Joshua Adams was born in Indiana, February 18, 1819 and died at his home near Westerville, Iowa, April 6, 1901, aged 82 years, 1 month and 17 days, the cause of his death being heart trouble. January 15th he visited his son, Alonzo and family and was not able to be out of the house but a few times after returning home. He bore his sufferings with great patience. During all the long weeks he was never known to murmur or complain.
He was united in marriage to Tempa C. Smith, in Lee County, Virginia, in 1841, who preceded him to the spirit land April 24, 1893. To this union nine children were born. Five still survive him, and all reside in this county. They are as follows: James, of Grand River, Joseph, of Decatur; Rebecca, wife of John Vanderpool, of Westeville, Mary E. Lee, a widow who resided with her father on the old homestead, and Alonzo, of Van Wert. Besides these children, twenty-three grandchildren and ten great grandchildren are left to mourn the loss of a devoted parent and grandparent. They moved from Virginia to Tennessee in a short time after their marriage and from thence to the state of Iowa in 1851, first settling in Davis County, in a short time moving from there to the western part of the state and in the year 1867, moved to Decatur County, purchasing his present home of Reverend F. Edwards. There being no improvements but the house, he and his good wife went to work to make a comfortable home. They endured a great many of the cares and hardships of pioneer life, but by industry, honesty and economy they gained a pleasant, commodious home. But seven of the early settlers of his neigborhood survive him.
Uncle Joshua, as he was familiarly called, united with the Baptist Church in his early manhood, and through all the sorrows nd troubles, as well as sunshine, he lived a devoted Christian life. His funeral was held at the Christian Church, April 8th, preached by his pastor, Reverend Joseph Edwards. Text 1 Cor. 15th chapter. His favorite song "Will Jesus Find Us Watching", was sung, after which the body was followed by his children, friends and neighbors and laid beside his wife in the Wheelis Cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
Posted in Decatur County Journal-IowaApril 18, 1901