ADAM, HERMAN, p. 1614
Surnames: ADAM, HOUSEKNECHT, SNYDER, MERKEL, SHAPPELL, GARDNER, SMITH, MENGEL, SCHAEFFER, ROTHERMEL, SCHAPPELL, BAER, GEORGE
Herman Adam, who is extensively engaged in cultivating the soil about one mile west of Virginville, Perry township, was born Sept. 3, 1852, in Windsor township, son of Benjamin Adam, and grandson of Jacob Adam.
Anthony Adam, the great-great-grandfather of Herman of Perry township, was probably the progenitor of the family in America, but Isaac Adam (1906), nearly eighty-six years old, a grandson of Anthony, thinks that there was one before him. Anthony Adam had three sons, of whom Isaac Adam, whose body and mind are remarkably well preserved, has a vivid recollection. They were: Abraham and Anthony, who settled in Schuylkill county; and Peter, who owned and settled on the Adams homestead, now owned by Herman of Perry township.
Peter Adam, the great-grandfather, was a resident of Windsor township, but died in Perry township, his remains being buried at the Zion Church of that place. He married Catherine Houseknecht, and they had children as follows: Jacob; Anthony; Peter; Abraham; John; William; Gero; Betty, m. to Abraham Snyder; Hannah m. to Benjamin Merkel; and Polly, m. to Daniel Shappell.
Jacob Adam, son of Peter, was born in 1779 and died in 1866. He was a carpenter by trade as well as a farmer, and owned 450 acres of land, including that now occupied by Herman Adam. He married Maria Gardner, and they had issue, namely: Hannah, William, Heinrich, Jacob, Peter, Benjamin, Isaac, Betz, Polly, Lazarus, Simon, Catherine, and Lydia. The only member of this family living is Isaac, a farmer of Windsor township, who was born Nov. 12, 1820.
Benjamin Adam, father of Herman, was born 1819 in Windsor township, where he owned a farm of ninety-two acres of land. In 1870 he purchased the farm now owned by his son, our subject, and that year moved upon it, continuing there engaged in agricultural pursuits until within a few years of his death. For six years he was a school director in Windsor township, and was also trustee and elder of Zion's Church in Perry township, of which he and his family were members. He died in 1890 in his seventy-second year. He married Jan. 29, 1848, Hettie Smith, daughter of Michael Smith, and in the eight years of their union they had two children, Susannah and Herman. Mr. Adam's second marriage was to Katie Mengel, daughter of Jesse Mengel, and to this union were born fourteen children, four sons and ten daughters.
Herman Adam attended the schools of his native township till seventeen years old, and was reared to the work of the farm. He has spent his entire life in agricultural pursuits and has won well merited success. His farm of 223 acres is a fertile, well-cultivated one, and he employs seven horses in his operations, there being also thirty head of cattle. He and his wife attend Zion's Church of Perry township, which the Adam family have been members for over 100 years. March 25, 1876, Mr. Adam married Sarah L Schaeffer, and to this union have been born six children: Nevada A. m. Alfred Adam and died in 1902; Solon D. m. Sallie Schappell; Cora A. m. Eugene Baer; Neda H. m. Elmer B. George of Klinesville, Pa.; Katie M. died in infancy; and Maude F. is at home.