DESCENDENTS OF JAMES ADAMS of SULLIVAN/DELAWARE COUNTIES
Generation No. 1
1. JAMES8 ADAMS (DAVID7, HENRY6, EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN ADAMS, HENRY4 ADAMS,
JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born March 03, 1721/22 in Canterbury, Connecticut,
and died Aft. 1788 in Pennsylvania, or New Jersey. He married SARAH RICH
February 05, 1750/51 in Canterbury, Connecticut, daughter of JONATHAN RICH
and SARAH UNKNOWN. She was born 1730 in Connecticutt, and died in
Pennsylvania, or New Jersey.
Notes for JAMES ADAMS:
"Cushetonk 1754-1784" by James W. Burban, "A Brief History of Early
Settlers Who Called Themselves The Delaware Company" , states "James
Adams (was) a grantee in the third Indian Deed, signed at Coshaitan, 11
November 1755. He built his log house near the mouth of Calkin's Creek,
close to the house of Moses Thomas. To this house he brought his wife and
son, Deliverance Adams , then only seven or eight years old." This son was
born late in 1751, so the time mentioned would've been about 1759. Two
daughters had been born during that time period , with Sarah pregnant, or
about to be, for a third daughter. There is the question, what happened to
these girls? Did they die you, get left behind with relatives? The births
are recorded in Canterbury, Connecticut----at the time of the event, or at a
The Nathan Skinner manuscript, states from a document still in file in
Northampton Co., Pennsylvania , dated 8th June 1761 - "William Allen, chief
Justice of the Province of Pennsylvania , ordered the sheriff of Northampton
County to arrest Daniel Skinner, Timothy Skinner, Sim(e) on Calkin, John
Smith , Jedidiah Willis, James Adams, Irwin (Ervin) Evans ,others for having
intruded on the Indian Lands about Cushetonk; to take up such Connecticut
men and others, as have settled about Cushetonk without leave."
For a detailed account of this document, the surrounding issues, see "The
Legend of Cushetonk: et al" by Barbara J. Sivertsen and Barbara L. Covey,
pub. 1993 by Heritage Books, Bowie, Maryland. One statement in particular,
that the settlers had the support of the Cushetunk Indians could certainly
have basis in fact, when one considers the intermarriage with so many
families with Native People/Mixed Blood. Nor would the warring factions
and unfriendly Indians give lie to this - the Iroquois had their own agenda,
when it came to the Delaware, and circumstances, with both settlers , those
politically in power as well as various groups of the Delaware, all
fermenting to bode problems no matter which side you were on.
"At that time , East Jersey claimed the river to the rock known by the name
as "Station Rock" standing by the river about one half mile above the
Chochecton Bridge. There were two forts, one at Cochecton, about one
quarter mile above Calkin Creek . The inhabitants in the vicinity were:
(Ezra) Witter, (Jedediah) Willis, (John) Smith , James Adams and family.
Moses Thomas and family , Aaron Thomas and family, whether others had
families has not been learned."
The childrens births, with the exception of Samuel, are recorded at
Connecticut. Samuel's descendants vary stating he was born either in
Pennsylvania of New Jersey.
The Skinner Manuscript was originally by Nathan Skinner, born 4 April 1777,
d. 15 Nov 1856, aged 79 years. The original manuscript was owned by Edna
Skinner Beegle. A copy is in the Grovsnor Library, Buffalo, Erie Co., New
York . Cora Skinner donated the family Bible to the Wayne County Historical
Society , Honesdale, Pennsylvania.
"Pioneer Days at Cochecton, New York" was copied, arranged and indexed by
Rev. Charles Skinner, Fertile, Minnesota - 1924
Children of JAMES ADAMS and SARAH RICH are:
2. i. DELIVERANCE9 ADAMS, b. October 20, 1751, Canterbury, Connecticut; d.
November 1834, Monticello, Sullivan Co., New York.
ii. SARAH ADAMS, b. April 13, 1754.
iii. ELIZABETH ADAMS, b. May 25, 1857.
iv. PRISCILLA ADAMS, b. October 06, 1759.
v. EXPERIENCE ADAMS, b. February 02, 1765.
vi. SAMUEL ADAMS, b. Abt. 1770.
