George W. Adams


GEORGE W. ADAMS, an enterprising and prosperous farmer of Steubenville township, now retired, was born October 17, 1807, in the township where he now resides. His father, John Adams, was born in Fayette county, Penn., in 1778. In youth the latter received a good education in English and German, and he was regarded as an inteligent and well read man. He began farming in the vicinity of what is now known as Hunter's Mill, and after remaining there a few years, he removed to Steubenville township, Jefferson county. Here he continued in the vocation he had chosen, clearing the farm which he took in a natural state, and making it a valuable property. By his first marriage, to Mary Watts, he had one child, Mary, but this lady dying in 1795, he was again married, in 1800, to Mary Ann Hamilton, by whom he had eight children: Catherine, Margaret W., Elizabeth, George W., John H., Rhoda, Susanna and Marianne. George W. Adams has since boyhood been engaged in farming, and has devoted his attention to that pursuit, paying little attention to politics, and the only public office he has held is that of supervisor for two terms. In politics he is a republican, and his religious affiliation is with the First Methodist church of Steubenville. His honorable career during the many years he has lived in the township has made him a host of friends, and the fruits of his industry enable him to pass his later years in comfortable retirement from active life. He was married August 11, 1840, to Susanna, daughter of James and Elizabeth (Burns) Burns, the latter of whom was born in Ireland and came to the United States at the age of eight years. She had twelve children, eleven of whom she reared to maturity. Mr. Burns was engaged in the manufacture of woolen goods at Wheeling until 1828, when he embarked in farming near Zanesville, Ohio, where he died in 1847. Mr. Adams and wife have had nine children, Oscar F., deceased; James M., Amanda M., George A., Ann E.; William H., deceased; Mary E., deceased; John L. and Charles W. The eldest son died from a wound received at the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, during the war of the rebellion.

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