David B Adams – 1852

David Barclay Adams

Adams, Mary CookDavid Barclay Adams and Mary Cook, my 3rd great-grandparents, emigrated from Scotland to Pennsylvania.  After accepting the Gospel, they headed for Missouri and were struck with cholera; David lost his wife and two children.  He remarried and eventually traveled to the Salt Lake valley in the John Tidwell company, arriving on 15 Sep 1852.

-David was born on 14 May 1814 at Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland to James Adams and Margaret Barclay.  His father worked at the ironworks of the Carron CompanyHere is a personal history for David.

-Mary was born on 10 Oct 1811 at Carnwath, Lanarkshire, Scotland to Adam Cook and Agnes Simpson.

-David & Mary were married on 7 Feb 1835 at Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland.

First child, James, was born on 15 Nov 1835 at Dundyvan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He later married and lived in Beaver, Utah near his father.

-Second child, Adam, was born on 1 May 1837 at Summerlee, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He died there later that year in December.

-Third child, Ann, was born on 1 Dec 1838 at Gartsherrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  She later died of cholera on 11 May 1849 and was buried in the Missouri River.

-Fourth child, Margaret, was born on 1 Jan 1840 at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  She later married and lived in Beaver, Utah near her father.

-Fifth child, Mary, was born on 1 Feb 1842 at Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  She later died of cholera on 11 May 1849 and was buried in the Missouri River.

-Listed in the 1841 Scotland Census were David & Mary with three children and other extended family members, living within Old Monkland Parish in Lanarkshire, Scotland.  David was working as a “furnace keeper” in the ironworks there.  Subsequently, the family emigrated to America sailing on the “Phoenix,” which arrived in New York on 2 Jul 1842.

-David was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on 6 Apr 1844 at Easton, Northampton, Pennsylvania.

David Cook Adams-Sixth child, my 2nd great-grandfather (at left) David Cook, was born on 25 Aug 1845 at Glendon, Northampton, Pennsylvania.  He later married my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Eleanor Armstrong, and they settled in Beaver near his father.  HERE is the page for John C Armstrong, the father of Mary.

-Seventh child, Ellen, was born on 10 May 1848 at Red Point Hill, Northampton, Pennsylvania.  She later married and lived in Wayne County, Utah.

-The family determined to join the saints in Missouri.  As they traveled the Missouri River, they partook of the cholera epidemic raging in Missouri at the time.  Mary died on 7 May 1849 and was buried in or near the river.  Two young daughters, Ann & Mary, both died a few days later and were also buried in the river.  David continued on to Iowa with his remaining four children.

-David married Lydia Catherine Mann on 30 May 1849 in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  She was born on 25 Jan 1830 in Canada to George William Mann and Elizabeth Cook.

-Listed in the 1850 US Fed Census were David & Lydia/Catherine with his four remaining children, living in Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  Another child (George William) was born there that year, but died the following year.  Subsequently, the family left for the Salt Lake valley in the company mentioned above.

-David & Lydia were sealed on 8 Nov 1859 in the Endowment House.  David was also sealed to Mary Cook at the same time.

-Brigham Young called David to settle and work in Irontown near Cedar City, Utah.  After a couple of years, the family moved to Beaver, Utah.  Listed in the 1860 US Fed Census were David & Lydia with seven children, living in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.  In 1862, David established Adamsville and many of his children settled near him.  He worked as a Justice of the Peace there.  David was called to be a Bishop on 20 Mar 1869.

-Listed in the 1870 US Fed Census were David & Lydia with nine children, living in Adamsville, Beaver, Utah.  David had a total of 7 children with Mary of which 4 lived to adulthood.  He had a total of 11 children with Lydia of which 10 lived to adulthood.

-In August 1875, David was again called to move and work in Irontown.  Listed in the 1880 US Fed Census were David & Lydia with six children, living in Escalante, Iron, Utah.  (Later, became Garfield County.)  David served as a counselor to a Bishop there and also worked as Postmaster.

-David died on 4 Aug 1881 and was buried at Escalante, Garfield County, Utah.  Subsequently, Lydia moved to Wayne County, Utah to be near her children and lived there for 31-years.  She is listed in the 1900 and 1910 US Fed Census living in Teasdale, Utah.

-Lydia died on 12 Jan 1912 and was buried in Teasdale, Wayne, Utah.

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