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Austonio, Houston County, Texas


The ADAMS Family

Fred, Pearl, Garland, Opal, Alton, Annie, Maggie, Lola, Mildred.

Parents: Albert & Emma Adams - 1944


Albert Sidney and Emma Phillips Adams

Albert Sidney Adams was born Oct. 10, 1871 in Dallas County, Arkansas. He was the oldest child of ten children born to Singleton Adams and Cornelia Anne Dunn. Itís not known exactly when he moved to Texas but in his early 20ís. He moved to Hopkins County, Texas where he had two uncles, Jesse and Pleasant Adams and their families. He worked making syrup and lost all but his thumb and one finger on his right hand in a syrup mill accident.

He married Emma Phillips, May 31, 1896 at the brideís home in Hopkins County. Emma was the second oldest of four daughters born on July 22, 1878 in Rains County, Texas to Joseph Richard Phillips and Amanda B. Potts. Emma was a typical homemaker, raising a garden, canning and sewing for the family, making quilts, crocheting. Emma was raised a Methodist. She was quiet natured, enjoyed family visits, listening to favorite programs on the radio and television in later years.

Papa, as he was known to his children and grandchildren, always farmed, operating a syrup mill in earlier years and later cotton farming. When he retired from farming he

raised laying hens to sell their eggs to the community. He loved to read and had an avid interest in various topics, including politics, history and geography. He was of the Baptist faith.

The Adams family had moved from Hopkins and Rains counties to Trinity County, Angelina County and lastly to Houston County. They had also lived in several other locations for short periods of times, including Ralls County in 1925 on a cotton pick after their house was burned in Trinity County and at commune at Leesville, Louisiana before 1920.

Ten children were born to Albert and Emma, with the oldest dying at birth. Of the remaining three boys and six girls, only the oldest son, Alton Richard remained in Houston County. Albert died Oct 4, 1966 and Emma died Aug. 24, 1969. Both are buried at Greenview Cemetery, Hopkins County, Texas.

Grandpa raised cotton and later chickens for the eggs. Lola Adams taught school at Austonio for awhile but spent most of her teaching years at Conroe.  Mildred, the youngest, graduated from Austonio. The rest of the children lived in the general area of Lufkin, Dallas and Houston.

Submitted by granddaughter, Loudene Kirk Tollar, Trinity, Texas.

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