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Joseph Thomas Adams

Male 1858 - 1937  (78 years)


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  • Name Joseph Thomas Adams  [1, 2
    Born 10 Oct 1858  Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Died 10 Mar 1937  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Benjamin Cemetery, Benjamin, Knox County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Shown as Joseph T. on early census records but was called Thomas or Tom or J.T. on land records in Knox Co. TX. His grave stone gives the name Uncle Tom and under that, Thomas Adams. There was an African American in Knox Co., also named Tom Adams, who died there in 1949.


      Email from Teresa McMinn- "Fred McMinn says that Uncle Tom died in 35/36 in, he thinks, Knox County....he left Susie $66.00 after all was settled with the nephew, Glenn Martin. Fred remembers that Uncle Tom wrote Susie ('Trawick' McMinn) and asked her to come to see him a couple of years before he died and they went up to Knox to see him."

      "Knox Co. History" Early Cattle Drives by Oran W. Driver Last paragraph of this article states; "In the late eighties Tom Adams left Jack County with a herd of cattle and started to Arizona with them. When he got west of Benjamin, about where the Ross and Moorhouse ranches are now, the grass and water were never better, so he just turned his cattle loose and said, "This is Arizona enough for me," so that part of the country went by the name of "Little Arizona" in the early days.

      There are dozens of land records in Knox Co. naming Tom, W.A. Oscar and Perry Adams and some mention King Co. also.

      (Courtesy of Lynell Cordell)
    • (Research):
      Census Listings:

      1900 census
      Knox Co. TX ED 43 pg. 173A
      74/74
      Adams, Thomas, head, Oct. 1858, 41, single, AR TN AL
      Adams, Perry, nephew, Aug. 1878, 21 TX MS IL
      Brannin, Robert S., boarder, Mar. 1875, 25, single, TX MO KY
      Brannin, Charley S., boarder, Feb. 1879, 21, single, TX MO KY

      1910 census
      Knox Co. TX pg. 13A
      186/196
      Adams, Perry, 31, single, TX - -
      Adams, Thomas, 51, single, AR TN AL
      Smallin, Claude M., hired man, ?, single, AR TN AR
    Person ID I12641  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father William Valentine Adams,   b. 14 Feb 1822, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1894, Knox County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Nancy Carroll,   b. 20 Feb 1826, Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1909  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 6 Feb 1845  Tishomingo County, Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • "Marriage Bonds, State of Mississippi" Tishomingo Co. 1842-1846 William V. Adams and Nancy Carroll, Feb 6, 1845 Sanders Mill, M.G. Surety: John Moore
    Family ID F169  Group Sheet,  Family chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 Oct 1858 - Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 10 Mar 1937 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Benjamin Cemetery, Benjamin, Knox County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Headstones
    Adams, Joseph Thomas 'Uncle Tom'
    Adams, Joseph Thomas "Uncle Tom"
    In the late eighties Tom Adams left Jack County with a herd of cattle and started to Arizona with them. When he got west of Benjamin, about where the Ross and Moorhouse ranches are now, the grass and water were never better, so he just turned his cattle loose and said, "This is Arizona enough for me," so that part of the country went by the name of "Little Arizona" in the early days.

  • Sources 
    1. [S532] Cordell, Lynell Gentry-Family Researcher P.O. Box 1992 Duncan OK 73534-1992 Correspondence, Gedcom, Family Group Sheets, Email.

    2. [S873] Find A Grave [database online]; http://www.findagrave.com/, (Thousands of contributors submit new listings, updates, corrections, photographs and virtual flowers every hour to the FIND A GRAVE website. When it comes to administrating, building and maintaining the site, Find A Grave is largely operated by its founder, Jim Tipton.), # 39537093 (Reliability: 3).