I am researching a likely connection between the Thomas Adams family and the Stokes family of Jefferson and Gadsden County, FL. Does anyone have a more information or a more direct link than what follows?
1. According to the "History of Jefferson County, Florida" by Mary Oakley McRory, Harmon Adams, Thomas' son, was indicted for murder in Jefferson County along with Samuel and Andrew Stokes in 1842:"...A bumper year for murder indictments was 1842, but the absence of convictions suggested that accused persons could expect the benefit of the doubt regardless of their station in life. Harmon Adams, Samuel R. Stokes and Andrew J. Stokes, all day laborers, were indicted for murder, but each was found "not guilty."
2. A Mary Stokes is living next door to Fabian and Thomas Adams in the 1840 Thomas County Federal Census. I haven't been able to make the connection between this Mary and the brothers Andrew and Samuel. Mary's daughter, Molcy married Furney Harrell.
3. The Reverand Benjamin Manning, a resident of Jefferson Co., FL., formerly of Washington Co. GA, officiated the funeral of Thomas Adams. Benjamin Manning is related by married to the descendants of Hopewell Adams of Edgecombe Co, NC and to the Walker family of Washington Co, GA. Andrew Stokes married into the Walker family and is related to Benjamin Manning by marriage. Thomas Adams ancestors were from Pitt Co, NC and Archibald Adams. The Hopewell Adams family, from which the Manning's and Walkers are related, is from neighboring Edgecombe Co.. Both the Hopewell Adams family and the Archibald Adams family come from Maryland and they each appear in their respective Pitt and Edgecombe Counties about the same time in the mid 1700's.
4.The Stokes family married into the Robison (Robson/Robeson/Roberson/Robinson)family of Pitt Co., with some moving to Washington Co, GA. later, as indicated by the Division of Estate of Thomas Robison of Washington County, GA.The connection here is that James Robison, originally of Pitt County, later of Appling County, GA. married a daughter of James Cason of Pitt County, NC. Thomas Adams father, Colson, married a daughter of John Cason of Pitt County. Some researchers hold that John and James are brothers with William Cason being their father.