AfriGeneas Brick Wall Forum
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
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
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.