Perhaps you could help me, I am searching for a John Adams family listed in a book published in 1897, written by Federal Judge Andrew Phelps McCormick, titled SCOTCH-IRISH IN IRELAND AND AMERICA.
His ancestor, Andrew McCormick, married Catherine Adams [ca 1778, in Rowan County, NC], she being the youngest daughter of John Adams [ca 1700 - Republic of Holland] who'd emigrated to NJ, 1720, moving his family thru PA and VA, finally settling in Rowan County, where he died in 180l.
Mr. McCormick listed the following children for John Adams:
John, Peter, Jacob, Mary - married Mr. Groves, Hannah - married Mr. Lowrance, and Catherine, who married Andrew McCormick.
Mc. McCormick's story of how Mr. Adams came to the colonies, is most moving for his father had died and due to his faith, his family [widowed mother and sister, Catherine] were persecuted by the Papists.He was seized and forced into the army but managed to escape back to his mother's small farm about 40 miles from a seaport, remaining hidden until spring when he joined others on a ship taking emigrates to America where he joined others from his country, who shared his faith, in New Jersey.
Mr. McCormick writes that his sister, Catherine, joined him but no other mention is made.Mr. Adams, marries one from his own native land but no name is given [strange considering there is so much about Mr. Adams] and they had 6 children.
Due to Lord Cornwallis overrunning NJ in 1776, Mr. Adams moved his family into PA, then to VA until the end of 1777, arriving in Rowan County, NC the first part of 1778.
Mr. McCormick states "Rev. Richard Ellis Sherrill, born in Lincoln County, NC, March 17, 1816 - now August 24, 1896, in Haskell, TX - remembers to have personally know Jacob Adams, the youngest son of John Adams." [chapter 2, page 24]
"John Adams survived until the first year of this century.He was totally blind for several years....During these latter years of helpless blindness, he lived with the family of of his daughter, Catherine McCormick, and died in her house on Lyle's Creek [Lincoln County, NC] in which is son in law, Andrew McCormick had died about three years earlier".
Should any of this information blend with your family history, I would be appreciative if you would share.