Family A364 is represented by Terri and Robert Paul Adams. Their oldest known confirmed Adams ancestor is David Adams (1720-1814). David was married twice. First to Ann (maiden name unknown) to them were born on daughter Elizabeth. His second wife was Martha McIntire. They were the parents of five known children, John, Margaret, Martha, Alexander, and David II. David Adams I died September 12, 1814 in Hopewell Township at the age of 94 years and is buried in the Old Lower Buffalo Grave Yard, just over the state line in West Virginia near Independence, Pennsylvania. Thus far we have been able to determine David was one of five brothers. The others being William, Robert, James and John. It is not know where the brothers originated. On Sept 9th 1766 David and William Adams acquired land in Falling Springs. The same day James and William acquired land in Toboyne Township about 15 miles away.
Most of the information about David Adams (1720-1814) and his children taken from Terri and Roberts’s tree at – http://www.tribalpages.com/family-tree/thetreeoftheadamsfamily/42/124/David-Adams-Family#moreinfo_. Information about his brothers and father has been collected since joining the Adams DNA Family Group 33.
Important Genetic Marker Note: This family ties very closely with the following families in this website:
- Suzanne Davis – Family A033 – 1 step off at a 67 markers (From PA 1788 think they lived in Washington County prior to moving west)
- Judy Bruder – Family A135 – 1 Step off at 25 markers (Virginia 1802). This tells me some of the family followed the great wagon trail into VA.
- David Scifres – Family A265 – 2 steps off on 67 markers (Oldest in Cumberland PA 1769). Their collateral Culbertson line is intermarried with this Adams family twice in the same generation.
- Tim Adams – Family A076/A038 – 3 steps off on 67 markers (Stark OH – Born in PA 1818 per census listing)
- Jolene Adams Briggs (Robert) – Family A079 – 3 steps off on 67 markers (From Ireland in SC in 1770’s) – most likely the connection here is in Ireland prior to 1750 unless research unveils a PA connection. BTW, there is an Abram Adams in Carlisle, Cumberland PA, in 1775 along with a Samuel Adams and John Carothers.
- Becky Carson – A328 – 4 Steps off on 67 markers (1818 TN)
- John and Linda Adams – Family A322 – 5 Steps off on 67 markers (Rockbridge VA 1799)
- Gerry Adams – Family A152 – 5 steps off on 67 markers
Generation 0 – Robert Adams (The Pioneer)
born ca. 1695 most likely in the Parrish of Cumber, Londonderry Ireland – died 23 July 1752 Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
Wife: Agnes (maiden name unknown)
- Robert Adams (born bef. 1720 – died bef. 1789)
- David Adams (1720-1814)
- William Adams (1725 – 1792)
- James Adams (born aft. 1725 – died aft 1768 and bef. 1789)
- John Adams
The reason children Robert and James are listed as deceased before 1789 is because brother William’s will only leaves things to their children but not his brothers. This seemed a reasonable assumption to make. Robert Adams The Pioneer is listed as being from the Parrish of Cumber, Londonderry, Ireland because his son William makes mention of family from this Parrish in his Will.
Robert’s apparent brother James Adams The Pioneer, whom also died in 1752, is documented as being the patriarch of Adams Family AXXX – Branch of A364 in a family history published in 1843. James is documented in this article as having landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 and it is most likely Robert was with him at the time. We are in the process of seeking a y-DNA candidate who descends from James to prove the connection to this new branch.
Famine struck Ireland in 1740 and by 1741, over 400,000 Scots-Irish fled Ireland and most of these came into Pennsylvania. This was third in a series of 5 waves if immigration from Ireland to North American starting in 1717 and ending in 1775. By 1740 ships had largely stopped going to Philadelphia and disembarked travelers in New Castle instead as it was easier to access the middle valley for this point.
Below is a copy of letters of Administration for Robert from Jul 23rd 1752 in Cumberland County, for Robert Adams (deceased) to his wife Agnes. Robert Adams (ca1700-1752).
Generation 1A – Robert Adams
born bef. 1720 – died prob bef. 1789
- George Adams – Lived in KY on 19 Mar 1789 in Madison County.
Notes: Roberts brother William’s will was written in Apr of 1789 and there is only one George Adams in Kentucky that I have seen and that is 19 Mar 1789 George Adams of Madison. The timing is perfect on this one. Also listed in Madison Kentucky on the same day is a John Adams and James Adams. These may not be related but (but are in Madison Ky) on 7th of Apr Mathew Adams, on 18 of Apr lists a Walter Adams, 21 Apr Elizabeth Adams and on 22 Apr Feathergill Adams.
Generation 1B – David Adams I (1720-1814)
born 1720 – died 12 Sep. 1814 Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA
1st Wife: Ann (maiden name unknown)
Elizabeth Adams. Married Samuel Buchanan – Children John, Samuel, David and William.
2nd Wife: Martha McIntire (daughter of Alexander McIntire early settler of York PA)
- John A. Adams (b. 20 Apr 1773 – d. 17 Nov. 1850) – John was born in Falling Spring Creek, Guilford Township, Cumberland PA and Died in Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA. He married Jane Culbertson of Culbertson’s Row in Falling Springs. Jane was sister to Nancy Agnes Culbertson of Family A265.
- Margaret Adams (b. 1775 – d. 27 Dec. 1823) – Margaret was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland PA an died in Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA. She married Robert Bines.
- Martha Adams (b. 10 Nov. 1777 – d. 5 Dec 1823) – Martha was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA and died in Hopewell Township, Washington County PA. She married John Culbertson of Culbertson’s Row Falling Springs. John was the brother of Jane Culbertson listed above and Nancy Agnes Culbertson of family A265.
