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Adams of Crawford County Illinois

Updated November 6, 2006


Joel Adams first appears when he marries Polly Preston in 1814 Pulaski Co. Ill. He is found in the 1820 census for that same county. He gets a land grant from the state of Kentucky in 1821 which he sells in 1829. We then find him in 1830 Crawford County Illinois. There is no sign of him after that time. I will note here, that in the 1830 census that there is a young man by the name of Joel Adams still residing in Pulaski Co. KY.

Joel Adams and Polly Preston's daughter Synthia Ann Adams marries Absolom Higgins in 1833. Her death cert. states that her parents were Josiah Adams and Mary Preston both of the state of Kentucky.

Zachariah Adams is the next to show up. He marries Margaret (Murphy) Kellogg in 1837 Crawford County Illinois and shows up with his family in the 1840 census of that county. In the fall of 1845 they sell the last of their land and their home in the town of Palistine, the deeds are finalized in Jan of 1846. Margaret sold her "right to dower" for 10 cents. They are no longer found after that date. I should note here that according to Bill Davis, desendent of Zachariah Adams, that it is said that they settled in Menard County, Illinois, but I have found no proof of that.

Josiah Adams is the next to show up. He marries Sarah Jane Kellogg, daughter of the affore mentioned Margaret Kellogg. They marry in 1845 Crawford County Illinois. They show up in the 1850 census of that county, where they remain until Josiah dies in 1878. Through the following years I find several different children living with them. Josiah is in the home of Josiah and Zachariah is in the home of William and Rachel Markee, Sarah's sister. Both boys are under the age of 10 in 1850, and a John R Adams who is living with Sarah's bother Oliver, is 13.

It is not know to whom John R. Adams belong to. His parent could be either Joel and Polly or Zachariah and Margaret. Josiah and Zachariah having been raised by Josiah and Sarah Jane Adams are listed as foster children.

Other names that show up and maybe part of this family are:
Mary Ann Adams who married John C. Higgins.
Martha Adams and William M. Adams who are both in the home of Silas Hutchings and his wife Martha J. Adams.

I would love to hear from my distant cousins. If you have any information on the family please feel free to drop me a line. I'm always looking to prove or disprove my claims. Please be sure to include your documentation and I'll post it here for other to see.

Sally Knauss
5950 Larue Dr
Paducah, KY 42001
United States
knowse@bellsouth.net

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