ADAM, WILLIAM K., p. 832
Surnames: ADAM, KLINE, ENDY, FICK, GARRETT, KLINE, KOLLER, ROTHENBERGER, SCHMEHL, WENTZEL, SEIDEL, HARTMAN, WANNER, BOONE, MILLER, EGELMAN, LONGENDORFER, SHILDT, WENTZEL, NINE, CRUM, LUTZ, SCHOOR, CUNIUS, ARMOND
William K. Adam, a representative agriculturist and highly esteemed citizen of Lower Alsace township, who owns and operates the old Adam homestead near Antietam Lake, was born on the old home place May 20, 1844, son of William and Catherine (Kline) Adam.
William Adam, grandfather of William K., lived in Alsace township, near Antietam Lake , and was an agriculturist, and the original owner of the Adam property. He married a Miss Garrett, and they had the following children: Catherine m. a Mr. Endy, resided in Heidelberg township, near Blue Marsh; Rebecca m. Samuel Fick, an agriculturist on Heidelburg Gap; John, a stone mason and small farmer of Alsace township, m. a Miss Koller; Jacob, also a stone mason of Lauderbach's Springs, m. Maria Koller; Hannah m. Peter Rothenberger, of Muhlenberg township; William; Hannah m. Jere Koller, a huckster of Hamburg, Pa.; and Samuel, a forgeman of Berger's Forge, m. a Miss Wentzele.
William Adam, father of William K., was born May 7, 1807, at the old homestead at Antietam, and was reared and educated in that locality. He later learned the trade of mason, which he followed in connection with farming the old homestead until his death. He married Catherine Kline, daughter of Henry and Margaret (Schmehl) Kline, and they had the following children: Mary M. married Michael Miller (who died in Reading many years ago), resides in Reading, and has fourteen children -- Amos, John, Daniel, Irwin, Frank, Aaron, Ada, Harry, Thomas, Kate, Mayme, and three deceased; Rebecca m. John Seidle, a blacksmith of Alsace township; and has four children -- Henry, Mary, John, and Annie; Israel of Boyertown, m. Susan Hartman, daughter of Abraham Hartman, and they have six children -- Albert, William, Abner, Charles, Edwin, and Sallie; Lena m. John Wanner, a miller of near Stony Creek Mills, and has six children -- William, Martin, Katie, Hannah, John , and Thomas; Catherine m. Peter Wanner, also a miller and farmer near Stony Creek Mills and has six children -- Ella, Katie, Hannah, Peter, and Nora and Dora (the latter of whom are twins); William K.; James m. Amanda Seidel, and has children -- Charles, James, William, Howard, Frank, Adam, Mayme, Amelia, Sarah, Catherine and Lillian; and Rose m. John Miller, son of William and Mary (Boone) Miller, a driver for Lerch & Co., hardware merchants of Reading, and has children -- Katie, Nora, Mayme, Rose, Stella, Esther, William, and Howard (deceased).
William K. Adam was reared and educated in his native township, and was trained to agricultural pursuits, assisting his father, after whose death he purchased the homestead farm. On May 30, 1868, he married Mary Seidel, daughter of Solomon and Mina (Whilhelmina) (Egelman) Seidel, and to this union there have been born eight children, six of whom survive: Ida m. Jacob Longendorfer, a brewer of Tremont, Schuylkill County, and has children -- Ruth, Esther, and William; Llewellyn, who assists his father on the farm, m. a daughter of Jacob and Emmeretta (Shildt) Wentzel, and has two children -- Jacob and Mary; Edward S., a molder of Reading, m. Ida, daughter of Samuel Nine, and they have had five children, Florence, Dorothy, Ruth, Earl, and Paul (deceased); Emma m. David Crum, son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Lutz) Crum, an employee of Gravity R.R., and has one child, Arthur; Catherine who resides at home, is the widow of Albert Schoor (who was killed in an automobile wreck in October, 1906), and has had four children -- Helen, Armond (deceased), Antionette and Eugene; and William, of lower Alsace township, m. Ella Cunius, and has two children -- Edna and Edith.
Mr. Adam is a democrat in politics and has taken an active part in township affairs, having served as auditor, school director, delegate to county conventions at various times, and being now a candidate for the office of county commissioner. He and his family attend the Reformed Church.