- Alexander Adams (b. 1779 – d. 1846) – Alexander was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA. He served as Justice of the Peace in 1811 and 1818 for Hopewell and Cross Creek. In 1820 he appears in the census for Hopewell with Esquire added to his name. He had at least 8 children – 6 boys and 2 girls. Last seen on Washington City census for 1840.
- David Adams II (b. 1781 – d. 4 Jan 1850) – David was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA and died in Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA. He married Elizabeth Stewart.
In the year 1795, David Adams decided to move with his family to Washington County Penn’a and entered into an agreement with John Co. Penn’a. The contract for the purchase of this tract Land called ‘Newington’ containing 252 acres was made on the 17th Day of October 1795 for a Consideration of 500 pounds, the consideration named in present day money would be about six dollars per acre. A copy of this deed is attached and made a part of this history.
The original is on record in the Washington County Court House, Washington,Penn’a. David Adams (I) never received a title to this tract of land in his lifetime. The Patent being granted to his sons, John, Alexander and David Adams II on January 2, 1827. Just why he left his home in Franklin County is not known, probably just the pioneer spirit to keep pace with the westward march of civilization. His name with that of his son John first appeared on the tax rolls of Hopewell Township in 1796, which is conclusive evidence that he settled here in that year. He retained possession of his land in Franklin County and willed it to members of his family at his death in 1814.
In 1766 both David and brother William are recorded in the West Side Applications book for adjoining land in Guilford Township next to Joseph and John Lindsay and Benjamin Chambers. Joseph and John Lindsay are uncles to Jane Culbertson of Family A364 and Nancy Agnes Culbertson of Family A265.
- Entry 1183 – Joseph Lindsay – 200 Acres – Patent returned Jan 17th 1775 for Samuel Lindsay – Book C112 – 235. Adjoining the Lands of Edward Crawford South, John Miller Northward. William ???? Westward and Col. John Armstrong Eastward in Guilford Township Cumberlan County
- Entry 1186 – William Adams – 250 Acres – patent returenred 26th of Dec 1788 – Book B8 – 180 – Lying on teh East side of the Falling Spring joining the lands of Benj Chambers eastward, David Adams Westward, William Lindsay Southward and Patrick and John Vance Northward including his improvements in Guilford Township Cumberland County
- Entry 1187 – David Adams – 250 Acres – Patent signed over to William Adams and returned Dec 26th 1783. Book B8 – 180 and D64 – 40. Lying on the West Side of Falling Spring joining the lands of William Adams eastward, Peter Fery Westward, John & William Lindsay South and Patrick and John Vance northward including his improvements in Guilford Township Cumberland County
- Entry 1188 – William Lindsay – Formerly Letterkenny Township not Green Township in Franklin County – 300 Acres – Book E – 172. Lying in Conecochrague Creek adjoining the land of John Andrew eastward, Benj Chambers Westward, John Miller Southward and Benj. Chambers Northward. Including his improvements in Guilford Township Cumberland County.
- Entry 1660 – Samuel Culbertson – land in South Hampton – Franklin Co. adjoining McIntire.
Note from Find Grave Memorial# 14913274 – Date of birth is approximate. Served as a private in 3rd Company, 1st Battalion, Cumberland Co, Militia during the Revolution. There seem to be two different gravestones for David Adams – one in PA and one in WV.
Note about area: Hopewell township in Washington County at its erection in 1781 embraced in addition to its present territory that of the townships of Independence, Cross Creek, and Jefferson, and part of that of Mount Pleasant. Upon the erection of Cross Creek, in 1790, that township became a separate district (embracing its own present territory with that if Jefferson and a part of Mount Pleasant), and so remained until 1803, when it, with Hopewell, became embraced in District No. 3. In 1822 a part of Mount Pleasant was attached. In 1823 West Middletown borough was erected, but remained attached to the district, which remained then with that jurisdiction till the commencement of the operation of the Constitution of 1838, under which the office of justice of the peace became elective, and each township a district.
Martha McIntyre’s Father live in York County where his will is on file.
McINTYRE, Alexander. Berwick Township.
July 5, 1784 December 6, 1786
Executors: Andrew McIlvain and David Adams. Children: John, Jane m. Hugh Caldwell, Sarah m. John Kerr, and Martha m. David Adams. Grandchildren: William Hall Caldwell and two other children of Jane, and four children of John (names not given).
David’s Occupation: Goods Trader.
Probate: November 11, 1815
Will: January 01, 1804, Will Book 3 Page 62 Washington Co. PA.
David Adams (1720-1814) tombstone from the Old Lower Buffalo Graveyard.
First two story cabin built in Washington County in 1796 by David Adams. Newington is located at 660 Sugar Run Rd. Avella, PA 15312
Generation 1C – William Adams (1725-1792)
born 1725 – died 1792 Franklin County, PA
- Grizel Adams – married Dorlahan
On 12 Oct. 1749 the earliest land entry on record by William Adams is made. From: >History of Franklin county, Pennsylvania; containing a history of the county, its townships, towns, villages, schools, churches, industries, etc.; portraits of early settlers and prominent men; biographies; history of Pennsylvania, statistical and miscellaneous matter, etc . . . by Samuel P. (Samuel Penniman) Bates.
