William Adams

                 Goodspeed 1890


William Adams is one of the prosperous planters of Noland Township, and
owes his nativity to Washington County, Ga., where he was born on July 17,
1825, a son of Harmon and Fannie (Hodges) Adams. The father was born in
North Carolina in 1800, and reared on a farm in that State. After reaching
years of discretion, he chose that occupation as his calling in life, and
followed it with marked success until his death. He was married in
Washington County, Ga., in 1823 to Miss Fannie Hodges, a native of Georgia,
born in 1790, and their marriage was blessed with two children, the subject
of this sketch being elder, and Lizzie. The father was a soldier in the
Indian War. He passed from life in 1873, in full communion with the Baptist
Church. His wife died in Georgia in 1844. The marriage of our subject
occurred in Pike County, Ark., in 1846, to Miss Mary A. Smith, daughter of
Samuel M. and Elizabeth (McClure) Smith, and they became the parents of ten
children - five sons and five daughters - nine of whom survive. They are
John S., William H., Thomas J., James H., Robert T., Sarah E. (the wife of
Samuel Gee, a prosperous merchant at Prescott), Margaret J. (wife of James
Purtle, a well-to-do farmer of this county), Mary F. (wife of William
Cannon, a successful farmer, also of this county), and Lucrine. When the
late (Civil) war was at its height, Mr. Adams enlisted (in 1863) in Company
C, Nineteenth Infantry, and served his cause faithful until the close of
the war, when he returned to his home and resumed his farming operations,
in which he has since successfully continued. He owns a valuable farm of
440 acres of good farming land, well improved and under an excellent state
of cultivation, and raises cotton and corn principally. He believes in the
doctrines of the Baptist Church, of which denomination he is an honored

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, Chicago,
Nashville and St. Louis: The Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1890, Hempstead
County, page 388.

Update 03.19.01              David Kelley 1997                BIO-0126.HTM