Pages 571-572, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




WADE M. ADAMS is now accounted one of the substantial farmers of Cottage Grove township, and the secret of his success lies in the fact that his career has been one of marked industry. He was born in Madison county, Kentucky, on the 30th of June, 1847, and was reared on a farm. His parents, John S. and Lamina (Walker) Adams, were also natives of Kentucky, and there spent their entire lives, the father following the occupation of farming in pursuit of fortune. He passed away at the age of sixty-five while his wife was called to her final rest at the age of sixty. They had seven children, of whom three are living, Mrs. Eliza Ramsay and Mrs. Lucy Armstrong being residents of Madison county, Kentucky.

Wade M. Adams, their only surviving brother, was a school boy, in that county about the middle of the nineteenth century, pursuing his education in the common schools near his home. He lived with his parents


until twenty-three years of age, and then started out in life for himself, securing as a companion and helpmate on life's journey one of the young ladies of Madison county, Miss Theodosia Cornelison, a daughter of James and Susan Jane (Boogs) Cornelison, who were natives of the Blue Grass State, as was their daughter. The marriage occurred October 3, 1872, and thinking to improve their financial condition in a western district they removed to Lafayette county, Missouri, in 1879, where Mr. Adams operated rented lands for six years. In the spring of 1886 he came with his family to Allen county, Kansas, and took up his abode in Cottage Grove township, five miles south of Humboldt, where he again leased a tract of land and continued renting for eleven years. During that period he added to his capital from time to time until he had accumulated a sum sufficient to purchase one hundred and sixty acres of fine land, constituting one of the best farms in Cottage Grove township. He took up his abode thereon and has since made it his home. The succeeding years have been a prosperous period to him, and he is now in possession of a handsome competence sufficient for a rainy day and for the needs of old age.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Adams have been born ten children and with the exception of May, who died in 1894, at the age of twenty-one years, all are yet living, namely: J. K., at home; Anna, wife of Fred Houser, of Kansas City, Missouri; Thomas, Ed, James, Wade, William, Claude and Dora, who are still with their parents. The family are widely and favorable known in Cottage Grove township and Allen county and have many warm friends throughout this portion of the State. Mr. Adams' prosperity is the merited reward of his labor and his life illustrates most forcibly the power of industry and honesty in a business career.

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