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Willam Franklin Adams (1884 - 1968)

Willam Franklin (Bill) Adams
Born in Elba, Coffee County, Alabamamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 21 Oct 1902 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 25 Sep 1910 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 21 Oct 1917 (to 29 May 1923) [location unknown]
Husband of — married 29 Dec 1929 in Cairo, Limestone County, Alabamamap
Descendants descendants
Father of , , , [private daughter (1910s - unknown)], [private daughter (1920s - unknown)], , , [private daughter (1930s - unknown)], and [private son (1940s - unknown)]
Died in Athens, Limestone County, Alabamamap
Profile last modified | Created 25 Oct 2012
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He is the son of George Adams and Martha McCord. [1]

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  1. Entered by Larry Adams, Oct 25, 2012


William Franklin Adams (1884-1968)

He went by Bill. His stepchildren and grandchildren called him "Papa Bill."

Bill Adams was born on 20 Jan 1884 in Elba, Coffee County, Alabama, to George and Martha Adams. He was one of seven children.

He worked, at various times, as a coal miner, a sharecropper, and a preacher.

He lived much of his life in Limestone County, Alabama, but moved around quite a bit in search of work.

He was married four times. His first two wives died in childbirth; his third divorced him on charges of abandonment (which he denied); his fourth wife outlived him.

His first marriage was to Jimmie Sides, with whom he had one surviving child:

• Mary Lois (b. 1908) who married ???? Goode.

(It is believed that Bill and Jimmie had other children who either died at birth or else died in infancy.)

His second marriage was to Elsie Lovell, with whom he had two surviving children:

• Ila Elizabeth (b. ??) who married ???? Haggard

• Georgia Edna (b. ??) who married ???? Sides

(They also had a son, Elec Andrew, who died either at birth or in infancy, and a daughter, Ozella, who died at birth.)

His third marriage was to Willie Pitts, with whom he had two children:

• Bertha Mae (b. ??) who married ???? Lovell

• Ottie Lou (b. ??) who married ???? Moore

His final marriage was to Mattie Casteel Moss, with whom he had five children:

• Estelle (b. 1930) who married Roy Tucker

• Wynell (b. 1932) who married Martin Casteel

• Marie (b. 1936) who married Eddie Showalter

• Nora Lee (b. 1938; d. 1939)

• Bobby (b. 1943) who married Brenda McMeans

Bill died at his home in Athens, Limestone County, AL, on 6 Dec 1968, and was buried in the Lentzville Cemetery, Limestone County, AL.


Personal knowledge of the contributor, Dr. Gregory J. Casteel, grandson of William Franklin "Bill" Adams, supported by information provided by other family members (with special thanks to Bill's great-granddaughter, Tori Nicole Tucker MacKenzie).

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Adams-16096 and Adams-9916 appear to represent the same person because: clear duplicate
posted by [Living Woodhouse]

Rejected matches › William Webster Adams (1886-1947)

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