Updated: 23 November 2008
Uriah Mason Adams, the son of Horace Hale and Lorania G. (Kinney) Adams, was born in Sandusky county, Ohio, November 2, 1832. The family sold their Sandusky County, Ohio farm in 1837. In his brother 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 Michigan." 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, Michigan. Before they cleared land and built a home, they spent the winter sheltered in an abandoned cabin near Indian villages. In his sister, 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."
Uriah married Jane Woods McKain, the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Morrow) McKain, on April 19, 1865. Jane Woods McKain was born in County Downs, Ireland, Jan. 2, 1847. Her family came to America in the spring of 1849, settling in New York for seven years before moving to Michigan.
Uriah and Jane lived in a log cabin on 80 acres of property they bought the year of their marriage. They built a lovely home which has been officially designated the Centennial Farm.
Uriah passed away July 05, 1900 and Jane passed away February 22, 1913. They are buried in Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, Cass County, Michigan.
Jane Woods McKain Last Will & Testament
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Photo of Uri & Jane (McKain) Adams gravestone in Bly Cemetery, Marcellus, MI
Uriah Mason Adams obituary
Uriah M. Adams, a respected farmer of Porter, died at his home July 5, 1900, aged 67 years. He was born in Greenfield township, Sandusky county, Ohio, November 2, 1832. In March 1837, he moved with his parents to Michigan on a farm one and a half miles from his late home, where he lived until April 19, 1865, when, he was married to Jane McKain and settled on a farm where he died, at which place they have always lived. He leaves a wife, six children, five grandchildren, one brother, and three sisters to mourn their loss. The funeral was held from the home on Saturday, July 7, at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. R. Sink of Corey preaching the sermon. His four sons and two sons-in-law carried him to his last resting place.
In this way we desire to express our heart felt thanks to our friends and neighbors who so kindly assisted us druing the sickness, death, and burial of our dear husband and father.
Mrs. U. M. Adams and children
Woods McKain Adams obituary
Jane Woods McKain was born in County Downs, Ireland, Jan. 2, 1847, and died Feb 22, 1913. She came with her parents to Honeyeye Falls, New York. Later when a child, they came to Niles, Mich., and when she had grown to womanhood they came to Porter, Mich., where she was united in marriage to Uriah M. Adams April 19, 1865, and settled on the farm where she died. Six children came to bless this union: Mrs. Effie Adams of Marcellus, Chester and Archie of Porter, Mrs. Mary Sykes of Benton Harbor, Mason of South Bend and Ross of Kalamazoo. After the death of the father, which occurred at the home farm July 5, 1900, she moved to Marcellus, where she lived except when with her children, her death occuring at the old homestead while visiting her son, Chester. This loss will be most keenly felt she being a very devoted mother and a wise counseler to her children. Besides the children there are left eleven grandchildren, two sisters, three brothers and a host of friends who will remember her many acts of kindness. She was always ready to help those who needed her most. Truly her life was one of usefulness, always helping to bear the burdens of others. Although not affiliated with any church, she believed in the teachings of the Bible. She was bourne to her last resting place by her four sons and two son-in-law.
Mrs. Jane Adams, aged 66, of Marcellus, mother of county physician, Dr. R. U. Adams, died suddenly of apoplexy while on a visit to her farm near Marcellus. She was one of the pioneers of Cass county and owned a number of large farms in both Cass and Van Buren counties. Dr. Adams will be away from the city until the burial.
The death of Mrs. Jane Adams occurred Saturday morning, Feb. 22, 1913, while visiting her son, Chester H. Adams. The out of town relative attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Sykes and children of Benton Harbor, Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Adams of South Bend, Dr. R. M. Adams of Kalamazoo, Mr. and Mrs. J. McKain of Detroit , Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McKain of Kalamazoo, Mrs. Sarah McKain of New Carlisle, Ind., and Mr. and Mrs. Earl Copley of Decatur.