Alabama Pioneers Honored

BIOGRAPHY: Joseph A. Adams born October 15, 1843





Chambers and Dale County, Alabama

Joseph A. Adams was an editor and publisher. He was born October 15, 1843, at Oak Bowery, Chambers County, and died February 4, 1887, at Ozark; son of William S. Adams and Jane (Adams) Adams, the children of first cousins, the former a native of Dinwiddie County, Va., who later lived at Oak Bowery and Opelika, and at Columbus, Ga., and who was captain of Co. H, Sixth Alabama infantry regiment, C. S. Army.

The Adams family came from England. His great-grandfather was a soldier in the Revolutionary Army, and his grandfather was a soldier in the Creek and Mexican Wars. He was educated at Oak Bowery, and Opelika and established “The Southern Star” in 1867 at Newton, but two years later removed to Ozark, where the court house of Dale County had recently been located. He was circuit court clerk, 1872 to 1884; and mayor of Ozark several terms.

He enlisted in Co. B, 45th Alabama infantry regiment and served from the beginning to the close of the war.

Adams was a Democrat; a Methodist; and a Mason. He married: October 24, 1867, at Newton, to Annie Laurie Kirksey, (b.1849- d. 1937) daughter of West Harris Kirksey and Sophia Kirksey, who had removed from North Carolina to Randolph County, Ga., and thence to Dale County, and was a cotton manufacturer.

Their children were:

  1. William Robert Adams; (July 21, 1868 – Jan 2, 1898)
  2. Joseph Harris Adams, (b. 1870 d. 1918) m. Eura Edwards – He is buried in Union Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama.
  3. Jesse Clayton Adams, (b. 1872-d. 1935) m. Elizabeth McCoy, resides in Montgomery, and was at one time chief clerk in the office of the commissioner of agriculture and industries. He is buried in Union Cemetery in Dale County, Alabama.
  4. Annie Laura Adams;
  5. Georgia Estelle Adams, m. Frank S. Howell;
  6. John Quincy Adams, proprietor and editor of the “Ozark Star” on the death of his brother Joseph H. Adams, and assistant clerk of the house of representatives for several’ terms, m. Vivian Brantley;
  7. Samuel Grady Adams (1884? – d. 1908) buried in Union Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama

Joseph A. Adams and his wife Annie are buried in Union Cemetery, Dale County, Alabama with some of their children.



  1. History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen
  2. Find A Grave Memorial # 12141988 # 12142021 # 12135836 # 12135856 # 12142042 # 12141958


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  1. […] born April 12, 1870, at Newton, Dale County, and died February 2, 1918, at Ozark. He was the son of Joseph A. Adams and Annie Kirksey. He attended school at Ozark and succeeded his father as editor of the “Ozark […]