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Beatles78
1 post
Aug 16, 2015
7:22 AM
Hello all!

I was wondering if anyone had any information on Nelson John Adams, my GGGrandfather, who was born in 1842 in Germany and settled in Hinckley, IL with his wife Anna Lawerance (Lorenz). I show records for Nelson up until 1900 census where he isn't present and instead shows Anna -- HoH where it lists her as "Married." I see my GGrandfather there, Nelson "John" Adams and a brother Charles. This must be my GGGrandfather Nelson...as it shows he was born in Feb 1880 which he was on other documents i have. But where is his father Nelson?

I then show an Anna Adams dying in 1930 in Freeport, IL, buried at St. Mary's cemetery in Tampico, IL, next to a Charles Adams. Does anyone know if this Anna Adams IS in fact my Nelson Adams's wife, and if so, where is Nelson? What happened to him after he was on the 1880 census?

Thank you!
Stephanie

Below is the death record for Anna Adams.

Name: Anna Adams
[Anna Lawerance]
Birth Date: 11 Feb 1846
Birth Place: Germany
Death Date: 21 Dec 1930
Death Place: Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois
Burial Date: 23 Dec 1930
Burial Place: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Cemetery Name: St. Mary's
Death Age: 84
Race: White
Marital Status: W
Gender: Female
Residence: Freeport, Stephenson, Illinois
Father Name: Mathew Lawerance
Father Birth Place: Germany
Spouse Name: Nelson Adams
FHL Film Number: 1653489
Denise
1050 posts
Aug 16, 2015
5:32 PM
Hi Stephanie,
Anna's obituary is in the Sterling Gazette. You can probably get it faster than I right now, since I have my daughter in from California and then I am leaving for a reunion in Wisconsin. I don't foresee making it to the Sterling Library (where the Gazette is archived) before the first week of September. I recommend you contact Marilyn Anderson in the Genealogy Dept. of the Sterling Library SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net for a copy of the obit. It is listed as:
Adams, Anna Mrs. funeral rites 24 Dec 1930;12;2(this is the issue date of newspaper, page & column number).

Here is the Library's website for their hours and phone numbers as well. If Marilyn is not able to accommodate you in a reasonable time, get back to me and I will get the obit for you.http://www1.youseemore.com/sterling/ Sterling Public Library

Last Edited by Denise on Feb 10, 2017 1:13 AM
Denise
1051 posts
Aug 16, 2015
6:09 PM
This may be helpful as well:

ADAMS BURIED IN ST. MARY'S CEMETERY, TAMPICO, IL
Anna T. 1848-1930 section me (middle/east)
Charles 1888-1964 section me
Charles W 1927-? sect. me
Ida M 1926-? me

Herbert J "Hub" July 23, 1922-April 11, 1999 sect. ?
Robert Eldon July 25, 1916-November 24, 2000 sect. ?

Bessie L 1886-1972 section ne (north/east)
William S 1889-1968 Sect. ne

Infant of Wm. d. Feb. 8, 1922 sect. nw

Dorothy I 1931-1950 sect. sw
Mary C 1929-? sw
Mary Elizabeth d. October 20, 1974 Sect. sw
Robert B 1886-1971 Sect. sw
Sue Z April 26, 1948-? Sect. sw
Velma Eileen July 10, 1911-January 22, 1998 Sect. sw
Vera E 1892-1982 Sect. sw
Veronica E 1921-1923 Sect. sw
William E May 9, 1946-July 4, 1996

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 16, 2015 6:14 PM
Denise
1052 posts
Aug 16, 2015
6:11 PM
We have the following ADAMS obits on our website:
Amy Rose Adams; Brenna Adams; Caroline Adams; Charles Adams; Francis Adams; Harold Adams; Helen Adams; Jacob B Adams; Larwrence Adams; Mary Adams; Mary C Adams; Nellie Adams; Ruth Adams; Vera Adams; William Adams; William E Adams
Obituary Index

