John Adams was born July 9, 1775 in Virginia.He married Nancy Burton on Feb. 9, 1796 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.Her father, Elijah/Elisha Burton consented.She was born in Virginia Feb. 14, 1776.
John and Nancy Adams had the following children:
Susanna F., born Jan. 13, 1797 in Virginia, married unknown Adams (more below)
Mary, born 1798-1806, married M. S. Randall
Rebecca, born abt. 1807 in Virginia, married Singleton Fyke
Elizabeth Ann, born abt. 1810 in Virginia, married Henry G. Burrow
Elisha Jason, born April 4, 1813 in Kentucky, married Elizabeth Williams
Nancy B., born abt. 1818 in Kentucky, married William Burge
Jacob, died Jan. 1, 1844 in Illinois (more below)
John Adams died October 13, 1854.In his will, written Aug. 2, 1850, he leaves specific bequests to his wife, Nancy Adams, to Elisha Jason Adams, and to Rebecca Fyke (he left her an additional $50, possibly because she was blind).All of the above listed children, except Mary and Jacob were heirs.Mary and Jacob both died before their father.The heirs of Mary Randall are heirs to John’s estate.Nancy died Sep. 20, 1873.Both John and Nancy are buried in Antioch Cemetery in Marion County, Illinois.
Susanna F. Adams:Susanna married another Adams, possibly a Jason Adams (there is a Jason buried next to her).She is listed as a widow in census documents.In the 1840 census, she is listed as a head of household with the following – 1 male under 5, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20.She was the mother of John Adams, born. abt . 1827 in Tenn., died Oct. 7, 1859.John is in her household in the 1850 census.Elisha was the administrator of John’s estate and became the guardian of his minor children, Eliza Jane Adams (married Spruce Boggs) and William S. Adams.Susanna could be the mother of Nathan Adams, born abt. 1821 in Tenn.His household is next to hers in the 1850 census.Based on census data, she likely has other offspring.
Jacob Adams:Jacob died in 1844.He is buried in Antioch Cemetery in Raccoon Township next to his parents.The cemetery transcription states that Jacob, son of J & N, d. Oct. 1844, 13 Yr 1 Mn 23 Da.That would put his birth year as 1831, which would make Nancy 56 years old at the time of his birth, an improbable age today, much less the 1800’s.This made me think for a while that Jacob could have been Susanna’s son, but I now believe that he was John & Nancy’s son and that the date in the transcription was wrong.In the 1830 census, Nancy and John have two other males living in their household, 1 age 15-20 (this would be Elisha) and 1 age 20-30.In the 1840 census, there are males ages 20-30 (Elisha) and 30-40.Although I don’t have a copy of the records, according to an article that I found in “Footprints in Marion County”, Susanna, Mary, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Nancy and Elisha were heirs to Jacob Adams estate.Since a boy of 13 would not have had an estate, I believe that Jacob was actually 43 when he died and had no children.This would be consistent with the census records.When I visited the cemetery in 2001, Jacob’s stone was very worn and it was hard to make out much info.It’s very possible it could have said that he was 43, and that only the vertical of the 4 was readable when the transcription was taken.
Elisha Jason Adams:Elisha Jason married Elizabeth Jane Williams in 1875 at the age of 62.They had two children: Ollie D. Adams and John C. Adams.Ollie became the administrator of her father’s estate.Elisha administered the estates of his father, John Adams, his nephew, John Adams, and his brother-in-law, Henry G. Burrow.He also was the guardian of several orphaned children in the family.He inherited his father’s farm when his mother, Nancy, died.
Harrison, James T., Nicholas, William & Martin Adams: I have seen several trees posted on ancestry indicating that these men are the sons of John and Nancy, as well as seeing the same information posted on findagrave.That information is incorrect.None of these men were heirs to John’s estate.Based on census records these men were born in Virginia about 1809-1823.John and Nancy were in Kentucky by 1813, when Elisha was born, and were still there in Logan County in the 1820 census.In the 1830 census they were in Marion County, and only two males younger than John are in the household.Only one is the right age to be these men, and that male is Elisha.They are likely related in some way, but they are not John and Nancy’s sons.According to an article I have from “Footprints in Marion County”, they are brothers, but no source is given.
Sarah Sally Adams & Sally Adams:There are trees listing both of these women as daughters of John and Nancy.That doesn’t work either.Based on the dates in the trees, both would have been alive when John’s estate was probated.Neither was an heir.Therefore, they cannot be his daughters.His daughter, Mary Randall, died before he wrote his will in 1850 and her children were heirs to John’s estate.Therefore, it is simply not believable that these women, who were living at the time of his death in the same area, would not have been included in the estate if they were his daughters.
John L. Adams vs. John Adams:Many of the posts indicate that Nancy’s husband was “John L. Adams.”None of the contemporary documentation, including his own signature on his will, indicates that Nancy’s John Adams ever used the initial “L.”There is no middle initial on his tombstone, nor any census documents, nor his land records.All state his name simply as “John Adams.”There is a John L. Adams living in Pittsylvania County, Virginia in the 1830 census, perhaps people are trying to connect them.But by then, John and Nancy are living in Marion County.
Many of these Adames followed similar migration patterns and married into the same families.There is likely some relationship I just don’t know what it is.
I’m more than willing to share with anyone who wants further information or has questions.If anyone has any evidence that is contrary to what I have written, please feel free to let me know.