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William1 Adams1 was born 1745 in Edgefield District, Barnwell Co, SC., and died 1803 in Edgefield District, Barnwell Co, SC.He married Joannah1 in Edgefield District, Barnwell Co., SC1.She died 1838 in Madison Co., Mississippi.
Notes for William Adams:
They were militant Methodist in South Carolina.It was through missionaries sent out by the South Carolina Methodist conference that the Adams clan learned of the mild climate and the rich fertile land of the Natchez country and the Amite River section of Mississippi.Early in 1911 most of the Adams Family and the Flowers family started out the long journey to what they considered to be their land of promise.They traveled on horseback and in covered wagons.Soon after this group reached and settled in Amite County, Mississippi, they formed and were charter members of the Adams Church, which has been known as the Adams Campground.
Will of William Adams
In the name of God, I William Adams of the state of South Carolina, Barnwell District, being weak and infirm in body, but of sound mind and memory, for which I desire to be thankful to an infinite and bountiful benefactor, do hereby make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament, imprimus I recommend my body to dust to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named.
It is my desire that all my lawful debts be paid.It is my desire that the plantation whereon I now live with all the utensils (sic) remain in the possession of my beloved wife, Joanna Adams, together with three horses and all of my stock of cattle, hogs, sheep, during her natural life, except two colts, the one chestnut sorrel horse with I bequeath my son John Adams, the other sorrel horse which I bequeath in like manner to my son William Adams, to them and their legal heirs forever, I also bequeath two cows and calves to my daughter Susanna Alford, to be delivered her at command, to her and her legal heirs forever.
I give and bequeath three hundred dollars to my son James Adams to be put in interest for his use until arrives at lawful age, to him and lawful heirs forever, the said sum of three hundredgiven aforesaid to my son James to be raised out of monies now due me on notes and open accounts and should failure occur in the source, it is my will that my executors sell steers out of my stock and supply the deficiency.
I give and bequeath my son William Adams my tract of land containing one hundred and eighty seven acres adjoining the trust whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever.
I give and bequeath my son John Adams at the decease of my beloved wife Joanna, all my stock, belonging to the plantation whereon I now live and every part of my stock now with and in possession of James Cleveland be equally divided between all of my children and heirs to wit:John Adams, William Adams, Elizabeth Adams, Polly Adams, Susanna Alford, Sally Adams, Nancy Adams, Hannah Adams, James Adams, Rebecca Capresto Adams.
It is also my will that my wife Joanna Adams act as executrix, and my son in law Jacob Alford and my son John Adamsact as executors to this my last will and testament, and that they may manage everything devised in the schedule agreeable to the true intent and meaning thereof as expressed or understood by the same, hereby revoking all other wills or devise by me made, and ratifying and confirming this my last will and testament.
In the testimony where of the said William Adams, hath hereby unto set his hand and affixed his seal as his last will and testament.In the presence of
s/ William X Adams (L.S.)
Attest: Atrue and correct copy (Marie J. Black)
Judge of Probate Court, Barnwell Co., SC
Personally appeared before me William Aaron of the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God
doth make an oath and say that he saw William Adams sign, seal and declare the same to be and contain his last will and testament that he the said William Adams was of sound mind, memory, and understanding to the best of the deponant's knowledge and belief: and Peter Punal and Dixson Thompson together with this deponant, signed their names as witnesses thereto: each other given under my hand.
This the 6th day of January 1803.
Notes for Joannah:
The Will of Joannah Adams
State of Mississippi, Madison County
I, Joannah Adams, of the county and state aforesaid and being especially warned of uncertainty of life by a present bodily disease and being in sound and disposing and understanding do hereby make and constitute this my last will and testament.
While I commend my soul to the keeping of God who gave it, I wish my body to be decently committed to the earth, and hereby-sey apart sufficient sum to defray the cost of same.
I wish all my just debts to be paid so soon as sufficient amount be collected from those indebted to me.
I bequeath my son James, one feather bed.
It is my wish that all my Negroes shall be appraised by three appointed by the judge of probate; and my son James Adams shall take them all at their appraised value, he being allowed a credit of twelve months for the whole amount, from the time of my decease.It is also my wish that my entire estate excepting whatever maybe hereinafter specially otherwise bequeathed and as hereinafter specified.
