John Adams and Susannah Wood (daughter of Richard?) are my 5th great grandparents. I don't think either of them ever lived in Tennessee. He died around 1782 and his son and grandchildren didn't relocate to Tennessee until after 1800.
John and Susannah Adams had 8 children that I know of. The given names, John, Sylvester, William, Susannah, Patrick, and Rebecca are repeated in many branches of the Adams family for generations, which makes this family very confusing to research at times.
John and Susannah's second son, Sylvester Adams (1760-1830), came to Tennessee around 1805 with his wife, Rebekah Boyd (1770-1839),daughter of Harrison Patrick Boyd. They had a total of 13 children, some born in VA and some in TN. Their oldest son, John Adams, was born 15 January 1797. Their second son, Sylvester (b. 1800), is in my line. Another son, Samuel, born 5 June 1805, went on to become Governor of Arkansas in 1844. Other children were Susanna, Rebecca (Eliza), Ann, Thomas J., William, Patrick Boyd, Ichabod, Sarah Mararet, Martha Boyd, and Isabella.
When Sylvester and Rebekah came to Tennessee,they also brought with them 6 of Sylvester's nieces and nephews, who were the orphaned children of his brother Richard Adams and Hannah Boyd (cousin of Rebekah). One of these nephews was John Adams, born around 1786. The other 5 children were Susan, Richard, William C., Sylvester, and George.
This large contingent of Adams relatives settled near Yellow Creek in Dickson (now Houston) county and White Oak Creek in Humphreys county, Tennessee. Some went on to Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas but many have remained in Tennessee to this day. If you're an Adams in middle Tennessee, you're most likely descended from John Adams and Susannah Wood and Patrick Boyd (1710-1762) and Rachel Grissom.
For more details see my family tree on ancestry.com entitled "Adams Families of Middle Tennessee" (username tigertLH).
Can anyone help me with ancestry on Richard Wood and Mary White