My mother and her sisters began the 'paper trail' search for John A. Adams, Sr.'s family connections over 35 years ago, and came to a dead end right where I am now. I've not been able to get past their 'dead end' and since they're gone, I'm still trying to get past the 'brick wall' where they left off. Our JOHN ABRAM ADAMS,SR (1798,SC-7/18/1870, Shelby Co,AL) named his oldest son Wm. FERGUSON Adams (1849-1920).
I'm curious to know if any other ADAMS descendants on this list have a FERGUSON connection, either in SC or AL?I'm really at a stand still on this search, so any tips or hints might be helpful.
My John Abram Adams, Sr appeared in AL in the mid-1830's.He came from SC (maybe thru GA?) & patented land in Shelby Co,AL in 1836.However, tax records for him didn't appear in Shelby Co,AL until just bf/ the 1840 census. In 1846 John A. Adams,Sr. mar. Martha A. Wilder, d/o- John Wilder & Cenia Jourdan, who had also migrated to Shelby Co, AL. from SC.
On the 1850 census in Shelby Co,AL - John A. Adams, Sr. states he's 50, but I think he was actually born in 1798, Anderson Co,SC (re: family Bible records), making him more like 51 or 52 at the time of the 1850 census enumeration. Being in his late 40's at the time of mar. to my 2 Gr.-G. mother in 1846, John A. Adams, Sr. surely had to have been mar. previous to coming to AL from SC.
The best possible candidates for a son, or sons, from the first marriage for John A. Adams, SR (previous to his mar. to Martha Wilder) are a SILAS ADAMS (b.1834,SC) & an ISAAC ADAMS (b.1817,SC) who resided in Shelby Co, AL at the same time my John A. Adams, Sr. did. I feel that they're somehow connected to my John A. ADAMS there...but do not know how at this time.
On the 1850 census a Silas Adams was living w/ my John & Martha Adams as a laborer. At the time they had several small children, the oldest son being WILLIAM FERGUSON ADAMS (one year). By 1857 Silas is mentioned in the will of ISAAC ADAMS, who had previously lived in Shelby Co, but had moved to Talladega Co,AL by the time his (Isaac) will was proven.
So, after much searching, a best possible 'scenario' I've seen in SC for my ADAMS line might be a possible connection to the Paul FERGUSON (1742,Chester Co,SC), s/o James FERGUSON & Agnes ADAMS, who might've mar. an ADAMS himself, or maybe one of his daughters did ?It may be possible that one of these ADAMS-FERGUSON marriages in the upper SC area in the mid or late 1700's could connect to my family line, and might've produced the parents of my John Abram Adams,SR, Sr. who named his oldest son by Martha Wilder Adams, WILLIAM FERGUSON ADAMS (b-3/2/1849, Shelby Co,AL).
Thanks for any info. or leads you might be so kind as to offer me in solving this frustrating Adams puzzle.