JEFFERSON COUNTY ILLINOIS
BIOGRAPHIES

William Timothy Adams

William Timothy Adams was born March 27, 1856 in Valparaiso, Indiana,
to George Adams (1832-1859), and Matilda Schneider (1835-1892). They 
were married in Cleveland. Oh February 20, 1855.

Laura Vinson was born in Montgomery County, Tennessee on September 9, 
1859. Her parents were James Vinson a Rachel Elizabeth Owens. Both 
families moved to Norris Ci' where William and Laura were married on 
November I 1877. The family remained in Norris City for several year 
then went to Chester where William was employed by the Wabash, Chester
& Wester R.R. They moved to Mt. Vern about 1893 and lived with their
large family at the corner 17th and Broadway. After being seriously injured
in a railroad wreck, Mr. Adams worked for many years as a collector for 
Illinois Power Co.

Their children were: Jesse May Adams, b. in Norris City, July 22, 1878.
She m. Keith Stratton, son of Rynd Laud Stratton. Their two children 
were Lavina, b. June 7, 1903. m. Morton Laird, and d.June 14, 1974 in 
Montpelier, Vermont; Rynd Lauder, b. January 3, 1908, d. in St. Louis 
July 3, 1964.  Emma Perle Adams. b. in Norris City April 8, 1880, d. 
November 8, 1940. On April 8, 1908. she married James R. Allen in Mt. 
Vernon. He was in the feed and coal business. They are buried in Bethel
Cemetery. Their daughter, Beulah Nevada Allen, was b. March 22, 1908. 
Her two marriages were to Clifford Douglas Ledbetter and Hugh Stelle 
Winkler.

Lena Adams, b. in Norris City April 10. 1882. She m. Crawford Wilbanks, 
whose father was a former clerk of the Appellate Court. and the mother 
was Winona Tanner. Crawford was a yard master for the Mo Pac RR in Dupo. 
They lived and raised their large family in East St. Louis. Their 
children were: Robert, b. February 14, 1902, d. California: Wilbur Leslie, 
b. December 23, 1903, d. in California, 1944: Laura, b. January 23, 1905. 
lives in Hemet, California; William, b. March 18, 1908, d. in Florida November, 
1925: Betty. b. October 17, 1914; Elinor, b. 1916, lives in Leesbury, 
Florida.

Georgia Adams, b. in Norris City, August 14, 1884, d. in St. Louis May 
11, 1943. She first married Gaylord Satterfield in Mt. Vernon and then 
Guy McConaha. He was a telegrapher for Mo Pac RR.

Matilda Adams, b. in Norris City January 6. 1887, m. Ross Gowdy of 
Enfield, d. in Long Beach, California, September 15, 1968. Their 
children were Edward. b. July 12, 1906 and lives in Los Angeles; Mary 
Alice, b. March 10. 1908 and lives in Long Beach; and Aline, b.
February 21. 1909, d. June 28, 1928.

Birdie Adams, b. in Chester, IlL June 16. 1889, m. Dr. Henry Webb, a 
dentist in West Frankfort. She died August 22, 1972. They raised a 
foster daughter, Charlotte (Mrs. Harold Clarke).

Eva Adams, b. in Chester February 2, 1892. d. in Mt. Vernon November,
1945. She married Earl G. (Tiny) Carroll, who was principal of the Old 
Field School for many years and later of the Jr. high school. He was
one of Mt. Vernon's best loved teachers. Eva also taught school: their
three children were Mary Jane. b. October 26, 1914, m. Lacy Payne: Earl Webb,
b. February 20, 1917, (called "Tiny"), lives in Houston, Texas; and 
Doris, b. May 26, 1920, m. Robert Melcher and lives in Chandler. Arizona.

Wilbur Leslie Adams, b. in Mt. Vernon December 12, 1894, d. in Mt. 
Vernon September, 1950. He married Eunice Price of Evansville, Indiana.
He was personnel manager for the Mt. Vernon Car Mfg. Co. Their two 
children were Wilbur Leslie, Jr.. b. August 7, 1922 and lives in Miami.
where he is an attorney: and Jean Alice, b. April 18, 1925. m.
Wendell Taylor. They live in Champaign. 
- Beulah Allen Winkler


*NOTE*
Some ommisions may have occured to protect living individuals.

Source: Facts and Folks of Jefferson County, Illinois Page 72 & 73 
Submitted by Sandy Whalen Bauer

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