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RUSH ADAMS Brick Wall Chipping Away

About 10 years ago I began concentrating on my husband's ADAMS line from North Carolina at the request of our elder son. North Carolina has lots of good records that literally popped up all over the place. Names jumped off the census records. Some of my husband's uncles were tough nuts to crack but one in particular, RUSH ADAMS, was my toughest brick wall.

Was Rush a nickname? Was it short for Rushton or Russell? Nobody could really tell me. Finally, last week, my brother-in-law hooked me up with one of their nephews who gave me a lotttt of info on Rush. That brickwall began to crumble. For years, Rush only showed up as a toddler in 1910:

1910 US Federal Census about Rush Adams
Name: Ruth Adams [Rush]
Age in 1910: 3
Birth Year: abt 1907
Birthplace: North Carolina
Home in 1910: Crowder Mtn, Gaston, NC
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Son
Marital Status: Single
Father's Name: Samuel Adams
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Name: Margret Adams
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Household Members:
Samuel Adams 45
Margret Adams 40
John Adams 20
Thomas Adams 18
Martin Adams 11
Howard Adams 9
Rush Adams 3
Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Crowder Mountain, Gaston, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1112; Page: 28B; Enumeration District: 0054; FHL microfilm: 1375125.

He simply could not be found (definitely) after 1910. However, his nephew shared with me that Rush married a woman named Louise in the early 1940's in Washington DC, and they had 4 sons. At least 1 of the sons has passed on, another MIGHT have passed on, but 2 are definitely still living. After plugging in Louise's name and both Rush's and her death years, a 1940 census record popped up. A record I had drooled over last year, wanting it to be for Rush as a husband and father, but w/o any info, I decided not to add it to the family tree. But it was and is for him:

1940 US Federal Census about Russell Adams
Name: Russell Adams
Age: 30
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1910
Gender: Male
Race: Negro (Black)
Birthplace: North Carolina
Marital Status: Married
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Washington, DC
Street: H St NE
House Number: 35
Farm: No
Inferred Residence in 1935:
Washington, DC
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Resident on farm in 1935: No
Sheet Number: 6B
No. of Household in Order of Visitation: 100
Occupation: Laborer
House Owned or Rented: Rented
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 10
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Comp: High School, 1st year
Hours Worked Week Prior to Census: 8
Class of Worker: Wage or salary worker in private work
Weeks Worked in 1939: 29
Household Members:
Russell Adams 30
Louise Adams 25
Russell Adams 1
Shelton Adams 10 (actually 1 month old)
Source Citation: Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia; Roll: T627_553; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 1-1B.

The nephew believes that Louise died about 25 years before Rush so I guess-timated her death year to be 1950. The census showed 1915 as the year she was probably born. And Rush died in 1988 and the homegoing was serviced by Jenkins Funeral Home in Landover, Maryland. I have not found an obit or death record yet, though. He is trying hard to stay behind that brick wall. Hopefully, I will get some photos and other documents in the mail from his nephew (uh, MY new nephew, too), and Rush/Russell can continue to be fleshed out.

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