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