From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 244, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
William T. Adams was born in Logan county, Kentucky, March 7,
1831. His father, Benjamin Adams, was born in Maryland, and his father
was also from Maryland. He was also a farmer, who left Maryland for
Kentucky about 1815, settled in Logan county and resided on his farm
until his death. His wife's name was Sarah Bell, and she also died in
Logan county. Benjamin Adams was about ten years old when his parents
moved to Kentucky, and there he was reared, married and lived until
1830, when he came to Illinois and settled in what is now Brown county.
He was accompanied by his wife and three children. He made the entire
journey by team, making it in three weeks. He rented land a mile north
of Mount Sterling for one year, and then bought timber land in sections
2 and 3 of the same township. He at once built a log cabin, making a
comfortable home, although he had to hew the logs and built it himself.
He lived upon the same farm until his death in 1873. His wife's name
was Perneta Clark, born in Logan county, Kentucky, whose father, Abner,
came from North Carolina, an early settler of Logan county, where he
lived until 1835. He then sold out and came to Illinois, and bought in
what is now Missouri township, improved his farm and resided there
until his death. His wife's name was Nancy Gorham, of Kentucky. The
mother of our subject is still living at the old home, aged eighty-six.
He was two years old when he came with his parents to Illinois. Of
course, in those days the people were obliged to live on game, fish and
the product of their land. He, as many other pioneer boys, went to
school in a log hut with seats of slabs. Holes in the side of the
building served for windows. He resided with his father until his
marriage, when he settled on the farm where he now resides.
He married, September 21, 1854, Ann Eliza Buvinger, of
Martinsburg, Virginia, born November 15, 1853. Her father was born in
Maryland, and her grandfather in Germany. The latter located in
Baltimore when he came to America, and continued there until his death.
The father of Mrs. Adams was a hatter. He went when a young man to
Virginia, and there married Margaret McCormick, and in 1834 moved to
Champaign county, Ohio, and in 1852 came to Illinois. He purchased a
home in Mount Sterling, and here resided until his death. Mr. and Mrs.
Adams have four living children: Charles B., who married Sarah Briggs;
Sarah, married to William Briggs; Thomas, married to Julia Harris, and