Notes: ****Guilford in 1751 would have covered Guilford (including the city of Chambersburgh) and Greene which was cut from Guilford in 1788. Guilford Township, 1751**** Henry Thomson Charles McGill George Cook James Jack Patrick JAck Wm Adams John Henderson Solomon Patterson Wm McKinney Nathaniel Simpson James Lindsey John Mushet Benjamin Gass Benjamin Chambers John Anderson Frederick Craft Peter Coaset John O’Cain John Noble Wm Newjant John Lindsay James Crawford Edward Crawford Marjant Duff Thomas Baird Robert Patrick John Forsyth Freemen: Robert Uart Henry Black Archibald Duglas Alexander McAlister. The Scotch Irish, led by the Chamberses, were the first to come to this town- ship — 1730. The German settlers came between 1736 and 1745, then there was a falling off in their numbers, but in 1749 the rush of Germans was very great.
Franklin County Wills
Adams William Written: 24 Apr. 1789 Proved: 28 Mar. 1792 Executors: John Crawford & Edward Crawford Witnesses: James Lindsay, David Andrew & Anthony Dunleavy Guilford Twp. Land adj Wm long on east; John Miller Heirs on south; heirs of Alexander Long on west; Jacob Snider & Jacob Cook on north. Youngest bro James had 3 sons by 2nd wife; Robert, James & Wm. Dau Grizel Dorlahan had dau Sarah. Sis-in-law Elizabeth Hamilton’s youngest dau Elizabeth Gibson. Wm Dorlahan. Eldest bro Robert Adams, his eldest son Geo Adams now living in KY. Mary Howard now lives on plantation with testator. Mentioned by relationship not stated in Sarah Heatherington’s dau Elizabeth. Mary Howard’s 2 children: Sarah Gibson & Mary Smith. George Heatherington
Notes: This will was written in Apr of 1789 and there is only one George Adams in Kentucky that I have seen and that is 19 Mar 1789 George Adams of Madison. The timing is perfect on this one. Also listed in Madison Kentucky on the same day is a John Adams and James Adams. These may not be related but (but are in Madison Ky) on 7th of Apr Mathew Adams, on 18 of Apr lists a Walter Adams, 21 Apr Elizabeth Adams and on 22 Apr Feathergill Adams.
Generation 1D – James Adams
born aft 1725 – died aft. 1768
James Adams (ca. 1735 – aft 1768) –
1st Wife: ??????
2nd Wife: ????
- Robert Adams –
- James Adams –
- William Adams – William is the youngest of the three brothers according to his uncles will. So they are likely listed in birth order.
James got land with his brothers WIlliam and David on the same day Sept 9th 1766 in Toboyne. -note to self link to land record for James.
James and children are named in the will of his brother William Adam (1725-1792) above. James appears in Feb 10th 1768 in a land office record pertaining to his father Robert’s land in Guildford. THIS IS CLEAR INDICATION THAT ROBERT “THE PIONEER” IS FATHER OF THESE ADAMS.
DS – The early Toboyne Adams could be these boys of James Adams. Which would explain why they got land the same day in 1766 as David Adams (1720-1814) and William Adams (1725-1792) of Falling Springs/Guilford.
Land Office, 10th February, 1768. James Adams in behalf of himself and the other Children of Robert Adams deceased enters a Caveat against the Acceptance of a Survey made or to be made for John Jack by Virtue of a Location on a Tract of Land in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, The said Survey taking in Part of The Improvement and all the wood Land accept about 10 of the plantation settled about 20 years ago by said Robert Adams deceased in his Life Time. And the last Monday in March next is appointed for hearing the parties on this Caveat they having about 20 days Notice. DAVID KENNEDY for JAMES TILGiiMAN, S'y. To John Lukens.
Generation 1E – John Adams
born ??? – died ???
Is the reference to John Adams (without the specification of ‘The Son’) in David Adams (1720-1814) will this brother John? It would appear to be so but it is the only reference to a brother named John Adams in either of the two wills found in this generation. There is a will on file for a John Adams died in 1809 in Washington County but we have no idea if this is him or if he remained and died near Hopewell or perhaps move on to some other location.
The Will Dated 1 Nov 1809 in Washington County Pennsylvania for John Adams lists the following family members: Wife Mary. Daughter Mary. Sons John Jacob, and Thomas and beloved daughter Elizabeth. Then more sones Martin, Francis, and George and to more daughters Margaret and Catherine. Son-in-Law Anthony Herstman and Friend Neal Gillespie Junior executors. Witnessed by Mary Harden and James Powell Esquire.
This Francis Adams is the right age to be in Family A079. This Adams family in particular lived on and travelled the rivers as traders.
Generation 2B – John A. Adams
born 20 Apr. 1773 – died 17 Nov. 1850
Wife: Jane Culbertson (1777- 14 Oct 1837) – About Married 1796
- Martha Adams (b. 17 Nov. 1796 – d. 30 Jan 1877) – married Richard Carter in 1824.
- Esther Adams (b. 19 Sep. 1798 – d. 19 Aug 1799) – Died in infancy.
- Culbertson Adams (b. 17 Aug. 1800 – d. Jul 1845) –
- David Adams (b. 30 Oct. 1802 – d. 26 Dec. 1829) –
- Joseph Thorton Adams (b. 20 Jan. 1804 – d. 13 Apr 1892) – Married Eleanor Gregg 24 Dec 1831. Eleanor died 16 Apr. 1846. Married Harriette Shrimplin.
- Margaret Adams (b. 1807 – d. Jul 1808) – died in infancy.
- Maria Anna Adams (b. 28 Jun. 1809 – d. 04 Feb 1865) – Married George Crouch about 1830.
