James Adams was born ten miles from Halifax Court House, Va., on the 6th day of Oct., 1803.He came to North Carolina about the year 1820.Shortly after, he was employ- ed by W. P. Waugh, of Wilkesboro, [NC] to drive a team.At that time it must be remembered there were no railroads, all transportation was car- ried on by wagoning.Adams was sent to Charleston, Augusta, Colum- bia, Fayetteville, Petersburg, Rich- mond, Baltimore and other places as well.As Waugh carried on a large business, which required many teams running all the time,Adams was consequently on the road the year round.He drove 500 beeves to Bal- timore for Waugh at one time, and frequently took droves to other cit- ies in that direction.
He was a remarkable man.Strict- ly honest, he never spoke anything but the truth, was candid in every- thing, never spoke evil of any one unless it was when he was greatly wronged.He married Margaret Goolsby [Goldsby] some 60 years ago.Two children were the fruits of this un- ion. William died several years ago. Arthur, a good and respectable citi- zen, is still living.
Mr. Adams died the 7th of Jan., 1893, and was buried at the family cemetery, the funeral services con- ducted by Rev. I. W. Thomas.
N. A. Powell
[The Lenoir Topic was published at Lenoir, Caldwell County, NC.Nelson Albright Powell (l8l6-1910) was of a family of Powells of Lower Creek Township, near Lenoir, whoknew the Adamses for many years as neighbors.As far as I could ever determine, the Adams cemetery has been long lost to progress, but is said to have been on a ridge.I don't know whether or not James had any connection to the John Adams who was involved in the Adams and Clarke Tragedy of the 1820's or 1830's, which was the subject of a message posted on this Adams site in September 200l.William Pitt Waugh of Wilkesboro was the owner of a large chain of stores in western North Carolina and nearby states. He was a partner in the Waugh & Harper store, near present Lenoir, in which one JohnAdams killed someone with the surname Clark(e) and touched off a temperance movement in the area.James Adams had no part in this occasion, and may never have even met John Adams, who paid dearly for the Saturday tragedy.]