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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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