- Eliza Jane Adams (b. 25 Nov 1811 – d. 16 Oct 1879) – Married David Greer Crouch. Her father is living with them in the 1850 census.
- John Lindsay Adams (b. 14 Jun 1814 – d. Aug 1836) –
- Caroline Adams (b. 5 Sep 1816 – d.17 Oct 1892) –
- Alexander Hensley Adams (b. 2 Apr 1818 – d. ???? – Married Lucinda J. Crouch on 1 Mar. 1838. Was in Wayne Co. Ohio in 1850 Census.
- Nancy Adams (b. 29 Jun 1821- d. 31 Aug 1824) – Died at 3 years of age.
John A. Adams was born in Falling Springs, Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA and died in Hopewell Township, Washing ton County, Pa. The birth place of John Adams, was the farm owned by his Uncle William Adams, it is thought probably that his father David Adams,
The birth place of John Adams, was the farm owned by his Uncle William Adams, it is thought probably that his father David Adams, had a half interest in this farm as the Warrant for this tract of land was filed by William and David Adams, on the 9th day of September 1766, but the Patent was granted to William Adams. Cumberland County, PAIn the Spring of 1796, John with his bride and his father David Adams and family moved to Washington Co. PA and settled in Hopewell Township on a tract of land called “Newington” purchased by David Adams I in the Fall of 1795. Following the custom of the early pioneer settlers of Washington Co., the Adams Family crossed the mountains, the men on foot, and the women on horseback, their possessions carried by pack horse and wagon. Soon after their settlement in Hopewell Township, John Adams and his father erected the two story Log House on this farm. Which is now the home of Robert Paul Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of David Adams.
John Adams and Jane (Culbertson) Adams were probably married early in the year 1796. They were the parents of twelve children, three of whom died in infancy and childhood. Jane Culbertson was a sister of John L. Culbertson who married Martha Adams, daughter of David Adams I. All of the children of John and Jane Adams were born in the Log House.
David Adams in his life time never secured a Patent for the tract “Newington”. The Warrant for this tract of land was filed on the 2nd day of January 1827 by John, Alexander and David Adams II. A Patent was granted to them by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the same date.
Burial: Lower Buffalo Graveyard WV.
Probate: December 19, 1850
Will: November 16, 1850
In John’s will he names his wife and children and also names his neighbors and friends Richard Carter, Joseph Adams and James McConaugkey (sp??) his executors.
Generation 2B – Margaret Adams
born 1775 – died 27 Dec. 1823
Husbad: Robert Bines – About Married 1797
- Thomas Bines
- unknown daughter – (b. ca 1797) – 1800 census listed as under ten. 1810 census females 10 to 15.
- David Adams Bines – (1799-1829)
- unknown daughter – (b. ca 1805) – 1810 census females under 10
- John Bines – (1806-1868)
- Alexander Bines – (1810-1860)
- unknown daughter (b. ca 1815)
Margaret Adams was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County PA and died in Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA. 1810 Census lists them with six children. One could conclude Thomas was born ca 1798 or so. The 1820 census has them with six boys and three daughters.
Generation 2B – Martha Adams
born 10 Nov. 1777 – died 15 Dec. 1823
Husband: John Culbertson – About Married 1796
- Martha Ann Culbertson (b. 1816 d. 1892)
- Margaret Jane Culbertson (b. 1819 d. 1848). Married Humphry Madon.
Martha was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County PA. and died in Hopewell Township, Washington County PA. Martha, Margaret Jane and John are burried in Lower Buffalo Cemetery along with David Adams I.
Generation 2B – Alexander Adams
born 1779 – died 1846
- Anna Adams
- Jane Adams
- Nelson Adams – Marries Adaline Black
Alexander Adams appears to have served as justice of the peace for Hopewell and Cross Creek townships in 1811 and 1818.
He is living in Canton Township when he makes out his will. He lists only four children in his will: Anna, Jane, Nelson and Adaline black. Appoints David Black and son Nelson Adams Executors.
Generation 2B – David Adams II
born 1781 – died 4 Jan 1850
Wife 1: Elizabeth Stewart – Married 7 Jan. 1819 – Daughter of Galbraith Stewart (1766-1848) and Elizabeth Scott (1768-1850). Burried in Upper Buffalo Cemetery.
- David Stewart Adams –
Wife 2: McClelland – About Married 1796
- Annie Adams
- Robert McClelland Adams
David Adams II was a Doctor, He was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA. He died in Hopewell Township, Washington County PA.
Various Notes on This Line
From David to everybody on 2-27-2013
I wanted to get this out as fast as I can because it impacts EVERYTHING on the excel/PDF I sent last night on Cumberland Adams.
I’ll send an email with more detail about this later but . . .
I think I have assigned the two 1752 settlement papers for James 1D and Robert 1C in Family A364 incorrectly. They are a generation older as indicated by the Adams of York South Carolina Tim found published in 1843. This James was born in ca. 1700 and died in 1752 and at least two of his boys moved to York SC. His son James was 7 when they landed in PA in 1740 making his son born in 1733 therefore James the father could not have been born ca.1720 as he should be to be a brother of David and William of Family A364. The Robert who died in 1752 was most likely brother to the James (1700-1752) and also born ca 1700.
The will of William Adams (1725-1992) of Family A364 refers to his brothers could not have been these same Robert (died 1752) and James (also died 1752) because William says in his will James was his youngest brother and Robert his oldest making James born after 1725. He could not have had a son by 1733. William also made a point of noting his nephew George was in KY in his will but he doesn’t say his other nephews James, Robert and William are in York South Carolina. They are still in and around Falling Springs/Toboyne in 1788 when the will was written – they are the ones who purchase land the same day as William and David in 1766.
