William Adams

Brief Life History of William

When William Adams was born on 8 January 1822, in Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland, his father, Charles Adams, was 27 and his mother, Catherine Mills, was 24. He married Mary Ann Leech on 8 October 1842, in Hillsborough, County Down, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 3 daughters. He immigrated to New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana, United States in 1844 and lived in Iron City, Iron, Utah, United States in 1850. He registered for military service in 1850. His occupation is listed as stone cutter in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States. He died on 30 September 1901, in Bluff, San Juan, Utah, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Bluff Cemetery, Bluff, San Juan, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

William Adams
Mary Ann Leech
Marriage: 8 October 1842
Charles Adams
Hugh Leech Adams
James Jemison Adams
Anna Catherine Adams
Hugh Leech Adams Sr
Margaret Adams
William Adams Jr
Mary Emma Adams
Thomas Adams

Sources (113)

  • William Adams, "United States Census, 1850"
  • William Adams im Eintrag für Mary Barbara Adams, „Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964“
  • William Adams in entry for Thomas Adams, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Record of Members (Worldwide), 1836-1970"

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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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A Tribute to William Adams (1822-1901)

A Tribute To William Adams By Sadie Ollorton Clark You Seldom link their lives with tenderness, Those rugged men who blazed the western trail, Unless you glimpse a father, eyes tear veiled, As rough …

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