Thomas Quincy Adams, III

Thomas Quincy Adams, III

Male 1859 - 1913  (53 years)

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  • Name Thomas Quincy Adams, III 
    Suffix III 
    Born 14 Oct 1859  Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 Oct 1913  Harrison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Magnolia Cemetery Magnolia, Harrison County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I617300644  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 20 Aug 2012 

    Father Thomas Quincy Adams, II,   b. 24 Feb 1832, Belfast, County Antrim, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Feb 1919, Napa, Napa County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Holland,   b. 24 Jun 1842, Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 05 Feb 1925, Napa, Napa County, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 25 Nov 1858  Rutland, La Salle County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F546578822  Group Sheet

    Family Lillie May Donn,   b. 09 Oct 1871, Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Sep 1942, Crete, Lancaster County, Nebraska Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years) 
    Last Modified 26 Jul 2012 
    Family ID F246729424047  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Oct 1859 - Lacon, Marshall County, Illinois Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 11 Oct 1913 - Harrison County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Magnolia Cemetery Magnolia, Harrison County, Iowa Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Thomas Adams and wife Lillie Donn
    Thomas Adams and wife Lillie Donn
    From "fantino" in Ancestry
    Thomas Qunicy Adams III
    Thomas Qunicy Adams III
    From "fantino" in Ancestry
    Thomas Qunicy Adams II with possible daughter Elizabeth Adams and som Thomas Q Adams
    Thomas Qunicy Adams II with possible daughter Elizabeth Adams and som Thomas Q Adams
    Contributed by "Langhamr_1" to Ancestry.

    A note that was attached:
    note from Rhonda: there is no writing on the back of this photo. However, I believe it is of Thomas Quincy Adams for several reasons: 1. the type of photo and the clothes are representative of the style around the Civil War. 2. The photo was amongst other photos of Anna Isabelle Adams. 3. The eyes of the children are very similar in shape to Anna Isabelles'; I believe there is a strong enough family resemblance to her and a strong enough resemblance of the man to the males in my family to make this determination. If so, it is the only photo I've ever seen of Thomas Adams.

  • Notes 
    • 1870 Census Mill Creek, Washington, Kansas as Thos ADAMS
      1880 Census Hollenburg, Washington, Kansas as Thomas ADAMS

    • Thomas Quincy was the first child of Thomas and Elizabeth Adams. He was only nine years old when his parents loaded their covered wagon and started out for a homestead in Washington County, Kansas. The family settled on a homestead on June 1, 1868, too late to put out a crop, so his father got a job for himself and his team some eight miles away at $1.00 per day. Tommie went to work for a neighbor, doing chores, etc, for 25 cents per day and had to walk three miles to work. After the first year he received 50 Cents per day and took his pay in grain for the family. He, like the other children, walked two miles to school to a district called the Bales School. He was a good steady worker and as time passed he received better wages, He bought the first milk cow for the family. When his father sold the homestead and bought an unimproved farm, Tommie had saved up enough money to buy the material and built the new home, the one in which his sister Mary was married.
      Thomas and Lillie Adams started thier married life in cercumstances which gave them just one course to follow--- a life of hard work, Accepting Fate as it came. There is evidence of the fact that they were devout Christians living by the sweat of their brow and trusting the Lord.
      As of 1 January, 1950 there were nine children still living.



      Level Info: Gravestone Records Copied by W. P. A. Graves Registration Project Harrison County, Iowa
    • This story was originally written by Thomas' son, James G. Adams around January of 1950.

      After his mother's death in 1834, Thomas lived mainly with his unmarried paternal aunts. He lived with his father in Belfast for a short time after his father remarried, but ultimately returned to live with his aunts in the country. In 1850, Thomas and his aunts emigrated to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania via New York. Their passage was paid by his uncles, James and William Adams, who were already there. After working to repay for his passage, Thomas went to Illinois, where the wages were better. There, he married a young woman,(Elizabeth Holland), who was nursing a sick friend of his. After the Civil War broke out, Thomas enlisted in the Union Army on August 9, 1862, rather than be drafted. He expected the war to be over in 6 months but instead it lasted three more years. He participated in the burning of Atlanta with General William Tecumseh Sherman in the summer of 1864. After the war and in the Spring of 1868, Thomas loaded his family and belongings in a covered wagon and headed west from Illinois to homestead land in Washington County, Kansas. His wife's family accompanied them. Together, this grand old couple lived through the tough times of those days, establishing a home in a new and strange land and raising a family of 12 children. They faced many hardships on the prairie, including drought, grasshoppers, famine and lost crops. They were devout Christians and lived the part. He did some preaching. In 1890 he established a small country store and became postmaster in a place called Gaskill, Kansas. In1905 they sold out and moved to Napa, California where they remained until death. They are both buried there.


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