So, James Adams born ca. 1700 who died in 1752 was the father of the boys in York, SC as outlined in the article and Robert Adams born ca. 1700 who died in 1752 just may have been the father of Family A364.
This means there are still brothers James and Robert in Family A364 but those settlement papers do not belong to them.
Hopefully this make sense. It is so much clearer to me now. I was having a huge disconnect with this new information (Article from Tim on York, South Carolina Adams printed in 1843) and how it fits with A364 and the mind map I sent last night. I’ll try and explain more clearly later when I have time to sort it out better.
I feel way better now. 🙂
From: David Scifres Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 9:42 PM
To: Timothy Adams, Terri Adams , Suzanne Davis , Becky Carson
Oh my goodness Tim. You Rock! This is amazing. WHAT A FIND!!! I knew some of them had to branch off and go down the wagon road during the Indian Wars. It was just a matter of time until we saw evidence. This is so awesome.
This shows the connection of the family of A364 to the Adams of SC and NC in the time frames to match family A135 and A322 (maybe). The person below is the great newphew of David Adams (1720-1814) via the evidence in the will of his brother William Adams (1725-1792). William mentions his brother James. James died in 1752 per the Administrative records I have attached to James. James did indeed have a son William per the will I mentioned. But of course I thought that is who was living with Samuel Donley in East Finley 1840 per the Rev War Census. Not sure both can be true. 🙁 But this is fantastic anyway.
Landing in 1740 sounds about right – spot on for the third wave from Ulster. If he was 7 in 1740 he would have been 19 in 1752 and 23 when he mvoed to Carolina in 1756. Good clue for sure. I’m sure there are some good records on Rev. James family down to present on Ancestry.
Marriages & Deaths, Columbia, SC Newspapers, 1838-1860, n.218
The Rev. James S. Adams, died, at his residence in York District, on the 18th August, in the 715t year of his age and the 48th of his ministry. James Adams, the Grandfather of the deceased, came from Scotland to the Province of Pennsylvania about the year 1740, and that his son William Adams, father of the deceased, was when he landed about 7 years old. The family settled in Cumberland County, where they lived till after the death of the grandfather of the Rev. James S. Adams which occurred in 1752. In 1756, William Adams
removed to Carolina, and shortly after married and settled on Crowders’ Creek, in York District, So. Ca. where he resided during his life. Elstrongly attached to the Presbyterian Church, he felt a lively interest in securing the means of grace and in established in the Congregation of Bethel. The Rev. James S. Adams was the filth of a family of eleven children. He was born on 12th of September 1779l2l he was sent to the School of the
Rev. James Hall, D. D., and later entered upon the study of Theology under the Rev. James McRee, D. D., and in the Spring of 1795 he was licensed by the Presbytery of OrangeJIl In Charleston he married and lost by death his first the daughter of Thomas Smith, Esq., a member of the Dorchester Church. In 1801, he was married to a daughter of the Rev. James McEwen, of Mecklenburgh County, N,. C. His worthy consort yet survives him. They were blessed with a family of eight children, all of whom are members of the visible
Church, and one an efficient Ministeri] (long account
DS 2/3/2013 – I found some additional Adams that are probably related to this family in the UPPER Buffalo Presbyterian, Washington County, Pennsylvania.
Who are these Adams? They were Presbyterian which seems to be in common in our Adams family ancestors.
Adams, David, no dates
Adams, Elize, d. 19 Jun 1822, age: 25yr – born 1797
Adams, Emma S., b. 28 Jun 1861, d. 26 May 1889
Adams, John, no dates
Adams, Mary, d. 21 Mar 1834, age: 32yr – born 1802
I also found a small group of Adams in the Cross Creek Cemetery – Cross Creek, Washington COunty Pennsylvania
This one has a rather old John Adams born 1758 and a Judith Adams born in 1742.
Adams, Ann, d. 8 Feb 1842, age: 46yr – born 1796
Adams, Esther, d. 19 Dec 1815, age: 20yr, Daughter of John
Adams, Esther, d. 31 May 1846, age: 84yr, Wife of John – born 1762
Adams, John, d. 26 Jun 1836, age: 78yr – born 1758
Adams, Judith, d. 1839, age: 97yr – born 1742
And now this is quite interesting – Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Cemetery, Eighty Four, Washington County PA. These appear to be duplicates of above but with different dates. Weird.
Adams, Esther, d. 31 Jul 1816, age: 81yr *, [GC]
Adams, Esther, d. Dec 1810, age: 20yr *, [GC]
Adams, John, d. Jun 1836, age: 78yr *, [GC]
More very old Adams in Raccoon Cemetery, Candor, Washington County Pennsylvania. Good leads for sure.
