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Arne H Trelvik
  • Albert P. Adams (1844-1904) - "Lost His Life in the Miami Flood," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), March 31, 1904
  • Celia Anne (Mortimer) Adams, "Lebanon's Oldest Citizen",The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday May 21, 1914
  • Dr. John Mortimer Adams, "Bullet Wound in Head is Survived During 60 Years," obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), Thursday February 19, 1925


Albert P. Adams


Albert Adams, a Harveysburg Colored Man, Drowned near Waynesville

Albert Adams, a colored man who resided with his family at Harveysburg was swept down to death Saturday afternoon in the turbulent waters of the Little Miami river near Waynesville. Adams, together with his son Charles and another colored citizen of Harveysburg, Charley Curtis, went over to Corwin to attend the Kilbon sale. While there the son, who is said to have been drinking, became involved in a quarrel and to prevent further trouble or perhaps bloodshed, his father and Curtis thought to take him to his home over in Waynesville. Although the water was running swiftly over the road on Corwin Avenue they crossed it safely. Upon returning the men were warned against attempting to cross but decided to make the attempt. Crossing the race bridge between Waynesville and Lebanon, they entered the water which had spread over both the road and adjoining fields. Entering a current the wagon was washed off the road and against a tree at the roadside. This frightened one of the horses and Adams jumped out to catch it by the bridle. The current was swift; he fell and was washed away. Curtis was driven frantic by seeing his companion swept away by the waters and swung from the wagon into a tree. Here he was rescued later by parties in a boat.

Search was instituted for Adams but he could not be found then. However, on Sunday morning the body was found not far from where it went down. Coroner Carey viewed the remains Sunday afternoon, his verdict being accidental drowning.

Adams was sixty years of age and resided in Harveysburg. Wife and eight children survive.

Source: The Western Star 31 Mar 1904 [copy obtained from obituary collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society]
Note: Albert P. Adams is a Civil War Veteran who is buried in an unmarked grave in Miami Cemetery

Arne H Trelvik
10 December 2006

Celia Anne (Mortimer) Adams (1816-1914)

Lebanon’s Oldest Citizen
Mrs. Celia Adams, a Remarkable Woman in Her Ninety-eighth Year, Is Called to Her Eternal Rest.

“We are children of God and He will do with us as He wills. Whether our life be long or short, happy or sorrowful, we must not forget that He is our Father and our Protector.”

These words, of unfaltering faith and Christian love, spoken by Mrs. Celia Dams not long since, which show the inward peace and divine love that dwelt in her courageous heart, are expressive of the guiding light that directed her mortal life until last Sunday evening, when closing her eyes in sweet sleep, she was called to her eternal rest.

Celia Anne Mortimer was born February 29, 1816, at Wareham, Dorsetshire, England. Her father was a barrister, but when she was four years old her parents came to this country and settled in Philadelphia, where her father, J. Mortimer, became the editor of “The Globe,” a weekly newspaper which he successfully published for a number of years.

At his death in 1832 the family removed to Cincinnati where Mrs. Mortimer took charge, for one winter of the Truesdal Acadamy for Young Ladies. The following year she came with her family to Lebanon at the solicitations of a number of prominent gentlemen who wished to secure educational advantages for their daughters, and accordingly were influential in starting a young ladies academy, which was situated on the southwest corner of Main and Mechanic and over which Mrs. Mortimer presided for several years, most ably assisted by her daughter Celia.

In 1838 Celia Mortimer and William Adams, a merchant of Lebanon were united in marriage, and to them were born eight children, three sons and five daughters. Mr. Adams died August 1, 1906 Wednesday afternoon at the house.

Just two weeks after her marriage Mrs. Adams joined the Baptist church. Until recent years she has been a faithful member taking an active interest in all matters pertaining to her religion.

For about ten years she has been confined to her room, but with a most abiding faith and unquestioning submission to the will of the Savior she cheerfully passed the days until the end came Sunday.

She leaves five children, Dr. John M. Adams, Hamilton-pike, Cincinnati; Mrs. L. Thompson, Caroline, Margaret and William, all of Lebanon. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.