Generation No. 2
Delverance Adams of Ulster and Delaware Cos, New York, Wayne co., PA
2. DELIVERANCE9 ADAMS (JAMES8, DAVID7, HENRY6, EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN ADAMS,
HENRY4 ADAMS, JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born October 20, 1751 in Canterbury,
Connecticut, and died November 1834 in Monticello, Sullivan Co., New York.
He married BE-TI-A VANDUNK Abt. 1773 in Cranbury Lake area, NewJersey,
daughter of WILLIAM VANDUNK and RA-JA-HIA. She was born September 1755 in
Cranbury, New Jersey (?), and died Aft. 1834 in Shawnee Territory, Ohio.
Notes for DELIVERANCE ADAMS:
"Quinlan's History of Sullivan county", page 292: (in conjunction with a
section about Long Eddy, New York) "prior to the Revolutionary War,
Deliverance Adams was living there with John Dusinburg on the Basket Switch,
along with Joseph Geer.
Official record of Deliverance is found in the Revolutionary Pension files,
National Archives, Washington, D.C. Deliverance enlisted at Wallenpaupack,
Northampton Co., Pennsylvania, in June of 1776. He served 5 months in
Captain Abraham Shimer's Company, Colonel Ephraim Martin's New Jersey
Regiment, and was in the battles of Long Island and White Plains. He
enlisted again 1January 1777, serving 3 years in Captain William Judd's
Company, Colonel Wyllys Connecticut Regiment. The papers further state he was
a private, and he was living in Buckingham County, Pennsylvania 20 May 1818.
Other than New York 1790, Deliverance doesn't appear in any Federal census.
His enumeration for New York shows him living in Mamakating, Ulster Co. with
Deliverance was allowed his pension (S45170) on 20 May 1818. In his
application he listed property owned in Wayne county, Pennsylvania as "24
acres of wild land with a log cabin upon it for which I paid $1 an acre, and
have paid $24 on it." In 1820, he was listed by the War Department as
living with a son- in- law in Sullivan Co., New York
Deliverance married, estimated, about 1773/1774 to Be-ti-a. She is listed in
the family records of the Adams family, and as the Mother of her children by
Deliverance in the Mormon International Genealogical Index (micro-fiche).
These old records were at Mamakating, Ulster County, New York. (once claimed
by New Jersey).
Deliverance Adams died in Tompson township, Sullivan County, New York,
probably late November, 1834. Administration papers were filed on 1
December 1834. Sarah Brown and William Adams relinquished their rights as
administrators as "the only surviving children" which was totally erroneous.
His daughter, Lydia, with her husband, John Lord II, was alive, in
Lordville, New York. His son, James, wife, Phebe, were living in Hancock,
New York with his wife, family members door to door. Son, Jonathan,
married to Fanny Lane, and ancestors of the author, were living in
Manchester Twnp., Wayne Co., Pennsylvania, another son was living in Sussex
Co., New Jersey,and owner of the Adams Bible.
Much speculation could be made as to why this statement was made. There were
claims against the meagre estate, perhaps this was done to hasten settlement,
avoid court procedures. The possibility of hard feelings always exist--one
member being care taker of Deliverance--but nothing indicating this has
survived, either in writing, or orally.
It is more sensible that, due to Be-ti-a being Indian, the sons of Indian
mix, perhaps "looking" like it--their wives being also of the same "mix"--
it was, as in most cases then, now, wiser to stay out of view. Under the
law, Indians couldn't inherit. It was possibly deemed wise not to get
embroiled in legalities. In many families of this "make-up" it was common
for the family members who looked the least like what they were to do
business for the rest of the family.
It is proven beyond any doubt the children were alive, what the
inter-familial relationships were. The truth behind Deliverance' estate,
administration may be something we will never know for certain.
Deliverance is supposedly buried in Milanville Cemetery, altho one historian
said he was buried in Monticello, New York. It was recently mentrioned
there is, way back in the Milanville site, a row of sunken graves that were
soldiers of the Revolution. None have stones, but it seems a likely place.
