John Q. Adams


JOHN Q. ADAMS, a leading merchant of Empire, was born in 1841 at the village which now bears the name of Toronto. His father, John Adams, is the son of William Adams, who settled at Knoxville, Jefferson county, in an early day, and engaged in cabinet-making. He died in 1888, at the age of ninety-two years. John, the father of the subject of this mention, received his early schooling in Jefferson county, and was then engaged as a clerk in a store until 1843, when he removed to Greenup county, Ky. He then became a school teacher, and several years later entered upon the practice of law. His wife, Eliza Elliott, who died in 1842, bore to him one child, John Q. The latter was reared in Hancock county, W. Va., and his first employment was in the brick yards of Freeman Brothers, where he remained about twenty-five years. In 1880 he removed to Empire and engaged in his present business, which he has now prosecuted for nearly a decade with much success. He was married in 1860, to Rebecca Hukill, of West Virginia, and four children were born to them, all of whom are deceased. The mother died in 1873. Two years later he was married to Lizzie, daughter of George Hinkle, of Empire. Mr. Adams is a member of the Masonic order, the I. O. O. F., the Knights of Pythias and the Heptasophs. He has been active in politics as a democrat, and was elected township trustee, an office he held to the general satisfaction for three years.

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