I am a descendent of Caleb Adams, and his wife Mary, through their son James Wiley Adams and Mary Jane Kemp. Their son, Lewis S. Adams was my great grandfather.Mary Kemp's mother, Semantha Chamness (born June 30, 1869 in TN and died Aug. 11, 1869 in Bradley County, AR), was the daughter of John H. Chamnes and Mary (nee unknown).John was born abt. 1802 in TN and died Abt. 1868 in McNairy County, Tn.Semantha's siblings were:
Cinda, born abt. 1832; Charles,born Feb. 12, 1833; Henry, born Abt. 1835; Susan, born abt. 1838; John, born abt. 1840; and Elgin, born abt. 1851.After the death of Nathan Elgin Kemp, Semantha married 2nd husband William Jones on Dec. 20, 1868 in Bradley County, AR.
Nathan Elgin Kemp's parents were Nathaniel L. Kemp (born Feb.3, 1774 in Rutherford or Rockingham, NC) and Margary Brashears (born October 13, 1792 in NC).Nathaniel L. Kemp died 1858 in Hot Spring County, AR and is buried at Old Antioch Cemetery.Margary died April 15, 1869 in Hot Spring County, AR and is buried at Lone Hill Cemetery in Hot Spring County.Her grave has no marker.
Nathan Elgin Kemp was born December 23, 1824 in Madison County, AL and died August 1, 1865 in Bradley County, AR.
Although I have no documentation, I have several tidbits of information that indicate the parents of Caleb Adams were Bryant Kenchen Adams and Martha Roach. Their granddaughter, Caroline Elizabeth Adams (daughter of Abner Adams) married William Allen Kemp, on Sep. 20, 1865 in Bradley County, AR.William Allen Kemp was the son of Nathiel E. Kemp and Semantha E. Chamness.
Mary Adams, wife of Caleb Adams, married second husband, Rueben Owens on December 2, 1852 in Lowndes County, AL.Rueben died in Ringold, GA in 1863 (died in Civil War).Mary and Rueben's children were: Wade Thomas Owens (born abt. 1852), Susan (born abt. 1856), Reubin (born abt. 1868), and Josephine (born abt. 1861).
It is highly likely that Mary and Reuben came to Bradley County, AR about, or at the same time Abner Adams and his family came to Bradley County.They are found living very near Abner (same census page) and his family in the 1860 census for Bradley County.James Wiley Adams often made mention of his uncle "Kinchen Adams".This particular uncle was the brother to Abner Adams, and the son of Bryant Kenchin Adams.His name was also Bryant Kenchin Adams.If in fact the younger Adams was the Uncle of James Wiley Adams, then it would in fact make the elder Bryant Kenchin Adams, the father of Caleb.
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