A detailed 1864 town MAP showing residents. (476K file)
An 1864 map of Adams Center
An 1864 map of the East half of Adams village.
An 1864 map of the West half of Adams village.
1918 TOWN OF ADAMS FARM MAP
A list of POSTMASTERS in the town in existing and discontinued postoffices.
1810 Census--Town of Adams
Listing of Civil War service records for the Town of Adams
Adams Civil War Index
1863 Civil war draft and exemptions lists
Town of Adams 1890 Census of Civil War Veterans
Civil War Soldiers Buried in the Town of Adams
NORTHERN NEW YORK BUSINESS DIRECTORY 1867-68 ADAMS
A. E. Rogers Cemetery Inscriptions for the Town of Adams.
Family sketches from CHILD'S GAZETTEER for the Town of Adams.
Child's Business Directory for the Town of Adams
Haddock's Family Sketches - Town of Adams
Web Page for Rice's Corners Cemetery in North Adams
|Town Historian||SUSAN HERSE||Email
|Town Clerk||JOHN E. KNAPP||(315) 583-5701||12363 Rt 11, P.O. Box 152, Adams Center NY 13606|
|Village Clerk||DARLENE REXFORD||(315) 232-2632||2 North Main St; Adams; 13605|
|Adams Free Library||(315) 232-2265||2 North Main St, Adams NY 13605|
|Adams Center Free Library||(315) 583-5501||18267 State Rt 177, Adams Center NY 13606|
|Historical Association of South Jefferson Website||DEBBIE QUICK||(315) 232-2616||29 East Church St, Adams NY 13605|
Contact person: Debbie Quick
History of the Town of Adams linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page taken from CHILD'S GAZETTEER OF JEFFERSON COUNTY by HAMILTON CHILDS, published in 1890, transcribed by Shirley Farone.
History of the Town of Adams, from Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County, 1878.
A List of People who contributed information about the Town of Worth in 1878 to Durant and Peirce's History of Jefferson County.
History of the Town of Adams from "Ray's Place", as found in OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE by EDGAR C. EMERSON, 1898.
History of the Town of Adams, taken from A HISTORY OF JEFFERSON COUNTY IN THE STATE OF NEW YORK by FRANKLIN B. HOUGH, A. M., M.D., linked from Shirley Farone's Home Page.
Oatman Family Page
Settlement in the Town of Adams began in 1800. The act creating the town was passed 1 April 1802, and originally included the present Town of Rodman. Situated in the southwestern part of Jefferson County, it is bounded by Hounsfield and Watertown on the north, Rodman on the east, Lorraine and Ellisburg on the south, and Henderson on the west. The land is fairly level, making it beautiful farming country. The principle streams are Stony Creek and the north branch of Big Sandy Creek, both of which flow into Lake Ontario.
The principal village is Adams, originally Smith's Mills, on the southern border, with Adams Center in the middle of the town. Smithville is a hamlet located on both sides of the border between the Towns of Adams and Henderson. South Jefferson Historical Society, an organization promoting local and family history, is located in Adams. It actively collects documents and information relating to the history of the six southernmost towns of Jefferson County.
From the 1864 Jefferson County Atlas: a summary of statistics for ADAMS: ACRES OF LAND Improved 19,399 1/2 Unimproved 6,745 1/2 VALUATION Real Estate $ 774,418 Personal Property $ 252,460 Total 1,026,878 POPULATION Males 1,653 Females 1,753 Number of Dwellings 610 Number of Families 678 Freeholders 524 SCHOOLS Number of Districts 15 Children Taught 1,161 LIVE STOCK Horses 822 Working Oxen and Calves 1,457 Cows 1,827 Sheep 2,452 Swine 1,068 AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS Bushels of Grain Winter 12,496 1/2 Spring 82,304 1/2 Tons of Hay 3,492 1/2 Bushels of Potatoes 15,707 Bushels of Apples 17,302 Dairy Products Pounds of Butter 99,756 Pounds of Cheese 369,109 YARDS OF DOMESTIC MANUFACTURE 1,789
Names of the early settlers
Blair, Willis J.
Daggart, Sylvanus P.*
Dickinson, John C.
Doxtater, Peter *
Farr, Aaron* |
Greene, Joseph L.
Greene, Thomas R.
Grummons, David and Stephen*
Harris, Deacon William
Lewis, John Sterling
Mills, Chauncey and Roswell*
Morton, Elihu, Jr
Myrick, Robert *
Oatman, Capt Benjamin
Robbins, Asher, Robert, Solomon*
|Salisbury, Alexander* |
Scott, John C. *
Sheldon, James I.
Stanley, Eleanor (Ellen)
Toll, John F.*
NOTE! Names marked with an asterisk (*) are taken from Edgar C. Emerson's OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE, published 1898.
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