Minnie Jane Adams

Brief Life History of Minnie Jane

When Minnie Jane Adams was born in 1870, in New Brunswick, Canada, her father, Lorenzo Dow Adams, was 26 and her mother, Elmira Elliot, was 21. She married William A. Spates in 1893, in Eastport, Washington, Maine, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Somerville, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States for about 15 years and Malden, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States in 1940.

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Family Time Line

William A. Spates
1870–
Minnie Jane Adams
1870–
Marriage: 1893
Laura Marion Spates
1898–1900
Lorenzo D Spates
1900–
Stillborn Spates
1906–1906
Stillborn Spates
1913–1913

Sources (27)

  • Minie J Adams in household of Lorenzo Adams, "Canada Census, 1871"
  • Minnie Jane Adams, "Canada, New Brunswick, County Register of Births, 1801-1920"
  • Minnie Adams, "Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996"

World Events (8)

1870 · The Fifteenth Amendment

Prohibits the federal government and each state from denying a citizen the right to vote based on that citizen's race, color, or previous condition of servitude. It was the last of the Reconstruction Amendments.

1880 · Legislature in Fredericton Destoryed by Fire

On February 25, 1880, the legislature building in Frederiction was destroyed by fire. The builiding was completely made of wood meaning that there was nothing left of it. The chair that the speaker used and a marble top table were all that remained.

1901 · Assassination of Mckinley

President William McKinley was shot at the Temple of Music, in the Pan-American Exposition, while shaking hands with the public. Leon Czolgosz shot him twice in the abdomen because he thought it was his duty to do so. McKinley died after eight days of watch and care. He was the third American president to be assassinated. After his death, Congress passed legislation to officially make the Secret Service and gave them responsibility for protecting the President at all times.

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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