I give and bequeath eight of the aforesaid shares to my children, James Adams, William Adams, Elizabeth Obier, Burkett Thompson, Nancy Adams Flowers, Joanna Gastinston, and Jack E, Carstarphen, one share each individual and all share alike.
I give and bequeath eight of the aforesaid shares to my son William Adams one of the aforesaid ten shares and one feather bed to be held in trust nevertheless by the said William Adams for use and benefit of my daughter Rebecca Flowers for and during her natural life, and at her death, it is my wish and desire that said property with all the increases and profits thereof be wholly transferred to Sarah Terrill, wife of John Terrill of Amite Co., state aforesaid or to her heirs.
I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Elizabeth Ann, cow and calf.
I wish my son William Adams to be exonerated from the payment of one hundred dollars which he owes me in consideration of one years labor performed by him for me after he had arrived at the age of twenty-one years.
It is my wish that my son John Adams shall be exempted from paying for a wagon which he obtained from me several years ago.
I hereby constitute and appoint my sons, James Adams and John Adams to be the executors of this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I have herewith set my hand and seal this 22nd day of July AD 1835.
Joanna X Adams (Seal)
Thomas J. Catchings
Sullins C. Tupper (Or Lupper)
The State of Mississippi, Probate Court Madison County
September 7, 1838
The last will and testament of Joanna Adams did and was this day produced in open court, whereupon came Thomas Catchings one of the subscribing witnesses thereto who being duly qualified deposeth and says that they said Joanna Adams signed the same.
It is therefore established and admitted to record in this court and that Lutters testimony on said estate be granted to James Adams and John Adams on their entering into bond in the penal sum of ten thousand dollars with Robert G. Anderson (Ben) and Thomas J. Catchings their securities.
The said James and John Adams having been appointed executors of the will.
Judge of Probate
I W.W. Sims, clerk of Chancery Court in and for the county and state aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above foregoing is a true and correct copy of wills IQ Joanna Adams as fully and completely as appears and remains of records now on file in my office this 23rd day of June 1958.
W.W. Sims, Chancery Clerk
By Addie Fleming
Children of William Adams and Joannah are:
+ 2 i. William2 Adams, Jr, born August 15, 1791 in Edgefield District, SC; died March 08, 1865 in Attalla County, Mississippi.
3 ii. John Adams1.He married Harriet Smith1 April 08, 1813.
4 iii. James Adams1.He married Lois1.
Notes for James Adams:
Later moved to Madison Co., Mississippi, then to Texas.
+ 5 iv. Elizabeth Adams.
6 v. Nancy Adams1.She married Henry Flowers1; born February 02, 17871.
Notes for Henry Flowers:
Grew up in the Edgefield District of South Carolina and was engaged in farming and shipping tar to Charleston. Their great-great great grandson (or so) Joe Neal Flowers, married Margaret Ann Elliott, a great great granddaughter of John Alexander Wasson and Eliza Bush Copeland Wasson.
7 vi. Joannah (or Hannah) Adams1.She married Christopher Garlington1 March 25, 1813 in Amite Co., Mississippi.
8 vii. Sarah Adams1.She married Jack E. Cardstarphen1 July 17, 1828 in Amite Co., Mississippi.
9 viii. Rebecca Adams1.She married Mr. Flowers1.
10 ix. Mary Adams1.
11 x. Susanna Adams1.She married Jacob Alford (or Halford)1.
Generation No. 2
2.William2 Adams, Jr (William1)1 was born August 15, 1791 in Edgefield Discrict, SC1, and died March 08, 1865 in Attala County, Mississippi1.He married Permelia Smith1.She was born September 28, 17941, and died September 23, 1876 in Attala County, Mississippi1.
Notes for William Adams, Jr. :
He attended a revival meeting at Bethel church, Attala county. The Service was going well and there were many giving testimonials and spiritual experiences.William stood and started speaking as he approached the alter.A man who did not know him turned to his wife and said " that is the ugliest man I ever saw."
When William finished his talk and returned to his sat the man said to his wife" that is the most handsomest man I ever saw".
It was said that what came from the soul brought beauty with the message.
From an interview Brownie Carson did with Clifton Adams.
Settled NE 1/4 Sec 28 T 5 N R 6 E on East Fork of Amite River in Amite County on 1/12/1816
More About William Adams, Jr.:
Burial: Bethel Cemetary1