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James ADAMS
Agnes WILSON
Husband:  James ADAMS
Birth:  1745
Death:  23 Sep 1815, Hopkins Co., KY
Disposition:  buried Hopkins Co., KY
Father:  Robert ADAMS
Mother:  Elizabeth HUBBARD
Marriage:
Wife:  Agnes WILSON
Birth:  1750, Adams Co., PA
Death:  aft. 1805
Disposition:  buried Hopkins Co., KY
Father:  Matthew WILSON
Mother:  Catherine HUBBARD
Children:
  1.  Matthew ADAMS, b. 1766/7 
  2.  Robert ADAMS, b. 1770; d. Mar 1825, Independant Co., AR; m. Ms. __?__
  3.  Jesse ADAMS, b. 1774
  4.  Alexander ADAMS, b. 1776; d. 17 Mar 1805, Christian Co., KY; m. 25 Jul 1797, Madison Co., KY, Isabella MILLER, d/o William MILLER & Nancy YANCEY
  5.  James ADAMS, Jr., b. 18 May 1779 
  6.  Harold ADAMS, b. 1784; d. bef. 1814
  7.  Mary "Polly" ADAMS, b. 1785 
  8.  Thomas ADAMS, b. 18 Mar 1788 
  9.  Catherine "Caty/Katy" ADAMS, b. 1790 
10.  Jane "Jinny" ADAMS, b. 1792
11.  Andrew ADAMS, b. 1794
12.  Wilson Hicks ADAMS, b. 1796 

.  William ADAMS; d. bef. 1814
.  John ADAMS; d. bef. 1814
.  George ADAMS; d. bef. 1814

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Timeline
Abbreviation:  WFRR = West Fork of the Red River (SW Todd Co., KY)
Year Location Event
    birth of James ADAMS
    birth of Agnes WILSON
    marriage of James ADAMS & Agnes WILSON
c1766/7   birth of son, Matthew
c1770   birth of son, Robert
c1774   birth of son, Jesse
c1776   birth of son, Alexander
1776 VA [now KY]: Kentucky Co. formed
1779   birth of son, James
1780 VA [now KY]: Lincoln Co. formed from Kentucky Co.
c1784   birth of son, Harold
c1785   birth of daughter, Mary
1785 VA [now KY]: Lincoln Co. James ADAMS signs Petition to create new counties
1785/6 VA [now KY]: Madison Co. formed from Lincoln Co.
1788 VA [now KY]: Lincoln Co. marriage of son, Matthew, to Esther BARNETT
1788   birth of son, Thomas
c1790   birth of daughter, Catherine
1790 Census - no Federal census taken in KY
1792 Kentucky achieves statehood; Logan Co. formed from Lincoln Co.
c1794   birth of son, Andrew
1795 Tax List KY: Madison Co. James ADAMS, taxpayer
c1796   birth of son, Wilson
1797 KY: Madison Co. marriage of son, Alexander, to Isabella MILLER
1797 KY: Christian Co. formed from Logan Co.
1798 KY: Henderson Co. formed from Christian Co.
1797-1800 Madison Co. to Christian Co. family moves
1800 Census - KY census lost
1800 Tax List KY: Christian Co. James ADAMS (Jr.?), taxpayer
1801 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Mary, to Edward DAVIS
1802 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Matthew, to Catherine FERGUSON
1803 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, James, to Phoebe DAVIS
1804 Tax List KY: Christian Co. James ADAMS (Jr.?), taxpayer
1805 Tax List KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR James ADAMS (Sr.), taxpayer
1805   death of son, Alexander
1806 Tax List KY: Christian Co. James ADAMS (Sr.), taxpayer
1806/7 KY: Hopkins Co. formed from Henderson Co.
1807 Tax List KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR James ADAMS (Sr.), taxpayer
1808 KY: Christian Co. marriage of daughter, Catherine, to John BONE
1808 Tax List KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR James ADAMS (Sr.), taxpayer
1809 KY: Christian Co. marriage of son, Thomas, to Mary DAVIS
1809 Tax List KY: Christian [now Todd] Co.: WFRR James ADAMS (Sr.), taxpayer last time in the county
1809/10 Christian Co. to Hopkins Co. family moves
1810 Census KY: Hopkins Co. James ADAMS, head-of-household
1814 KY: Hopkins Co. James ADAMS makes his will
1815 KY: Hopkins Co. death of James ADAMS, Sr.
1816 KY: Muhlenberg Co. marriage of son, Wilson, to Elizabeth BONE

Sources:

1.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1790 (Broderbund CD-311):  no Kentucky census was taken.

2.  Anon.  1991.  The 1795 Census of Kentucky [as constructed from tax lists].  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL:
Name County
Adams, James Madison

3.  Anon.  1990.  Logan County, Kentucky, Taxpayers, 1792-1799.  T.L.C. Genealogy, Miami Beach, FL:  not found.

4.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):  the Kentucky census was destroyed.
1800 Tax List Adams, James KY Christian Co.

