Thanks for your reply.I was gone over the holidays, so could not immediately respond.I am very glad to know about the deed showing Redmond Adams (b. 1787) as being alive on 13 March 1860 (Pittsylvania Co., VA Deed Book 59, p. 95).Interestingly, I have a photocopy of the index to "all" Adams deeds in Pittsylvania County, VA and that one isn't included -- at least not listing Redmond Adams as a grantor.I don't find Redmond Adams (b. 1787) in the 1860 census of Pittsylvania County, Va. so it appears that he may have died in 1860 before the census was taken, perhaps not too long after the 13 March 1860 deed.(Interestingly, this 13 March 1860 deed is with his son-in-law Matthew B. Williams (c1801-1860) who then himself died on 7 Apr 1860, less than a month after it was executed.Thus, perhaps there was an epidemic that claimed both men in the spring of 1860.)
Yes, my great-grandparents James Madison Adams (1845-1923) & Emily Mary Williams (1849-1903) were cousins (actually multiple-cousins through the Adams and Williams families of Pittsylvania County, Va.).
James Madison Adams (1845-1923) was a son of John Allen Adams (c1817-1862) & his wife Sarah Ann Adams (c1826-1874) who were first cousins.Their fathers were brothers.John Allen Adams' father was James Adams (c1778-1843) while Sarah Ann (Adams) Adams' father was Johnson Adams (c1786-1854).All these people were of Pittsylvania Co., Va., though John Allen Adams died in 1862 at Dobson, Surry Co., NC, with his widow Sarah returning to Pittsylvania Co., Va.
James Adams (c1778-1843) and Johnson Adams (c1786-1854) were two of the children of John Adams, Jr. (died 1824) & wife Sarah.His father, John Adams, Sr. (died 1815), was a brother to Robert Adams (d. 1783), from whom we both descend.(Note:John Adams, Sr. (d. 1815), John Adams, Jr. (d. 1824), and Robert Adams (d. 1783 all left wills in Pittsylvania Co., Va., although not all of John Sr.'s children were named in his.)
Now, going back into my line to explain another connection, my great-grandmother Emily Mary Williams (1849-1903), the wife of her cousin James Madison Adams (1845-1923), was a daughter of Matthew B. Williams (c1801-1860) & Rhoda Adams (c1815-1857), of Pittsylvania County, VA. Matthew B. Williams (c1801-1860) was a brother to Lucy Sarah Williams (died c1841) who was the wife of Johnson Adams (c1786-1854) mentioned earlier. Rhoda's Adams ancestry traces to her father Redmond Adams (1787-c1860), to his father Elijah Adams (1764-1814), and then to his father Robert Adams (d. 1783).
As for the marriage date and place for Redmond Wynn Adams (1825-1911) and Susannah Farrell, I see that I misread my records and have it as 18 Feb 1859 in Halifax Co., VA.(By the way, "Wynn" for the middle name of this Redmond came from the identification written for his photograph in the historical museum in South Boston, VA.)In the 1970s I met your aunt Nellie (Dodson) Williams who used to live at Sutherlin, VA.She was a very nice lady and had heard of some members of my branch of the family.She recalled my great-great-aunt Lucy Williams (sister to my great-grandmother Emily Mary (Williams) Adams) who never married and remained in Pittsylvania County, VA.Lucy lived with the Redmond Wynn Adams family for many years.Cousin Nellie gave me a quilt that Lucy had made, though didn't have her picture.
In 1981, I moved to Alaska.I now live in Anchorage, AK.
P.S.On a separate posting to the Adams Forum section of GenForum, I will provide further information on the 8 children of our ancestor, Elijah Adams (1764-1814).