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Kdempster
1 post
Aug 14, 2017
5:53 PM
Hi all,
My name is Kris Dempster and looking for information on the Adams family in Whiteside county. I have read a few pages of the history of Whiteside county and found info regarding the Adams family coming to Illinois, Como and the Hopkins district. Would like to share what I have and see what everyone else has. I know Frank Adams and Susan Tencke came along with their family in the mid 1830s, about 1836. He came along with (I believe sisters who were married to James Bingham and a Hopkins). I would love to hear if there is anyonethat has any info on this Adams family. They eventually moved West to Kansas.
Denise
1091 posts
Aug 15, 2017
8:17 AM
Hi Kris, I'm on the road most of day but will check this later today.
Denise
1092 posts
Aug 16, 2017
10:31 AM
Kris,
Have you done a site search (from our Home page)? There is quite a bit on this site.
From our Obituary section, we have the following:
Amy Rose Adams; Brenna Adams; Caroline Adams; Charles Adams; Francis Adams; Harold Adams; Helen Adams; Jacob B Adams; Lawrence Adams; Mary Adams; Mary C Adams; Nellie Adams; Ruth Adams; Vera Adams; William Adams; William E Adams

If you go to Sterling Gazette INDEX Online: http://173.165.122.243/Gazette%20Web/gaz01a.asp and type in Adams in Subject line (leave Description blank), you will get 96 pages of returns. If you see articles you are interested in, you can contact Marilyn Anderson in the Genealogy Dept. of the Sterling Public Library (they made the index and archive the newspapers), she can send you copies for a small fee. If you only need a transcription, I can do that (no charge) on my next trip to Sterling.

FRANK ADAMS
Of Hopkins Twp., Whiteside Co IL
Frank Adams was born in 1812. Married Miss Susan Tencke. Children: Jane Margaret, Rachel, James, Ann, and Francis. Jane married Charles Ingalls; children, Hettie. Margaret married John Richardson; children, Perce, Francis, A. D. Nettie, Burdell, and Lee. Rachael married John Charter; children, James' and John. James married Miss Delia Peoples; has two children, and lives at Red Oak, Iowa. Francis married William Yeoards; has one child. Ann died in infancy. Mr. Adams came to Como in company with Jason Hopkins, and Ii ved in a cabin on the bank of the river, near the ferry landing. Mrs. Adams was the first white woman who came to Como, and for a time was the only female in the place. They kept a boarding house, the first and only one at Como, at which everybody then took meals, and at night all slept on the floor. Prominent among these were Jason Hopkins, Brittell, Dr. Harding, Bridge, J. B. Harding, and J. D. Bingham. [Bent - Wilson History of Whiteside County]

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 16, 2017 12:33 PM
Denise
1093 posts
Aug 16, 2017
12:17 PM
BTW - Whiteside did not become a county until 1836. The town of Tampico was established in 1875.

The Sterling Gazette published 1854-present.

Some of the newspapers have been digitized: https://sterlingpl.newspaperarchive.com/
There are two drop-down menus to select years available.

There is another website that has an INDEX only of Gazette newspapers: http://173.165.122.243/Gazette%20Web/gaz01a.asp
Contact info has not been updated on that page. Contact Marilyn Anderson, Genealogy Dept., Sterling Public Library, SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net They archive the Sterling newspapers on microfilm & created the Index.

Sterling Public Library Website: http://www.youseemore.com/sterling/default.asp

ILLINOIS STATE ARCHIVES ONLINE: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/archives/databases/home.html

GOOGLE BOOKS ONLINE - "Portrait & Biographical Album of Whiteside County" History of Hopkins Twp. p. 866-67: https://tinyurl.com/ybn7j9aw

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 17, 2017 8:44 AM
Denise
1095 posts
Aug 17, 2017
9:33 AM
Gazette articles for children of Frank Adams (per his bio):
Richardson, John W. (Margaret Adams) obituary 7 March 1903;1;5
Richardson, John W. (Margaret Adams) obituary 7 March 1903;Standard:1;6
Richardson, John W. (Margaret Adams) funeral rites 9 March 1903;1;2
Richardson, John W. (Margaret Adams) funeral rites 9 March 1903;Standard:1;4

Richardson, Margaret Adams (John) obituary 4 Sept 1900;Standard;1;2
Richardson, Margaret Adams (John) obituary / funeral rites 4 Sept 1900;twGazette;1;3
Richardson, Margaret Adams (John) obituary / funeral rites 5 Sept 1900;1;3
Richardson, Margaret Adams (John) funeral rites 6 Sept 1900;Standard;1;5