5.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1810 (Broderbund CD-313).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched). 
1810 Adams, James KY Hopkins Co. p. 375 00101-0111100
These data should read:
01111-00101-00
which indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
1 male 10-15 1794-1800 = Wilson (b. 1796)
1 male 16-25 1784-1794 = Andrew (b. 1794)
1 male 26-44 1765-1784 = Harold (b. 1784)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = James (b. ca. 1745)
1 female 16-25 1784-1794 = Jinny (b. 1792)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1765 = Agnes (b. 1750)

6.  Lon Bostick.  1991.  Family History Book:  Christian County, Kentucky.  Turner Publ. Co., Paducah, KY (available from the author at 1110 Hewitt St., Huntsville, AL 35816; also available through Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).  On p. 28 is a biographical sketch of Agnes ADAMS, granddaughter of our subjects.  The parts referring to our subjects reads:
...James Adams, Sr., was an early settler in Lincoln Co., KY.  He was among those inhabitants of Lincoln County who signed a Petition to the General Assembly of Virginia, dated Sept. 26, 1785, asking that two distinct counties be laid off...  The request was granted.  Madison and Mercer Counties were established...  James Adams, Sr. and family moved to Hopkins County, the Weir's Creek area, around 1810.  His will is recorded in Hopkins County Court, February, 1815.  Listed as heirs were his wife, Agnes; their daughters: Caty Bone, Jinny, Polly Davis; their sons: Andrew, Wilson, Thomas, Matthew, Robert, Jesse, and James, Jr.; also listed were the heirs of their deceased son, Alexander.

7.  In a database at WorldConnect, William Esparza quotes the following:
The will of James Adams was dated 14 Oct. 1814, and was probated in Hopkins Co., KY in 1815. (Will Book "A", 1807-1820) and mentions daughters, Caty Bone, Poly Davis, and Jenny; sons, Thomas, James, Jr., Andrew, Wilson, Matthew, Robert, Alexander, and Jesse; and his "beloved wife, Agnes."  Tradition tells us there were probably at least four more sons, three were slain by Indians.  It is said that two sons, Thomas and another whose name has been forgotten, were playing in the woods near their home when they were taken by Indians.  Thomas finally managed to escape but the other son refused to leave his captors.  The boy had become accustomed to the Indians and thought of his own people as strangers.  It is said Thomas never recovered from the experience and ever after hated all Indians.
        (James and Allied Fams, qtd by WC Hightowr)

8.  A.B. Willhite.  [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1804-1809.  (self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY):
Pg. in
Willhite
Year Dist.* Last
Name
First 
Name
A B C D E Acres Watercourse
1 1804 South Adams James 1 - - - 2 - -
29 1805 South Adams James
1
1
2
6
4
200 West Fork of Red River
69 1806 South Adams James 1 1 3 6 6 200 L R
114 1807 East Adams James 2 - 3
7
7 200 W
155 1808 East Adams James 1 1 3 7 5 200 West Fork Red River
204 1809 East Adams, Sr James 1   3 6 5 200 W
Legend for numerical data:  A = White Males 21 or over; B = White Males 16-20 (this column not used in 1809); C = Blacks over 16; D = Total Blacks; E = Horses
Abbreviations:  W = West Fork of the Red River;  LR = Little River, but this is obviously an error, either by the lister, the county clerk, or the transcriber
*The county was divided into just two districts:  from 1804 to 1806, into North and South Districts; and from 1807 to 1809, into East and West Districts.  The change tells us that James was in the southeast quadrant of early Christian County, which later became the southwest quadrant of Todd Co., when it was formed in 1820.  This location is confirmed by the location of the West Fork of the Red River in today's southwestern Todd Co.
The James in 1804 looks like James Jr.; James Jr. is on the tax list from 1804-1809.

9.  A.B. Willhite.   [n.d.]  Christian Co., Kentucky, Tax List, 1810-1813.   (Self-published; available from author at 4396 Coopertown Rd., Russellville, KY 42276, or from the Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY).  The one James ADAMS on the tax list and in the census for 1810 is James ADAMS, Jr.  Our subject, James ADAMS, Sr., is now in Hopkins Co., KY.

10.  Willard Rouse Jillson.  1925.  The Kentucky Land Grants. Filson Club Publ., Louisville, KY (online at Ancestry.com; Broderbund CD-650):
Pg Grantee Acres Book Pg Date County Watercourse 
Part 1, Chapter III, Old Kentucky Grants, 1793-1856
140 Adams, James 50 7 20 5-1-1795 Lincoln Silver Cr
-
- - - - - - - -

11.  Leona Adams Loviska.  c1978.  Descendants of James and Agnes (Wilson) Adams with Fifty-Seven Allied Families.  Not seen, but apparently still available from the author.

12.  Family Group Sheet of James DAVIS & Hannah RAMSEY  by Anthony Lee Rockefeller, dated 27 Jan 1986 (purchased from Yates Publishing, Stevensville, MT) Mr. Rockefeller's database is now online at WorldConnect

13.  Anon.  1986.  Family Histories, 1797-1986. Christian County Genealogical Society, Hopkinsville, KY, p. 149. Biographical sketch of James Davis

14.  Ancestry World Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

15.  WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).

16.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Ancestral File (AF).

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