I am so glad to connect with a cousin! Yes, I had Carrie living in Taft, CA., but had her husband's name as Loeb. I have no idea how I got it, except through the old letters. Thanks for the Kingsley info! As for the Adamses, I have back to Robert Adams, who bought 50 acres in Monaghan Twp., York Co., PA in 1750. He may have been a Presbyterian. He moved to Bedford Twp., Bedford Co., PA about 1760. His wife's name was Jane UNK, and his children included Elijah, Robert, Solomon, Samuel, and Rachel. The last three were the first white settlers of Johnstown, PA, and Solomon escaped with Samuel's and Rachel's children during an Indian raid in which the other adults were killed. Just outside of Johnstown is a road called Solomon's Run after the event. We are descended from Elijah, who was a Quaker (probably married a Quaker.) He lived in Bedford, PA, and was listed in the 1775 Militia Roll, but paid a fine instead of serving, which usually indicated they were Quakers. He moved back to York Co. about 1783. Elijah's wife was Hannah Blair, and he had a son, Robert, who was our Alexander's father. Robert was b. 1753, d. 1810, and his wife's name was Keziah Blair. Had Alexander, b. 1786, and Thomas, b. 6/19/1798.
Alexander was a circuit rider for the Methodist Church. His son from his first wife Esther, Matthew Shields Adams, was an entrepreneur in the early oil days, and owned oil wells and a coal processing plant called Maple Furnace. He was also an "unofficial" minister who began a church at Maple Furnace that was quite successful. We think he sold his oil holdings to Rockefeller, probably forced to do so. Do you know anything about Matthew Shields? Does your Dad know anything about Newt? Anxious to hear more!Diane Cuffman Ryder