Deliverance Adams marriage date is estimated. His wife, Be-ti-a (Bethia in
some records) Van Dunk, was a full blood Minisink Indian of the Delaware
tribe, was said to have been born "in the Moon of September 1755".(see notes
Notes for BE-TI-A VANDUNK:
Be-ti-a (Bethia in some records) Van Dunk, was a full blood Minisink
Indian of the Delaware tribe, said to have been born "in the Moon of
September 1755". Descendants in Sussex Co., New Jersey stated, in the 1940s,
to Betsey Jane Adams, (1874-1971) her birth date was 2 February 1755. The
Bible specifically says she was "Delaware Minisink Indian", the little date
under that statement says "1834", although the Bible title page gives an
edition date of 1832. No death date was given, but mid 1990s, this problem
was solved to a large degree. In sending a written history of my family to
James "Lone Bear" Revy - ( He fought for/founded, the New Jersey Indian
Commission) --We 'd discussed our families several times. Lone Bear was
himself Delaware, born in New York state, educated, in Oklahoma, among the
Delaware People. The day he got, read, my history, he called me with the
question "You don't know who she ( Be-ti-a) was, do you?" --I replied I had
known a lot about her from her marriage forward, next to nothing beyond
that. Lone Bear explained -- Be-ti-a was the Holy Woman who had walked,
from Pennsylvania, to Ohio, teaching the Longhouse ceremonies among the
Wyandot, Delaware, Miami and Shawnee Indians pushed out there. It was in
no small part these things survived into Kansas, Oklahoma via her efforts.
-it was said, she died among the Shawnee, over 90 years of age, was buried
by them among their People.
Lone Bear told me, when he was being schooled in Oklahoma, they knew who she
was, but not what happened to her own family, where they were, what became
Be-ti-a, said to be her Indian name, was said to be the daughter of a
William A. (Augustine?) Van Donk, born someplace in New York, perhaps Long
Island? Her Mother appears/ was said to be "Ra-ja-hia" , the daughter of
"Pon-ti-ton". both names survivng thru several generations.
The Van Dunk/Van Donk/Dunk name originates with a Dutchman, Adrian Van (der)
Dunk, whose dealings with the Indians Included frequent visits where in they
stayed in his home for long periods..
Children of DELIVERANCE ADAMS and BE-TI-A VANDUNK are:
3. i. LYDIA10 ADAMS, b. 1772, Orange Co., New York; d. Aft. 1855,
Lordville, Delaware Co., New York.
4. ii. SARAH ADAMS, b. Abt. 1775, Ulster Co., New York.
5. iii. JAMES ADAMS, b. Abt. 1785, Mamakating, Ulster Co., New York; d.
Aft. 1855, Sullivan Co. or ,Delaware Co., New York.
6. iv. SAMUEL ADAMS, b. Bet. 1788 - 1796, Mamakating, Ulster Co., New York.
7. v. JONATHAN PONTITHEON ADAMS, b. March 21, 1789, Mamakating, Ulster Co.,
New York; d. 1867, Manchester Twnsp, Wayne Co., PA.
vi. JOHN L. ADAMS, b. August 03, 1790, Ulster Co., New York; d. January
10, 1837; m. SARAH DECKER; b. October 10, 1796.
vii. WILLIAM ADAMS, b. Bet. 1792 - 1794.
Generation No. 3
Children of Deliverance, Delaware Co -- plus families of Lord, Cole, Jensen
3. LYDIA10 ADAMS (DELIVERANCE9, JAMES8, DAVID7, HENRY6, EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN
ADAMS, HENRY4 ADAMS, JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born 1772 in Orange Co., New
York, and died Aft. 1855 in Lordville, Delaware Co., New York. She married
JOHN LORD II Bet. 1790 - 1792 in Delaware Co., New York, son of JOHN LORD and
INDIAN VAN DUNK. He was born Bet. 1772 - 1775 in Ulster Co., New York, and
died 1837 in Lordville, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for LYDIA ADAMS: Lydia and her husband, John Lord II lived near
Hancock, New York, where he died. Lydia was living with her son, Freeman, in
1855, Delaware Co. Census, town of Hancock. She stated , or was stated for
her, she was 80, and born in Orange Co., New York. They are said to be
buried in Stockport, no stones have been found for them.
