Giles Adams, a retired farmer of Macoupin County, is a self made man in every respect the word implies, as well as a respected and honored citizen. He resides on his handsome farm of 120 acres of highly cultivated land situated in section 31, Brushy Mound township. he was born in Tennessee, May 9, 1825, and is a son of William C. and Margaret (Ward) Adams.
William C. Adams, who followed the occupation of a farmer, came to Macoupin County when our subject was one year old, and although he was a hard and industrious worker he never amassed any great wealth, but was a man who had countless friends and was known throughout the county for his honest and upright methods of doing business. he was married to Margaret Ward, a native of Tennessee, and 12 children were born to them, namely: Giles, who name heads this personal sketch; Moses; Sarah E. (Rusher), who married William Rusher and had 16 children, five of whom are still living, namely - Elmira, Robert, Giles, George and Annie; John; Elizabeth, now deceased, who was the wife of John Sanders; James; Nancy, deceased, whose first husband was Peter Newell, her second John Dowdle, and her third John Conrad; Jesse; Daniel; George; Francis M. and Jane. In religious belief William C. Adams and wife were members of the Baptist Church. They both died many years ago.
Giles Adams was reared and educated in Macoupin County, attending the old-fashioned school houses of the early days. After reaching the years of manhood, he worked upon the farm which he now owns. He has met with success in all enterprises which he has undertaken. Our subject was very active in former years but is now living a retired life with his nephew Giles Rusher. He is a well preserved man of good character, and is a highly respected citizen. Our subject never married, preferring to support and care for his widowed mother.