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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company 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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MADISON ADAMS was born March 21, 1812, in Henry County, Ky., and is a son of David and Nancy (Shelton) Adams, natives of South Carolina and Tennessee respectively. The paternal grandfather was a native of Ireland, and settled in this country prior to the war of Independence. David Adams was a soldier in the war of 1812, and held the commission of captain in Gen. Jackson’s army; he died in August, 1856, at the age of seventy-one years. He was married four times; his first wife’s maiden name was Margaret Calhoun, by whom he had two children, both deceased; by his second marriage he had four children, subject being the eldest. Mrs. Adams died in the year 1817; his third wife’s maiden name was Nancy Kimberlin. To this last union was born one child, Betsey Ann, deceased. Madison Adams was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty-two purchased a tract of land in Henry County, Ky., on which he resided for a period of four or five years. He came to Fulton County, in March, 1841, and settled where he now lives, purchasing 160 acres of land, to which he has added other tracts at different times, until he now owns 320 acres, the greater part of which is in a high state of cultivation. In November, 1835, he was married to Patsey, daughter of Jeremiah and Frances Knight, of Virginia. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have had eight children: Nancy, wife of Joel Wilson; Frances, wife of John Tyler; William Henry, deceased; Jeremiah, deceased; Madison, Jr., Atchison, Elizabeth, wife of Alonzo Clark, and Alice. Mr. Adams is an active member of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which his wife and the greater part of his family are also members. Madison Adams, Jr., son of the preceding, was born in Fulton County, September 27, 1842, and is one of the active farmers of Hickman Precinct. He has followed various occupations, making farming and stock-raising his principal business, in both of which he has been very successful. In 1874 he served as deputy sheriff under J. F. Tyler, and discharged the duties of his position satisfactorily to his superior and all with whom he transacted business. Upon leaving the office he took charge of the home farm, which he has since managed, looking after the interests of his parents, who are becoming old. Mr. Adams was never married. He votes the Democratic ticket.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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