After a 60-year search, two Bibles were found, containing the following: (info in parentheses is my own, from different sources):
Joseph Samuel Adams, (Sr.), born 1762 (where?), died 10 May 1810, Missouri Territory (where), married 14 Aug 1792, Botetourt Co., VA ("Bot." Co.), Elizabeth Seagraves, born 1773 (Cumb Co., NJ), died 1810-11 (either in MO Terr., enroute back to VA, or in Pittsylvania Co., VA, where her estate was administered by Wilson Vaden in 1812).
(Bot. Co., VA marriage record shows they were married there on 14 Aug 1792, and that she was daughter of Samuel and Mary (Rogers) Seagraves of Bot. Co.)
Children of Joseph Samuel Adams & Elizabeth Seagraves: (Probably all born in Bot. Co., VA:)
1. William H.(?--blotched in Bible) Adams, born 23 Oct 1793, died 23 June 1817, Pittsylvania Co., VA (See below.)
2. Mary E. Adams, born 31 Aug 1794, died (infant) 3 June 1810, Miss.(ouri Terr).
3. John Adams, born -- July 1796, Bot. Co., VA, died(young) May 1810, Miss.(ouri Terr.) (His is the only birth place shown for any of the children, and was the clue to finding his parents' marriage in Bot. Co., VA.)
4. Joseph Samuel Adams, (Jr.), born 22 Sept 1798, died (infant), 30 Oct 1798 (probably Bot. Co., VA).
5. (My ancestor) Samuel (NMI) Adams, born 15 Jan 1800, died (age 92, Nov. 1892, Pittsylvania Co., VA, married 26 Dec 1827, Pittsylvania Co., VA, Tamsen Ann Dix, daughter of Capt. William Dix and Patsy "Martha" Hendrick of Pitt. Co., VA.)
6. Ellen Ann Adams, born 3 March 1802, died (infant) 10 June 1810, Miss.(ouri Terr.)
One of these Bibles was of my ancestor, Samuel Adams (No. 5 above); the other was of his daughter, Mary Reeves (Adams) Vaden, wife of Robert Wilson Vaden, grandson of the above Wilson Vaden. Both Bibles were purchased in an old trunk at a flea market in Hillsville, VA, and have since been donated to the Virginia Genealogical Society, Richmond, VA.
Unsupported family legend had held, for decades,that this Adams family had migrated to MISSISSIPPI Territory, with Wilson Vaden and others from VA; when Yellow Fever decimated the group, Wilson Vaden decided to return to his home in Pittsylvania Co., VA, and took the surviving orphans, Samuel Adams and William ADAMS back with him. Samuel grew up in the Vaden home, and spent the rest of his life in Pittsylvania and Halifax Counties, VA.
Death places shown above for the children were shown as "MISS." in large, very legible writing. The father's death place is shown, however, in very tiny, but legible writing as: "Missouri Territory." Thus was the incorrect family legend born!
This Adams family migrated to Missouri Territory circa 1804-10, and all except my ancestor and William H.(?) died there in the very short period, May-June 1810, and possibly of Yellow fever, as the family legend says. The legend, however, assumed that Samuel was an only child, but William H.(?) apparently was also brought back at age about 17 to VA, butdid not grow up in the Vaden home; he died Pittsy. Co., VA at age about 24, but I have found no further record of him.
The Bibles show no death date or place for the mother, Elizabeth Seagraves. Her estate was ordered administered in Pittsylvania Co., VA in Nov1811, and Wilson Vaden did that in 1812. A month after the court ordered her estate administered, the same Court ordered in Dec 1811 that Samuel Adams be bound out.
The Court gave no details pertaining to any of the above, and, for this reason, it is unknown whether Elizabeth died in MO Terr., enroute back to VA, or in VA.
The 1787 (State) Census of VA shows only two Seagraves in all counties of VA. Both were in Bot. Co, and were: (1) the above Samuel Seagraves, and (2) a William Seagraves, a probable relative. In 1804, Samuel and Mary Seagraves sold their 400-acre farm in Bot. Co to Peter Kefauver, and migrated to Warren Co., KY . I wonder if this ADAMS family migrated to MO Terr. with the SEAGRAVES family.
In 1792, Bot. Co., VA was very large, and on the western frontier of VA. It was one of the migration routes to the West and the South. Later, several counties were erected from it, including the City of Roanoke, VA, which now encompasses the earlier farm of Samuel Seagraves.
Thanks for reading all this. Any help you can provide would be most appreciated, and I would gladly pay any postsge and copying costs.
Gordon Adams: GorAdams@aol.com