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Below is a family biography included in The History of Crawford 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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Addison Adams, a farmer, is a son of John and Eleanor (Collier) Adams, the former born in Virginia in 1770, and the latter born in Maryland. After marriage the parents settled in Virginia, where the father served as overseer of a plantation. They afterward moved to Kentucky, where they lived a short time, and then bought a farm in Montgomery County, Tenn. John Adams was drowned at the age of fifty-one years, and his widow lived to be eighty-five years old. Addison, the eighth in the family of eleven children, ten of whom grew to maturity, was born in Virginia, in 1812. He was reared a farmer with limited educational advantages, and upon reaching manhood managed his mother's farm. In 1836 he married Eliza E. Crowder, a native of Virginia, who was born in 1811. In 1841 Mr. and Mrs. Adams moved to Osage County, Mo., then to Gasconade County, settling in Crawford County about 1845. They moved to their present homestead in 1856. With the exception of about three years, when he followed the carpenter's trade, Mr. Adams has been engaged in farming all his life, and now owns about 300 acres. Of the seven children born to Mr. and Mrs. Adams four are now living: Thomas J., Martha, Eleanor and Mary S. Mr. Adams' political principles are those of the Democratic party. He has served as magistrate and constable, and is president of the Farmers' Joint Stock Company. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for thirty-seven years, and since his fourteenth year has held membership in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Adams has been a member of the same church since she was sixteen years old.

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This family biography is one of 117 biographies included in The History of Crawford County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Crawford County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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