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Robert D. Adams, an elder in the General Presbyterian Church, was born in Morgan County, Illinois, August 20, 1839. He was reared upon a farm, and in his childhood attended a subscription school until the system of free schools was established, after which he attended school winters and worked at farming during the summer seasons. At the age of nineteen years he went to Cass County, Illinois, and engaged in farming. He enlisted August 12, 1861, in company C, of the Second Illinois Cavalry, and served until August, 1864. He was at the front and in active service the greater part of the time. After his discharge he settled in Morgan County, Illinois, upon a farm. March 4, 1865, he was united in marriage with Margaret J. Ware, who was born at Sidney, Shelby County, Ohio. He then removed to Cass county, Illinois, and remained till 1870. In the fall of that year he purchased wild land in the southwest quarter of section 13, Pleasant Township, to which he then removed. He now has a well cultivated and desirable farm, and a pleasant residence, surrounded by fruit and shade trees. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have two children-Lewis R., and Jessie M. Their eldest child, John Paul, died in infancy. Clarence died at the age of four years and eleven months.

Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex, from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 816-817.

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