James H. Adams

b. circa 1805, d. 19 April 1873

James H Adams, c1805-1873
  • James H. Adams was born circa 1805 in Tennessee.
  • He married Ann (?) circa 1825.
  • James H. Adams and Ann (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1830 in Dallas County, Alabama. Other (counted but unnamed) members of the household apparently included Josephine Theresa Adams, (?) Adams and Felix Grundy Adams. Included in the household were two males age 20-29 (likely James and Felix, although Felix would have been about age 18), one female age 20-29 (James' wife Ann), two females age 0-4 (likely Josephine and an unknown sister), and one male and one female age 10-14, apparently too old to be children of James and Ann, possibly siblings.
  • On 3 January 1831 in Marengo County, Alabama, James H. Adams made a deed of gift in Marengo County to his sister Kezia Hogan, wife of David Hogan.
  • He and Felix Grundy Adams acquired property at Marengo County, Alabama, on 12 April 1834 from Christopher H. Taylor.
  • The following appeared on 12 September 1835 in the Alabama Intelligencer and State Rights Expositor: The Co-partnership heretofore existing between the subscribers under the firm of Daggett & Adams is this day dissolved by mutual consent. All business of the firm will be attended by Adams & Taylor. Stephen Daggett, James H. Adams. [And directly below:] The subscribers having entered into Co-partnership for the purpose of transacting a general Factorage & Commission Business in the City of Mobile under the name of Adams & Taylor, respectfully tender their services to their friends and Planters generally. The business of the firm of Daggett & Adams will be continued by them and by an unremitted attention to business, hope to merit a share of public patronage. James H. Adams, John T. Taylor. August 29, 1835.
  • On 25 September 1835 James H. Adams and Felix Grundy Adams received a grant of 80.12 acres of land from the US General Land Office in Marengo County, Alabama. And on the same date they received a second grant of 80.12 acres adjacent.
  • David Hogan was granted six land patents for a total of about 480 acres in Marengo County on 28 October 1835 (apparently after his death), on the same date patents were granted to James H. Adams and Benjamin Adams.
  • Benjamin Adams was granted a land patent for about 40 acres in Marengo county on 28 October 1835, the same date patents were granted to James H. Adams and David Hogan.
  • James H. Adams was granted two land patents for a total of about 160 acres in Marengo County on 28 October 1835, and on the same date patents were granted to David Hogan and Benjamin Adams.
  • The following appeared on 7 November 1835 in the Alabama Intelligencer and State Rights Expositor: Valuable Lands for Sale -- The subscriber offers for sale his valuable French Creek tract of land, situated in the county of Marengo, three and a half miles east of Demopolis containg 400 and eighty acres, sixty of the same now in cultivation. Persons wishing to purchase will apply to the subscriber at his residence or to James H. Adams at Livingston. James A. Torbert. Monticello, Sept. 30.
  • James H. Adams and Ann (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1840 in Dallas County, Alabama. Other (counted but unnamed) members of the household apparently included Josephine Theresa Adams and Lavonia F. Adams. Included in the household were three males age 30-39 (likely James and siblings and/or employees), 3 males age 20-29 (likely brother Felix althouugh he was only 18, and possibly employees?), one male age 10-14 (possibly a son who either did not survive to maturity or had left the household by 1850), three females (likely Ann and spouses of siblings and/or employees), one female age 15-19 (?), two females age 10-14 (likely daughter Josephine), one female age 5-9 (likely daughter Lavonia).
  • James H. Adams and Ann (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1850 in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama, enumerated next to their daughter Josephine Blackburn.. Other members of the household included Lavonia F. Adams.
  • Research Note: It is an educated guess that "F. B. Adams" in the 1850 household of Felix Adams is a nephew, possibly the son of his brother James H. Adams, and/or possibly Felix Van Buren Adams, ancestor of Austin Howell Adams (1840-1897).
  • He was a warehouse keeper, according to the 1850 census, as was his son-in-law Henry Blackburn, enumerated in the next household.
  • The following deed was dated 20 August 1866, Marengo County:
    I, Felix G. Adams of Marengo Co., Ala., desirous of making some provision for my daughter, Harriett, wife of John P. Walke, who is in debt, give her $3000.00, free of control of her husband, and empower him to use same in a mercantile business in Uniontown or elsewhere.
         Witnessed by L. A. Simms and J. H. Adams.
  • James H. Adams and Ann (?) appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1860 in Selma, Dallas County, Alabama.
  • He was a grocer, according to the 1860 census.
  • He served as an Ordnance Sergeant with Company B, 20th Alabama Infantry Regiment, CSA. He enlisted in Selma on 11 September 1861, and was discharged for disability on 16 April 1863 at Vicksburg.
  • He appears on the in 1865 US Direct Tax list for in 1865 at Uniontown, Perry County, Alabama, taxed as a wholesale dealer ($50) and a retail dealer ($25).
  • He married Nancy E. Greene on 21 January 1868 in Montevallo, Shelby County, Alabama.
  • James H. Adams and Nancy E. Greene appeared in the US federal census of 1 June 1870 in Montevallo PO, Shelby County, Alabama, living not far from his daughter Josephine Brown.. Other members of the household included Robert Lee Adams, James B. Garrett and Mary Elizabeth Garrett.
  • He was a farmer, according to the 1870 census.
  • James H. Adams died on 19 April 1873.
  • His wife Nancy E. Greene became a widow at his death.
  • He was buried at Montevallo Cemetery in Montevallo, Shelby County, Alabama.
  • The following appeared on 31 May 1873 in The Nashville Christian Advocate: James Adams died April 19, 1873 in his 69th year; lived in Montevallo, Ala. since 1854; left widow and several children.
  • Research Note: It remains to be verified whether Keziah Adams, Nancy Adams, Benjamin Adams, James H. Adams and Felix Grundy Adams are children of Howell Collier Adams and Nancy Rayburn. Research is ongoing. It may be significant that Howell Collier Adams' sister (who first married Nancy Rayburn's brother Thomas) Rebecca Adams Rayburn Gainer ended up in Monroe County, Mississippi, very near to the Alabama counties where the Adams siblings settled.
  • Research Note: Piecing together this generation of the Adams family is a work in progress. Connecting the Adams siblings Keziah, Nancy, Benjamin, James and Felix has involved a a close examination of others' family history records, family lore, census proximities, connections indicated by deeds, &c. A cooperative effort by some descendants of these likely siblings is under way, intent upon identifying new solid evidence of their relationships and discovering their Tennessee origins, looking particularly at Sevier County. We invite all with an interest in these individuals and their descendants to share information and opinions -- Always delighted to hear from cousins!
  • Last Edited: 16 Mar 2014

Family 1: Ann (?) b. circa 1806

Family 2: Nancy E. Greene b. circa 1833, d. circa 1883