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JOHN ADAMS, retired farmer, Polk, is the oldest member of the Adams family now living in Venango county, and is a son of Welden Adams, who settled in French Creek township in 1796. The latter was a son of James Adams, a native of eastern Pennsylvania, born October 30, 1734. James Adams was married April 26., 1756, to Isabel Welden, born September 22, 1736. They died in October, 1824, and in September, 1825, respectively, and were the parents of the following children: Joseph; Jacob; William; Jonathan; Jesse; David; Lydia; James; John; Isaac; Welden; Eli, and Levi.
Welden Adams was a man of some local prominence, served as county commissioner, and carried on a hotel in Franklin several years. He married Mary Miller, daughter of Thomas Miller, an early settler of the Kishocoquillas valley, Mifflin county, and reared a family of ten children: Mary, deceased; John, deceased; James, deceased; John (second); Lydia, deceased; Mrs. Rebecca McCutcheson; David, deceased; Thomas; Mrs. Elizabeth Best, and Isabel, deceased. Mr. Adams died May 9, 1849.
John Adams, fourth child of Welden and Mary Adams, was born in French Creek township, Venango county, February 2, 1807. He was reared on a farm, received his educational training in the schools of Franklin and on attaining his majority located near the village of Polk. He subsequently purchased a farm in Sandy Creek township, where he resided until 1882, when he sold his place and retired from active life, purchasing a home in the borough of Polk. Politically Mr. Adams has always been a stanch Democrat; he cast his first presidential ballot in 1828 for Andrew Jackson, and his last for Grover Cleveland in 1888. He was elected sheriff of Venango county in 1850, and served one term. He has filled the office of justice of the peace for a number of years, and has always taken an active interest in the public affairs of his township and county. Mr. Adams was married May 2, 1833, to Miss Sarah Whann, daughter of Francis and Jane (Smith) Whann, who has borne him the following children: Mrs. Sarah Whitaker; Francis W.; William S.; John E., postmaster of Franklin, and Hannah M., deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, with which they have been identified for many years, Mr. Adams having been first class leader of Center church in Mineral township.