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WILLIAM ADAMS, farmer, was born near the village of Polk, March 27, 1813, and is a son of Welden Adams, an early and prominent settler of Venango county, and at one time a commissioner thereof. A sketch of the Adams family will be found in the chapter on French Creek township. Our subject was brought up at Franklin, and in French Creek township, and began farming in 1837, in Muskingum county, Ohio, where he lived seven years. He then removed to the, adjoining county of Perry, and subsequently to Edgar county, Illinois. Returning to Venango county in 1864, he engaged in the oil business, and in 1866 purchased his present farm in this township. He was married in 1838 to Miss Susanna McElhaney, who was the mother of ten children. In 1862 he married Mary Bartlett, who bore him three children. After her death he married Mrs. Martha Allen, nee Simcox. Six children are living: Mrs. Henrietta Marshall; Mrs. Susanna LeFevre; Mrs. Sarah Croan; Mrs. Maud Mosier; Georgie, and William. Mr. Adams is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.