I am also a descendent of Joshua M. Adamsof Pickens Co. Alabama.For the record, my line is:
Joshua M. and Margaret Thexton, Thaxton or Sexton Samuel H. Adams and Nancy Worrell Melton Samuel F. Adams and Addie Eidson Elia A. Adams and Charlie Lee Stallings Charlene Stallings and Damon Crowley Me, Brad Crowley
I've been researching Joshua and Margaret for eight or so years and will be glad to share data with you.By any chance, are you the LAdams maintaining the posting on this group of Adamses on Find A Grave? If so I have questions about the Joshua post.It states that Joshua died at the home of his son Samuel in 1887.I had found Joshua and second wife's burial places through researching Ida Wittie and Ben Cosper.My GreatGrand Father, Sam F. corresponded with and visited the Cospers until his death in 1949.Sam H. and family moved from Pickens county to Webster County Mississippi in 1888.My family has a photo of Sam and Nancy and another couple taken before the move to Ms. I'm thinking that the other couple may have been Joshua and second wife Amanda, as the husband of the second couple is obviously older than the others. Having documentation that Joshua died at Sam's and Nancy's could help support my suspicion that this may be a photo of Joshua.
My research on Joshua's ancestors is based on info from one of three histories of the family written by children of Sam F. In his telling of the story, W.J. Adams states that Sam H. met the young Nancy right before the Civil War when he was "visiting kin" in Tallapoosa County Alabama. Sam H. was in the 1st Alabama Artillery, was captured at the Battle of Mobile Bay and imprisoned on Ship Island Ms. until parole at Vicksburg right before the end of the war.He and Nancy were married in Tallapoosa Co. Alabama in late 1865. Two siblings of Nancy Melton married Adamses.I'm researching from the assumption that our Joshua was either a brother or cousin of the Nipper and Samuel G. adams who were in Tallapoosa Co. at that time.
I communicate regularly with a number of Adams cousins and they and my mother have been an invaluable source of leads for my research.I hope we can swap stories as research aids.
In addition to my file on the Cospers, I have files on Joshua's daughters Martha (M. Alfred Barksdale Cox, stayed in Pickens Co.) and Mary Laura (m. Pleasent Sutton, moved with his family to that part of Chickasaw Co Ms. that became Sumter Co in 1870 and then Webster in 1880).From your post I now know that Sanford WAS Robert.I had known there was a connection there as on the 1870 or 80 Pickens Co. census his first two children were named Joshua and Margaret.
I would like to share stories and research with you and can be reached here or e-mail me directly :firstname.lastname@example.org