Christian County, Kentucky Biographies

William Henry Adams

WILLIAM HENRY ADAMS,one of the county's oldest and most successful farmers, was born in the county April 25, 1844, and all of his long life, when this was written, had been spent in the same neighborhood where he was born. His parents were John and Elizabeth (Cayce) Adams. Mr. Adams' father was left an orphan when young, and he knows but little of his paternal ancestors. With a twinkle in his eye, he said, "All I know about the Adamses is that two or three of them were Presidents." His mother's father was William Cayce, who married a Garrott. Both families were early settlers. W.H. Adams received such education as the schools of the day afforded and in early manhood married Miss Lou Scates. She bore him three children -- James H. Adams, John W. Adams, and Beulah, who is the wife of Dr. S. H. Williams, of Crofton, Ky. Mr. Adams has long followed the vocation of farming. He was engaged in merchandising for four years at Church Hill. He was master of the Grange at Church Hill, one of the best granges in Kentucky, noted for fifty-three years for its annual stock shows and public luncheons for all who attended. He is a life-long member of the Christian Church and has been an elder for thirty years. Mr. Adams, following the death of his first wife, married his present wife, who was Miss Mattie Pankey.

James H. Adams , his oldest son, was born July 31, 1872, married Miss Bertha Thomas, October 2, 1924. Lives on a farm, near Churchill. Member of Rich Christian Church and a deacon.

John W. Adams was born January 28, 1878. Married first, Miss Viva Shouse, of Union County, who died leaving two sons: William C. and Benonie Shouse Adams. Married again, Miss Talmadge Cook, of Pembroke. They have one daughter, Ann Cook. He is a farmer, near Church Hill, and also a deacon of Rich Church.