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Below is a family biography included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published by Weakley, Harraman & 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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ALBERT C. ADAMS, farmer, Pleasant Township, was born in Limerick, Me., March 28, 1816. His parents, Thomas and Betsey (Doliff) Adams, were natives of Maine and New Hampshire, respectively, and lived on a farm where our subject was reared to the age of sixteen. The humdrum of farm life was not congenial to his naturally buoyant and romantic spirit and he abandoned it for the sea, shipping on a merchant vessel on which he remained three years. In 1835 he shipped aboard a man-of-war and served three years and five months. While in the navy yard at Charlestown he received a wound in the right shoulder which disabled him for further service as a sailor, though he afterward made one trip as a landsman. He came home off a cruise and received his discharge at Norfolk, and after remaining at home about one year with his mother, engaged as second pilot on a steam-boat. In 1845 Mr. Adams came to Switzerland County and engaged in farming and this occupation he has since successfully pursued. He married Rebecca Jane Tibbletts, a native of Whitefield, Me., and the children born to them were named as follows: James, Indiana, Elizabeth, Carrie, Madora, Celestia, Emma, Charles G., George, Albert C., Jr., Eugene, Oliver P. and Leora. A few years ago Mr. Adams concluded that on account of the wound he had received while in the service of the government, he was entitled to a pension. He went directly to Washington, applied at the department, and proved his identity, exhibited the scar of the wound and had his claim granted on the spot, without the aid of any witness or attorney. This transaction clearly illustrates Mr. Adams’ peculiar force of character, and his matter-of-fact business-like turn of mind.

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This family biography is one of 215 biographies included in The History of Switzerland County, Indiana published in 1885 by Weakley, Harraman & Co.  For the complete description, click here: Switzerland County, Indiana History and Genealogy

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