James Adams was born 1744-1746, probably in Virginia although there is a possibility he was born in Ireland and came to the USA as an infant. His parents definitely migrated from Ireland, probably the County of Donnegal. He married Agnes Wilson, the daughter of Matthew and Catherine Hubbard Wilson. Matthew Wilson died in 1805 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. James Adams and Agnes Wilson were marriedabout 1765 and lived Virginia until sometime between 1779 and 1785 when they migrated to Madison County, Kentucky. By 1810 they had moved to Hopkins County, Kentucky since they appear there in the 1810 census. James Adams died in Hopkins County about 1814-1815 as his will was probated there in February 1815. Agnes Wilson Adams died in Hopkins County about 1817. Based on the will they had the following children
Matthew Adams Sr born 1767-68 in VA, died 1836 in AR Robert Adams born 1770 in VA, died 1825 in AR Jesse Adams born 1774 VA Alexander Adams born 1776 VA, died 1805 in KY James Adams born 1779 VA, died 1855 AR Mary “Polly” Adams born 1785 in KY Thomas Adams born 1788 KY, died 1822 in CA Catherine “Katy” Adams born 1790 KY Jane “Jenny” Adams born 1792 KY Andrew Adams born 1794 KY Wilson Adams born 1796 KY, died 1853-1860, either MO or CA
There are believed to be two or three more sons who were killed by Indians.
WILL OF JAMES ADAMS
This Indenture maid this tenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.I James Adams senr of Hopkins County State of kentucky being of perfect mind and memory and calling to mind it is appointed once for all men to die do constitute and appoint this my last will and Testament (to wit) I do recommend my sole to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a dacent and christian like manner at the desceation of my Exuctor. Item I do first allow all my just debts to be paid. Item I do give and leve to my daughtr Caty Bone a negro garl named Luce that she now hath in possesion to her and her heirs. I do give and leave to my Daughter Polly Davis a negro garl named Neaton that she hath now is possession to her and her heirs. Item I do give to my daughter Jinny a negro garl named Winnie to her and her Heirs. Item I do give and leave to my son Thomas Adams a neagrow boy named Harry. Item, I do give and leve to my son Andrew Adams a neagro boy named King. Item, I do give and leave to my son Wilson Adams a neagro garl named Deby. Itam. I do leave to my beloved wife Agnes Adams the plantation we now live on with all the farming tools and household and kitchen furniture & all my stock of every kind that is on the place and the following negros (towit) Lun, Famma(?), old Bet and young Bet during her life and at her death I do give and leave to my sons Andrew and Wilson the land & stock of every kind that may be on the place with the farming tools house hold and kitchen furniture to be divided equally between them and if either of them should die before their mother the other son to have all the land & stock aforesaid.If that he should die without having any Hair and at the death of my beloved wife I do give and leave old Bet my negro woman to to my daughter Jinny and my negro Lun, Fanna (?) and young Bet to be sold and divided equally between my following sons (towit) Matthew, Robert, Alexanders Heirs, Jesse I James and if Fanna (?) should have any more children before my wifes death I do leave them to her for to do with as she may think proper and I do hereby appoint my sons Matthew and James Adams Executor to this my last will in Witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the day & date above written. /s/ James Adams (Seal)
In presence of John Adams, Thomas Adams, Wilson Adams
Hopkins Ct.Febuary County Court 1815 The foregoing Instrument of writing was produced in Court and prove to be the last will and Testament of James Adams deceased by the oaths of John Adams & Thomas Adams two subscribing witnesses thereto (the said Thomas having previously in presence of this Court relinquished the legacy made him in said will it appearing to the Court that said will could not be otherwise proven than by the oath of said Thomas or Wilson Adams who are legatees therein) and ordered to be made of record. A Copy /s/ Sam. Woodson Clk
Hopkins County 10th of April 1815 pursuant to an order of Hopkins County Court Febuary Term appointing James Baker, Andrew Buckhann Wright W Willis & William Alvin or any three of them being first present to appraise in current money the estate and slaves of James Adams decd and return an inventory thereof as the law directs.Andrew Buckhann Wright W Willis and William Alvin being first sorn provide as follows (to wit)
A negro man named Landon @ ...$500 A negro boy named Harry @.....$350 A negro woman named Fanna & child @$400
Wright W Willis } W Blvier (?)}appraisers A Buckhorn}
Hopkins Ct, April County Court 1815 The foregoing inventory and appraisement of the estate of James Adams senr deceased was returned into Court and ordered to be recorded. A Copy Att Sam Woodson, clk
It does not seem the John you mention was a brother to James. I agree both the Thornton and Stoddard are interesting. Those names never appear in anywhere else in any of James Adams family and I think it is highly probable they are from Phoebe's family.