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Re: ADAMS, Jacob 1780 MD
In Response To: ADAMS, Jacob 1780 MD ()
If you check the tax records at Cornerstone Genealogical Society (Waynesburg PA for those who don't know where we are researching) there is a Jacob Adams Sr. and Jacob Adams Jr.
In 1790 there is one Jacob Adams of color listed in the Maryland census. No proof but I believe it is highly likely that Jacob Adams in Washington County, MD with 10 other free persons in his household is ours. There are only 18 heads of household in the country with the name of Jacob Adams based on Ancestry.com's indexing in 1790. One of them is in Washington County PENNSYLVANIA but looking at early tax records for that county it seems that that Jacob was a single man (white) so not as likely to be ours since Jacob Jr. was born in 1780 according to more than one census record.
By 1798 Jacob Adams (probably Sr.) is found in land records in Greene County. He also purchased two original lots in Waynesburg located near the recently installed "College Steps".
In 1800 he is in Franklin Twp., Greene County PA with 11 others in the household. By 1810 there are 2 Jacob Adams listed - one free colored and one white - they are Jacob Sr. and Jacob Jr. By the ages and numbers the white Jacob Adams appears to be Jacob Adams Jr., a wife and one son who would be Archibald H. b 1806. This coincides with the story that Jacob Jr. voted and was known to "carry his man" in elections. The Adams men lost the right to vote in 1837 and it wasn't restored until 1870.
Other land records, sales, show that Jacob Sr.'s wife was Mary. I do NOT know that Mary was the mother of Jacob Jr. b 1780. Nor do I know if Jacob Adams Sr. was a white man or just passing as white in some census years.
I also believe that Jacob Sr. is the father of Abraham Adams Sr. and Isaac Adams Sr.
I'll email you with more.
Am looking for info on Adams Family, originally from Maryland. Jacob Adams born 1780 in Maryland