Last Edited by
Denise on Aug 16, 2015 6:13 PM
Denise
1053 posts
Aug 16, 2015
6:38 PM
Also found the following Gazette articles on those listed for St. Mary's Cemetery:
Charles 1888-1964 section me (obit in Gazette: Adams, Charles obituary 20 Aug 1964;2;6)
Charles W 1927-? sect. me
Ida M 1926-? me (No death record for her. Perhaps remarried? Or still living. Gazette: Adams, Charles marries Ida Mary Chriest 7 Sep 1948;9;1)

Ida M Adams
65+
Phone numbers
309-438-4411
Verizon Business Landline
815-438-4411
Frontier Citizens Communications Landline

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 16, 2015 6:39 PM
Beatles78
2 posts
Aug 17, 2015
6:47 AM
Denise,

Thank you so much! None of those Adams names sound familiar, but who knows, they could be siblings i don't have in my tree.

I had also found a Nelson John Adams death record for that date of 1929...but my question is, how do I know that is him? Possible it's another Nelson Adams? Is there any strong evidence to link him to my guy, i.e. a date of birth on that cert you found? I see that the age is "unknown"....:(

I have a sense that this may not be him, as i found a Nelson Adams with that death date born in 1838 in France...with a different wife.


NAME: Nelson John Adams
SPOUSE: Anna
BIRTH: 24 Jun 1838 - Alsace-Lorraine, France
DEATH: 13 Jun 1929 - Chicago, Cook, Illinois
OTHER: 15 Jun 1929 - Illinois

THanks again!

Stephanie

Last Edited by Beatles78 on Aug 17, 2015 9:51 AM
Denise
1057 posts
Aug 17, 2015
9:00 PM
2. I would concentrate on obtaining the obits for the Adams buried in section me in the St Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Obits can be found here: GazetteIndex Suggestion for search: only put in surname in SUBJECT box, leave DESCRIPTION box empty.

Obits, etc. from Gazette
Adams, Anna Mrs. funeral rites 24 Dec 1930;12;2
Adams, Charles marriage bans published 28 Aug 1948;9;4
Contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept., Sterling Public Library (Gazette is archived there) SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net
Adams, Charles marries Ida Mary Chriest 7 Sep 1948;9;1

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 25, 2015 4:39 PM
Denise
1058 posts
Aug 17, 2015
9:00 PM
2. I would concentrate on obtaining the obits for the Adams buried in section "me" in the St Mary's Cemetery in Tampico. Obits can be found here:

http://173.165.122.243/Gazette%20Web/gaz01a.asp

GazetteIndex Suggestion for search: only put in surname in SUBJECT box, leave DESCRIPTION box empty.

Obits, etc. from Gazette
Adams, Anna Mrs. funeral rites 24 Dec 1930;12;2
Adams, Charles marriage bans published 28 Aug 1948;9;4
Contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept., Sterling Public Library (Gazette is archived there) SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net
Adams, Charles marries Ida Mary Chriest 7 Sep 1948;9;1

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 25, 2015 4:38 PM
Beatles78
3 posts
Feb 09, 2017
7:41 PM
Hi Denise!

I actually have confirmed that my Nelson John Adams was the one born in Alsace-Lorraine, France as the informant was his granddaughter! So that was huge for me to discover.

Do you happen to have contact information for a Ronald J. Adams who wrote a Newsletter on the Descendants of Frederick Louis Allen? I believe he is a possible relative of mine!

Thanks much!
Stephanie
Denise
1075 posts
Feb 10, 2017
1:10 AM
Hi Stephanie,
I also got your email regarding this topic. I only have the information that Mr. Adams posted in the Family History: Prepared by:
Ronald J. Adams
904 E. 12th Street, Apt 3
York, Nebraska 68467-2600
402-362-7152
radamssr@neb.rr.com
The above is what he sent with the letter. A search for current information suggests this may be a more current address: Alternate Information on Ronald J Adams:
7150 Holmes Park Rd
Lincoln NE 68506-4604
Alternate #: 402-805-4456
I think he may be in his 80s now, so a phone call or letter might be necessary.
I don't have any further information. Mr. Adams did not get the information from our archives so you would be better served to contact him. I am not sure if that is still valid information or not.

I am not sure Mr. Adams is still living. If not, I would try one of the larger libraries in the area he lived or possibly the historical/genealogical society.

Last Edited by Denise on Feb 10, 2017 1:42 AM


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