ADAM, JACOB S., p. 1446
Surnames: ADAM, SMITH, GERHART, NEYFONG, HOWELL, HAUSEKNECHT, SCHAPPELL, SNYDER, MERKEL, GORDNER, BAUSHER, KRAMER, FOCHT, SMTH, LENGEL, HOTTENSTEIN, GERHART, STRASSER, KERSHNER, BOYER, ROTHERMEL, KOHLER, DREIBELBIS, MENGEL.
Jacob S. Adam, of Perry township, was born in Windsor (now Perry) township, July 25, 1844, son of Jacob and Lovina (Smith) Adam. Anthony Adam was the ancestor of the Adam family of upper Berks county. He was a French Huguenot and came to American on the ship "Snow Molly," which landed at Philadelphia Oct. 26, 1741, Mr. Adam being at this time twenty-five years of age. On this same ship came to the New World progenitors of other old families of Albany and Greenwich townships, whose descendants, in many instances still reside on the land cleared from the wild bush by their forefathers. It is not known to whom Anthony Adam was married, but we have record of these sons; Abraham, Anthony, and Bernhard, who settled in Schuylkill county; and Peter, who settled on a farm in Windsor township, now owned by Herman Adam, one of his descendants. In 1752, when the county was established, Anthony Adam was a taxable resident of Albany township. Without a doubt he suffered during the French and Indian wars, and it is supposed that he witnessed such terrible depredations as the awful massacre of Jacob Gerhart's family, the killing of the wife of Balsar Neyfong and the shooting of David Howell. These must have been trying times. Surely this pioneer settler was often in communion with his God, praying for protection for himself and family from the cruel scalping knife and tomahawk.
Peter Adam, the great-grandfather of Jacob S., was born Oct. 1, 1765, and died July 1, 1849, aged eighty-three years, nine months. He was married March 11, 1788, to Catherine Hauseknecht, and to them were born ten children: Jacob; Anthony m. Miss Schappell; Peter; Abraham; John; William; George; Betsy m. Abraham Snyder; Hannah m. Benjamin Merkel; and Polly m. Daniel Schappell.
Jacob Adam, son of Peter, was born in Windsor township, Oct. 18, 1789, and died Dec. 22, 1866, aged seventy-seven years. His wife, Anna Maria Gordner, was born July 16, 1793, and died Aug. 7, 1874, aged eighty-one years. To them were born the following children: Hannah m. Daniel Bausher; William m. Betz Kramer; Heinrich m. Harriet Focht; Jacob, father of Jacob S.; Peter died single, aged twenty-one years; Benjamin m. (first) Esther Smith, and (second) Catherine Lengel; Isaac, born Nov. 12, 1820 (who in spite of his years is still hale and hearty and able to dance a lively hoe-down, which he does occasionally, to the great delight of his friends) m. (first) Louisa Hottenstein, and (second) Esther Adam, who also survives; Betsy m. John Gerhart; Polly m. Reuben Strasser; Lazarus died at the age of fifty-nine years; Simon died in 1867, when thirty-two years old; Catherine m. Samuel Schappell; and Lydia m. Jacob Kershner.
Jacob Adam, father of Jacob S., was born in Windsor township, Jan. 21, 1816, and died Aug. 10, 1894, in his seventy-ninth year. He obtained a good education in the pay schools of his day, and when a young man learned the trade of carpenter, which he followed the greater part of his life. In 1852 he removed to Perry township, locating upon his farm of 137 acres, which he conducted with his children while still working at his trade. He was a school director, official of Zion's Union Church, of Perry township, and was a highly esteemed citizen. He married Lovina Smith, daughter of Michael Smith. She was born Sept. 29, 1822, and died Dec. 27, 1905. Their children were: Alfred S., a successful farmer of Perryville, whose land adjoins that of our subject; Jacob S.; Samuel, who died aged twenty-seven years; Michael, who died Jan. 24, 1905, aged fifty-five years, four months, nine days; and Mary S., deceased, m. to John Boyer.
Jacob S. Adam has spent his entire life in agricultural pursuits with the exception of five years when he was engaged at his trade of carpentering. He now owns a fine farm of 108 acres in the southern end of the township, near the Ontelaunee line, which is in the very best possible condition and one of the most valuable in Perry township. Excellent buildings adorn the property, a large well-kept lawn surrounds the house, good, fresh water is easily obtained from the troughs at the house and barn, and modern improvements are noticed throughout. Adjacent to this Mr. Adam owns a valuable little tract of fifteen acres, of very fertile land and with good buildings upon it, and this he has tenanted. He is also the owner of a store building at Molltown and has large industrial interests in the county. Mr. Adam is a prominent man. He is a stanch Democrat and a leader in the ranks of his party in this section, having been a delegate to many county conventions. He was auditor of his district and has likewise served for nine years as school director. He is a prominent member of the St. Peter's Reformed Church of Richmond township, in which he has held every office, is president of the building committee, and has recently been again elected elder, a position he has held for many years. He gives to the church with a liberal hand, helping members of the congregation in many ways as well, and when any movement whether for charitable, religious or educational purposes, is started, he is invariably chosen to be the one to lead the project. He is known as a man of honor and integrity in the community in which he has lived for so many years, and many positions of honor and trust have been given him by his fellow-citizens who recognize and appreciate his sterling worth of character.
On Oct. 31, 1868, Mr. Jacob S. Adam was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth K. Rothermel, daughter of Daniel and Hettie (Kohler) Rothermel, and to this union there were born the following children: Lillie, who died in infancy; Mamie, m. to William Dreibelbis, Maurice R., the well known dentist at No. 639 Penn street, Reading, who is a graduate of the Keystone State Normal School of Kutztown, class of 1898, taught school, clerked in a prothonotary's office, court house, graduated from the dental department of the University of Pennsylvania in the class of 1903, and now has a large and lucrative practice; Laura, m. to Wilson Mengel; Edith, who died in her second year; Robert R., who is a student at the Keystone State Normal School; and Jacob D., who died aged thirteen days.