Source: "Lebanon's Oldest Citizen",The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday May 21, 1914
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,
406 Justice Drive, Lebanon, OH 45036-2349, (513) 695-1144 -

Arne H Trelvik
29 March 2010

John Mortimer Adams (1843-1925)

Dr. J. M. Adams Is Buried In Lebanon Cemetery Today.
Death Indirectly Due To Wound Received In Civil War.

Burial of Dr. John Mortimer Adams, 81 year old Civil War veteran and native of Lebanon, will be made in the family lot in the Lebanon cemetery Thursday. He died at the home of his daughter, Miss Eleanor Adams, president of Oxford College for Women, Oxford, Ohio, Monday night following an illness covering the past ten weeks.

Death was indirectly due, his physician said, to a bullet wound in the right temple received more than 60 years ago when he was leading a company of Union soldiers in the battle of Chickamauga Park. He was then less than 20 year old. After the war he took up the practice of medicine and attended his profession until ill health in November forced him to retire and he went with his wife to Oxford to make his home.

Besides his widow and daughter at Oxford he is survived by two sisters living in Lebanon. They are ..................

Dr. Adams was born here December 15, 1843 of English Ancestry. He enlisted in the Thirty-fifth Ohio Infantry at the outbreak of the Rebellion and was in the first detachment to cross the Ohio river into Southern territory. He was in the army commanded by General George H. Thomas during the battle of Chickamauga.

A romantic story is built around the wounding and subsequent saving of the life of Dr. Adams on the Chickamauga battlefield. At that time he wore the shoulder straps of a lieutenant but was serving as acting captain of his company because of the death in battle of his superior officer. Lieutenant Adams was shot in the right temple and was left for dead by his comrades in a temporary retirement from the field. Among the advancing Con-

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federates was a soldier whom fate directed to the fallen Adams' side. This man who turned over the body of the supposed lifeless Union officer was a man named Dunlevy, a childhood playmate of Adams in Lebanon. He found the heart of the fallen man still beating and he took off his coat and rolled it up for a pillow and gave Adams his canteen of water. When the Confederates were forced to retreat and Adams was again among Union men but was later taken prisoner by the Southern forces and sent to a field hospital.

When on the road to recovery he was paroled by the South and arrived home after eight months in military hospitals. War records show that he was one of two men who recovered from a bullet wound in the temple.

The bullet was extracted by Dr. Frederick Landis, father of the distinguished Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the physician remaining a lifelong friend of Adams thereafter. He was invalided for two years and then he took up the study of medicine, being graduated later from Jefferson Medical School at Philadelphia in 1866. Dr. Adams was a student of Austin Flint when he discovered "percussion", a method of testing the lungs by sound and he took a special course in surgery under Dr. Gross, the famous surgeon whose monument in Washington is a familiar place to sightseers. He was an interne at Belleview hospital in New York and hoped to enter the ramy [sic] as a surgeon but he found that the wound in his hampered his work in major operations so he returned to the general practice of medicine, coming back to Ohio and establishing himself in Cincinnati where he practiced until a little over two months ago.

For 15 years he was in charge of the hospital at the Hamilton County Infirmary at Cincinnati. He introduced many advance methods in caring for, feeding and regregating the aged and infirm at the Home. He was ever interested in philanthropy of unfortunates, particularly the aged and infirm. For his work, while a member of the State Board of Charities and Correction he was widely known, not alone in Ohio but in many states.

For more than 20 years he was a member of the United States Pension Examining Board. his interest in matter that concerned the Civil War Veterans lde [sic] him to an active part in the G. A. R. He was a member of the Cincinnati Post and was national Adjutant during the administration of the late Elias R. Monfort. For a year he served at state commander of the Ohio G. A. R. In additional to his professional work he was an active Mason, being a member of the F. & A. M., Knights Templars, Scottish Rite and the Shrine. He was married on October 8, 1876 to Miss Eleanor Maxwell, a daughter of one of the prominent families of Cincinnati.

Source: The Western Star, Lebanon, Ohio, Thursday February 19, 1925
Copy from the Obituary Collection at the Warren County Genealogical Society,

Arne H Trelvik
27 March 2010

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