James Adams was born in 1760 in New Jersey. He married in Sussex County, New Jersey, (1) Anny Dunn in 1782 and (2) Sarah Dunn in 1787. Sarah Dunn was born about 1767. James and Sarah moved to Ontario (later Wayne) County, New York, about 1815. James and wives had X children. Anny apparently died by 1787 in Sussex County. James and Sarah were buried in Phelps, Ontario County, New York, he in 1838 and she in 1839.
These are the principal records for James, Anny and Sarah:
- James Adams' Revolutionary War pension application says that he was born in Jan 1760 at Hardwick, Sussex
County, New Jersey [Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Microfilm Series M804, Roll 11, File S11943]
- James Adams married (1) Anny Dunn _ Mar 1782 and (2) Sarah Dunn 3 Jan 1787
[Marriages from the Docket of Squire Francis Price; http://www.sussexcountyhistory.org/pascal/pricemar.html;
- James Adams appeared on the Jun 1793 tax list of New Town, Sussex County, New Jersey;
Lt. Samuel Dunn also appeared on the list [New Jersey Census, 1643-1890, Ancestry.com]
- James Adams sold land in Sussex County, New Jersey, ... [source?]
- James Adams appeared as head of household in the 1820 Census of Lyons, Ontario County, New York
[Census of United States, Ontario County, New York, Lyons, Microfilm series Series M33, Roll 62, page 111]
Under 10 0 1 10 – 15 0 0 16 – 18 0 16 – 25 0 0 26 – 44 0 0 45 & over 1 1
James Adams Jr. also resided in Lyons (same page), as did William Adams (page 103).
- James Adams appeared as head of household in the 1830 Census of Arcadia, Wayne County, New York
[1830 Census of Wayne County, New York, Arcadia, Series M19, Roll 117, page 68]
1830 Census Under 5 5- 9 10- 14 15- 19 20- 29 30- 39 40- 49 50- 59 60- 69 70- 79 Males 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 Females 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
William Adams (page 82) and Alanson Adams (page 84) also resided in Arcadia.
- James Adams, "resident of the town of Arcadia in the County of Wayne and State of New York aged seventy two
years and upwards", applied for (and received) a pension on 2 Oct 1832 for service in the Revolutionary War; resided during the war in New Town, Sussex
County, New Jersey; moved to Wayne County, New York, 16 or 17 years ago; served several one-month stints in the militia over the years 1775-1777 and 1780;
Samuel Dunn was a witness [Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, Microfilm Series M804, Roll
11, File S11943] [record]
- Sarah Adams, a resident of Arcadia, age 65, provided an affidavit to support the Revolutionary War pension application of her
brother Samuel Dunn on 1 Oct 1832 [Revolutionary War Pension and Bounty Land Warrant Application Files, NARA Microfilm Series M804,
File W7048] [record]
- James Adams (d. Jan 13 or 18, 1838, 79y) and wife Sarah (d. March 7, 1839, 72y) were buried
in Phelps, Ontario County, New York, in the Rhea, Cuddeback or West Cemetery. "It is known by all three names and is located in the town of
Phelps, Ontario County, NY on Route 14 South (Lyons-Geneva Road) about 1 mile from the Wayne County line."
"I would not live always -no- welcome the tomb[http://www.rootsweb.com/~nywayne/cemeteries/lyonscems1.html#rhea]
Since Jesus hath lain there I dread not the gloom
Then sweet be my rest till he bids me arise
To hail him in triumph descending the skies."
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What can one learn from these records?
James Adams was born in Hardwick, County of Sussex, New Jersey, in 1760 (record 1).
His parents haven't been identified.
James Adams married (1) Anny Dunn in 1782 and (2) Sarah Dunn in 1787. Both marriages were in Sussex County, New Jersey (record 2).
Anny Dunn's birth date hasn't been found. She may have been Sarah's older sister (see next).
Sarah Dunn was born about 1767 (record 9); her parents were William and Esther Dunn. The family resided in Sussex County, New Jersey, before moving to Pennsylvania by 1776. [Dunn-L Archives, Rootsweb, J. Kelsey Jones, http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/DUNN/2000-07/0963917436]
"Sarah Dunn b. c. 1767 removed with her family to the frontier near the Susquehanna River in the fertile Wyoming Valley in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, fled with her family in July 1778 after the Wyoming Massacre to New Jersey, m. 3 Jan 1787 (Sussex County New Jersey marriage record) James Adams as his second wife, his first wife being her sister Ann. On 1 Oct 1832 Sarah, aged sixty five, a resident of Arcadia, Wayne County, New York, gave an affidavit for her brother Samuel's pension application and she stated - 'that at the time of the Massacre at Wyoming by the Indians and Tories during the Revolutionary War, she lived at Wilkes Barre in the State of Pennsylvania and was among the inhabitants that fled from there - that she had four brothers in the Army - then in service at that place, named William Dunn, Thomas Dunn, Samuel Dunn and Levi Dunn, who were in the battle at the time of the massacre, that William and Levi were killed there - that she saw Samuel in the service at that time, she well recollects - she knows he was in the service and saw him several times before and after the massacre, and was with him while she was fleeing from Wilkes Barre - and that Samuel now lives in the town of Arcadia, County of Wayne, State of New York.' Signed by mark. Sarah d. 7 Mar 1839 72y (ts) Rhea Cemetery, Phelps, Ontario County, New York." [Dunn-L Archives, Rootsweb, J. Kelsey Jones, http://listsearches.rootsweb.com/th/read/DUNN/2000-07/0963917857]
The children of James Adams and wives haven't been identified, with the possible exception of:
James Adams Jr.
James Adams lived in Sussex County, New Jersey and Wayne County, New York. Sarah Adams also lived in these counties and in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.
James Adams died in 1838 and was buried in Phelps, Ontario County, New York (record 9).
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