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Below is a family biography included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana published by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co. in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN H. ADAMS, one of the pioneers of Clay Township, is a native of Hamilton County, Ohio; born December 27, 1826. He is the youngest son of John H. and Matilda Adams, both natives of the “Old Dominion.” His father was a trader, and followed flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. In 1828 he resolved to give up the business, but while on his last voyage he was stricken down with the small-pox, and died on the boat. His widow, with her two children, came to Taylorsville, now Selvin, Warrick County, Ind., where she married again. In 1836 she died, leaving our subject homeless. He then lived with William Carter until he was sixteen years of age. He then worked out as a day laborer until his marriage to Mary Crawford, October 26, 1851, after which he located on a farm on Section 17, Clay Township. October 9, 1861 he enlisted in Company F, Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until January 9, 1863, when he was honorably discharged on account of injuries. He took an active part in the famous battle of Shiloh. He returned home, and remained until September 29, 1864, when he re-enlisted in Company H, Thirty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served until July 2, 1865. He participated in the battles of Nashville and Bentonville, N. C., and numerous lesser engagements. He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. They have had nine children, five of whom, William F., Israel A., John L., Epaminondas, and Idella, are living.

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This family biography is one of 344 biographies included in The History of Spencer County, Indiana portion of the book: History of Warrick, Spencer and Perry Counties Indiana published in 1885 by Goodspeed, Bros. & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Spencer County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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