Some accounts say he was born in W. Va., some say PA, some VA.His children were born in Indiana and Ohio if memory serves.He may have been from the area around Greene Co, PA and research into that area and to which state it belonged may be called for.There were Adams families in that area.
From "The Echo"1982 (IL)ADAMS REUNION"The direct descendants of William Franklin Adams and Isabel Bushong Adams who moved to Bureau County, IL in 1840held a family reunion Sunday , July 4th at the Tampico park, Tampico, Illinois."
He had sons Samuel, Jacob, and Frank,daus. Margaret Jane (married a Joseph Rhinehart) and Katie who married Nathan Meek as per obit. of Harriet Love Craddock (Daughter of his 2ndwife Hannah) in 1938.
From Ruth Meek Hall in 1985:Mrs. Thomas (Margaret Adell Adams) Wroten was a sister of my great-grandfather Wm. F. Adams whose 2nd wife was Hannah Rhinehart Leonard Love.
HIs obit states he died at his son Jacob's house, he left a brother, Robert Stewart Adams and 5 children. MARRIAGE to the then widow Hannah Love: From the Illiinois Statewide Marriage Index, 1763-1900, available online from IL State Archives
1880 CensusFairfield, Bureau, Illinois Family History Library Film1254177 NA Film NumberT9-0177 Page Number97C
William ADAMSSelfMMaleW72VAFarmerVAVA Hannah ADAMSWifeMFemaleW74PAKeeping HousePAPA Francis ADAMSSonMMaleW36ILFarmerVAPA Caroline ADAMSDauLMFemaleW29NYKeeping HouseIREIRE Charles ADAMSGSonSMaleW7ILILNY Mary ADAMSGDauSFemaleW4ILILNY Jane ADAMSGDauSFemaleW1ILILNY