My line is through Lewis Gratis Adams' sister, Maranza Anna Adams who married Rev. Samuel Sanford Saxon. Maranza & S.S. (as he is commonly seen in the records) came to Texas (Bastrop/Fayette Counties) and both died in 1873. (Newspaper acts that fail to give the "why" or "how" they died.):
FROM THE BASTROP (TX) ADVERTISER
Abstracts published online at
09 October 1875
DIED - - - Edward D. SAXON on the 11th inst. He became entangled in the shaft at Mr. BARBEE's Steam Mill. Relatives unknown. SAXON has been living with W. H. COULSON, Sr. at Mcdade. SAXON said his parents settled in Fayette County [TX] 2 or 3 years ago, both dying in the same year they came to Texas. Said his father was a Baptist minister. There were many children, all scattered about after the parents' deaths. One is a sister of SAXON living with Mr. BASTIAN of Bastrop.
30 October 1875
N. THOMAS of Winchester, Fayette County, reports on the family of Edward D. SAXON who died recently. The Rev. Sanford SAXON, Baptist minister, came to this vicinity three years ago and settled on Maj. J. C. STRIBLING's farm in CUNNINGHAM's Prairie in Fayette County [TX]. This man and wife died the same year, leaving 8 children. The oldest, a girl of 17 or 18, married Sam SMITH who keeps "Jonis' Ferry" three miles from here. Robert, the eldest boy, is at the ferry. Paratina [Paratine, my gggrandmother, married Wm Henry Jones]is with Major STRIBLING. Samuel is with Mr. Wesley HUNT in Williamson County [Samuel Lewis was the ONLY child to spell his name SEXTON, for reasons unclear, perhaps that is how the Hunts spelled it?]. Margetta[Marietta, m. Wm Henry Duty] is with Mrs. COOK at Rutersville in this county. The little girl Emer [Emma Jane, m. Junius Fletcher "Punch" Nash, sheriff, Bastrop Co.] is in your place [i.e., with Mr. BASTIAN of Bastrop]. The youngest [Everett Saxon b. 1872d. 1873] is deceased. This family came from Florence, a small place in Alabama.
There are family stories on that page, which you may find interesting.
Ellie Lewis Sr. actually died at St. Therese Hospital, Carroll-Wallace Funeral Home performed the services, he is buried in the Old Hardin Cem, Kountze, Hardin Co TX along with his parents. His residence was Kountze.
From his Death Cert on the Pilot site:
Name: Ellie Louis Adams Sr.
Death date: 13 Jan 1952
Death place: Beaumont, Jefferson, Texas
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 78 years 7 months 16 days
Birth date: 27 May 1873
Birth place: Florida
Marital status: Widowed
Father name: Louis G. Adams
Father birth place:
Mother name: Laura Anthony
Mother birth place:
Occupation: Retired Merchant
Residence: Kountze, Hardin, Texas
Cemetery name: Old Hardin Cemetery
Burial place: Kountze, Texas
Burial date: 14 Jan 1952
Film number: 2074928
Digital GS number: 4167223
Image number: 3033
Reference number: cn 2898
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
I am interested in the info on all the siblings, aunts...etc.
On Beulah M. Adams. I have her listed as Beulah Mae but it could have been Beulah Mansfield. I found John T. Blessing's Death Cert., b. Jul 29, 1908 Tarrant Co, TX, d. Nov 4, 1961, at home, Kountze, Hardin Co. Buried in the Old Hardin Cem., auto mechanic by trade, s/o J.T. Blessing (John Thomas?) and Grace V. Babcock.
I have Mabel R. married to a Wiggins but that is all I have on him. I found her in the 1930 Census as a boarder with a family in Pt. (Port) Neches, Jefferson Co., TX and she was listed as a teacher in a public school.
As for Lewis Gratis & Laura Mansfield Anthony:
The children as I have them
*Cornelia Agnes Adams
1867 – 1935
1869 – 1874
1870 – 1875
1872 – 1877
*Ellie Lewis, Sr Adams
1873 – 1952
1875 – 1880
*Thomas M. Adams
*Sarah Sallie May Adams
1880 – 1973
*Mary Gertrude Adams
The Old Hardin Cemetery has these Adams listed (on Find a Grave)
Adams, Bobbie Burns (s/o Ellie Jr.)
b. 1928 d. unknown
Adams, Ellie L, Jr
b. Feb. 17, 1902 d. Dec. 25, 1980
Adams, Ellie L
b. 1873 d. 1952
Adams, Laura M
b. 1844 d. 1937
b. Oct. 8, 1835 d. Sep. 12, 1912
Adams, Sarah F
b. 1877 d. 1950
Beulah M. Blessing
b. Jul. 29, 1907, Kountze, Hardin Co., TX
d. Dec. 17, 2004, Austin, Travis Co., TX
I added John Thomas Blessing to the FindAGrave site based on the info on his death cert. I hope to get over there for photos of the headstones within the next few weeks.
In the 1930 Census, Laura Adams is 2 families down from Ellie Jr. and the wife's name looks like Minnie, Menine..hard to read.
Lewis' father, Absalom married Jane Grantham.
#1 Elizabeth Adams 1794 –?,
#2 Mathias Adams 1797 –?,
#3 Zachariah Adams 1797 – 1880, married Elizabeth Horn, 2 Children: Nathan, Nancy Adams
#4 Zacheus Adams 1801 –? Married Dicey unkn, 5 Children: James D.W., Joseph, Nancy J., Sally, John Q. Adams
#5 Mary Adams 1803 –?,
#6 Elijah Adams 1804 – 1887 Married Mary Lewis, 11 Children: Maranza Anna, Absalom J., Lewis Gratis, Elizabeth, John Tally, Wright, Archibald B., Thomas,
Mary E., Rhoda J. "Rody", Millard Fillmore Adams
#7 Elisha Adams 1804 (Twin of Elijah), d. ?, Married Ann Eliza Horn, 7 Children: Wm., Unity, Marcus, Caroline, Margaret, Elizabeth, Henry Adams
Looking for additions, corrections, photos...anything people will share.