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Adams, New York, USA - Prospect Street

Adams, Jefferson, NY

Settlement began around 1800 at Adams village. David Smith built a sawmill at the present site of Adams in 1801. Renamed for John Adams in 1802 (the year after his presidency ended), the town of Adams was created from the survey townships of Aleppo and Orpheus. The eastern part of Adams was taken in 1804 to form the town of Rodman.


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Prospect Street
Adams, New York, USA

Prospect Street
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Adams, New York, USA

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Upper Dam, Big Sand Creek, Adams, N.Y.
Adams, New York, USA

Upper Dam, Big Sand Creek, Adams, N.Y.

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1854 - Adams
Adams, a post-township of Jefferson county, New York, about 160 miles N. W. from Albany: intersected by Sandy creek, and by the railroad extending from Rome to Watertown.

Adams, a post-village of the above town ship on Sandy creek, 162 miles W. N. W. from Albany. It contains several churches, a bank, and more than 100 dwellings.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
ADAMS, a town in Jefferson co., New York, U.S., 162 m. NW of Albany, on Sandy creek, and the Watertown and Reine railroad. Pop. in 1840, 2,966; in 1850, 3,106.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
1895 - Adams
Adams, a post-village of Jefferson co., N.Y., in Adams township, and on the Rome, Watertown & Ogdensburg Rail road, 12 miles S.S.W. of Watertown. It has 4 churches, 2 national banks, the Hungerford Collegiate Institute, a foundry, machine-shop, planing-mill, &c. One newspaper is issued here. Pop. 1360; of the township, 3181. The township contains also a village named Adams Centre, and a part of Smithville lies within its limits.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1898 - Adams
In the month of August, 1796, the proprietors of the eleven towns divided the territory among themselves by ballot; and in that general division numbers two, seven and eleven (Watertown, Adams and Lowville) with 1,576 acres of what is now Worth, fell to Nicholas Low. During the months of April and May, previous to this division, the proprietors employed Benjamin Wright to survey the entire tract (the eleven towns, or the Black river tract) into townships, and as he proceeded with the work the worthy surveyor made notes of the character of the region through which he traveled. Of this town (which he knew only as No. 7, but which Simeon De Witt, in his survey made in 1802, called Aleppo) Mr. Wright remarked: "The town has every good quality; millseats, springs of excellent water, fine timber, maple, beech, bass, ash, butternut, birch, iron-wood, pine, oak and some chestnut, limestone, fine soil, black mould and loam in general." Commenting generally the surveyor said "It is a pretty... Read MORE...

Adams, a banking post-village of Jefferson co., N.Y., in Adams township (town), and on the New York Central and Hudson River R., 12 miles SSW. of Watertown. It contains the Hungerford Collegiate Institute, and is the trade-centre of an agricultural district. It has manufactures of wagons, canned goods, flour, etc. Pop. in 1900, 1292 : of the town, 3081.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Adams, New York may be a small town, but it's got its own charm and things to explore. Here's a mix of local favorites and some hidden gems:
Southwick Beach State Park:

Spend a day soaking up the sun on the sandy shores of Lake Ontario. The park offers swimming, picnicking, and hiking trails.

Adams Country Club:

If you're a golf enthusiast, tee off at the Adams Country Club. Enjoy a round of golf surrounded by picturesque landscapes.

Hamburg Natural History Museum:

Explore the natural history of the region at this local museum. It's a great place for families and those interested in the local flora and fauna.

Sandy Creek Covered Bridge:

Visit this historic covered bridge, which is one of the last of its kind in the region. It's a beautiful spot for photography.

Old McDonald's Farm:

Perfect for families, this farm offers a range of activities, including petting zoos, hayrides, and pumpkin picking in the fall.

Adams Center:

Wander through the town center, exploring small shops and local cafes. It's a great way to get a feel for the community.

Adams Historical Society:

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Adams, New York, USA

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male ancestorEdward SALISBURY (6 September 1733, Glocester, Rhode Island, USA (West Glocester) (Chepachet) (Harmony) - 29 March 1829, Adams, New York, USA)
female ancestorAbigail HAWKINS (9 August 1736, , Rhode Island, USA - 1793, Adams, New York, USA)
male ancestorNicholas SALISBURY (2 April 1762, Glocester, Rhode Island, USA (West Glocester) (Chepachet) (Harmony) - 10 December 1833, Adams, New York, USA)
female ancestorHannah DENSMORE (31 July 1762, Littleton, Massachusetts, USA - 1 October 1836, Adams, New York, USA)
female ancestorRowena WHEELOCK (28 December 1766, Uxbridge, Massachusetts, USA (North Uxbridge) - 1802, Adams, New York, USA)
male ancestorDavid BOWERMAN (1824, Adams, New York, USA - 21 August 1866, Lanesboro, Berkshire, Massachusetts)
male ancestorBenjamin Franklin HAWES (August 1830, Jefferson, New York, USA - 4 February 1903, Adams, New York, USA)
female ancestorPhebe R GARDNER (1831, Lorraine, Jefferson, New York, USA - 12 September 1904, Adams, New York, USA)
male ancestorEdwin DILLIN (23 August 1847, Alexandria, Jefferson, New York, USA - 27 July 1906, Adams, New York, USA)

Ancestors Who Were Married in Adams, New York, USA

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photo of Benjamin Maxon GREENE Benjamin Maxon GREENE (25 May 1870 - 16 April 1946) and photo of Jessie Gardner HAWES Jessie Gardner HAWES (30 September 1872 - 1 July 1938) married 2 November 1892
photo of Karl Miller SAYLES Karl Miller SAYLES (6 December 1894 - 7 August 1959) and photo of Mary Louise GREENE Mary Louise GREENE (22 June 1897 - 27 July 1940) married 6 May 1920

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