ELIJAH ADAMS , one of the men of Nettle Creek Township who has made a success, is a native of Henry County, Indiana, and was born September 20, 1831. He is the son of Jonathan and Rachael (Braun) Adams. The father, Jonathan Adams, was born in Surry County, North Carolina, in the year 1799, and was the son of Joel and Hannah Adams. Rachael Braun was also a North Carolinian, by birth, and the youngest daughter of Moses Braun, a native, also, of the same state. Both were children of farmers, were reared on the farm, and received such education as the period afforded. Each remained under the parental roof until they were married. To this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters: Isaac, died in infancy; Hannah, died in childhood; Sarah, deceased wife of James Conner, a farmer of Kansas; Mary A., wife of Jacob Saddler, a farmer of Marshall County, Indiana; Elijah, of Nettle Creek Township, Randolph County, Indiana, whom this biography concerns; and George W., of Oklahoma, attorney at law. After the marriage of Jonathan and Rachael Adams they moved to Wayne County, this state, where they lived for a few years, after which they went to Henry County, where they entered eighty acres of land, but a few years later sold this and moved to Raysville, and then to Wabash County, where he died and was buried near the city of Lafayette. After the death of the father the family returned to Henry County, and here the mother married William Moore, but in 1876 died in Marshall County. They were both members of the Society of Friends and the mother also of the New Light. The father was a stanch Whig in politics and was a man whose influence was felt in the community in which he lived.
Elijah Adams lived on farms at various places and until the age of fourteen years remained with his parents, at which time he began to work for himself, and before reaching his majority he was the happy owner of forty acres of land, the fruit of his frugality and industry. September 18, 1851, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Dunbar, daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth (Bell) Dunbar, both natives of North Carolina; Elizabeth was born in Wayne County, February 6, 1833; six children were born to them, five sons and one daughter: Marcus, of this county, a farmer; William, also of this county, a farmer; Emily, wife of William Bookout, a farmer of Nettle Creek Township; John R., a farmer of this county; Rufus, a farmer of Randolph County; and Charles O., still living at home. After their marriage they settled in Henry County where they remained until 1857, when they sold their property here and bought 130 acres in Randolph County, and to this he has added from time to time until the farm consists of 327 acres. Mr. Adams is a prosperous man. Hard work, good management and economy have brought to him the almost inevitable results. Abundance meets him on every hand, and a well tilled farm and a pleasant family and happy home make life to him well worth living. Both Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist Church. Mr. Adams in politics is a Republican, never neglects his duty to that party at the polls, but is not an office seeker.