Richardson, A. D. obituary 11 Feb 1919;8;5
Richardson, A. D. obituary 13 Feb 1919;6;4
Richardson, A. D. to wed Kate Biederstadt 25 June 1895;4;3
Richardson, A. D. weds Kate Biederstadt 26 June 1895;1;5
Richardson, A. D. weds Kate Biederstadt 24 June 1895;Standard;1;4
Richardson, A. D. weds Kate Biederstadt 28 June 1895;wGazette;6;2
Richardson, A. D. Mr. & Mrs. daughter born Feb 5 6 Feb 1899;1;4

Richardson, Nettie obituary 20 June 1898;4;4

Charter, Rachel Adams (John) obituary 28 Oct 1897;1;4
Charter, Rachel Adams (John) obituary 28 Oct 1897;Standard;1;5
Charter, Rachel Adams (John) obituary 28 Oct 1897;wStandard;8;2
Charter, Rachel Adams (John) funeral rites 30 Oct 1897;1;4
Charter, Rachel Adams (John) funeral rites 30 Oct 1897;Standard;1;6
Charter, Rachel Adams (John) funeral rites 4 Nov 1897;wStandard;B1;3;6;5

Last Edited by Denise on Sep 01, 2017 7:00 AM
Kdempster
2 posts
Aug 19, 2017
12:16 PM
Denise, this is great information. I would love to see Frank Adams' obituary. I have contacted Marilyn several time but she hasn't gotten back to me. She must be busy. I had found an obituary of James Adams one of Frank's sons. She says she has one, too and she wanted to see mine. I sent her it and never heard back from her. I sent an email this week, but nothing. I am not going to bug her any more but would like to see James's and Frank's.
Denise
1097 posts
Aug 22, 2017
1:34 PM
I transcribed it in above message thread. Do you mean you want a copy of the newspaper article? I will get it for you. I don't charge anything for a transcription. If you need a copy of the newspaper article, then I only ask to be reimbursed what the library charges for copies (75 cents/page). As long as I will be out there, are there any other articles listed above that you want to be transcribed? (Sorry about Marilyn. She's getting along in years and I'm sure she is inundated with requests.) BTW, the contact info is outdated on that Index page. Marilyn's email is SPL-Genealogy@comcast.net

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 22, 2017 1:38 PM
Kdempster
4 posts
Aug 23, 2017
7:06 PM
Denise, I don't need the actual obit. A transcription would be great. If you will be there, I would be so gratefuxl for Frank's, Margaret's, and Rachel's. I hope this not too much to ask. Also, I think Marilyn has James B. Adams, too who died in Sept. 1897. This would be Frank's son and Margaret and Rachel's brother. This would so great, thank you so much. Again, I hope it's not too much to ask. Kris
Denise
1098 posts
Aug 24, 2017
7:49 AM
Okay - no problem! This is a really busy week, but I may be able to get there on Saturday. Otherwise, probably not until Monday. I will post them here for you. If you decide you want more, just let me know. Not a problem at all.

Adams, James B. obituary 30 Sept 1897;1;3
Adams, James B. obituary 30 Sept 1897;wStandard;1;5

Do you know if the following articles pertain to your "James Adams" and if so, would you like them transcribed as well?:
Adams, James weds Sadie Nettz 13 Feb 1896;Standard;7;1
Adams, James maybe elopes with Sadie Nettz 13 Feb 1896;wStandard;5;4
Adams, James weds Sadie Nettz 20 Feb 1896;wStandard;B6;4

Last Edited by Denise on Aug 24, 2017 7:55 AM
Kdempster
5 posts
Aug 25, 2017
8:58 AM
Denise,
The James Adams obit 30 September 1897 is the correct one. The one below is probably some relation but not the James Adams that I am referring to above. The James Adams I am looking for was married to a Delia Peebles, daughter of Emma Jane Parks and Robert S Peebles. No worries about the time frame, please take your time and do not rush. Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you again, Kris
Denise
1100 posts
Aug 30, 2017
8:07 AM
I was able to get to library & transcribed most of the obits. I'm on the road most of today, but will post them later this evening.
Denise
1101 posts
Aug 31, 2017
5:48 PM
The Sterling Evening Gazette
Sterling, IL
Roll #52
September 30, 1897; 1;3
DEATH OF JAMES B. ADAMS
Former Gas Maker at Sterling Works Died Yesterday at Mina, Kan.
James B. Adams, formerly of Sterling, died yesterday morning at 8 o’clock at his home in Mina, Kan., after an illness of a year. He left Sterling about a year ago for his health, returning to his old home in Kansas, but he never recovered his health after leaving here. For nine years Mr. Adams was the gas maker for the Sterling Gas & Electric Light Co.
Mr. Adams leaves a wife, two sisters, and six children. The sisters are Mrs. John Charter, of Sterling, and Mrs. John Richardson. The children are Mrs. Michael Rutt and Miss Minnie Adams, of Sterling; Miss Alice Adams of Chicago; James, Delia and Rachel are at home.
The funeral was held today at Mina. The fatal disease was diabetes. Mr. Adams leaves many Sterling friends who extend their sincere sympathy to the sorrowing family.

