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Marriage: Children:
  1. Howard Knowlton Adams: Birth: 2 MAY 1886 in Pennfield, Calhoun Co., Michigan. Death: ABT 7 MAR 1951

Marriage: Children:
  1. Frederick Ward Adams: Birth: 1 JUL 1891 in Battle Creek (Pennfield Twp.), Calhoun Co., Michigan. Death: 25 MAY 1980 in (Prob.) Austin, Travis Co., Texas

  2. Donald Hugo Adams: Birth: 21 FEB 1893 in Battle Creek (Pennfield Twp.), Calhoun Co., Michigan. Death: 17 DEC 1974 in Galveston, Galveston Co., Texas

  3. Myra Adams: Birth: FEB 1895 in Battle Creek (Pennfield Twp.), Calhoun Co., Michigan. Death: AFT 1910

1. Title:   1850 U.S. Census
2. Title:   1860 U.S. Census
3. Title:   1870 U.S. Census
4. Title:   1880 U.S. Census
5. Title:   1900 U.S. Census
6. Title:   1910 U.S. Census
7. Title:   1920 U.S. Census
8. Title:   1930 U.S. Census
9. Title:   Obituary from the Batavia Daily News
10. Title:   Note
11. Title:   Stocking, Charles H. W., The History and Genealogy of the Knowltons of England and America of the Knowltons of England and America (New York : The Knickerbocker Press, 1897)
12. Title:   Don Hugo Adams, Jr., Chart, lineage (abt. 1979)
13. Title:   My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Adams Extract Company by Fredf W. Adams, Sr. 28 pages
Page:   Many pages
14. Title:   Adams, John Hugo Jr., Some Outline of Family Adams (1979)
15. Title:   My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Adams Extract Company by Fredf W. Adams, Sr. 28 pages
Page:   page 1
16. Title:   Cemetery Records from Austin Memorial Park Cemetery
17. Title:   Marriage Information
18. Title:   My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Adams Extract Company by Fredf W. Adams, Sr. 28 pages
Page:   page 2
19. Title:   Michigan Marriages 1868 - 1925

