Franklin Bildad Adams

Updated: 02 October 2010

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Plat book map of F. B. Adams property

F. B. Adams

Franklin B. Adams, son of Horace Hale & Lorania G. (Kinney) Adams. Franklin Bildad Adams was born 11 Jan 1828 in Sandusky, OH and married (1) Lucinda Fletcher on 28 Oct 1850 in Van Buren Co., MI. . She died 10 May 1879 in Lawton, Van Buren, MI. He. married (2) Sarah Anna Fletcher (20 Feb 1856 in Whittaker, Frederick, VA - Sep 1946 in Porter, Van Buren, MI) on 15 March 1881 in Van Buren Co., MI.. He died 04 June 1910.

Children of Franklin Bildad Adams & Lucinda Fletcher:
1. Horace Hale Adams (27 Sep 1857 in Porter, Van Buren, MI - 08 April 1860)
2. Clara Lucinda Adams (28 Jan 1859 in Van Buren, MI - 28 Feb 1946 in Lawton, Van Buren, MI) married Dudley L. Thornton (06 Jan 1860 in Kalamazoo, MI - 1943 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI). They had 6 children.

Children of Franklin Bildad Adams & Sarah Anna (Fletcher) Adams:
1. Franklin Kinney Adams (09 Oct 1882 in Van Buren County, MI - 12 Oct 1955) married Josephine "Josie" M. Bates and (2) Josephine May Burhans.
2. Horace Herbert Adams (21 July 1884 in Porter, Van Buren, MI - 06 Dec 1976 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI) married Iva Woods (21 July 1886 in Porter, Van Buren, MI - 09 Nov 1968 in Lawton, Van Buren, MI)

Franklin Bildad Adams Obituary

Franklin B. Adams, Oldest Resident of Porter, Van Buren County, Last One of the Early Settlers Lawton, Mich.,, June 6.- Franklin B. Adams, aged 85 years, the oldest pioneer of Porter, Van Buren county, died at his home in Porter at five o'clock in the morning, June 4. Mr. Adams is the last of the early settlers of this part of the country.

He came here with his parents in the early winter of 1837 before the state was admitted. When he was a boy of nine years of age the old Ohio farm home was sold. The payment being made in the heavy coins of the time, and of low value, the money was weighed insted of counted and was put in two grain sacks and loaded in a covered wagon and the family started for Michigan. About seven miles west of the present village of Schoolcraft in the heart of the forest the family found an old abandoned log hut in which they wintered, in the spring they bought land, built a cabin and began clearing.

The early playmates of the deceased were Indian boys of an Indian village about one mile south of his home. The old Potawatomie chief (ShoveHead) was well known by Mr. Adams as well as other Indians of this tribe, who were well-known in the early history of this state.

Three sisters, Mrs. Lora Fletcher of Marcellus, Mich., Mrs. I. L. Bates of Groton, S. D., and Mrs. D. F. Smith of Washington, D. C., a devoted wife, one daughter, Clara Thornton, and two sons, Frank K. and Horace H. Adams all of Lawton, survive.

The burial will take place from the home Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock.
Notes by submitter: Mr. Adams died at the age of 82, not 85 as written in obituary.
Submitted by Kathy Linderholm


Mrs. Anna Adams, aged 90 years, died Tuesday at her farm home in Porter township.

She was born Feb. 20, 1856, at Whittaker, Va., the daughter of Elijah and Eliza Fletcher. She came to this community as a girl of 18, and had made her home Lawton and Porter ever since.

She was married in 1876 to Franklin B. Adams, who passed away a number of years ago.

During her more active years she was a faithful worker in the Methodist church. The care of her home was her primary interest. She was a good neighbor and friend.

She is survived by two sons, Horace H. Adams of Paw Paw, and Frank Adams of Porter, with whom she lived; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at the Cameron funeral home in Lawton.

(Note: 7 grandchildren, also one brother and one sister survive Anna Adams)