Orson Bennett Adams

9 March 1815–4 February 1901 (Age 85)
Alexander, Alexander, Genesee, New York, United States

The Life Summary of Orson Bennett

When Orson Bennett Adams was born on 9 March 1815, in Alexander, Alexander, Genesee, New York, United States, his father, Elisha Bennett Adams, was 36 and his mother, Asenath Lucy Camp, was 31. He married Susannah Smith on 20 March 1836, in Morgan, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Harrisburg, Washington, Utah, United States in 1880 and St. George, Washington, Utah, United States in 1900. He died on 4 February 1901, in Leeds, Washington, Utah, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Leeds, Washington, Utah, United States.

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Family Time Line

Orson Bennett Adams
Susannah Smith
Marriage: 20 March 1836
Mary Jane Adams
Martha Jane Adams
John Smith Page Adams
Susanna Adams

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  • Marriage
    20 March 1836Morgan, Illinois, United States
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    World Events (7)

    1819 · Panic! of 1819
    Age 4
    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. 
    1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State
    Age 12
    During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
    Age 31
    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

    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

    Orson and Susannah Bennett

    Question: Did Orson Bennett Adams’ wife, Susannah, go with him in the Mormon Battalion? Answer: Orson Bennett Adams was born 9 March 1815 in New York. He was one of over a dozen children of Elisha B …

    Sources (25)

    • Orson Adams, "United States Census, 1840"
    • Oliver Adams im Eintrag für Oliver Randolph Adams, „Utah Death Certificates, 1904-1964“
    • Orson B Adams, "United States Census, 1860"

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