Francis Percival Adams was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. He was the son of James Adams (1810-1870) and his wife, Missouri E. Kilby (1824-1870). Francis Adams attended the University of Virginia in session 48 (1871-1872). He later attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, PA.
By 1880, he had moved to Reno County, Kansas, and married Orpha C. McGowan (ca. 1859-ca. 1890) of Illinois. In the 1880 census they resided in Castleton, Kansas, where he established a medical practice. The couple had three children, Nellie I., Maude Ellen, and James A. Adams. Around 1892, Francis married his second wife, Nellie Kirkpatrick (1863-1933), and they had two children, Jean Orpha and Dorothy Adams. This family was living in Texas County, Missouri in 1900, in Washington County, Alabama in 1910, and in Okanogan County, Washington in 1920. In these later censuses, Dr. Adams is listed as a farmer.
Francis and Nellie K. Adams are buried in Omak Memorial Cemetery, Okanogan Co., Washington.
- Adams graves, Omak Memorial Cemetery, Okanogan Co., WA. Findagrave.com.
- Ancestry.com. 1850-1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.
- Thomas, David. “Maude Ellen ADAMS of Kansas, d/o Francis Percival ADAMS.” [Message board post] 2 Jan, 2009. http://genforum.genealogy.com/adams/messages/22805.html
- Thomas, David and Gale Wall. “Maude Ellen Adams, b. 1881, Reno County, Kansas.” [Message board thread] 3 Jan. 2009. http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=2735&p=localities.northam.usa.states.kansas.counties.reno
- “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M88B-8DS : accessed 14 Dec 2012), Missouri Adams in household of James Adams, Culpeper county, Culpeper, Virginia, United States; citing dwelling 97, family 97, NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 941.
- “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XRHJ-HH3 : accessed 14 Dec 2012), James Adams and Missouri E. Kilby, 01 Feb 1843; citing reference P 33, FHL microfilm 30927.