Mary Elizabeth Adamson

26 January 1847–23 August 1931 (Age 84)
Iowa, United States

The Life Summary of Mary Elizabeth

When Mary Elizabeth Adamson was born on 26 January 1847, in Iowa, United States, her father, Jacob Adamson, was 29 and her mother, Nancy Jane Farley, was 23. She married Walter Franklin Thomas on 23 July 1867, in Tulare, California, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Weber, Utah, United States in 1850. She died on 23 August 1931, in Visalia, Tulare, California, United States, at the age of 84.

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Walter Franklin Thomas
Mary Elizabeth Adamson
Marriage: 23 July 1867
Carrie E Thomas
Walter E. Thomas
Minnie Elenor Thomas
Charles Roy. Thomas

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    23 July 1867Tulare, California, United States
  • Children


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    World Events (8)

    1848 · The California Gold Rush
    Age 1
    On January 24, 1848, gold was found at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California, which began the California gold rush. In December of that same year, U.S. President James Polk announced the news to Congress. The news of gold lured thousands of “forty-niners” seeking fortune to California during 1849. Approximately 300,000 people relocated to California from all over the world during the gold rush years. It is estimated that the mined gold was worth tens of billions in today’s U.S. dollars. 
    1857 · The State Capital moves to Des Moines
    Age 10
    The Capitol was located in Iowa City until the 1st General Assembly of Iowa recognized that the Capitol should be moved farther west than Iowa City. Land was found two miles from the Des Moines River to start construction of the new building. Today the Capitol building still stands on its original plot.
    1869 · Transcontinental Railroad Reaches San Francisco
    Age 22
    The first transcontinental railroad reached San Francisco in 1869. The Western Pacific Railroad Company built the track from Oakland to Sacramento. The Central Pacific Railroad Company of California built the section from Sacramento to Promontory Summit Utah. The railroad linked isolated California to the rest of the country which had far-reaching effects on the social and economical development of the state.

    Name Meaning

    English and Scottish: patronymic from the personal name Adam + Middle English son, meaning ‘son of Adam’. The surname is especially common in Scotland, where it is borne by a sept of clan McIntosh. In North America, this surname has absorbed some Polish and possibly also other European patronymics and other derivatives from the personal name Adam. Compare Adams .

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

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    Sources (11)

    • Elizabeth Thomas in household of Frank Thomas, "United States Census, 1870"
    • Mary E Adams in entry for Edmond B Strickdale and Cora E Thomas, "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927"
    • Mary Adamson in household of Jacob Adamson, "United States Census, 1850"

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