Notes for JOHN LORD II:
Settled in Lordville, Delaware Co., New York about 1800. His will, which
does not mention his living wife-- she was very much alive, appearing on the
1850 Federal, and 1855 New York State census---mentions the "Island in the
Children of LYDIA ADAMS and JOHN LORD are:
i. RICHARD11 LORD, b. Bet. 1790 - 1795, Ulster Co., New York ?; m.
HULDAH (______) CLURE.
Notes for RICHARD LORD:
Said to have lived on a farm opposite the upper end of Equinunk Island.
ii. JOHN III LORD, b. Abt. 1799, Ulster Co. /Delaware Co.New York?; d.
Abt. 1875; m. LUCINDA WHEELER, Abt. 1828, Delaware Co., New York; b. Abt.
1806, Delaware Co., New York, Abt. 1828, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for JOHN III LORD:
Listed as a Hotel Keeper in Hancock, NY in 1850 (pg. 349), and as lumberman
in the New York state census of 1855.
iii. HANNAH LORD, b. Abt. 1801, New Jersey; d.
1882, Fish's Eddy, Delaware Co., New York; md. MOSES PARKS, December 19,
1819, Town of Hancock, Delaware Co., New York; b. May 25, 1788, Pennsylvania;
d. August 07, 1867, Fish's Eddy, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for MOSES PARKS: Moses Parks served in the War of 1812. He is buried
in Partridge Island Cemetery, Fish's Eddy, New York.
iv. DIANA LORD, b. Abt. 1804, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York; m. JAMES
HUMPHREY, Bet. 1824 - 1826, Delaware Co., New York; b. 1796, New York State.
v. JAMES A. LORD, b. April 25, 1808, Lordville, Delaware Co., , New
York; d. Bef. 1880, Delaware Co., New York; m. ALMARINE MINARD, Abt. 1840,
Delaware Co., New York; b. 1816, Andes , Delaware Co., New York; d. Aft.
1900, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for JAMES A. LORD: James was a farmer, resdiing Lordville his entire
life. He and his wife had nine children living when Munsell wrote his
history of Delaware co., New York. James served three years in the Civil
War in the 2nd N.Y. heavy artillery (Co. D.) he was shot through the thigh
just before Petersburg, Virginina battle, 17 June 1864
vi. LYDIA LORD, b. Bet. 1810 - 1816, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York;
d. Bef. 1837; m. LASKON//LUKINS KELLAM, Bet. 1830 - 1833, Sullivan Co.,
??; b. Bet. 1813 - 1815, Manchester Twnp., Wayne Co., Pennsylvania; d. Bef.
1870, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania. It is not known if there were any children of
Notes for LASKON//LUKINS KELLAM: Laskon's name is spelled every which way,
he was also referred to as "Luke". He may have been named for the Lukins
family. It's not clear at this time whether it was this Lukins/Laskon who
was in the Civil War, or the Laskon Kellam b. 1839/40.
vii. LUCINDA LORD, b. Abt. 1812, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York; m.
AMOS B. SHERWOOD, Abt. 1834, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York; b. Abt. 1812,
Notes for AMOS B. SHERWOOD: Living Marcellus, Onondaga Co., New York, 1850.
viii. PHOEBE LORD, b. Abt. 1815, Lordville, Delaware Co., , New York;
d. 1899; m. ERASTUS B. MINARD, Abt. 1837, Delaware Co., New York; b. 1815,
Andes, Delaware Co., New York; d. 1906, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for PHOEBE LORD: Phoebe and Erastus had 14 children-- why they had 2
sons named John is not explained. The first John died in the Civil War,
perhaps the 2nd was named in his Honor.
