Joshua Adams, late 1700s, Patrick County, Virginia

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My Grandfather purchased a 264 acre farm in 1939 in Patrick County, Virginia from a J T Garst .  From there I have traced back deeds thru a number of Garst Family members and in 1899 to J C Adams and back thru many Adam family members to 1793 showing a Joshua Adams as owner then.  It is located on County Line Road on one side and Grassy Creek (north Mayo) on the other. Oral history says it was a tobacco plantation, there was a damn and grist mill located as part of the property, a flowing sulfur spring that was bottled and sold, multiple slaves were present all indicating a prosperous venture.  Stuart, Virginia History Museum shows a Joshua Adams as a Primitive Baptist Preacher also.  There were some ties to other close by Tobacco Plantations, R J Reynolds and Abram Penn, as Joshua presided over both weddings and funerals there. I am not kin to the Adams but would like to know more about Joshua Adams.  The farm is now being sold and I wanted to be able to share any colorful history surrounding the years Mr. Adams lived and worked there .

Thanks for any information that you may wish to share.

  Wills Clark, Bassett, Virginia
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Joshua Adams

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    Name: Joshua Adams
    Gender: Male
    Marriage Date: 18 Dec 1809
    Marriage Place: Patrick, Virginia
    Spouse: Elizabeth Corn
    FHL Film Number: 33351
    Reference ID: 461-66

    Elder Joshua Adams

    Birth 26 Feb 1791

    Patrick County, Virginia, USA

    Death 4 Sep 1865 (aged 74)

    Patrick County, Virginia, USA

    Burial

    Joshua Adams Cemetery 163

    Patrick County, Virginia, USA
    Plot Pilson 163
    Memorial ID 33493193 · View Source

    Joshua Adams lived on a farm in Patrick Springs VA at the head waters of the Mayo River. Was told by the family that now own his farm. That he even had running water. The old house is gone but if you stand at the cemetery you can look over and see where the house once stood on a little knoll.
    ***
    He married Elizabeth Corn Dec. of 1809
    He was the son of John & Mary Adams
    He was a Primitive Baptists Minister
    His 2nd wife was Lucinda Frances (Frankie) Shelton granddaughter of John Adams
    ***
    N Adams, Rev. Joshua DOD 3 Sep 1865 A 74 s M
    COD General Debility P John and Mary Adams
    POB Halifax Co., VA? POD PCVA
    H W Lucinda F. Shelton A I Lucinda, wife
    ***
    N Adams, Kitty (Catherine?) DOD 1862 A 50 s F
    COD Palsy P ?
    POB ? POD PCVA
    H ? W White bonded servant I Joshua Adams, master
    ***
    N Adams, Infant DOD 9 Jul 1865 A 1 day s ?
    COD ? P Joshua and Lucinda F. Adam
    POB PCVA POD PCVA
    ***
    Joshua Adams was the father of:
    Lamina Jane Adams Ingram* b. 1829-1884 m. Issac Ingram
    Mary "Polly" Adams Spencer b.1812 m. Thomas Spencer
    Priscell "Celia" Adams Spencer b. 1810 m. Lewis Spencer
    Nancy Adams Nolen* m. Charles P Nolen
    Ruth Adams Flippin* m.Jesse Flippin
    Martha Adams Joyce
    Susan Adams Conner*
    Joshua Thomas Adams*
    John Quincey Adams*
    Samuel Green Adams**(My Line)
    ******
    1850 Census Patrick Co VA
    Joshua Adams 59 VA
    Elizabeth Adams 62 NC
    Joshua J Adams 20 VA
    Jane Adams 21 VA
    ******
    1860 Census Patrick Co VA
    Joshua Adams 69 VA
    *******
    Children by 2nd wife Lucinda Shelton:
    Fannie Adams Spencer


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    Back in early June 2018 I posted information I thought was correct on old ownership of land in Patrick County, Va. It was my first attempt at looking thru deed records at Patrick Co. Court House (very complicated for a first timer).  I made a mistake on whom J T Garst obtained a certain farm from in the Mayo River community in 1897.  It was not from a J C Adams as I had thought , it was from a court house sale from a farm belonging to Peter J Frans, and on back to a Joseph and Matilda Frans, then back to Matilda's father Benjamin Spencer.  I'm still researching to see where it went to before Benjamin.   I am sorry for the mistake and putting Joshua Adams as who I thought owned the farm.  Joshua did live close to the farm I'm tracing and led a very interesting life back in the early 1800's but he lived on the other side of Grassy Branch (aka Grassy Creek, aka Upper North Mayo).  I'm still looking for any history early history if anyone knows anything.  Wills Clark, Bassett, Virginia

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    Perhaps it would be good to join Patrick County project recently started and described in this thread?

    Also, we have the county project page for Virginia that lists sources to use, please add new ones as you find them that are for that county:
    by William Foster G2G6 Pilot (106k points)

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