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Adams, Sam (1834-1880) ChiltonSAM ADAMS



Tuscaloosa and Chilton County, Alabama

Sam Adams, a planter, and merchant, was born April 17, 1834, at Chester, S. C., and died March 3, 1880, at Clanton. He was the son of James Adams and Mary (Giles) Adams, also of Chester. He was educated by William Lewis, who conducted a preparatory school in Talladega. in early life, he was a planter near Wetumpka and served in the War of Secession.

Samuel Adams became a traveling salesman with his residence in Tuscaloosa; and in 1873 located in Clanton, Chilton County, Alabama where he engaged in farming and in the mercantile business.

He was one of the earliest residents of that town. He was a Democrat; a Presbyterian; and a Mason. Samuel married: 1st in 1857, at Wetumpka, to Mattie Eliza Weatherall whose mother was Isabel Saxon, of Laurens District, S. C.; and 2nd in 1870, at Florence, to Ann Mitchell, daughter of Rev. Dr. William H. Mitchell and Anna (Byrne) Mitchell.

His children, by his first wife were

  1. Horace Crittenden Adams;
  2. Sallie Adams, m. Dr. W. E. Stewart, of Clanton;
  3. Essie Adams , m. Charles J. Duncan, of Nashville, Tenn.;
  4. Amelia Estelle Adams; by the second wife:
  5. William Adams, lawyer, a student of the University of Alabama, 1890-93, m. Annie W. Dennis, of Clanton;
  6. Anna Byrne Adams, (1874- 1940) a student at the University of Alabama, 1893-95, resided in Birmingham (Adams, Anna Byrne 1874 April 17, 194 Genealogical Abstracts from Chilton County Newspapers 1898 through 1945, compiled by Cecil Little, 5-09-1940, Miss Anna Byrne Adams born Clanton in 1874, died in Tuscaloosa April 17. She was the first woman to be a Graduate of the University of Alabama in the Class of 1895. She was the daughter of Late Judge and Mrs. Samuel Adams. Mrs. Adams before her marriage was Miss Ann Mitchell. Miss Anna taught school many years. She is survived by 2 Brothers, Samuel of Atlanta, and David Bell Adams of Clanton Route 2, a number of Nieces including Mrs. N. S. Johnson of Clanton. Burial was in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham)
  7. Samuel Adams (b. Jan. 1876_ graduate of the University of Alabama, A. B., 1896, taught in Birmingham, and representative of Charles Scribner’s Sons, with headquarters in Atlanta, Ga.
  8. David Bell Adams, (Oct. 27, 1878 AL – Apr. 19, 1964) University of Alabama, A. B.. 1897.

His last known residence was Clanton, Chilton County, Alabama. Sam Adams died March 3, 1880, and is buried in Clanton Cemetery, Clanton, Chilton County, Alabama.



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