History by Francis Morse

Submitted to Van Buren County

Historical Society



One of the early settlers of Porter Township, Van Buren County, was Horace Hale Adams and his wife, Lorania. They moved to a location in the southest (sic) part of the township in 1837. Mr. Adams' ancestry has been traced directly to Robert Adams who was born in England in 1602 and came with his family to Salem, Mass. in 1635.

This family lived in the area of Suffield, Conn. for almost 200 years. In the 1800's, Horace's father, Bildad Adams, moved to Milan, Ohio.

One of the children of Horace and Lorania was named Uriah Mason Adams. He was born on Nov. 2, 1832 and moved with his family from Ohio to Van Buren County. In 1865, he married Jane Woods McKain who was born in County Downs, Ireland, in 1847 and they moved to the present Adams farm on South 23rd Street in Porter Township. They lived in a log cabin near the present homestead. Their six children were Effa Mae, Chester Horace, Archie L., Mary C., Clarence Mason and Uriah Ross.