William W Adams m Elizabeth A Billings 10 Mar 1874

William Adams was born about May 1827, the youngest of 12 children of John and Roda (Johnson) Adams.  The family was from Taylorsville, TN.  William married Maria Louisa Kiser on 26 Mar 1848, in Johnson County, TN. 

In 1850, William and Maria were listed in the Johnson County census.  He was a miller.   The family moved out of Johnson County sometime between 1850 and 1860. They were counted in Arkada, Sullivan County TN in the 1860 census, and William was a teacher. He was apparently a strong believer in education, because in subsequent censuses, where children the age of his might have been working, his were listed as students.

There is a William W Adams who served as a private in Smith’s Tennessee Cavalry in the Confederate Army.  I don’t know if this is the same person.   There is also a William W Adams who enlisted in Company B, Virginia 10th Heavy Artillery Battalion on 1 Sep 1864, at Richmond VA.  The death date for this person matches what I have for William.    I don’t have William’s muster out date.  This military unit was involved in a lot of battles in Virginia, including at Appomatox in 10 April 1865, which was Robert E Lee’s last battle.  This unit also fought at Gaines Mills, but two years after my ancester Andrew Felton was there on the Union side. 

In 1870, William was with Louisa in Cocke County TN.  William and Louisa had eight children.  I don’t have a death date for Louisa. 

Elizabeth Billings was born about 1857 in Cove Creek, NC, daughter of Thomas Billings.  In 1860, she lived at Trap Hill, Wilkes County NC.  In 1870, she was a servant in a household in Taylorsville TN. 

William married Elizabeth “Lizzie” A Billings on 10 Mar 1874 in Johnson County TN. 

William and Lizzie lived in Johnson County in 1880, where he continued in his profession as a school teacher.  Also in the family were the younger children from his first wife, and the first four (of five) of his children with Lizzie.   

In 1900, William lived in Roanoke VA, with his son Claude and Claude’s family.  Lizzie was living with their daughter Daisy (Mrs. John Eggers).  Lizzie reported five children born, five still living.  I do not have a death date for Elizabeth Billings Adams, other than some time after the date of the 1900 census.  William Adams died 21 Feb 1910 in Roanoke, VA.

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