The following are excerpts from letters written by Adams sisters to their cousin and uncle, the Black family of Illinois. This Black family came from Humphreys Co. TN as did the Richard Wood Adams family. There is also a Haywood Co. TN [William Black] and a Bradley Co. AR connection. You’ll also see Price and May family relationship.
Pittsburg , Arks April 17, 1852 [spelling and punctuation left as original] . . . “About half of the people ar going to California this spring. 60 wagons has passed through Clarksville [Johnson Co] and they say more yet to go. Lots of wimen & children going. I guess it will make provision high bacon is worth 12 dolars & a half a hundred corn 50 cents per bushel flour $6 per barrel. Brother John Price [married to her sister Mary C. Adams] is still there and says he does not know when he will come home. Cousin Bill May & John May is boath in California & boath of their wifes have died since they went. Uncle Tom May is getting along fine. Alf [Alfred] is with him yet. Tom [probably son of Thomas and brother of Alfred] is married and living over the mountains. Brother George [her brother] is living at home has opened a farm in the bottom since he came home. He is not married yet. Uncle Jesse May & family was well the last I heard from them. Marys husband is dead and she is living with [can’t tell if it is her or his] father. Matilda is single yet.” . . .
[signed] M. A. Adams [daughter of Richard Wood Adams and Nancy Black]
(Since she refers to Uncle Jesse May I would look for his wife to be either an Adams or a Black)
Johnson Co. Ark Sept. 12, 1847
. . . “I haven’t saw T. K. May for about too months he is at cane hill going to school.” . . . “Brother William and Silvester [Adams] are going with cos. Allec [possibly Alexander Black who was in Bradley Co. AR] to look at the country and I suspect they will move down there.”
[signed] M. C. Adams
In the 1850 Bradley Co. census Sterling M. Price and John B. Price are both in the same hotel as Alexander Black. Andrew Black, his brother, is also there with a son Sterling M. Black. There are at least two Sterling M’sin the Black family. Andrew and Alexander Black originally patented land in Johnson Co. and then moved on to Bradley Co.
The May, Price and Adams family are not in my direct line, but if this information leads anyone to more about the Black family I would appreciate the information. The Black brothers, sons of Robert Black and Jane Buchanan, were: James Buchanan Black, Andrew Livingston Black, Alexander Black, Robert Black, William Black and John Black; and two known sisters Nancy Black Adams and Sarah Black Crockett.