a. Note:   (John is my great-granduncle) _____________________________________________________________ Fred W. Adams wrote, "My Father, John Anderson Adams, Founder of the Adams Extract Company." 28 pages. Excerpts below: Page 1. "My father, John Anderson Adams, was born 2/25/47 in New York state on a farm near Leroy not far from Niagara Falls. John's father, Liberty, died when John was 20 years old. Being the eldest son he took charge of the family-his mother and brother and sister. For some reason he decided to auction off the farm. The neighbors all thot John was foolish and would not get much for it but didn't stop him-he went right ahead and got a price that surprised everyone. He sold the stock and equipment and paid off the mortgage on the farm. A strange thing about father was that he could do most anything he wanted to do and do it better than most anyone else and yet his own father had none of such traits. John told us about one of Liberty's habits--He would go to town-sell his load of hay or corn-take the money-go to the salon and get drunk. The men would put him in the wagon and the horses would take him home. Now how in the world John ever learned anything from his father has been a mystery. We are inclined to give his mother the credit. With money in his pocket, John decided to move the family out to Baraboo, Wisconsin where his mother's father lived. Grandfather Anderson was the "big shot" in Baraboo at that time. He wore a stovepipe hat and was head judge at the races which were very popular at that time. Grandfather Anderson had all his family and kin working for him in various jobs so he was quite glad to have another recruit with the two boys and a girl work in his Page 2. vineyard. Well, it didn't take father long to see that his grandfather was aiming to make him one of his "slaves." And father's disposition was such that he couldn't work for anyone else very long-he must run his own business. So father made up his mind that he was going to have to leave Baraboo--and in order to do that he was going to have to fool the old man and get away before he found out his intentions. This was an almost impossible trick-especially when you realize that John had bought a farm and planted a crop so he would have to sell it to move. But John's resourcefulness solved the impossible problem. He put a little "For Sale" ad in the paper in a small town up north of Baraboo where the old man would not see it. Then as luck would have it, a man coming thru on a train read the ad-got off the train--came down to Baraboo--bought the farm and paid cash for it. Then, of course, Dad was ready to move. He engaged a truck and a man to help him load everything on a midnight train. It's a miracle how he kept it secret but when grandfather came around to see them in the morning the whole family was long gone for New York. Thus father made his escape with his family and his money and without any words with the old man.. John went back to Batavia, N.Y. with a nice profit. He learned the tinner's trade and built three houses which he sold at a nice profit. So he was ready to move again-This time to Battle Creek, Michigan. Why Battle Creek we never knew. It was evidently an up and coming town. He mentioned investing in Nicholas and Sheppard and the Advance Thrasher Co. firms that later joined the International Harvester Co. It seems he must have made quite a little fortune out of those deals. Father returned to NY and married Ella Knowlton Dec. 28, 1869 and took his bride to Battle Creek. Most of the exploits and experiences following took place before I was born. Father's first wife died in 1886 when brother Howard was born. He then married my mother Dec. 24, 1888. She was Grace Spalding of the A. G. Spalding Sporting goods line." Page 3. "In Battle Creek father joined the Masons and was a knight Templer but he never became active in Beeville, Texas. He said he left all his regalia in the locker at Battle Creek. Father set his brother up in the hardware business by buying a half interest in Bock's Hardware store. He then wanted to have a nice sign made-Bock and Adams. He went to the sign company and asked them to make a goldleaf sign. The sign man said "I’ve never made a goldleaf sign-i don't know how to do it." So father says "I guess I'll just have to make it myself." So Dad built the sign and laid the goldleaf. Everybody liked the sign so well after that when the sign man got an order for a nice sign he took the customer over to see Bock and Adams sign--that was his model. How father learned to make such a sign nobody knows. (Mr. Bock put the store up for buy or sell.) Yates Adams made the mistake of buying and when a financial panic hit he lost the store. Father learned from that experience that when such a offer comes up the inexperienced partner should always sell out. Yates had not really learned the business. About this time father bought a farm just outside Battle Creek and named it "Plumfield"-and that was where I was born July 1, 1891. Evidently he set out the plum trees and got the orchard started... Page 15. Dad was 62 when he started the Adams Extract Co. He did some selling himself when we were in school. In vacations us boys canvassed practically all the towns from Brownsville to Temple. Page 20. It seems our canvassing house to house had laid the foundation for a real business. Our big expansion began. Dad and Mother could hardly keep up with it so we started moving part of the business to Austin. Folks predicted that Dad would not live long if we moved the business away but Dad fooled "um (?) again. He was quite happy and satisfied that he had at least started a successful business. He lived on to 90 before his mind went so bad we had to put him in a rest home in Austin. He seemed to enjoy the trip up to Austin but was never satisfied there. I often wished he could have stayed in Beeville in the house he built. The Dr. said that was not possible and the following ye he passed away peacefully. When folks would ask Dad if he was kin to John Quincy Adams he told "um he didn't have time for looking up ancestors-it was what you did yourself that counted. He said the only thing he remembers is that his old aunties told him he was a cousin of John Quincy Adams. We have never found any record back of his great grandfather who was living in Wurtembury, Conn. (a town not in existence now) in 1770. There his son John Jr. was born 1-17-72 The Adams Family Record reads as follows: "John Adams came from Conn. to N. Y. as a young man-cleared up the forest on three farms-finally settled in Genesee Co. and was living in a large two story house built of timber cut from his own trees-sawed in his own saw-mill and covered with shingles shaved by hand." This is the house where both Dad and his father, Liberty were born. Dad had at least one trait that was characteristic of the President Adams family for 5 generations. As the got old the right hand started shaking so in order to write they had to hold the right hand with the left hand. They were all quite disgusted with that right hand. Page 21. There is an interesting theory that might account for these family traits. One of the histories of the Adams Family says that John Adams before the Pres. disinherited one of his sons and ran him off. So it could be that this son went down across the state line into Connecticut and was father's great grandfather who was living in Wertemburg, Conn. in 1770.” _____________________________________________________________ Grace Spaulding John Papers at Rice University, Woodson Research Center. Box 12 Folder 8 Adams, Don, biographical info. Don Hugo Adams and I are 2nd cousins, once removed. In Folder 8, there is a manuscript written by John Hugo Adams Jr., "Some Outline of Family Adams," 1979. The portion about his grandfather are below. From: Adams, John Hugo Jr., "Some Outline of Family Adams," 1979. "John Anderson Adams (1847 - 1938) My crusty old grandfather (he was in his 70's when I first knew him) was born in his grandfather's house on the farm at Stafford, N.Y., on 2/15/1847. By his first wife, Ella Knowlton, he had a son Howard. Secondly, he married Grace Spaulding on Christmas Eve, 12/24/1888, in Pennfield, Mich., and she bore him three children: Fred (1891), Don (1893), and Myra (1894). They were all born in Pennfield township (now Battle Creek), Calhoun Co., Mich., in a farmhouse called 'Plumfield,' where at the time John operated a nursey-horticulturist business. When his father died, John took charge of the family, sold the Stafford farm and bought in Baraboo, Wisc., near his maternal grandfather, George Anderson. But he sold again shortly and moved back to Batavia, N.Y., and then to Battle Creek. While at Plumfield, he started manufacturing medicine, and most of the rest of his active life was spent making and selling liniments, ointments and salves, tonics and flavoring extracts. My Dad told me he even had a medicine show, and I saw some of the old portable torches used for lighting. I have a number of artifacts of these days, such as bottles, boxes, labels, advertising material. As a boy, he went to the LeRoy Adacademic Institute in LeRoy, N.Y., in 1866, which he said gave him a 6th grade education. He sold out the Michigan Pill and Extract Co., in 1908 and moved the family to Oklahoma and then to Beeville, Tex., where he lived out most of the remainder of his life. Here he founded the Adams Extract Co. of Texas, and where sons Fred and Don began selling flavorings around the area. He died 4/19/1938. He would surely be worth a novel, and Uncle Fred completed a memoir about him in 1976." _______ LDS (Death record of John Anderson Adams);surname=adams;searchType=standard;givenName=liberty Austin Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 2800 Hancock Dr. and the cemetery is owned and run by the City of Austin. MAYES EVELYN MATTIE ADAMS, 1, 336, 3, 8/2/1921, 2/12/1988, KUBECKA CLAIRE, 1, 336, 4, NONE, 1/1948, FHM ADAMS MATTIE GANDY, 1, 336, 7-8, 9/4/1896, 3/31/1989, ADAMS FREDERICK WARD, 1, 336, 8-9, 7/1/1891, 5/25/1980, ADAMS GRACE SPAULDING, 1, 336, 11-10, 7/6/1865, 7/15/1945, ADAMS JOHN ANDERSON, 1, 336, 11-12, 2/25/1847, 4/19/1938, _____________________ Adams Extract & Spice LLC currently produces well over 100 extracts, spices, and food colors in a variety of sizes, but the company will always be best known for its vanilla extract, Adams Best. Adams Extract traces it beginnings back to 1888 when John Anderson Adams sold extracts in the harsh Michigan climate. In 1905 he moved his family to Texas. At the time, most vanilla was sold to pharmacies and was often labeled "Do not bake or freeze." John A. Adams, a pharmacist whose imagination was stirred by his wife's yearning for a flavoring that wouldn't bake or freeze out, announced that he could produce a better vanilla than the one his wife was currently using. Working with just $6.71 worth of materials on top of an old icebox, Adams discovered the formula he wanted. To test this product, his wife whipped up a cake for the family to try. "John, this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used," she announced. "Well, that's old man Adams BEST," he responded. The name stuck. The double-strength extract was sold door-to-door by sons Fred and Don. At night, by the light of kerosene lamps, the boys helped their father print labels. The first bottle of Adams Best vanilla was sold with the guarantee that if it was not the best vanilla extract the customer had ever used, the company would refund their money, even if the whole bottle was used. Shortly after World War II, Adams Extract began diversifying its product line and expanding its operations. By the early 1960s a spice division was added. In 2002 Adams Extract was moved to Gonzales, TX under its new name of Adams Extract & Spice LLC. Adams Extract & Spice LLC is a full service ingredient company that services a huge array of end users in the food industry under the Adams, CTI, Rex, Neustra Casa and Flavor a la Carte labels. From a ¼ oz. food coloring bottle in a grocery store to a container of raw spices for a multi-million dollar meat plant, Adams Extract & Spice LLC continues to produce the finest extracts and spices. -------------------------- Schedule E (Probate of Liberty Adams) Martha Adams now of the town Stafford Genesee County widow ___ John A. Adams, Alletta B. Adams and Yates A. Adams of Stafford a____ his children. That said Alletta B. and Yates A. are minors under fourteen years of age that is to say Alletta B. is of the age of ten years on the 16th day of October last and said Yates B. is of the age of six years on the 26th day of August last and they live with their mother the said Martha and have no general guardian. Martha Adams. is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.