Catherine Adams

9 April 1838–1 October 1935 (Age 97)
Payson, Adams, Illinois, United States

The Life Summary of Catherine

When Catherine Adams was born on 9 April 1838, in Payson, Adams, Illinois, United States, her father, Elias Adams, was 46 and her mother, Malinda Railey, was 22. She married Richard Pilling on 10 March 1856, in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 3 daughters. She lived in Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1839 and Davis, Utah, United States in 1850. In 1880, at the age of 42, her occupation is listed as keeping house in Utah, United States. She died on 1 October 1935, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, at the age of 97, and was buried in Aetna Cemetery, Aetna, Cardston, Alberta, Canada.

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Family Time Line

Richard Pilling
Catherine Adams
Marriage: 10 March 1856
Richard Adams Pilling
John Adams Pilling
Joseph Pilling
Mary Catherine Pilling
Elias Pilling
Margaret Malinda Pilling
George Edmund Pilling
James Henry Pilling
Rufus Elijah Pilling
Elizabeth Caroline Pilling

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    10 March 1856Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, United States
  • Children


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    +2 More Children

    World Events (8)

    1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place
    Age 1
    By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.
    1839 · Nauvoo is Settled
    Age 1
    After the Saints had been chased out of Missouri they moved to a swampy area located next to the Mississippi River. Here they settled and named the place Nauvoo which translates into the city beautiful.
    Age 27
    Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

    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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    Story Highlight

    Adams Family Reunion 1956

    Sunday, August 5, 1956 Lagoon Beach Terrace QUESTION: Who were the first pioneers in Layton, Utah? ANSWER: Elias Adams and wife, with the following sons and daughters: Mary; Rufus; John; Anna; Ge …

    Sources (32)

    • Catherine Adams Pilling, "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records (Worldwide), 1914-1960"
    • Catherine Adams in entry for Mary Catherine Pilling Morgan, "Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1956" - 1953
    • Cathrine Adams Pilling, "Utah, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Church Census Records, 1914-1960"

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