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John Ballow Adams


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 11/7/2005 at 03:38:33

Note: Only the portions of this bio mentioning Clayton co. have been posted here.


....comes of that same ancestry which, originally transplanted from England to the shores of Massachusetts, produced some of the great historical characters of the new nation. An uncle of his father was Charles Francis Adams, one of the ablest American statesmen during the early half of the last century and of the same stock which the two presidents of the United States belonged. Mr. Adams' grandfather was Samuel Adams, who brought his family from Massachusetts into the wilds of Indiana early in the nineteenth century. He spent his life in that state.

John Quincy Adams, father of John B., was born in 1822 in that portion of Marion County, Indiana, which several years later, by official enactment, became the capital of the state and is the present site of the city of Indianapolis. He was reared near that city, and in 1847 moved to Clayton County, Iowa, soon after the admission of Iowa to the Union. He was married in Iowa in 1848 to Phoebe Ann Ballow, who was born in Illinois in 1827. Her father, George Ballow, was a Virginia gentleman who came west and lived in the states of Iowa, Illinois, and finally settled in Linn County, Missouri, where he died in 1894 at the venerable age of ninety-three.

John Ballow Adams was born while his parents were living at Clayton City, Clayton County, Iowa, September 23, 1855. He was about two years of age when his parents moved to Greene County, Illinois, and finished his education in the public schools of Carrollton in that county.

-Click the link below to read all of this biography-

-source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Chicago: Lewis, 1918
-transcribed by the Baxter Springs Middle School students & their instructors, of Baxter Springs, Kansas

John B. Adams biography

Clayton Biographies maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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