Adams Family

Source List.

David Adams

David Adams was born on 12 Sep 1783 in Jones County, North Carolina. He was on the census for Morgan County, Tennessee, in 1830 and then for Iron County, Missouri, in 1850 and 1860. David served in the War of 1812 as an Ensign in Col. Edwin Booth’s Regiment. He was a farmer, and an attorney.

Along with the Fourth Regiment of Colonel Samuel Bayless and Colonel William Johnson's Third Regiment, this regiment was part of the division under the command of Major General William Carroll. These units were sent to the vicinity of Mobile to protect that region from Indian and/or British offensive activities.

The regiment was organized at Knoxville and their line of march took them to Lookout Mountain (present-day Chattanooga), to Fort Strother, and finally to Mobile. Many of the men may have been stationed at Camp Mandeville, a military post located outside of Mobile. Most of the companies were dismissed at Mobile at the end of the war.

Excerpted from Regimental Histories of Tennessee Units During the War of 1812, courtesy of the Tennessee State Library and Archives

David married Rachel Koonce, who may have been the daughter of George Koonce (born about 1808), in Jones County, North Carolina in 1783. Rachel was born on 27 May 1789 in Jones County, North Carolina.

“The family moved from NC in the early 1800’s into Davidson County, TN near Nashville.... About 1832, David with his family except his son, Nelson, came on west into MO.... The family traveled by wagon, pulled by oxen, carrying their belongings and supplies with them and ferrying the larger streams and fording the smaller ones. David bought 240 acres at the mouth of Clayton’s Creek where it flows into the main branch of the middle fork of Black River. David’s land lay on the south side of Middle Fork and east of Clayton’s Creek and included the triangle of bottom and bench land between the two streams.”

Past and Present: A History of Iron County, Missouri 1857-1994

David and Rachel moved to Davidson County, Tennessee, then on to Missouri except for their son Nelson, and finally to St. Francois County, which would later become Iron County, Missouri. They were on the census for Iron County, Missouri, in 1850 and 1860.

David died in Goodland, Iron County, Missouri, on 10 Sep 1862; he was 78. He is buried in the Mt. Pleasant Church Cemetery, in Goodland, Iron County, Missouri.

The log church house for Mount Pleasant Church of United Baptists where David is buried was built on a hillside on David’s property. David’s son Nelson was instrumental in founding the church.

Rachel died in Goodland, Iron, Missouri, on 10 Sep 1873; she was 84.

David’s Family Tree


William Adams


Mary Gooding


Rachel Koonce

1. George Adams
(b. 1805 North Carolina d. 1862 Reynolds Co., MO)
Charlotte Carty
2. William Adams (b. 1807)
Mary Parker
3. Nelson Adams
(b. 1809 d. 1892 Iron Co., MO)
Rebecka Stephen
4. Daniel Adams
(b. 1813 Tennessee d. aft. 1850)
5. Zenas Adams
(b. 1817 Tennessee d. aft. 1860)
6. Polly Adams
William Clayton
7. Julia Ann Adams
Greenbury Carty
8. Mary Ann Adams
Elbridge J. Clayton
9. Elizabeth Adams