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WILLIAM S. ADAMS, farmer, was born in French Creek township June 17, 1827, and is a son of James and Letitia Adams, natives of Venango county. James Adams was a son of Welden Adams, a farmer by occupation, and held several positions of trust, among which were those of county commissioner and commissioner of the French Creek canal. He died in Illinois, to which state he removed a number of years ago. His wife, Letitia, was a daughter of James and Eleanor (McElheny) Cannon, and died in 1851. They were the parents of twelve children: William S.; James C.; Mrs. Eleanor Griffith; Welden, deceased; John, deceased; Arnold P.; Mrs. Mary A. Murphy; Harvey H.; Mrs. Eliza J. Woods; Thomas; Charles B., and Mrs. Caroline M. Patrick.
William S. was reared on the old homestead in Sandy Creek township, attended the common schools at intervals until twenty- one years of age, and soon afterward purchased a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1877 he moved to his present farm of one hundred and seventy- seven acres on Mill creek, about two miles west of Utica, where he has since resided. Mr. Adams is a successful farmer and representative citizen of the community in which he lives. He was married April 23, 1850, to Martha, daughter of John and Mary (Foster) Martin, who bore him one son, William M., now a resident of Ashtabula, Ohio. Mrs. Adams died January 25, 1851, and he was again married March 18, 1852, to Martha, daughter of Wilson and Isabel (McMaster) Russell. Their children are as follows: Charles; Henrietta M., wife of Leander Cousins; James W., deceased; Caroline I., wife of W.H. Hulburt; Angeline, and one who died in infancy. They also have an adopted son, James P. Politically Mr. Adams has always been a stanch Democrat, and in religion a member of the Presbyterian church, to which faith his wife also adheres.