Elias Adams
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Elias Adams (1792 - 1886)

Elias Adams
Born in Marlboro, Windham, Vermont, United Statesmap
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Brother of , and [half]
Husband of — married 4 Mar 1822 in Hancock, Hancock, Illinois, United Statesmap
Husband of — married 1 Jun 1837 in Quincy, Adams, Illinois, USAmap
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Died at age 93 in Layton, Davis, Utah Territory, United Statesmap
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Son of Sabra (Saborah) Whitmore and Job Sr. Adams. He was the youngest of three sons born to them

ELIAS ADAMS, THE PIONEER Born: 18 February 1792 at Malboro, Vermont Died: 17 February 1886 at Layton, Utah Married: (1) Elmira Cladwell 1823 Died: 1836 at Quincy, Illinois. Married: (2) Malinda Railey 1837 at Quincy, Ill. Born: 3 August 1815, Kentucky Died 13 October 1882 at Layton Utah. They arrived in Salt Lake Valley in the fall of 1850 by oxen and covered wagons. They made their home at the base of the Wasatch Mountains 3 miles east of the present town of Layton. A monument was erected 1964 by their descendants, 250 feet north of their 1st log cabin built in 1850.

Elias Adams, grandfather of Captain Adams, was born at Marlboro, Vermont, February 18, 1792. The record of his ancestry runs back to England, Wales, the Norman countries of Northern France to a mediaeval ancestry which included Charlemagne and Charles Martel. Robert Adams, who was born in Devonshire, England, in 1602, settled at Ipswich on Massachusetts Bay in 1635. His son Jacob Adams was an early and influential settler of Suffield, Connecticut. Lieut. Joel Adams, grandson of Jacob, was a soldier in the French war and was the pioneer of the family at Marlboro, Vermont. He was the father of Job Adams and grandfather of Elias.

Elias served in the War of 1812, enlisting 17 September 1812 in the United States Army at Sacketts Harbor, New York. He served in Captain Benjamin Forsythe's Rifle Company. Elias also served with Lieutenant Hamilton's, Captain Smith's, Captain Joseph Selden's Companies and in the First United States Rifle Regiment.


Adams, Frank D., Ancestors and Descendants of Elias Adams: The Pioneer, 600-1930, Kaysville, Utah: Inland Printing Company (1930), 7, 146,

Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah, Utah pioneers book publishing Company, 1913 - Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914 , Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780’s-1917

1830 United States Federal Census

1840 United States Federal Census

1870 United States Federal Census

1880; Census Kaysville, Davis, Utah

U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907

  • http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=124471
  • Fact: Residence (1830) Not Stated, Adams, Illinois
  • Fact: Residence (1840) Quincy, Adams, Illinois
  • Fact: Immigration (1850) Utah, United States
  • Fact: Immigration (1850)
  • Fact: Residence (1850) Davis county, Davis, Utah Territory, United States
  • Fact: Residence (1880) Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: Find A Grave (Feb 1886) Memorial # 124471 Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: Burial (20 February 1886) Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: He made his home as a boy with his Aunt and Uncle Elizabeth ADAMS and Arunah OTIS
  • Fact: http://familysearch.org/v1/LifeSketch Added Source:LDS Ancestral File.

Moved to Nauvoo in 1843 from Quincy Ill. Orange Co. Changed to Washington Co. in about 1820. As a boy he made his home with his aunt Elizabeth Adams Otis because his mother died. Husband, Arunah Otis was a veteran of the Revolutionary War. Elias served in the War of 1812, fought in several battles. He the British and also Indians. He was wounded three times. He remained in the Army until 1817 when he was honorably discharged at New Madrid, Missouri. After getting out of the Army him and a friend bought Oxen and Cart and traveled to Illinois. . He manufactured brick and had a flour mill. Believe he joined the LDS church in 1843 when he moved to Nauvoo. He met Joseph Smith in Nauvoo. Elias and family journeyed with the advanced companies of Saints in 1846 With ox team and wagon and was appointed Presiding Elder of the Church at Mt Pisgah in Iowa 172 miles west of Nauvoo. He remained there until 1850 to supply the Saints moving west. Work on the Nauvoo temple in Illinois.

Removed that he founded Quincy,,, he did not. Added the following- Judy Bjurstrom After the British failed to regain their former colonies in the War of 1812, the American government granted military tracts to veterans as a means to help populate the West. Peter Flinn, having acquired the land from veteran Mark McGowan for his military service in 1819, ended up selling 160 acres (0.65 km2) of land acquisitions to Moravia, New York native John Wood for . John Wood later founded Quincy, which at the time was coined Bluffs, Illinois.[6]

In 1825, Bluffs renamed their community Quincy and became the seat of government for Adams County, both named after newly elected President John Quincy Adams. Quincy incorporated as a city in 1840.

In 1838, following the signing of Missouri Executive Order 44, many members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints fled persecution in Missouri and found shelter in Quincy. Despite being vastly outnumbered by Mormon refugees, residents provided food and lodging for the displaced people. Joseph Smith then led members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 40 miles (64 km) upstream to Nauvoo, Illinois, in hopes of finding a permanent home.[7] Also in 1838, Quincy sheltered the Pottawatomie tribe as they were forcibly relocated from Indiana to Kansas.[8]

He served fiveyears in war of 1812 and the Indian wars


Family book "ELIAS ADAMS the PIONEER" by Frank D Adams Kaysville; May be viewed at: (or retrieved from): https://archive.org/stream/ancanddesc00adams/ancanddesc00adams_djvu.txt

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Hi, Could you please add the names of the deceased people you have marked as "private" so everyone in the community will know who the profile is for? Thanks, Jenn
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