Horace Hale Adams Family Page

Updated: 28 September 2010 (information added after AOL deleted Sunny's pages)

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Horace Hale Adams (21 May 1805 - 12 April 1847) was born in Marlboro, Brattleboro, VT and married Lorania Gates Kinney (b. 11 Nov 1804 in Milan, Erie,OH) daughter of Elijah & Lucretia (Colvin) Kinney in Milan, Erie, OH. She died in Porter, Van Buren, MI 15 August 1850 and is buried in the Kern Cemetery. They had six children:

1. Franklin Bildad Adams b. 11 Jan 1828 in Greenfield Township, Sandusky, OH. Married (1) Lucinda Fletcher (b. 12 April 1830) the daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Ulery) Fletcher of Porter Twp., on 23 Oct 1850 in Van Buren County, MI. They had: Horace Hale (b. 27 Sep 1857) and Clara Lucinda (b. 28 Jan 1859, d. 10 May 1879). He married (2) Sarah Anna Fletcher (a cousin of Lucinda), the daughter of Elijah & Eliza Fletcher on 15 March 1881 in Van Buren County, MI. They had: Franklin Kinney (b. 09 Oct 1882) and Horace Herbert (b. 21 July 1884). Franklin Bildad Adams died 04 June 1910 in Porter Township, MI.

2. Phebe L. Adams (b Aug 27, 1830- d 1833 - Sandusky County, Ohio)

3. Uri Mason Adams (b. 02 Nov 1832 in Greenfield Twp., Sandusky, OH) (d. 05 Jul 1900 in Porter Twp., Van Buren, MI). He married Jane Woods McKain (b. 02 Jan 1847 in County Down, Ireland) (d. 22 Feb 1913 in Porter, Van Buren, MI), the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Morrow) McKain on 19 April 1865. They had 6 children: Effa Mae, Horace Chester, Archie Leonard, Mary Calista, Mason Clarence, Ross Uri.

A family photo at the Adams Centennial Farm. and Group shots of the children in their later years. Photo of Jane Woods McKain and seven of her grandchildren.

4. Sarah Lucina Adams (b. 23 Aug 1835 in Sandusky County, OH) (d. 06 Jan 1914 in MI) married Dorsey Fletcher on 03 Dec 1856, son of Thomas and Barbara (Ulery) Fletcher on 03 Dec 1856. They had two children (twins): Julius Horace and Julian Thomas (he died at age 6 months) plus three adopted by love daughters. Dorsey passed away in July 1898.

5. Emily Lorania Adams (b. April 10, 1839 - Porter Twp, Mich.) (d. 1911 - Mich) married Isaac Leonard Bates on February 22, 1866. Isaac Bates was second lieutenant in Co. C. Third MI Calvary during the Civil War. More on Isaac Bates. Three children were born to this marriage: Franklin Adams, Sarah Sophia, and Minnie Leonara. Isaac passed away 18 Jan 1927.

6. Mary Calista Adams (b. 20 March 1842, Porter Township, Van Buren Co., MI, d. 31 Dec 1919, Orange, NJ) She married David F. Smith (d. 13 Feb 1901, Marcellus Twp., Cass Co., MI) on 25 Dec 1866. One child was born to them: Horace Herbert Smith, who moved west and in 1912 wrote a book, " A Captain Unafraid"

History of the Horace Hale & Lorania Gates (Kinney) Adams. (This is the information that was previously posted on Sunny's site): Horace Hale, the son of Bildad and Mary (Haynes) Adams, was born in Marlboro, Vermont on 21 May 1805. Ten years later his family moved to Ohio, where he later met his bride to be, Lorania G. Kinney, the daughter of Elijah and Lucretia (Colvin) Kinney.

Elijah Kinney was the father and founder of the portion of Porter Twp., Van Buren County, MI, known as the Kinney Settlement. He came from Milan, OH in 1835 with his wife and seven unmarried children, his son, Luther, and family, and his son-in-law, Samuel Corey. Elijah bought four 80 acre lots in Section 24. This was later occupied by his son, Stephen. Luther moved to St. Joe. Uri Kinney, a nephew of Elijah's settled in Section 12 of Porter Twp. in 1835. Stephan, the brother of Elijah, came from Milan, OH in the fall of 1836 with his wife and 8 children, accompanied by a John Webber and John Bennett. He bought 240 acres in Section 26. He died in 1874. His son, Orrin G. Kinney came with his father and settled on Section 25 in 1842. Niles H. Kinney, from Huron County, OH in 1835 with sons, Didymus, William, and Nathan.

Horace and his wife, Lorania, were blessed with 4 children in OH and two more children in MI. They sold their Sandusky County, OH farm in 1837. In their son, Franklin B. Adams obituary, it states: "The payment being made in the heavy coins of the time, and of low value, the money was weighed instead of counted and was put in two grain sacks and loaded in a covered wagon and the family started for MI. This was protected by the family pet each night.

Despite the early winter weather, the family traveled in sleighs to their new homeland, Porter Township, Van Buren County, MI. Before they cleared land and built a home, they spent the winter sheltered in an abandoned cabin near Indian villages. In their daughter, Sarah Adams Fletcher's obituary it states: "They were the first white settlers in that section, and their only neighbors for their first summer and winter in the new country were Indians."

Land certificates are on file for Horace Hale in 1839, 1839, and in 1840.

1839 Certificate # 20371: The East 1/2 of the South West 1/4 of Section 35, in T 4 S, R 13W, 80 acres in Kalamazoo

1839 Certificate # 20363: The West 1/2 of the South East 1/4 of Section 35, in T 4 S, R 13W, 80 acres in Kalamazoo

1840 Certificate # 23931: The NE 1/4 of the SE 1/4 of Section 3, in T 5 S, R13 W, 36.95 acres in Kalamazoo

Horace was appointed Justice of the Peace in Porter Township. Ten years after arriving in MI, Horace died an early death at 42 years old, due to the lack of physicians in the remote area. Lorania passed away 3 years later in 1850.

Horace Hale Adams cemetery photo (Kern Cemetery)

Lorania G. Kinney Adams cemetery photo (This stone lays flat on the ground in Kern Cemetery)

Elijah Adams cemetery photo



Source: A History of Van Buren County, Michigan: A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People, and Its Principal Interests by Oran W. Rowland, c. 1912. Lewis Publishing Co. (A digital copy is available online with Google books 32 Mb as PDF file) p. 600

Horace H. Adams and family were likewise among the earlier settlers of the township, locating on section thirteen about the year 1837. He lived but few years after coming to Porter, but during his life he took a prominent part in the affairs of the new township, being one of the first justices of the peace elected and afterwards serving as supervisor. He was the father of the late Franklin B. Adams, one of the prominent business men of Lawton and who was at one time president of Toledo and South Haven Railroad Company. At the time of his death in 1910, in his eighty-fourth year, he was Porter's oldest pioneer.

Mr. Adams would occasionally relate to his intimate friends incidents of those early days that were of great interest. Among them is the following, which is worthy of preservation: Some time about the year 1840, in pursuance with treaty stipulations the government began to gather the Indians, preparatory to removing them to then far west; that is, beyond the Mississippi River. Mr. Adams related that a stockade or corral had been constructed near his father's place in which the Indians of the region were gathered together, under the direction and charge of a young officer of the United States Army named Rosecrans. This same young officer afterward became known to the world as General W.S. Rosecrans of Civil War fame."

History of the Adams Family submitted to the Van Buren County Historical Society by Francis Morse (15 June 1980)

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