The Sterling Standard (Weekly)
Sterling, IL
Roll #47
September 30, 1897; 1;5
DEATH OF JAMES B. ADAMS
Former Sterling Man Passes Away at His Home in Mina, Kas.
A telegram was received Wednesday announcing the death at 8 o’clock on Tuesday evening of James B. Adams, at his home in Mina, Kas. Mr. Adams was formerly a resident of this city and was for nine and one-half years the gas maker at the gas works of this city. He was born in Como about fifty-four years ago, and for many years was a resident of Kansas. He left Sterling about a year ago for Mina, where he has resided ever since. His malady was diabetes. The funeral will be held at the home of the deceased.
Mr. Adams leaves a wife, two sisters, and six children to mourn his loss. The sisters are Mrs. John Charters, of this city, and Mrs. John Richardson. The children are Mrs. Michael Rutt, of Sterling; Miss Minnie Adams of Sterling; Miss Alice Adams, of Chicago, James, Delia, and Rachel are all at home.
The deceased was well known here, where he had many friends who deeply mourn his death.

The Sterling Daily Gazette
Sterling, IL
August 26, 1941 Roll # 215; 8;4-5
ADAMS CLAN OFFICERS
Mr. and Mrs. Harry Carbaugh of Chadwick attended the annual Adams reunion at Point Rock Park, Mt. Carroll Sunday. Officers for the coming year are President and vice president Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hamman of Savanna, and secretary, Miss Katie Adams of Mr. Carroll.

The Sterling Daily Gazette
Sterling, IL
September 29, 1941; 7;7, Roll # 215
ADAMS CLAN REUNION
Mr. and Mrs. Judson Ashdown and Lois and Carol and Mrs. Lula Ashdown attended an Adams family reunion at Bellevue, Ia., Sunday. Mrs. Lula Ashdown returned Saturday evening to the home of her son Judson after spending several months with her son, Virgil, and family at Oneida.

The Sterling Evening Gazette
Sterling, IL
October 28, 1897; 1;4 Roll # 52
DEATH OF MRS. JOHN CHARTER
Wife of One of Sterling’s Most Prominent Citizens Passed Away This Morning
Rachel, the wife of John Charter, died at 6aa:40 o’clock this morning at her home on First Avenue after a long period of delicate health. Her maiden name was Rachel E. Adams and she was born Nov. 14, 1839, at Como, this county. When she was sixteen years of age she accompanied her parents to Keokuk, Iowa, to reside. She was married in that vicinity March 25, 1857 to John Charter. About three years later Mr. and Mrs. Charter came to Sterling and this city has since been their home.
She leaves two children, James, who is superintendent of the gas engine department of the Fairbanks, Morse & Co. factory at Beloit, Wis., and John, who lives at home. She leaves one sister, Mrs. John Richardson of Sterling. Her only brother, James D. [sic] Adams, formerly of Sterling, died recently In Kansas. Mrs. Charter was a woman of many virtues whose loss will be sadly felt by her friends.
The funeral will occur at the residence at 10 o’clock, Saturday morning.

