James O. Adams

Brief Life History of James O.

When James O. Adams was born in 1783, in Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut, United States, his father, Titus Adams, was 30 and his mother, Theodosia Thrall, was 28. He married Sarah Ann Barton in 1845, in Orange, New York, United States. He died in 1885, in Cornwall, Orange, New York, United States, at the age of 102.

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James O. Adams
Orpha Barton
Titus Adams
Catherine Adams
Harvey B. Adams
Amanda Adams
James Odell Adams
Mary Jane Adams

Sources (8)

  • James O Adams, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Adams in entry for Titus Adams, "New Jersey, Deaths, 1670-1988"
  • James O Adams, "United States Census, 1850"

World Events (8)

1783 · A Free America

The Revolutionary War ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris which gave the new nation boundries on which they could expand and trade with other countries without any problems.


The Town of Cornwall was founded in 1788 as New Cornwall, which was changed in 1797 to Cornwall.


War of 1812. U.S. declares war on Britain over British interference with American maritime shipping and westward expansion.

Name Meaning

English, Dutch, and German (mainly northwestern Germany): patronymic from the personal name Adam . In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Greek Adamopoulos , Serbian and Croatian Adamović (see Adamovich ), Polish (and Jewish) Adamski .

Irish and Scottish: adopted for McAdam or a Scottish variant of Adam , with excrescent -s.

History: This surname was borne by two early presidents of the US, father and son. They were descended from Henry Adams, who settled in Braintree, MA, in 1635/6, from Barton St. David, Somerset, England. The younger of them, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) derived his middle name from his maternal grandmother's surname (see Quincy ). — Another important New England family, established mainly in NH, is descended from William Adams, who emigrated from Shropshire, England, to Dedham, MA, in 1628. James Hopkins Adams (1812–61), governor of SC, was unconnected with either of these families, his ancestry being Welsh; his forebears entered North America through PA.

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

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