Adams, Rachel, d. 18 Aug 1830, age: 43yr, wife of William – born 1787
Adams, Samuel, d. 30 Apr 1817, age: 61yr – born 1756
Adams, Samuel, d. 30 Apr 1821, age: 58yr – born 1763
Adams, William, b. 3 Nov 1785, d. 2 Jan 1865
Adams, William, b. 7 Nov 1785, d. 24 Jan 1861
All Adams Census Records for Washington County from 1786-1820
1786 Pennsylvania Census
- JOhn Adams – Dongal, Washington
- John Adams – Washington – also listed is a James Chambers (may not be relevant)
- Clemon Adams – Washington
- William Adams – Washington
1790 Federal Census
- Gain Adams – Armstrong – 8 people – 2 males over 16 and 2 under 16. 4 Females
- Jacob Adams – Washington – 5 people – 1 male over 16, two males under, 2 females
- Jno Adams – Washington – 3 people- 1 male over 16 and 3 females
- John Adams – Washington – 12 people – 3 males over 16 and 4 males under. 5 females
- John Adams – Washington – 6 people – 1 male over 16 and 3 males under. 2 females
- William Adams – Washington – 7 people – 1 male over 16 and 2 males under. 4 females
- William Adams – Washington – 5 people – 1 male over 16 and 1 under. 3 females
1800 Federal Census
- David Adams – Hopewell – 6 people – one male over 45, one male 26-44, one male 10-15 and one male under 10. one female 16-25 and one female under 10. Wife appears to have died prior to 1800.
- John Adams – Hopewell – 4 people – one male 26-44, one female over 45, one female 16-25 and one female 10-15.
- John Adams, Jr. (this has a correction to senior in the file) – Chartiers – 3 people – one male over 45 and one female over 45 with one other female 16-25.
- John Adams Sr. (this one has a correction to junior in the file) – Chartiers – 6 people – one male 26-44, one male under 10, one female 26 to 44, three females under 10.
- Joseph Adams – Buffalo – 5 people (same person as Joseph in Hopewell in 1810) – One male 26-44, two males under 10, one female 26-44 and one female under 10.
- Martin Adams – Cecil – 3 people – one male and one female over 45 and one male under 10
- Thomas Adams – Cecil – 9 people – one male 26-44, one male 16-25 and one male under 10, one female 26-44, one female 16-25, one female 10-15, and 3 females under 10.
- Thomas Adams Jr. – Cecil – 6 people – one male 26-44, two males 10 and under, one female 45 and over, one female 16-15 and one female under 10.
- Obadiah Adams – East Bethlehem – 4 people – one male 26-44, one female 16-25 and 2 females under 2.
1810 Federal Census
- John Adams – Cross Creek – one male over 45, one make 16-25, one male 10-15, one male under 10, one female 26-44, tree females 10-15 and one female under 10 – 9 total people.
- Joseph Adams – Hopewell – male 26-44 – 2 males 10 -15yrs and 1 make under 10 yrs – one female 26-44yrs, one female 16-25 yrs, one female 10-15 and two under 10 years. 9 total people. listing says Buffaloe rather than Hopewell
- David Adams – Hopewell – Man over 45, 2 men 26-44yrs old, 2 16-25 yrs – 3 boys under 10yrs, women 1 – 25-44, 1 female16-25yrs, 1 female 10-15 and 1 under 10. 13 people total. Listed next to a Thomas and John Cutherbertson.
- Jash Adams – Chartiers – male 26-44 yrs old – wife same and 3 male children under 10. Joshua perhaps?
- Martin Adams – Chartiers – one male and one female over 45
- Martin Adams (Jr) – Chartiers – one male and female 16-25 and one female 10 and under
- Thomas Adams – Chartiers – One male over 45, one male 16-25, one female over 45, two females 16-25, one female 10-15 and two females under 10. on same page as Martin and Jash above. Perhaps a brother to the older Martin. This appears to be the same Thomas as the 1800 listing with Thomas Jr. being gone now.
- Samuel Adams – East Bethlehem – One male 26-44, one male 16-25 and one male under 10. One female 26-44, two females 10-15 and four females under 10. Total of 10 in family.
1820 Federal Census – starting to get crowded.
- Doctor A. Adams – Hopewell – 5 people – listed on teh same page as Samuel Adams. one male 26-44, two males under 10 and two females 16-25.
- A. Adams Esquire – Hopewell – 7 people – This is Alexander Adams. One male 26-44, two males under the age of 10. One female 26-44, one female 10-15 and two females under 10.
- Abner Adams – Morris – 8 people – one male 26-44, one male 10-15 and 5 males under 10. one female 26-44.
- E. Adams – Donegal – 4 people – one female 45 and over, two females 16-25 and one female 10-15
- James Adams – Mount Pleasant – 1 person. One male 26 to 44
- James Adams – East Bethlehem – 7 people. One male 26 to 44 and one male under 10. one female 16-25 and 4 females under 10. ONE FOREIGNER NOT NATURALIZED.
- Jane Adams – Smith – 2 people – one female 26-44 and one female 16-25
- John Adams – Hopewell – 10 people – one male over 45, one male 16-25, one male 10-15 and two males under 10. One female 26-44, one female 16-25 and three females under 10
- John Adams – Cross Creek – 7 people – one male over 45, two males 16-25 and one male 16-18. one female 45 and older, one female 16-25, one female 10-15 and one female under 10.
- John Adams – Amwell – 5 people – one male 16-25. one female over 45, one female 16-25, two females under 10.
- Martin Adams – Smith – 8 people – one male 26-44, two males under 10. One female 26-44, one female 10-15 and three females under 10.
- Samuel Adams – Pike Run – 1 person – over 45.
- Samuel Adams – East Bethlehem – 12 people
- Samuel Adams – Hopewell – 6 people – one male over 45, one male 10-15 and three males under 10. One female 45 and over, 3 females 10-15 and three females under 10.
- Thomas Adams – Chartiers – 8 people – one male over 45 and one male 26-44. one female over 45 and five females 16-25.
- William Adams – Robinson – 6 people – one male 26-44, one male 10-15 and one male under 10. One female 26-44 and two under 10.
