ADAM, SAMUEL, p. 1393
Surnames: ADAM, RITTER, HOUSEKNECHT, GARDNER, SNYDER, MERKEL, SCHAPPELL, GERHART, NEYFONG, HOWELL, BAUSHER, KRAMER, FOCHT, SMITH, LENDEL, HATTENSTEIN, GERHART, STRASSER, ADAM, KRAMER, KERSHNER, MILLER, FISHER, BALTHASER, DEYSHER, KETNER, BILLMAN.
Samuel Adam, one of the thrifty young agriculturists of Berks county, Pa., who is engaged in cultivating the fine property in Windsor township, until 1904 the homestead of his father, was born April 27, 1876, on this farm, son of Charles Adam and Lydia (Ritter) Adam.
Anthony Adam, the progenitor of this numerous family in America, who is said to have been a French Huguenot, came to America on the ship "Snow Polly," and landed at Philadelphia, Pa., Oct. 26, 1741. As he was then twenty-five years of age he must have been born in 1716. On the same ship on which he crossed the Atlantic were a number of the ancestors of old Albany and Greenwich township families, whose descendants live in the same district, and in a few cases the original lands and homesteads are still in possession of their progeny. Who the wife of this pioneer Adam settler was, is not known. It is probable that he settled in Albany township immediately after his arrival in the New World, as he was a settler there as early as 1752, and he witnessed and participated in the trying times of the French and Indian wars, when such events as the horrible massacre of Jacob Gerhart's family, the killing of the wife of Balser Neyfong and the shooting of David Howell occurred. It is known that Anthony Adam had these sons: Abraham, Anthony and Bernhard, who located in Schuylkill county; and Peter.
Peter Adam, the great-great-grandfather of Samuel, was born Oct. 1, 1765, and died July 1, 1849, aged eighty-three years, nine months. On March 11, 1788 he was married to Catherine Houseknecht, who bore him ten children, as follows: Jacob, who married Anna Maria Gardner; Anthony, who married a Miss Schappell; Peter; Abraham; John; William; George; Betz; who married Abraham Snyder; Hannah, who married Benjamin Merkel; and Polly, who married Daniel Schappell.
Jacob Adam, son of Peter, was born Oct. 18, 1789, and died Dec., 1866, in his seventy-eighth year. His wife was Anna Maria Gardner, born July 16, 1793, and died Aug. 7, 1874, in the eighty-second year of her age. They had these children: Hannah, who married Daniel Bausher; William, who married Betz Kramer; Heinrich, who married Harriet Focht; Jacob (1816- 1894) who married Lovine Smith (1822-1905); Peter, who died single, aged twenty-one years; Benjamin, who married (first) Esther Smith, and (second) Catherine Lengel; Isaac, born Nov. 12, 1820, who is still hale and hearty, married (first) Lovina Hattenstein, and (second) Esther Adam; Betzy, who married John Gerhart; Polly, who married Reuben Strasser; Lazarus, who died aged fifty-nine years; Simon, who died in 1867, in the thirty-third year of his age; Catherine, who married Samuel Schappell; and Lydia, who married Jacob Kershner.
William Adam, grandfather of Samuel, was born in Windsor township, where he spent his whole life, and is buried at the Moselem Church. He was an excellent carpenter and cabinet-maker and was also engaged in the undertaking business. He was married to Betz Kramer, and to them were born a number of children, one of whom was Charles, the father of Samuel.
Charles Adam was born in Windsor township, July 26, 1836, and died May 3, 1902, from the effects of Bright's disease. He was reared in Greenwich township, where he learned the trade of carpenter when a young man, and this he followed for six years, the next six years of his life being spent in threshing among the farmers of his section. He then purchased a property above Hamburg, at the tunnel, and lived for several years, at the end of which time he sold out and purchased the premises now owned by Samuel Adam. Here he spent the remainder of his life. Mr. Adam was a Democrat, as had been all of the members of his family before him, and served his district as school director for six years. He and his family worshiped at Zion's Union Church, of which they were Reformed members.
Mr. Adam married Lydia Ritter, daughter of Frederick and Sallie (Strasser) Ritter, the former a German immigrant, and a "Swope." On coming to this country Mr. Ritter was very poor, but like many of his thrifty fellow- countrymen, after landing in America worked industriously, and at the time of his death was in comfortable circumstances. His children were: George, a farmer of Greenwich township; Dr. Jonas, a physician of Norristown Hospital; Dr. Nathan, a physician at Allentown, Pa.; David, a merchant; Rev. John, deceased; Simon, a farmer of Montgomery county; Anna, who married Joel Miller; Sallie who married John Fisher, of Berks county; Polly, who married William Balthaser; and Lydia, who married Mr. Adam. To Charles and Mrs. Adam there were born the following children: Louisa; Fianna; B. Franklin; Alvin; Katie; Victoria; Albert; Samuel; Alice, who met her death by gas suffocation in Reading; Ida Louisa; Thomas; Ella; Jeremiah P.; Amy and three who died in childhood. Samuel Adam secured a good common school education in the schools of his native district, and with the exception of a few years, has spent his entire life on the farm where he now resides. After his marriage in 1900 he located on the Reading Railroad farm in Tilden township, where he tenanted for one year, then became a tenant on John Balthaser's farm in the same township, where he lived another year, afterward, until 1904, locating in Charles Deysher's farm in Maxatawny township. In the year above mentioned he bought the old homestead on which he had been born, settling thereon in the spring of the year. This fine property of ninety-six acres, the work on which has been conducted by Mr. Adam and his estimable wife, is one of the best improved in the community, the buildings having been repaired and remodeled by Mr. Adam. He is considered one of the good, practical farmers of his community, and his many sterling characteristics have won him the esteem of his fellow-townsmen.
On Feb. 25, 1899, Mr. Adam was married to Mary B. Ketner, daughter of Isaac and Emma (Billman) Ketner, and to them have been born these children: Sadie May; Amy A., who died March 10, 1901, of paralysis; Clayton A.; Amandus C.; Hermie A.; and Edith V.