Thomas J. Adams (18 May 1834-22 Nov. 1903)

Thomas J. Adams was the son of Thomas Adams of Church Hill in Jefferson County, Mississippi, and his wife, Charlotte. (1850 U.S. Census) Thomas the younger attended the University of Virginia in session 31 (1854-1855), where he was enrolled in Mathematics and Natural Philosophy. (U.Va. Matriculation books)

Adams married Ellen E. Cooke (b. ca. 1840) on 17 Dec. 1860, at Warren, Mississippi; the couple had several children, including Jeff, John, and Florence Adams. (Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911; U.S. Census)

On 16 Jun. 1861, Adams was commissioned into CSA Company A of the Natchez Cavalry, with members primarily from Adams County, Mississippi. The unit was reorganized as the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry Battalion in October 1861, and Company A was renamed the Jefferson Davis Legion Cavalry. He surrendered at Gainesville, Alabama, and was mustered out of the army 26 Apr. 1865. His final rank was Captain. (Barnum; Historical Data Systems, Inc.) 

In the 1870 census, Captain Adams was entered living in Port Gibson, Mississippi, with the profession of teacher. In the 1900 census, Adams is recorded in Raymond, Hinds County, Mississippi, and was listed with the profession of Civil Engineer. (U.S. Census) Captain Adams died in Natchez, Tennessee, and was buried in the Raymond Cemetery in Raymond, Mississippi. (Findagrave.com)

References:

  • Barnum, C. W., 2017. “Mississippi Cavalry, MS AHGP,” in American History and Genealogy Project [website]
  • Historical Data Systems, Inc. “Thomas J. Adams.” [webpage]  http://civilwardata.com/active/hdsquery.dll?SoldierHistory?C&673614
  • “Jeff Davis Mississippi Legion Cavalry,” in The Siege of Petersburg Online, http://www.beyondthecrater.com/resources/units/conf-u/conf-cav/ms-cav/jeff-davis-mississippi-legion-cavalry/
  • “Mississippi, Marriages, 1800-1911,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V28P-9SM : accessed 4 March 2015), Thomas J. Adams and Ellen E. Cooke, 17 Dec 1860; citing Warren, Mississippi; FHL microfilm 886,049.
  • Thomas J. Adams tombstone, Raymond Cemetery, Raymond, MS. Findagrave.com.
  • “United States Census, 1850,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4L8-M4X : accessed 4 March 2015), Thomas J Adams in household of Thomas Adams, Jefferson county, part of, Jefferson, Mississippi, United States; citing family 88, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • “United States Census, 1870,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MF33-YNG : accessed 4 March 2015), Thos J Adams, Mississippi, United States; citing p. 32, family 208, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,225.
  • “United States Census, 1880,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4GZ-PNS : accessed 4 March 2015), Thomas J Adams, Utica, Hinds, Mississippi, United States; citing enumeration district 9, sheet 235B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0648; FHL microfilm 1,254,648.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M96T-4LX : accessed 4 March 2015), Thos J Adams, Beat 4 (part of) Raymond town, Hinds, Mississippi, United States; citing sheet 1A, family 5, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,240,810.
  • University of Virginia Matriculation Books, 1825-1904, Accession #RG-14/4/2.041, Special Collections Dept., University of Virginia Library, Charlottesville, Va.
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