Origins of Chartiers Township
The historical character of Chartiers Township has been significantly influenced by its agricultural history, its natural resources such as coal and oil and its location along major transportation routes. Chartiers Township is located in Washington County, PA. The County was formed during the Revolutionary War period on March 28, 1781 from part of Westmoreland County. It was the first County formed after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The new County was quite large and contained what would later become Greene, Allegheny and Beaver Counties. Chartiers Township was erected by the Washington County Court of Quarter Session from the southern part of Cecil Township on March 23, 1790 with a petition from the inhabitants residing in its boundaries. The bounds of the Township were reduced in 1791 by the erection of Canton Township and Mt. Pleasant Township in 1808. After some adjustments, the Township has maintained its current boundaries since 1863. The name “Chartiers” is that of a French-American trader, Pierre Chartiere. The emergence of the Chartiers Valley Railroad and then the local Interstate Highways mitigated the creek’s use for transportation but its significance at the end of the 18th century is demonstrated in the name for the Township.
Notes from – History of Washington County : from its first settlement to the present time … (1870) http://archive.org/details/historyofwashing00creig
Page 267 – Justice of the peace Adams, Alexander. Nov. 18, 1811. Cross Creek and Hopewell. And again in 1818.
History of Hopewell Township, Washington County PA – http://www.chartiers.com/crumrine/twp-hopewell.html
History of Cross Creek Township, Washington County PA – http://www.chartiers.com/crumrine/twp-crosscreek.html
From Terri to David on Feb 17th 2013
In David’s will he talks about John Adams and also about “my son John Adams” the first being his brother and the other his son. I am rereading everything I have collected in the past 30 years. Nothing so far, just the copies of the stories that has been passed down over the years. I don’t know of anyone else in the family that has any information, but I will ask around to a few of the people I have got the information from in the past. There are two, a brother and a sister, that have some odds and end of things from years ago. They are cousins of my father-in-law. I will check with them and there is one other cousin if she is still around. I think she was in a rest home last time we were back there. Sure wish I would have connected with you before all these people passed away.
I am not sure if the following helps with this issue but I wonder if it will have a connection for the other Adams’ you found in Washington County.
David Adams II was the fifth child and youngest son of David Adams I and Martha (McIntire) Adams, and was born in Guilford Township, Cumberland County, PA, in the year 1781 and died on his farm in Hopewell Township, Washington County, PA on January 4 1850.
In the year 1796, his father David Adams I with his family settled in Hopewell Township.
Dr. David Adams II was a graduate in medicine and a practicing physician of Hopewell Township.
Dr. David Adams had a wide practice, going as far as ten miles to make his calls, his usual mode of travel was by horseback.
He was among the first of the old pioneer doctors of this part of Washington Co. and as was the custom in those early days, he lived on and operated a farm in addition to his practice of medicine.
Dr. David Adams settled on a farm in Hopewell Township adjoining Isaac Manchester which he purchased from James Duncan on April 21, 1821, containing 180 acres, for a consideration of $1250.00
A second tract adjoining the aboce tract was purchased from William B. Sparks, on November 14, 1826, containing 103 acres for a consideration of $928.00
On November 4, 1836 he sold to Matthew McKeever, 67 acres from the second tract for a consideration of $1846.00, leaving him 216 acres on which he continued to live until his death in 1850.
Dr. David Adams married Elizabeth Stewart, January 7, 1819, she was a daughter of Galbraith Stewart, who settled in Hopewell Township about 1788. Elizabeth Stewart was born in 1797 and died July 9, 1822.
They were the parents of two children. Annie (Adams) Hughes of Miller So. Dakota
Robert McClelland Adams, a soilder in the Union Army killed in the Civil War.
Talk to you soon,
From: Terri Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:25 PM
I couldn’t stand the wait, so I came home and got on the computer to look up Jane. I have Jane Culbertson born March 1777 in Culbertson Row, Green Twp. Cumberland County. Buried Lower Buffalo Graveyard WV. (which is about 1 mile over the PA & WV border. David Adams son John Adams was married to her and she died in Hopewell Township, Washington County PA. She would have died in the house we still own on our farm. It is the first two story log house built in that area. No one but an Adams has ever owned this land and house. The land was received from a Virginia Grant to a John Vance. But he never lived on it. He sold it to David Adams and he and his son John then moved their families to this land and built the house. At that time he David was 75 years old, but he was a rugged man. I have a story about him I will try and paste it on here when I am finished. I think we have a connection here what do you think. Funny thing is that I never liked history when I was in school but since I married into the Adams family and all this information fell into my lap I find it very interesting. When I think about America only being 20 years old when that house was built it I am simply amazed. We were lucky to have had it passed down to us from my father-in-law and he was a very smart man. He had 9 children my husband being the oldest.
David Adams 1720 – 1814
He must have been of a rugged constitution to withstand the hardship of life on the river in those days. The time required by David Adams to make a trip by flat boat to New Orleans and return probably varied considerable any where from six to nine months. It is likely that he made but one trip a year.
After disposing of his cargo and boat to New Orleans, David Adams and his men would return home on foot or horseback if they were able to secure horses, subsisting on corn dodgers and sleeping outdoors as much of the country was unsettled, it was necessary for one of them to stand guard throughout the night for fear of being attacked by Indians or wild animals.
Those were the days of the hardy pioneer, no where else in America has it ever been excellent and no where have men endured more privation in their endeavors to hue civilization out of the wilderness than this part of America.
In the year 1795, David Adams decided to move with his family to Washington County Penn’a and entered into an agreement with John Co. Penn’a.
