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George Washington Adams (1836 - 1903)

George Washington Adams
Born in Hancock, Adams, Illinois, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1 Apr 1856 in Davis, Utah Territory, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 66 in Layton, Davis, Utah, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 8 Dec 2009
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Research Notes

Needs Research - Error occurs with death date of mother being too early to have been his mother and next marriage of father is after child's birth date.

  • Fact: Residence (from 1839 to 1846) Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States
  • Fact: Emigration (1850)
  • Fact: Immigration (1850) Utah Territory, United States
  • Fact: Census (1880) Dist. 16, Kaysville, Davis, Utah Territory, United States
  • Fact: Burial (12 February 1903) Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: Find A Grave (12 February 1903) Memorial # 124941 Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: Residence Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States
  • Fact: GEORGE WASHINGTON ADAMS, born February 20, 1836, in Hancock County, Illinois. Born to Elias and Elmira Cadwell Adams. Removed to Utah with his father in 1850. Married Mary Ann Pilling April 1, 1856. She was born March 31, 1836, at Yorkshire, Wadington, England; died August 3, 1910, at Layton, Utah. He went to Nevada with his brothers, Rufus and John, in early summer of 1861, and remained there until fall, when he returned to his wife and family in Layton, Utah. He was a kind husband and father, and was a progressive citizen, being closely identified with the religious, educational and material interests of his community, holding various positions of trust and responsibility. Was among the first to experiment with dry farming on the range in Davis County, Utah, which proved very successful. Was one of the most prosperous farmers in Davis County, and assisted in the establishment of the Farmers Union Store in 1882. Was director and president of same for several years. In 1890 he took the initiative in organizing the Adams & Sons General Mercantile Store at Layton, which has continued to operate as a thriving business institution. He was assistant Sunday School superintendent for nine years, took part in the Echo Canyon War; was one of the first to advocate free schools in Davis County. Died unexpectedly February 5, 1903, at Layton, Utah.

From Elias Adams the Pioneer, by Frank D. Adams may be viewed at


See also:

  • "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 15 July 2017), George W Adams, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 16, sheet 314A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 1336; FHL microfilm 1,255,336.
  • "Utah, Veterans with Federal Service Buried in Utah, Territorial to 1966," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), George W Adams, 05 Feb 1903; citing City Cemetery, , military unit Capt R W Burton's Co, Ut Ter Mil, Blackhawk War, State Archives, Capitol Building, Salt Lake City; FHL microfilm 485,489.
  • "Illinois, Hancock County, Nauvoo Community Project, 1839-1846 (BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy)," database, FamilySearch ( : 23 February 2018), George Washington Adams, from 1839 to 1846; citing Residence, Nauvoo, Hancock, Illinois, United States, from 1839 to 1846, Citing BYU Center for Family History and Genealogy, Provo, Utah.
  • "Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch ( : 11 July 2016), George Washington Adams, 1903; Burial, Kaysville, Davis, Utah, United States of America, Kaysville City Cemetery; citing Find A Grave: Memorial #124941, Find a Grave,

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