ix. FREEMAN ALLEN LORD, b. Bet. 1817 - 1818, Lordville, Delaware Co., New
York; d. 1907, Lordville, New York; m. ABIGAIL KINGSBURY, 1831, Delaware
Co., New York; she b. September 1820, Buckingham Twnp.,Wayne Co.,
Pennsylvania; d. 1911, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for FREEMAN ALLEN LORD: Freeman Lord was a lumber merchant, farmer
4. SARAH10 ADAMS (DELIVERANCE9, JAMES8, DAVID7, HENRY6, EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN
ADAMS, HENRY4 ADAMS, JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1775 in Ulster Co.,
New York. She married EBENEZER (EBEN) BROWN. He was born Bet. 1770 - 1775
in New York State. Sarah, who took care of her father and signed off on
his estate, sems to be living in the Saratoga area in 1850 with what
appears to be a brother in law--John Brown, age 85. Altho she probably had
a good sized family, only one is known for certain.
Child of SARAH ADAMS and EBENEZER BROWN is:
i. DELIVERANCE11 BROWN, b. "of Sullivan Co., New York"; m. MATILDA
PERSONS, April 04, 1859, Sullivan Co., New York; both of Ulster Co., New
5. JAMES10 ADAMS (DELIVERANCE9, JAMES8, DAVID7, HENRY6, EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN
ADAMS, HENRY4 ADAMS, JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1785 in Mamakating,
Ulster Co., New York, and died Aft. 1855 in Sullivan Co. or ,Delaware Co.,
New York. He married PHEBE THORNE Bet. 1810 - 1812 in Sullivan Co., New
York. She was born 1795 in Delaware Co., New York, and died Aft. 1855 in
Twn of Hancock, Delaware Co., New York.
Notes for JAMES ADAMS: James was a farmer and a lumberman on the Delaware
Notes for PHEBE THORNE: Phoebe was a Delaware Indian, her sister Mary
married Abner Lane. Descendants interviewed (1970s) said they had been from
both New York and Pennsylvania, with family "in New Jersey".. Indian groups
mentioned were primarily Delaware, altho Wappinger was also mentioned, along
Children of JAMES ADAMS and PHEBE THORNE are:
i. SARAH11 ADAMS, b. Lordville, Delaware Co., New York; d. 1896; m.
ii. WILLIAM ADAMS, m. JANE CATHERINE GARLOW.
iii. LYDIA ADAMS, b. 1812, Delaware Co., New York; d. January 10,
1887, Bur. Lordville Cemetery, Lordville, New York; m. JACOB LORD, 1829,
Delaware Co., New York; b. Bet. 1799 - 1803, Ulster or Delaware Co., New
York; d. January 25, 1865, Bur. Lordville Cemetery, Lordville, New York.
iv. CAROLINE ADAMS, b. 1813.
v. JONATHAN ADAMS, b. Bet. 1818 - 1820, Sullivan Co., New York; d. 1886;
m. LYDIA COLE; b. 1821; d. 1860.
Notes for JONATHAN ADAMS: In Delaware Co., New York alone, 1880.
vi. BENJAMIN ADAMS, b. Bet. 1823 - 1824, Sullivan Co., New York; d. Aft.
1900, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York; m. ANGELINE JENSEN, May 31, 1849,
Sullivan Co., New York; b. January 1829; d. Aft. 1900, Lordville, Delaware
Co., New York..
Notes for BENJAMIN ADAMS:
"I am sure everyone will agree Benjamin Adams of Lordville was one of the
greatest steersman on the Delaware River, and was called upon to run the
biggest and heaviest rafts of valuable logs and sawed timber for William
Holbert, of Equinunk. Benjamin Adams was sober and industrious and could be
relied upon. He was an absolute teetotaler and selected men who did not drink
for his oarsmen."
Col. E.J. Branning: "Benjamin Adams, of Lordville ran rafts down the
Delaware every month i the year during his sixty odd years steering rafts"
urce: "Rafting on the Delaware River " by Leslie C. Wood (pub. 1934)
Notes for ANGELINE JENSEN: Baptised at Presbyterian Church of Hancock, NY,
(originally Congregational Church of Chehocton, NY, 1 Jan 1830) on Sunday,
23rd June 1985.
Vii ALBRO DODGE ADAMS, b. June 1825, Thompson, Delaware Co., New York; d.