The contract for the purchase of this tract Land called “Newington” containing 252 acres was made on the 17th Day of October 1795 for a Consideration of 500 pounds, the consideration named in present day money would be about six dollars per acre.
A copy of this deed is attached and made a part of this history. The original is on record in the Washington County Court House, Washington, Penn’a.
David Adams (I) never received a title to this tract of land in his life time. The Patent being granted to his sons, John, Alexander and David Adams II on January 2, 1827.
Just why he left his home in Franklin County is not known, probably just the pioneer spirit to keep pace with the westward march of civilization.
His name with that of his son John first appeared on the tax rolls of Hopewell Township in 1796, which is conclusive evidence that he settled here in that year.
He retained possession of his land in Franklin County and willed it to members of his family at his death in 1814.
David Adams I was married twice, first to Ann (maiden name unknown) to them were born on daughter Elizabeth.
For his second wife he chose Martha McIntire a daughter of Alexander McIntire and early settler of York County Pennsylvania.
They were the parents of five children, John, Margaret, Martha, Alexander, and David II.
David Adams I died September 12, 1814 at the age of 94 years and is buried in the Old Lower Buffalo Grave Yard, just over the state line in West Virginia near Independence, Pennsylvania.
David Adams I born 1720 and died September 12, 1814. He was probably born in one of the New England States.
From: Terri Sat, Dec 15, 2012 at 11:30 PM
David had two brothers that I am aware of William and John. I only know there names and nothing more about them. But David also named his son John and that is the one that is married to Jane. It gets really confusing because there are several Davids, Johns and Alexanders. I always have to draw a little map to keep them all straight.
From: Terri Mon, Dec 17, 2012 at 6:31 PM
The following story was passed down to me from relatives, as was the first story I sent to you about David Adams.
The birth place of John Adams, was the farm owned by his Uncle William Adams, it is thought probably that his father David Adams, had a half interest in this farm as the Warrant for this tract of land was filed by William and David Adams, on the 9th day of September 1766, but the Patent was granted to William Adams. Cumberland County, PA
In the Spring of 1796, John with his bride and his father David Adams and family moved to Washington Co. PA and settled in Hopewell Township on a tract of land called “Newington” purchased by David Adams I in the Fall of 1795.
Following the custom of the early pioneer settlers of Washington Co., the Adams Family crossed the mountains, the men on foot, and the women on horseback, their possessions carried by pack horse and wagon.
Soon after their settlement in Hopewell Township, John Adams and his father erected the two story Log House on this farm. Which is now the home of Robert Paul Adams, the great-great-great-grandson of David Adams.
John Adams and Jane (Culbertson) Adams were probably married early in the year 1796. They were the parents of twelve children, three of whom died in infancy and childhood.
Jane Culbertson was a sister of John L. Culbertson who married Martha Adams, daughter of David Adams I.
All of the children of John and Jane Adams were born in the Log House.
David Adams I in his life time never secured a Patent for the tract “Newington”. The Warrant for this tract of land was filed on the 2nd day of January 1827 by John, Alexander and David Adams II. A Patent was granted to them by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on the same date.
From: Terri Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 1:47 AM
I have a copy of a Patent of this land “Newington” John Adams eventually came into full possession of the tract although there is no record of how he secured the interest of his brothers Alexander and David. It is supposed that he secured their interest by quit claim deed.
John Adams was one of the Executors named by his father David Adams I to execute his Will and settled his Estate.
John Adams was named by Henry Keenan as one of the Executors of his Will, probated in 1824. He also was one of the Administrators of the Estate of Thomas Bines and his son David Bines in 1811. Thomas and David Bines resided on an adjoining farm and were the nearest neighbors of the Adams Family.
John Adams at his death in 1850, by the terms of his will dated November 16, 1850 and probated December 19, 1850, provided for all of his children then living, bequeathing his land to his youngest son, Alexander Hensley Adams, on condition that he pay certain Legacies to his other surviving children.
He named as his Executors, his son Joseph T. Adams, his son-in-law Richard Carter and James McConaughey, all of the village of Independence.
The Adams, Culbertson, Crouch and Keenan Families were all intermarried and are closely connected throughout this history.
John Adams and his father David Adams I made their settlement in Hopewell Township some twenty four years after the first permanent settlement made in this part of the County. The Indians had ceased to be a menace to the pioneer settlers by this time, the last serious raids by them were in the period from 1782 to 1789.
The first settlement made in this part of Washington County were in years 1772 and 1773. All were made on Virginia at that time claiming all of what is now Washington County.
Some of these early settlers were John Best, Jeremah Dunn, Frederick Lamb and John Doddridge who erected Doddridge’s Fort in 1773. Allocated about one and one half miles northwest of the Adams’ land.
James Newell settled in 1775 on the land later purchased by David Adams. This tract was granted to James Newell on a Virginia Certificate and surveyed December 3, 1785. About 1785 James Newell assigned this land to John Vance who in turn sold it to David Adams I in 1795.
This tract was located on Sugar Run about six miles up stream from its confluence with Buffalo Creek and bounded on the north by the land of Edward Perrin, on the west by the land of William Gill, on the south by the land of Thomas Hall and Samuel Buchanan, and on the east by the land of John Carpenter.
I have a copy of John Adams’ will.
More soon on the Family of John Adams.
One of our relatives Gertrude Adams Buck had a book with all this information. Some years ago when I first started collecting information I borrowed the book and retyped it and got copies of all the documents from the court house. Everything that I typed has been on 100% cotton paper, as to preserve it for years to come.