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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885. Ballard Co.
PROF. JOHN W. ADAMS was born February 7, 1845, in Robertson County, Tenn., where he grew to manhood, and in 1879 removed to Hopkins County, Ky., where he remained until 1883, when he came to Ballard County, where he now resides. His father, William S. Adams, a Baptist minister, also a native of Robertson County, was born in 1822. He is the son of Reuben Adams, who was born in North Carolina and died in 1870, at the age of seventy years. William S. was twice married: first to Mary E. (born in 1827, died in 1869), daughter of Benjamin Batts. Their offspring are our subject, Gus. H. , William C., Thomas B., Josiah V., and Mary E. To his second marriage were born William H. and Gracie. Subject procured a good English education and has taught school for about ten years. On July 25, 1872, he married Miss Laura, daughter of William and Harriet (Bourland) McLean of Madisonville, Ky. (born March 32, 1853), and to them have been born Wayland W. and Wade L. Subject was formerly successfully engaged as a tobacco factor, but is at present farming. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church and in politics is a Democrat