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Re: Lewis Adams Freedom Paper (1813)


So very touching. That deed undoubtedly brought him joy, but I cannot imagine the angst he experienced until all of his children were freed.

Hollis, Thank You!!

The oral family history of Lewis Adams was the catalyst for my journey into genealogy and family history.

Lewis, after freedom came migrated to Urbana in Champaign County, Ohio where he in 1816 met and married Susannah Reno, the daughter of Francis & Rachal Reno FPOC from Ontario, Canada. Lewis and Susan had 12 children, 10 living into adulthood and having families of their own.

Lewis has become my family hero for his accomplishments. He & Susan were co-founders of St. Paul A.M.E. Church (1824) in Urbana, Ohio, he purchased 200 acres of land in Concord Township of Champaign County (1829), he was a Trustee for an A.M.E. Church's "Select School for Colored Children" (1844), he was a delegate to the Ohio Colored Men's Conferences of 1851 & 1856 and he is documented as being a conductor on the Ohio UGRR from about 1830-1861.

The only child from his 'freedom papers" known to eventually be freed is Harriet. Harriett married a man named John Miles and by 1857 they are listed as living on property sold to them by Lewis Adams in Concord Township, Champaign County, Ohio.

BTW, Richard (Stanup) Stanhope (1747-1862), a neighbor on the 1857 Plat Map is a Revolutionary War figure and "reportedly" was a body servant (valet) of Gen. George Washington.

There is so much more to the story of Lewis Adams, but these tidbits are just a glimpse of his life following his freedom in 1813.

1857 Concord Twp., Champaign County Plat Map

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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