Francis Percival ADAMS was born about 1849 in Culpeper County, Viginia, the son of James ADAMS (1810-1870) and Missouri E KILBY (1824-1870).He married Orpha C MCGOWAN of Illinois, daughter of Alexander MCGOWAN and Clarissa E WOODS, in Kansas.I think they had three children: Nellie I., b. 1880; Maude Ellen, b. 1881; and James A. b. 1884, all born in Kansas.I am particularly interested in the second child, Maude Ellen ADAMS.
According to the oral family history of her descendants, Maude's father was a doctor from Virginia and her mother was a MCGOWAN whose father was born in Scotland.I do find Francis P ADAMS listed as a doctor on the 1880 US Census in Castleton, Reno County, Kansas.Orpha C MCGOWAN's father was indeed born in Scotland.All indications are that this is the right family.
Apparently, Orpha MCGOWAN died around 1890.In 1892, Francis ADAMS married Nellie KIRKPATRICK and they had two daughters (in very rapid succession): Jean Orpha (named for his first wife?!), b. June 1894 in Kansas; and Dorothy, b. Feb 1895 in Missouri.They (Francis, Nellie K, Jean and Dorothy) were all living in Texas County, Missouri, in 1900, in Washington County, Alabama, in 1910, and with Nellie's sister, Laura Bee KIRKPATRICK, in Okanogan County, Washington, in 1920.
I have no documentation to connect Maude Ellen ADAMS to her parents--she was born after the 1880 census, the 1890 census is destroyed and she is not in the household of her parents by 1900.She may have been married by that time, but we don't know to whom.
Some time between 1910 and 1913, we know that Maude Ellen ADAMS married Louis Henry WELLS, who was b. 1857 in Wisconsin, son of Solomon WELLS and Caroline ROSS.I cannot find them in the 1920 census.I find them in Alamosa County, Colorado, in 1930 with one son, Louis Clifford WELLS.Maude Ellen ADAMS died 22 Apr 1943, in San Francisco.
So, I have no data for the first 30 years of her life.Does anyone have evidence that links Maude Ellen ADAMS with her father, Francis P ADAMS?Was she married to someone else prior to her marriage to Louis H WELLS?