The Sterling Evening Gazette
Sterling, IL
October 30, 1897; 1;4 Roll #52
FUNERAL OF MRS. JOHN CHARTER
The funeral of Mrs. John Charter was held at the family residence at 10 o’clock this forenoon. The service was conducted by Rev. Theodore Crowl, who spoke particularly fitting words to tell of the mission of a wife and mother in a home and the gloom that is cast upon the home by her loss. A quartette from the congregational choir composed of Miss Ella G. Richards, Mrs. L. D. Osterboudt, C. H. Ives and Arthur Woodyatt sang two hymns. The floral tributes were very pretty. The pall bearers were: J. F. Utley, Dr. G. B. Dillon, Edgar H. Galt and John W. Martin. The remains were laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery
Denise
1102 posts
Aug 31, 2017
6:07 PM
(cont'd)
Sterling Daily Standard
Sterling, IL
October 28, 1897; 1;5 Roll #51
DEATH CALLS THEM
Two Sterling Women Pass Away
Mrs. John Charter and Mrs. John Arnold Are Called to Their Rest This Morning – Both Were Well Known and Loved By Many Friends.
MRS. JOHN CHARTER
Mrs. Johns Charter died at her home, 320 First Ave, Thursday morning, Oct. 28, 1897, at 6:40 o’clock. For several years she has been in delicate health, there being a complication of diseases. She was taken seriously ill last Friday night and continued to grow worse until death relieved her of her sufferings. The funeral services will be held at the residence Saturday morning at 10 o’clock, the interment to take place in the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Rachel E. Adams was born in Como, Whiteside County, Nov. 14, 1839. She lived at that place until the age of sixteen, when she moved to Keokuk, Iowa. At the age of eighteen, she was united in marriage to John Charter, then of Keokuk. In 1861 Mr. and Mrs. Charter came to Sterling, where they have resided ever since. The deceased leaves her husband, two sons, James A. Charter, Superintendent of the gas engine department of the Fairbanks and Morse works at Beloit, Wis., and John charter, Jr., who is now at home. She also leaves a sister, Mrs. John Richardson of this city.
Mrs. Charter was a woman of extremely pleasant disposition. She was retiring by nature and her many good deeds were done quietly. She was a loving and helpful wife, a fond mother, and a kind and true friend. Those who knew her loved her dearly and now most deeply mourn her death. The friends of the family extend to them heartful sympathy in this their hour of bereavement.

Sterling Daily Standard
Sterling, IL
October 30, 1897; 1;6 Roll #51
TWO FUNERALS TODAY
Remains of Mrs. John Charter and Mrs. John Arnold Laid to Rest
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. John Charter were held at the house this morning, the Rev. Theodore Crowl officiating. The music was furnished by Miss Ella Richards, Mrs. L. D. Osterhoudt, Arthur Woodyatt and Charles H. Ives. The pall bearers were Messrs. Edgar, J. F. Utley, Dr. G. B. Dillon and John Martin. The services were attended by many relatives and friends of the deceased. The floral contributions were beautiful and very appropriate. Interment took place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Sterling Standard (weekly)
Sterling, IL
October 28, 1897; 1;5 (I could not find an obit)
Sterling Standard (Weekly)
Sterling, IL
November 4, 1897 B1;3;6;5 Roll #53
TWO FUNERALS SATURDAY
Remains of Mrs. John Charter and Mrs. John Arnold Laid to Rest
The funeral services over the remains of Mrs. John Charter were held at the house Saturday, the Rev. Theodore Crowl officiating. The music was furnished by Miss Ella Richards, Mrs. L. D. Osterhoudt, Arthur Woodyatt and Charles H. Ives. The pallbearers were Messrs. Edgar Galt, J. F. Utley, Dr. G. B Dillon and John Martin. The services were attended by many relatives and friends of the deceased. The floral contributions were beautiful and very appropriate. Interment took place at the Odd Fellows Cemetery.

Last Edited by Denise on Sep 01, 2017 6:48 AM
Denise
1103 posts
Sep 01, 2017
6:49 AM
I forgot this one:
Sterling Daily Standard
Sterling, IL
September 4, 1900; 1;2, Roll #65
DEATH OF MRS. RICHARDSON
Wife of John Richardson Passes Away After Years of Ill Health
Mrs. John Richardson died at 10:15 o’clock this morning at her home, 101 Nineteenth Avenue, of a complication of diseases. She was ill for a number of years and during the past year was confined to her bed the greater part of the time.
The funeral will be held at the house Thursday morning at 10 o’clock.
Margaret G. Adams was born in Peoria, Ill., Marche 10, 1836. When a baby she moved with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adams, to Como. On her birthday, March 10, 1858 she was united in marriage to John Richardson while on a visit at the home of an aunt at the Forks, west of this city. The couple moved to Sterling then, and the deceased spent the greater part of her life here since that time. She was the mother of seven children, five of whom are now living. They are: Percy of Patterson, N. J., A. D. of Beloit, Wis., Mrs. E. J. Cook of Sterling, Mrs. Tilman Rutt of Sterling.
The deceased was a great sufferer nearly all of her life. She was patient through it all, and she lived an unselfish life, devoting all of her energies to her family. She was a lovely woman, and her sorrowing husband and children have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
Denise
1104 posts
Sep 01, 2017
6:53 AM
Sterling Daily Standard
Sterling, IL
September 6, 1900; 1;5 Roll #65
FUNERAL OF MRS RICHARDSON
Services Said at the Late Home of the Deceased by Rev. N. J. Harkness.
Funeral services for Mrs. John Richardson were held at the house this morning at 10 o’clock. A large concourse of sorrowing friends was in attendance. The sermon was preached by the Rev. N. J. Harkness, pastor of the Fourth Street Methodist church. There were many beautiful floral contributions. The interment was n Riverside Cemetery and the remains were laid to rest by the following pall bearers:
Messrs. David Betts, Elijah Rood, Charles Delp, John Snavely, Adam Lutz and William Wahl.
William H. Howard had charge of the funeral arrangements.
Denise
1105 posts
Sep 01, 2017
6:54 AM
The Sterling Evening Gazette
Sterling, IL
September 5, 1900; 1;5 Roll# 66
MRS. JOHN RICHARDSON
Funeral Thursday Morning at 10 o’clock – Interment at Riverside.

