These papers are filed in the Champaign County, Ohio Recorders Office
Urbana, Ohio and are located in Volume 35, Page 627
ESTATE SETTLEMENT & HEIRS
Lewis Adams* others /// Know all men that we Lewis Adams & Joanna Adams his wife,
to /// David Adams his wife, Francis Adams, Susan Adams, Joshua
William Adams /// Gaiter & Margaret Gaiter his wife, Elias Lancaster & Melinda
///////////////////////////////// Lancaster his wife, John L. Boyd and Priscilla Boyd his wife,
& Tapler Bray & Susan Bray his wife, all being heirs of Lewis Adams late of Champaign
County in consideration of THREE THOUSAND DOLLARS, IN HAND paid by William
Adams of CALIFORNIA, do hereby grant bargain sell and convey unto the said William
Adams unto his heirs and assign forever the following tenements situate in Champaign
County and being the West half of the South East quarter of Section twenty three (23)
Zone four (4) Range twelve (12) M R S together with the privileges and appurtenances
to have and to hold unto the said William Adams & his heirs and assigns forever and the
grantors for themselves & their heirs covenant with the said grantee that they are lawfully
subject each of an undirected interest in said lands as heirs at law of Lewis Adams deceased
and that they will forever warrant and aligns against all claiming the interest of either of them
mentioned. In Witness whereof the said grantors each of their said wives hereby releasing
all right of Dower in the premises have hereunto set their hand and seal this 14th day of June
The above, dated 1864, is an abstract from an estate settlement of my 2nd great grandfather William Adams with his siblings, as he was buying the property of their father from his siblings.
Oral family history states that William Adams went West to California as a driver on a Wagon Train. He was a Wagonner/Drayman by trade. And that he returned by ship from San Francisco to New York following his father's death.
This document states that "William Adams of California" paid $3,000 to his siblings for ownership of the estate property. I believe this document gives credence to the oral history that Willam Adams did in fact go West, to California, and that he had to a degree, some success in that venture.
I'm looking for leads on researching wagon trains going West circa 1855-1860 and ships, with passenger lists, traveling from SF to NY circa 1864.
Any help offered would be greatly appreciated