William Henry Adams Sr.

Male4 June 1817–6 October 1898

Brief Life History of William Henry

When William Henry Adams Sr. was born on 4 June 1817, in Hythe, Kent, England, United Kingdom, his father, John Adams Sr, was 21 and his mother, Mary Nash, was 30. He married Martha Jennings on 3 November 1839, in Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent, England, United Kingdom. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in St Mary in the Marsh, Kent, England, United Kingdom in 1841 and Nashville, Washington, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 6 October 1898, in Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States, at the age of 81, and was buried in Pleasant Grove City Cemetery, Pleasant Grove, Utah, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Henry Adams Sr.
Martha Jennings
Marriage: 3 November 1839
Mary Adams
Martha Adams
William Henry Adams Jr
Eliza Adams
John Alma Adams

Sources (42)

  • William Adams, "England and Wales Census, 1841"
  • William H in entry for Joseph Hyrum Adams and Althea Rogers Halliday, "Utah, County Marriages, 1935"
  • Wm. Henry Adams in entry for Alice M. Whiteley, "Utah Death Certificates, 1924"

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  • Marriage
    3 November 1839Dover St Mary the Virgin, Kent, England, United Kingdom
  • Children (5)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (1)

    World Events (8)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819

    Age 2

    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. 


    Age 13

    Historical Boundaries: 1830: Washington, Illinois, United States


    Age 26

    Dickens A Christmas Carol was first published.

    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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    Adams, William Henry, Autobiography

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