William Benjamin Adams

Brief Life History of William Benjamin

When William Benjamin Adams was born on 6 September 1859, in Sidney, Fremont, Iowa, United States, his father, Jerome Jefferson Adams, was 24 and his mother, Mary Angeline Frost, was 23. He married Mary Malinda Matilda Domer Jones on 16 May 1888. They were the parents of at least 9 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Nevada, United States in 1870. He died on 2 July 1912, in Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico, at the age of 52, and was buried in Colonia Díaz, Chihuahua, Mexico.

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William Benjamin Adams
Mary Malinda Matilda Domer Jones
Marriage: 16 May 1888
William Benjamin Adams Jr.
Leonard Lionel Adams
Lorin Emer Adams
Domer Edith Adams
Leroy Jefferson Adams
Glenn Fay Adams
Thaddieus Adams
Karl Martell Adams
Simeon Lloyd Adams
Lula Angeline Adams
Vernon Adams

Sources (17)

  • Wm Adams in household of J J Adams, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Legacy NFS Source: William Adams - Published information: birth-name: William Adams
  • William Adams, "Hawaii, Marriages, 1826-1954"

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Moratorium on foreign debt payments. Tripartite agreement for intervention signed by Britain, France, and Spain.


Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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 Story of the John Quincy Adams Family

A STORY OF THE JOHN QUINCY ADAMS FAMILY (Parents of Mary Elizabeth Adams Thayne) By Minnie Adams Jenkins, Sept. 1963 I. THE MOVE TO OLD MEXICO I am writing this history with the thought in view of lea …

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