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G. W. Adams

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G. W. Adams

Posted: 26 Dec 2001 1:25PM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Adams, Taylor, Smails, Lacy, Meek, Saylor
From Biographical Memoirs of Huntington County, 1901, pages 394-395

George W. Adams, a prominent citizen of Andrews, Indiana, and a representative man of Huntington county, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, September 28, 1846. His parents were Charles E. and Sarah E. (Adams) Adams, the father being of Scotch, and the mother of English descent. The paternal ancestors crossed the ocean from Scotland and made their home in Virginia, where the grandfather of our subject was ushered into existence. They afterward moved to Ohio, and it was in this state that the parents of George W. Adams were married. Six sons and as many daughters were the offspring of this marriage, three of each being the only survivors to-day: Joannah, who was born July 3, 1848, married Eb. Taylor and resides in Kansas; Beal, who was born May 31, 1850, and died in infancy; Evaline, born June 13, 1851, married William H. Smails and is a resident of Ohio; James T., who was born September 27, 1853, and died in infancy; H. P., who was born April 30, 1857, married Iva Lacy and lives in Ohio; Marion, born December 13, 1858, married Richard Meek and lives in Ohio; and George W., who is here represented.

George W. Adams was a son of a farmer and grew up on his father's estate. He attended the common schools until he had obtained a failr (sic) acquaintance with the "Three Rs" when he exchanged the school room for the broader fields of experience. It was during his eighteenth year that he enlisted, September, 1864, in Company B, One Hundren (sic) Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteers, under Captain John B. Slade, the regiment being assigned to the Army of the Ohio under General Schofield. They were later attached to Sherman's forces at Goldsboro, North Carolina, and after some lively skirmishes returned to Charlotte, that state, where they were discharged from service July 10, 1865. His brother Joseph T., was also in the army and was killed at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain. After the close of hostilities he returned to Ohio, and on October 20, 1867, he was united in marriage at Cosesse, Whitley county, Indiana, to Miss Parthenia S. Saylor, who was born in Preble county, Ohio, in 1850, a relative of the Hon. Henry B. Saylor, late of Huntington. The family is of German origin. At the age of ten years, her parents moved to Whitley county, Indiana, where they settled on a farm, and here Parthenia grew to womanhood and was educated in the district schools. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Adams, namely: O. D., who was born October 10, 1869; Lulu D., who was born September 30, 1872, and died October 17, 1878; and Earl L., who was born February 24, 1883, and died January 27, 1900.

At the time of his marriage, Mr. Adams had but very limited means, and he at first rented a farm in Whitley county, where he worked hard in the endeavor to lay up a competency. Not satisfied with the work or with the income received, he came to Andrews in 1882, and opened a lumber yard, which he conducted for a time and then engaged in railroading and following that business for ten years. He owns a nice, comfortable home in Andrews, and has been able to lay by some money for use if adversity should overtake him. He also receives a monthly pension of eight dollars. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Christian church, are most considerate in their friendships and counted the best of neighbors. He is a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and has attended many of its national sessions. He is also prominent in Odd Fellow circles and the Encampment, has passed through all the chairs and represented those organizations in the Grand Lodge. He is one of the prominent local politicians, is chairman of the present township committee and president of the town council. In politics he is a stanch Republican.

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