Benjamin Carter Adams (17 Dec. 1838-17 Dec. 1900)

B. Carter Adams of Marengo County, AL, was the son of Richard Henry Adams (1811-1870) and his wife, Anna Carter Harrison (1815-1876), both of whom were from Virginia. He was a sophomore in 1856 at the University of Alabama, where he was first a member of Kappa Alpha, then a member of Phi Gamma Delta; he attended the University of Virginia in session 33 (1856-1857). There he entered a fraternity called Kuklos Adelphon, which was a precursor to Theta Chapter of Phi Gamma Delta.

He enlisted 6 May, 1861 at Uniontown, AL, in Company D (the Greensboro Guards), 5th Alabama Infantry Regiment. His primary duty throughout his service was as a commissary officer; his final appointment was in 1863, as D. H. Hill’s division commissary with the rank of major. Two of his brothers – Dr. John M. Adams and Richard H. Adams Jr. — also served in the Confederate army. Richard H. Adams Jr. left a diary of his Civil War experiences, parts of which were published in G. Ward Hubbs’s book Voices from Company D (2003). All three brothers survived the war. In 1878, B. Carter Adams was a cotton planter; in the 1880 U.S. Census, he was described as a “Gentleman,” and in the 1900 U.S. Census he had the occupation “Farmer.”

B. Carter Adams married first, Anna Maria Minge (b. 1838-d. before 1870) in Mobile, AL on 5 July 1865. Anna Maria died prior to 1870, and was buried in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Marengo Co. On 9 June 1891, in Lawrence County, AL, Adams married, secondly, Sallie Beth (McCreary) Whitehead (b. 1859-d. before June 1900), widow of Andrew Jackson Whitehead. This couple had two children, a child whose name is unknown to me and a daughter, Mary Carter Adams. In the 1900 U.S. Census, Adams is listed as a widower.

[N.b. Adams’ death date is taken from Palmer’s Register. My thanks to Towner Blackstock, the Curator of Archives for the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta for his help in finding information about Adams. Thanks also to Collier Carlton, a descendant of B. C. Adams through his daughter Mary Carter Adams.]


  • 1850-1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2009. (Accessed 7/11/2011).
  • [Death record for Mary Adams Stallworth] in Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011. (Accessed 1/4/2012).
  • Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta. “Phi Gamma Delta in the Civil War: Confederate.” [website] (Accessed 10/31/2011).
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  • [Marriage record for Benjamin Carter and Anna Maria Minge] in “Alabama Marriages, 1816-1957.” [database online] (Accessed 11/1/11).
  • Palmer, Thomas Waverly. A register of the officers and students of the University of Alabama, 1831-1901. Tuscaloosa, AL, 1901, p. 119-120.
  • Rose, William Alfred. “Some Notes on Theta’s History.” [webpage] Reprinted from The Phi Gamma Delta, Volume 53, Number 2, November 1930, p. 106-111. (Accessed 11/26/2011).
  • Tombstones of Richard H., Anna C. Adams, and Maria Minge Adams in Saint Michaels Cemetery, Marengo County, AL. (Accessed 7/11/2011).
  • Torbert, Bob. “Lauderdale County, Alabama, Cemeteries – Township 2, Range 8.” [website]. c2006. (Accessed 11/1/11)
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3 Responses to Benjamin Carter Adams (17 Dec. 1838-17 Dec. 1900)

  1. Collier Carlton says:

    Benjamin Carter Adams was my great-grandfather. He was not known as “Buck,” his younger brother George was “Buck. My grandmother was his second child from his second wife who died of childbed fever according to family lore. Benjamin had friends, Mr. and Mrs. Elijah King, rear his daughter. Her name was Mary Carter Adams and was born November, 1895. She married Dr. Clarke Jackson Stallworth and they had my mother, Margaret Stallworth and 4 other children who survived to adulthood. Collier Carlton

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