JOHN Q. ADAMS, a general merchant at Empire, O., where he has been established since 1880, is a representative business man of this place and a highly respected citizen. He was born at Toronto, O., December 14, 1841, and is a son of John C. and Eliza (Elliott) Adams.
John C. Adams was born in Knox Township, Jefferson County, Ohio. He was a son of William and Patience (McClain) Adams. the former of whom lived to be ninety-two years old. In early manhood John C. Adams was employed for some years as a clerk in a store at Toronto, O. In 1848 he moved to Greensburg, Ky., where he engaged in the practice of law and some years afterward was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, in which office he served for six years. Judge Adams later retired to Covington, Ky., where he still lives and is now a nono-genarian. He married Eliza Elliott, who was born in Hancock County, now West Virginia, who died when their son, John Q., was twelve years old.
After his mother died, John Q. Adams went to live with his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Jane Elliott, in Hancock County, W. Va., with whom he remained for three years, in the meanwhile attending school. He was fifteen years old when he became connected with Freeman Bros., the firm of fire brick and sewer pipe manufacturers, whose plants were in operation on both sides of the Ohio River, and he remained there for about a quarter of a century. In 1880 he came to Empire where he has been prosperous as a merchant. He has taken an active interest in town and township affairs and served two terms, elected on the Democratic ticket, as trustee of Knox Township.
Mr. Adams was maried first to Miss Rebecca Hukill, of Hancock County, W. Va. She is deceased, as also are all their four children: William, Annie, Jesse and John. On May 1, 1876, Mr. Adams married Miss Elizabeth Hinkle, who was born at Malvern, O., a daughter of George and Mary (Curfman) Hinkle, former residents of Empire. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Empire, in which he is a class leader. In fraternal life, Mr. Adams belongs to the Masons at New Cumberland, W. Va., to the Odd Fellows at Toronto, O. He is well and favorably known all through Jefferson County.