Adam Hetrick died 6 April 1908

Adam Hetrick was born 10 June 1827 in Pennsylvania, the son of Frederick and Elizabeth (Doverspike) Hetrick.  Fredrick and other Hetrick families were important in settling Polk Township (PA) and establishing the community there.  One history book says that the first marriage in the township was Adam, a son of Frederick Hetrick, to Mariah, daughter of Philip Hettrick. The ceremony was performed by Darius Carrier, justice of the peace of Troy.  Some people say that Mariah and Adams were cousins but I have not yet made that connection.  I wish the history book provided the date of this marriage.  It was probably about 1848, as first child Mary Matilda was born about 1849. 

In 1850, Adam lived in Polk Township of Jefferson Co, PA, next to his father. 

In 1860, Adam and his family lived at Shoffners Corner in Jefferson County PA. The first five children were born by then, and Adam and Maria eventually had eight children.  Adam’s brother William served in the Civil War, but Adam was not drafted. 

Adam moved to Nebraska in 1864 with his family, and other Hetricks, where they all supposedly homesteaded (I have not found any homestead records for Adam.)

The federal government conducted agricultural censuses, and Adam was included in the one of 21 June 1870.  The enumeration area was Fort Calhoun, near Lincoln, Nebraska.  Adam’s record shows that he had 110 acres of improved land, no woodland, and 50 acres of other unimproved land.  His farm was valued at $1600 value of farm, and he owned $100 worth of farming implements and machinery.  Adam paid $50 in wages during the year including the value of board.  Adam owned 4 horses, no mules or asses; 4 milch cows, no working oxen; 4 other cattle, no sheep, and 5 swine, for a total value of $800 for all stock.  The farm produced 300 bushels of spring wheat, no winter wheat or rye; 1000 bushels of corn, 420 of oats, no barley, buckwheat, rice, or tobacco. The farm produced 50 bushels of Irish potatoes, 450 pounds of butter; 18 tons of hay.  The census reported a $90 value of animals slaughtered or sold for slaughter and a $1300 total value of all farm productions, including betterments and additions to stock.

The family was counted in the 1870 and 1880 federal census in Lincoln, Washington Co, Nebraska.  

The agricultural census of 21 June 1880 recorded Adam again.  He was owner of his own farm which had 160 acres of tilled, fallow, and grass in rotation; 11 acres permanent meadow (pasture) and 7 acres of woodland.  The farm was valued at $2000, which included the land, fences, and buildings. Adam owned $500 worth of implements and machinery and $1041 of livestock.  He paid $63 for labor including value of board, which was for 13 weeks of labor in 1879.  The census report showed $1200 as the estimated value of farm productions, sold, consumed, or on hand, in 1879.  He had 11 acres of mown grassland, produced 30 tons of hay, and owned 5 horses.  He owned 3 milch cows, 3 other cows, had 1 calf dropped, and purchased two. He made 50 lbs butter.  As of June 1, 1880 he owned 40 swine, and 75 poultry which produced 300 dozen eggs in 1879.  Adam had 29 acres of Indian corn which produced 1000 bushels.  He had 6 acres of oats which produced 200 bushels; 25 acres of wheat producing 250 bushels and 1/4 acre Irish potatoes which produced 21 bushels.

Adam and wife Maria lost three of their adult children to a very bad measles epidemic in the 1880’s.  Adam’s family was counted in the 1885 Nebraska state census.  The family was still recorded in Lincoln. 

Maria died 7 May 1886.  She is buried with other Hetricks at the Colby-Morley cemetery near Arlington NB. 

About 18 months later, on 4 November 1887, Adam married Nancy Jane Robinson, daughter of Lewis Robinson and Mary Adkinson.  She was a widow with children (married name Wood) and they were married in Logan, Iowa. 

Adam and Nancy were counted in the 1900 census at Lincoln, Nebraska, living next door to his daughter Eliza Conger.  The census says Adam and Nancy were married 30 years, but perhaps the census taker didn’t hear correctly, as they were actually married 13, not 30. 

Adam moved to Montana about 1900, with Nancy.  Other relatives also moved to Montana, and would have been in the Kalispell area about the same time. Adam and Nancy were listed in the Kalispell directory for 1905-1905.  Adam was a good farmer and did well in his life. He bought and sold land both in Nebraska and Montana.

Adam died 6 April 1908, in Kalispell MT.  Nancy died in 1920 and both are buried at the Conrad Memorial Cemetery in Kalispell. 

When he died he left his widow, Nancy, pretty well off and he gave some money to each of his grandchildren. He had an estate in excess of $10,000 after he died which was pretty good for 1908. His court documents were more than 90 pages.


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