March 10, 1901, Union Grove, New York; m. MARIA LANE, 1848; b. March 13,
1828, Manchester, Wayne co., Pennsylvania; d. February 23, 1915, Lordville,
Delaware Co., New York.
viii. POLLY ADAMS, b. Bet. 1828 - 1832, Delaware Co., New York;
m.WILLIAM LORD, Abt. 1848, Delaware; b. Bet. 1828 - 1829, Lordville, Delaware
Co., New York; d. November 12, 1863, Beaufort, South Carolina, Civil War.
Notes for WILLIAM LORD: Listed himself as a lumberman on the 1855 NY State
Census, Hancock. Copies of letters written to/from him before his death in
posession of author, originals owned by Bess Hope of St. Louis, MO.
ix. CLARISSA B. ADAMS, b. 1834, Sullivan Co., New York; m. FREEMAN
JENSEN, 1850, Delaware Co., New York; b. 1828, Hancock, Delaware Co., New
6. SAMUEL10 ADAMS - no definitive info at this time.
7. JONATHAN PONTITHEON10 ADAMS (DELIVERANCE9, JAMES8, DAVID7, HENRY6,
EDWARD5 SR., ENSIGN ADAMS, HENRY4 ADAMS, JOHN3, HENRY2, JOHN1) was born March
21, 1789 in Mamakating, Ulster Co., New York, and died 1867 in Manchester
Twnsp, Wayne Co., PA. (anc. of author)
He married (1) INDIAN WOMAN DEGROAT/LANE. She was born Abt. 1797 in Ulster
Co., New York, and died Bet. 1825 - 1827. Was related to his second wife -
He married (2) FANNY LANE Abt. 1828 in Delware or Sullivan Co., New York,
daughter of WILLIAM LANE and FA-NI DEGROAT. She was born Abt. 1804 in
Sulivan or Delaware Co., New York, died Aft. 1867 in New York or
Children of JONATHAN ADAMS and INDIAN DEGROAT/LANE are:
i. WILLIAM DECKER11 ADAMS, b. 1819, Lordville, Delaware Co., New York;
d. 1858, Union, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania; m. MARY MOGRIDGE; d. June 10, 1878,
Union, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania. William and Mary are buried in the Union
Methodist church Cemetery, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania
ii. GEORGE ADAMS, b. Bet. 1820 - 1822, Sullivan Co., New York.
iii. DELILAH ADAMS, b. Abt. 1826.
iv. DIANA ADAMS, b. Abt. 1826. (twins)
Children of JONATHAN ADAMS and FANNY LANE are:
v. PAUL P.11 ADAMS, b. November 1828. md. twice
vi. MARIA P. ADAMS, b. December 21, 1829, Delaware Co., New York. Md.
Sherwood, then Kesler
vii. MARY (POLLY) ADAMS b. c 1830./31 md. Martin Jensen, he d. 1859,
she md 2nd Niven
viii. AMANDA MAHALA ADAMS, b. June 30, 1833; d. 1917, Jackson,
Pennsylvania; m. STEPHEN P. HOPKINS, January 1856, Delaware Co., New York; b.
September 19, 1821, Catteraugus Co., New York; d. February 08, 1894,
Rileyville, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania.
ix.. ROXIANNA ADAMS, b. 1835, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania.
x. JONATHAN (JR.?) ADAMS, b. 1837, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania.
xi. FANNIE ADAMS, b. August 1839, Wayne Co., Pennsylvania; d. Aft. 1900;
m. WILLIAM HEMPSTEAD; b. Bet. 1835 - 1837. Buried at Lake Como with her
husband and her son, Arthur.
xii EFFALINDA ADAMS, b. 1840, Manchester Twsp., Wayne Co., Pennsylvania.
xiii. LAURA ADAMS, b. November 1841; m. CONFUSCIOUS GEER.
xiv. GERTRUDE GULIEMA ADAMS, b. 1845.
xv. WARNER P. ADAMS, b. October 1846. md. twice
xvi. ALMA ADAMS, b. December 1848.
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