William W Adams m Maria Louise Kiser 26 March 1848

William Adams was born about May 1827 in Taylorsville (now known as Mountain City) in Johnson County, Tennessee.  He was the 12th and final child of John “Abe” Adams and Roda Johnson.  Maria Louise Kiser was born about 1827, also in Johnson County, the fifth of ten children of Lewis Kiser and Camilla Moore.

William and Maria were married 26 March 1848, by Green Moore, Justice of the Peace.  They eventually had eight children together.  In 1850, they lived in Johnson County.  The family was counted in the 1860 census in Arkada, Tennessee.  William was a school teacher. 

During the Civil War, William lived in Bedford County, VA.  He enlisted and served in Company B, Virginia 10th Heavy Artillery Battalion.  His enlistment date was 1 September 1864.  His physical description was given as 5’5” tall, light complexion, blue eyes, light hair. 

In 1870, William and Louisa lived with their children in Cocke county TN.  William continued his career as a school teacher.  In an era where the children may have started working either on the farm or at home early, or working out, William’s son Hezekiah, at age 19, was still going to school.  Maria Louise died about 1873 in Johnson County.  On 10 March, 1874, William married Elizabeth “Lizzie” Adelaide Billings.  They had five children.   

In 1880, the family was counted in Johnson County TN, where William continued his work as a school teacher. 

In 1900, William was living in Roanoke, VA, with his son Claude, while Lizzie was living with their daughter Daisy.  William died 21 Feb 1910 in Roanoke and is buried at Fairview Cemetery.  While most of William and Maria Louisa’s children stayed in the southeast, most of William and Lizzie’s children went to Oregon.  Lizzie died 21 March 1911 in Wheeler, OR, and is buried at the Richmond cemetery.


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