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Eli Adams voted one last time before his death

I found the following obituary about a member of my Adams family from Greene County, PA quite interesting.

Wednesday, March 15, 1871 edition of the
Waynesburg Republican:
Eli Adams an old citizen of Centre township, this county, died week before last after a lingering illness, Mr. Adams although not a white man, in color was white in principles and a man of property and influence in his neighborhood. He had lived to see several changes in the Constitution of his state; having been a voter before that right was taken from the colored men in 1837. But he hailed its restoration again in 1870; casting one more ballot. He was then called to pass in his last ballot, and give up his life.

Eli Adams along with his brother John Adams were active participants in the UGRR according to histories and a newspaper interview with one of their peers.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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