Adam Edward Best

19 September 1804–about 1844 (Age 39)

The Life of Adam Edward

When Adam Edward Best was born on 19 September 1804, in Germany, his father, Ezekial Best, was 47 and his mother, Katharine Schoner, was 44. He married Elizabeth Campbell on 3 October 1826, in Greene, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 1 daughter. He died about 1844, in Ohio, United States, at the age of 40.

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Family Time Line

Adam Edward Best
Elizabeth Campbell
Marriage: 3 October 1826
Silas Best
Hester Best

Spouse and Children


    Elizabeth Campbell


3 October 1826
Greene, Ohio, United States



    Hester Best


Parents and Siblings





    Elizabeth Best


    George Best


    Mary A. Best


+2 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

Atlantic slave trade abolished.
1810 · Change of capital city

Age 6

Zanesville becomes the new state capital.
1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 15

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Name Meaning

1 English, northern Irish, and French: from Middle English, Old French beste ‘animal’, ‘beast’ (Latin bestia), applied either as a metonymic occupational name for someone who looked after beasts—a herdsman—or as a derogatory nickname for someone thought to resemble an animal, i.e. a violent, uncouth, or stupid man. It is unlikely that the name is derived from best, Old English betst, superlative of good. By far the most frequent spelling of the French surname is Beste, but it is likely that in North America this form has largely been assimilated to Best.2 German: from a short form of Sebastian .

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Adam Best, "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-2013"
  • North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000
  • Adam Best, "Ohio, Marriages, 1800-1958"

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