Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Evi Adams

EVI ADAMS is extensively engaged in general farming in Labette township, Labette county, Kansas, and is one of the most reliable citizens of that prosperous community. He comes from Pennsylvania ancestors, both his parents having been natives of that state. He is a son of Rullif and Elizabeth (James) Adams. His father was a farmer, by occupation, and was born in 1785; his mother was born about 1795. They reared a family of seven children, only two of whom are now living. The only one living besides Evi, who is the youngest member of the family, is Ziba, who is seventy-seven years old, and is a resident of Ohio. William was past eighty-three years of age, at the time of his death, in Ohio, May 15, 1901. The others deceased are Lucinda, Clarinda, Fisher, and Elizabeth.

Evi Adams was born in 1834, in Delaware county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and lived until 1878. At that time he came west and has since made his home in Labette county, Kansas. The same, year he purchased the farm which has been his home for nearly a quarter of a century, and where he still resides. He has made farming his life work. He has been twice married. His first wife bore him two children, - Abner and Alma. Abner married Belle Braden, of Kansas, who has six children living: Quincy, James W., Anna D., Alice, Alma, and George R. Alma married Hill, of Labette county, Kansas, and has six children: Sylvester, Wellington, Etta, Ada D., Grace, and Leaffa. Sometime after the demise of his first wife, Mr. Adams married Mary Ann Cross, a daughter of Benjamin and Ruth (Bowen) Cross. Mrs. Adams' father was a native of Virginia, and was a prominent farmer of that state; her mother was an Ohioan by birth; she bore her husband four children. The eldest of these is the wife of Mr. Adams and was born in Franklin county, Ohio, in 1841. One sister, Elmira, is deceased. Two brothers are still living, Basil and George, both of whom follow agricultural pursuits in Ohio. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have reared one son, William E., who resides upon the home farm, and superintends all manual labor, thus removing the burden from his father, who is spending his closing years in ease and comfort. The family attend divine services at the Methodist Episcopal church, of which all are members.

Mr. Adams' strict attention to business has secured for him a fair share of this world's goods, while his uprightness in all dealings has won him the respect of every one who knows him. In politics, he acts with the Republican party.