Meredith, I have seen your queries everywhere as I search for my ADAMS family in VA,TN,& KY.My ADAMS, John was born 1802 Virginia, he was in TN during the birth of his first son, Anderson 1832, about 1842-43 he was in KY supposed to be either Christian or Hopkins County, then they were in Saline Co.,IL for the 1850 federal census. He died about 1856-60, Saline or White Co.,IL, his wife Ailsey ? died between 1860-65 White Co.,IL. I have copied taxlists-census for TN, & Ky. Tried to obtain probate in IL for both of them-no records.The story that came down to my gr-uncle, and a cousin's family was that John went out trading with tyhe Indians, and evidently was gone too long and his family moved on, and no-one knew where they moved, and he wasn't ever able to find them again. I'm sure there is some truth in there somewhere, but since your ADAMS were in almost the same states & places, I'm wondering if any of this sounds familiar? I wish to thank you for reading this, sorry I cannot help you, but will keep looking, and inform you if I see something you need.