. 10 Jul 1940
  6. Ida Rosan Adams b. 2 Sep 1863, d. 23 Aug 1943
  7. Homer Adams b. 28 Jan 1865, d. 11 May 1865
  8. Cora L. Adams b. c 14 Jun 1866, d. 23 Jul 1870

Family 2 Sarah A. Carver b. 9 May 1827, d. 13 February 1895
Marriage* March 1869  Principal=Sarah A. Carver1 

Note*   William was a farmer and also was a breeder of short horned cattle. From the "History of Muskingum County, Ohio" by J.F. Everhart we learn his parents brought him to Salem township from Monroe township when he was 6 years old.

From this book we also learn, "Wiiliam W, Adams, the subject of this sketch, was born may 11, 1822 and was reared and educated in Salem township. He was married in March, 1852 to Louisa Bainter, a native of Muskingum county, Ohio, born October 4, 1832, and the daughter of Frederick and Mariah (Crumbaker) Bainter, both natives of the Old Dominion." "Mr. and Mrs. Adams became the parents of eight children, five of whom are now living: Allen, George F., Susan M., Helen and Ida. Susan is the wife of Robert Scott, Helen is now Mrs. George W. Williams, and Ida is the wife of Mr. Albert Scott. The sons are prosperous farmers of Muskingum conty. The children deceased were Maria C., Homer, and Cora. Mr. and Mrs. Adams were consistent members of the Lutheran church and were well respected in the community. His first wife died September 7, 1867, and in March, 1869, Mr. Adams married Mrs. Sarah A. Carver, a native of Muskingum county, born may 9, 1827, and the daughter of Miller D. and Nancy A. Hannen" "Mr. Adams has held the office of township trustee and school director for a number of years, and is deeply interested in educational and religous matters. He has succeeded in accumulating considerable property, and is the owner of three good farms as are in the township, 600 acres in all. He also owns a fine residence in Adamsville. He takes an interest in political matters, and votes with the democratic party. Mr. Adams' children all reside in the county, and he has eleven grandchildren."
Biography*   In the history of the United States no name occupies a more conspicuous or time honored place either in the legislative hall, agricultural field, the pulpit or forum of justice than the good old primitive name of Adams. Our subject a worthy represenative of that numerous family, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio on the 11 day of May, 1822 and is one of eleven children - four sons and seven daughters, the offspring of George Adams, whose birthplace was Loudon County, Virginia, the date of his birth was February 12, 1788. In the year 1807, he emigrated to Ohio, shortly after returning to Virginia. In 1814 he was married to Miss Christina Werts, and two years afterwards again emigrated to Ohio, this time settling in the township of Washington, Muskingum County, where he remained until 1827 when he moved with the family into the township of Salem, in the same County, where he remained until his death, living to the advanced age of eighty-six years. For the last few years of his life he lived among his children, many of whom are still living in Salem and its vicinity. He died on the 23d day of March, 1874 at the house of Dr Decker, his son-in-law, in Adamsville. His descendants numbered at his death one hundred and nine; eleven children, nine living; sixty eight grandchildren; fifty-three living; and thirty great grandchildren. William W Adams, whose portrait and that of his excellent wife adorn this page is a fine specimen of the sturdy American farmer; intelligent, unostentations and courteous, he greets you with an outstreched hand, hardened by honorable toil and with the fearless, smiling countenance which is the prerogative of the sovereign citizen. He was bred a farmer, which vocation he has successfully pursued all his life; he now owns about four hundred acres of fine farming lands, well adapted for stock and grain raising. At the age of thirty years he was united in marriage to Miss Louisa Bainter, the daughter of a neighboring farmer; this union after a peaceful happy life of fourteen years by the death of this loved and cherished companion after an illnes of three months. At the death of his wife Mr Adams was left desolate with a family of six small children, the youngest a babe of six months. Their names are respectively as follows: Allen O, George F, Susan M, Myra E, Lida R and Cora L of whom all are living at home with their father except Cora who died at four years of age. On the 18th day of March, 1868, he was united in marriage with Mrs Sarah A Whitcraft a very fine looking worthy widow lady of the same township. This lady is the daughter of Mr Millard D Carver who was one of the early settlers of Ohio, he has been deceased many years, leaving but two children. Mrs Adams is the sole survivor of her family, her father, mother, sister and her first husband all are numbered with the dead. Her married relations with Mr Adams seems to be one of the most happy, kind cemented by mutual love and interest. She never had any children of her own, but nobly supplies the place of mother to the children of her husband, who appreciate, love and honor her as their best friend. In politics Mr Adams has always been a Democrat of the old time sort and in religous sentiment a Protestant of the Lutheran school. Plain and unpretending in his personal appearance, liberal in his views, generous and charitable to the poor, affable and polite to all, he is universally esteemed and respected by his neighbors and acquaintances, honored and loved by his friends and relatives and with hardy constitution and healthy habits on life, he bids fair to live to a ripe old age, in the full enjoyement of all that makes this life happy and with bright anticipation of that which is yet to come.2 
Birth* 11 May 1822  Monroe Twp., Muskingum Co., OH1,3,4 
Census* 1850  1850 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Series: M432, Roll: 718, Page: 284A, October 7
(enumerated with father, George Adams)
23, 182, 182, Adams, William, 28, M, , Farmer, , Ohio, , , ,5 
Marriage* 22 February 1851 or 2 February 1852  A third date is given in the reference Ohio Marriages 1803-1900 at which is 22 Feb 1852., Principal=Louise Bainter1,4,6 
Census 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Adamsville, Series: M653, Roll: 1019, Page: 568B, July 31
15, 1113, 1032, Adams, W. W., 38, M, , Farmer, 3000, 577, Ohio, , , ,
16, 1113, 1032, Adams, Louiza, 28, F, , has none, , , Ohio, , , ,
17, 1113, 1032, Adams, Oliver, 6, M, , , , , Ohio, , , ,
18, 1113, 1032, Adams, George F., 4, M, , , , , Ohio, , , ,
19, 1113, 1032, Adams, Susan, 2, F, , , , , Ohio, , , ,7 
Marriage* March 1869  Principal=Sarah A. Carver1 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1251, Page: 318A, June 1
6, 6, Adams, William W, 48, M, W, Farmer, 6260, 500, Ohio, , , , , , , , , 1,
6, 6, Adams, Sarah A, 43, F, W, Keeping House, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, Allen O, 15, M, W, Farm Labor, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, George 13, F, M, W, Works on Farm, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, Susan 11, M, F, W, Assisting Mother, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, Mira A, 9, F, W, Assisting Mother, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, Ida R, 7, F, W, at Home, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,
6, 6, Adams, Cora L, 4, F, W, at Home, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,
6, 6, Sells, Anna, 17, F, W, Domestic Servant, , , Ohio, , , , , , , , , ,8 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, ED 170, Series: T9, Roll: 1054, Page: 281B, June 14
1, 120, 121, Adams, W W, W, M, 58, , , , 1, , , Farmer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Va, Va
2, 120, 121, Adams, Sarah A, W, F, 53, , Wife, , 1, , , Keeping House, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Penn, Penn
3, 120, 121, Adams, G F, W, M, 23, , Son, 1, , , , Farm Laborer, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
4, 120, 121, Adams, Mira E, W, F, 18, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio
5, 120, 121, Adams, Ida R, W, F, 16, , Daughter, 1, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio9 
Death* 22 May 1894  Adamsville, Muskingum Co., OH3 
Burial* 25 May 1894  New Hope Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salem Twp., Muskingum Co., OH, Inscription: William W, Adams Died May 22m 1894, Aged 72Y & 11D
News/Obit* 29 May 1894  W. W. ADAMS DEAD

