The Clayton Tribune (Rabun Co. GA) Thursday, May 16, 1940, Page 1:
“The Clayton Tribune, Clayton, Ga.
Dear Mr. [L.P.] Cross:
I came upon quite an oddity a few days ago while carrying on my field work for the Forest Service and thought perhaps it might be of interest to you and the people who read the Clayton Tribune.
Here are the particulars about it. It was a large headstone about 3 ½ by 1 ½ feet of which I am sending an exact likeness, drown to scale with lettering exactly as it is one the stone. The tomb of General David Adams, who after reading the inscription, you will see was quite an important character during the Revolutionary history.
However, the most interesting parts are as follows: (1) It was found in a pine hardwood forest some two miles from any road used, on a hill about a mile east of the Ochmulga River and about 12 miles south of Monticello, Georgia. (2) Part of the grave was covered by a tree about 75 years old. (3) There were no signs of recent civilization except a small patch of cotton some distance away. (4) There were no stones of any sort for the relatives mentioned in the inscription. (5) The way the inscription is written---only a few capital letters and the fact that there are no periods or commas used.
There are many other interesting facts about the tomb, but I think these mentioned cover the most important ones.
Upon inquiry at the nearest house I found that quite a number of people had been there to get this man to lead them to this spot, and that some were representatives of newspapers which have since carried articles about this bit of history, so I am sending it to you for what it is worth.---Lionel Crisp, Eatonton, Ga., May 5, 1940.
Inscription on tomb:
"Sacred To The Memory of Gen. David Adams Who died October 19, 1834 In the 89th year of his age.
Near him are buried his daughter Mary his mother two brothers Jonathan and James Adams.
Gen. Adams was a native of Sc and came to the state of Ga soon after the Revolution of 1776. He was a member of the Legislature for more than twenty years and at different times presided as speaker of the house of Representatives. He received successfully from the state the commission of Brigadier and Major General."