Notes for William Francis ADAMS: William was somewhat difficult to locate in my early family research.He would have been the one male child in the 1820 Census under 14 years of age. One of four (4)males under 14 in 1830. We find him by name in the 1850 Ohio Census living in Findlay, Hancock County,Ohio with his brother, David Adams.
The next govermental record of William is a March 1853 court case inChampaign County, Ohio when he, brother-in-law's, David and Levi Stanup (Stanhope) were charged withinciting a "riot". There were three (3) counts filed against them. The first two were "dropped' and onthe third count, to which they pleaded guilty, they were each fined $15.00 and released from custody.(Record Book 9, page 119) Oral family history states they were creating a "diversion" which allowedhis father, Lewis Adams, and others to assist some "runaway" slaves in making their escape from "slavecatchers" in the area.
William later went to California sometime in the late 1850s, he wasliving in California in 1864 when his father, Lewis, passed away. According to court papers filed to settlethe estate. He returned and purchased his father's property at a cost of $3,000 "in hand", interpetedas a cash payment. A copy of those papers along with statements for the amount recieved by hissiblings and their spouses is in our possession.
More About William Francis ADAMS: Record Change: 28 Sep 2006
More About William Francis ADAMS and Lydia Ann EDWARDS: Marriage: 17 Sep 1845, Seneca Co., OH.
Children of William Francis ADAMS and Lydia Ann EDWARDS are: