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J. Q. Adams Biography

from Hancock County, Kentucky – Biographies

J. Q. Adams was born in Hancock County, May 31, 1845, and is a son of William and Mary Ann (Bright) Adams.  The father was born near Frankfort, Kentucky, July 22, 1799, his people being natives of Pennsylvania.  The grandfather, John Adams, made the journey from Pennsylvania to Frankfort on a raft.  In 1808 he came to Hancock County and settled on a farm of 500 acres, which is now owned by his two sons, David and William Adams.  The grandfather subsequently served as a soldier in the War of 1812, and resided in the county until a good old age.  The father of subject is still living in this county.  The mother was born in Madison, Indiana, and was an own sister of the famous John Bright of early days.  She died in the county in 1850.  Our subject is the fourth of a family of eight children, of whom three are now living:  Georgetta, Jesse and J. Q.  The latter received the rudiments of his education in the county.  He also attended Notre Dame University and Cecilian College.  He began life for himself when twenty-two years old, and first settled on the home place.  He remained there only a short time and then came to his present farm, where he now owns about 375 acres with about 225 in cultivation.  He also pays considerable attention to stock raising, handling about 150 head per year.  Mr. Adams was married in the fall of 1867 to Miss Nancy E. Hawes, a daughter of Benjamin Hawes, of Daviess County, Kentucky.  This lady was also a native of Daviess County, and to her were born two children:  Georgetta, is the only one living.  This lady died in 1872.  Subject was next married, December 16, 1875, to Miss Margaret J. Crockett, a daughter of Anthony and Susan (Robb) Crockett.  This lady was born in Franklin County, June 15, 1850.  One child blesses this union – Jesse Crockett Adams.

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