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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Adair County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  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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Samuel A. Adams, a farmer of Polk Township, was born in Henry County, Ky., in 1834, and was the eldest of eight children. His parents, George and Nancy (Simmons) Adams, were both natives of Kentucky, and were married in 1833. His father was a child of Andrew Adams, and died when Samuel was but fourteen years old. Samuel Adams grew up without the advantage of an education, but by his perseverance and hard labor has made an honored place for himself in the estimation of all his associates. In 1855 he married Miss Susan Morris, a daughter of David and Betsey Morris, and they have had six sons and one daughter: George F., James W., John, Thomas, Hezekiah, William J., David A. and Josephine. In 1870 he settled in Adair County, renting land until 1875, when he purchased his present farm of 255 acres, the result of his own exertions and economy. Mrs. Nancy Adams came to Adair County in 1875, and is still living here. Mr. Adams cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan, and is a Democrat. In 1855 he moved to Monroe County, Mo., remaining three years, then returned to Kentucky, where he staid until 1870, since which time he has resided in Adair County, Mo. He is a member of Kirksville Lodge, No. 105, A. F. & A. M., and he and his wife have for many years been members of the Christian Church. Mr. Adams purchased his land in its uncultivated state, and now has all but forty acres of it in fine condition, cultivated and improved.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Adair County, Missouri portion of the book,  The History of Adair, Sullivan, Putnam, and Schuyler Counties, Missouri published in 1888 by Goodspeed Publishing Co.  For the complete description, click here: Adair County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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