One of the Best Known Citizens of Salem

Township Called From Earth

W. W. Adams was found dead in bed Tuesday night. He had been ill for several days but was speedily recovering when a sudden attack of heart disease ended his life. He was subject to heart trouble and had had frequent attacks within the past year. On the evening of his death he retired to bed not knowing that he was to sink into the sleep of death from which he should never wake until bidden by a higher power then is at man's command. He was found dead shortly before midnight and Dr. W. R. Hosick was at once called but death had done its work and no physician in this world could give relief. The deceased was the son of George and Christina Adams who came to Monroe Township this county in the year 1807 at a time when the fertile now seen were only little more than an extensive and gloomy wilderness a vast and mighty forest impenetrable deep. Amid these surroundings on the 11th day of May 1822 the subject of this sketch was born. Seventy two years have passed away and many changes have occurred. Mr. Adams grew from a small boy to an aged man whose head was covered with silver locks. Much could be said of his life during this period of time but in this article only a few of the important events can be mentioned. When only 6 years of age his parents moved to Salem Township where on the 22 day of February 1852 he was married to Louisa daughter of Frederick and Mariah Bainter and with whom he lived until 1866 when his companion was taken from him by death. Two years later he was married to Mrs. Sarah Whitcraft who is still living. To Mr Adams's union with his first wife there were eight children born; three of whom are dead. The living are as follows Allen O., George F., Susan M. (now Mrs. Robert Scott), Myra E. (now Mrs. George Williams), Ida (now Mrs. Albert Scott). The grandchildren number sixteen. His funeral took place at the New Hope Lutheran Church Friday and was largely attended. The services were conducted by Rev. H. K. Gebhart who delivered a touching address from the words found in II Samuel XIX, 36 "Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the King." After the services his remains were laid to rest in a beautiful casket in the cemetery at New Hope.

(Appeared in The Adamsville Register, Adamsville, Ohio Tuesday, 29 May 1894)10 

Last Edited 19 Feb 2009

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  9. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  10. [S102] Adamsville Register Obits 1890-1939, R. Douglas Kreis.

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