Mrs. John Richardson died yesterday morning at 10:15 o’clock at her residence on Nineteenth Avenue. She has been ill for a number of years, being confined to her bed during the past year. Her death was due to a complication of diseases and she was a great sufferer from her sickness.

Margaret G. Adams was born in Peoria on March 10, 1836, and emigrated when very young with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Adams, to Como, where she lived for some time. From Como she moved to Sterling, where she has spent most of her days.
She married John Richardson on March 10, 1858, and was the mother of seven children: Percy Richardson of Patterson, New York, A. D. Richardson of Beloit, Wis., Mrs. E. J. Cook of this city, Mrs. Tilman Rutt of Beloit, Wisc., and Mrs. William Paget.

The funeral services will be held at the residence on Nineteenth Avenue at 10 o’clock Thursday and the interment will take place at Riverside.
She was a great sufferer during her long period of illness and death came as a relief to her. She bore all patiently, only waiting for the end which she knew was close at hand.
Denise
1106 posts
Sep 01, 2017
6:55 AM
Sterling Twice-Weekly Gazette
Sterling, IL
September 4, 1900; 1;3
MRS. JOHN RICHARDSON DEAD
Funeral at Residence Thursday Morning at 10 o'clock.
Mrs. John /Richardson died this morning at 10:15 o’clock at her residence on Nineteenth Avenue. She has been sick for a number of years. The funeral services will be held at the family residence on Thursday at 10 o’clock and the interment will take place at Riverside
Denise
1107 posts
Sep 01, 2017
6:58 AM
I mistakenly thought the above bio from the Bent Wilson book was an obit for Frank Adams. I cannot find a death date or place for him & he is not on the Gazette Index. Do you know when & where he died?

I'm not sure if I transcribed all of the articles you were interested in - if I missed something, let me know. I'll catch it on my next trip to the library. I try to make is every other week, or sooner.

Last Edited by Denise on Sep 01, 2017 7:03 AM
Denise
1108 posts
Sep 01, 2017
7:56 AM
I received an email from Ann Winters with the following referal to a link that may offer some help:
"Anne Winters
Aug 28 (4 days ago) to me
There is a lot of research on this site regarding an Adams family in Kentucky early on and then On to Ohio and Indiana which sounds like the Adams family in Illinois.

Your inquirer was trying to dispel a myth that their Adams family was not related to the presidents Adams."

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kell/mom/adams.html
Kdempster
7 posts
Sep 04, 2017
10:55 AM
This is absolutely fabulous, Denise. I cannot believe the information in all this. Frank Adams, according to history of Whiteside county, Ill....was born in 1812. I have seen two references in ancestry that he died early in his years. 1847 has been referenced twice....but I have no documentation or reliable resources. I'm pretty sure his was Margaret Stewart, have seen a Samuel and William Adams,Sr. as father. So there's still looking for sure. Thank you so much again!!
Denise
1110 posts
Sep 08, 2017
8:56 AM
Kdempster - Yes, I saw the reference to his death date on Ancestry as well. Tried to search various newspapers, but hard to find anything in that time frame. Obits were usually pretty sketchy then. But, I'll keep an eye out and run a scan occasionally. Happy to have been of some help. Let me know if there is anything else specifically you need me to check. Continued success in your genealogical journey.


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