Samuel McAdams was born in 1749 in either Virginia or Pennsylvania. He married Sarah ? in 1774 in Jefferson Co., Kentucky. His father was John McAdams. Samuel and Sarah had the following children:
1. John McAdams, born 1775 in Jefferson Co., KY
Married Rebecca Irons (Nov. 18, 1799) and died about
1830 in Harrison Co., Indiana
2. Mary McAdams, born 1776 in Jefferson Co., KY married
Michael Sumners (April 6, 1795) died unknown
3. Daniel McAdams, born 1778 in Jefferson Co., KY
married Rebecca Hinton (Sept. 11, 1798) died unknown
4. Alexander McAdams, born 1780 in Jefferson Co., KY
married Catherine Jupin (1801) and second Elizabeth Ardrey (April 19, 1837) in Scott Co., Indiana. He died abt. 1845 in Scott Co., Indiana (my ancestor)
5. Sarah McAdams, born 1786 in Jefferson Co., KY, married Ignatius Thompson (Aug 16, 1806) in Nelson Co., KY died unknown
6. William McAdams, born 1788 in Jefferson Co., KY married Adria Nottingham (Jan 1, 1809) died before 1850.
7. Samuel McAdams, born 1790 in Jefferson Co., KY married Eliza Nottingham (May 5, 1810) died unknown
8. Stephen McAdams, born 1792 in Jefferson Co., KY married Eleanor Dinsmore (June 16, 1813) died unknown
**Source for Samuel McAdams "Sons of Adams, the History of the McAdams Families"
Samuel McAdams is first confirmed when he appears on the payroll records in General Clark's militia in 1775. He was living in Yohogania Co. Virginia in 1779. He sold his property to Andrew Devore. In the same year, Samuel and his wife, Sarah, gave a deposition in Yohogania Co. for James Spear in a court case for John Balkingrig.
In 1781, Samuel was awarded 400 acres of land for his Revolutionary War Service and took up residence on Pottinger's Creek in Jefferson Co., KY. He was also the assignee of several persons who held grants of land by reason of military service for the State of Virginia. He held warrants for a total of 1509 acres of land. A deed for this land was executed on June 21, 1786.
After settling in Jefferson Co., KY, Samuel continued his military service. He was on the payroll in Col. Coxes Regiment of the militia of Jefferson Co. under General Clark on an expedition against the Indians from Oct. 21 to Nov. 25 1782. He was paid as an ensign, but held the rank of Lieutenant. In 1791, he was a member of Capt. Masterson and Willett's Co. and he was fined 40 shillings. He appealed his case and he was cleared the fine. It appears he left the military service in 1792. He was in the Lincoln Co., KY records in August of that year as a non-inhabant.
Nelson Co. was taken from Jefferson Co. and Samuel appears several times in the court and on the tax list of Nelson Co., KY and his family and a number of friends moved to Harrison Co., Indiana. The move may have been in search for a better life, but most likely the family moved over the slave issue. Samuel and his sons were slave owners and took their slaves with them and gave them their freedom.
Upon arriving in Harrison Co., Indiana, Samuel purchased lands from the Federal Government and some local residents. He ploted the town of New Amsterdam, which was recorded in the Courthouse in Corydon, dates Sept. 14, 1815. Most of his land was located on or near the Ohio River which he deeded most to his sons before his death in 1824. He wrote his will Sept. 29, 1824 and named his son, John McAdams and Isaac French as his executors. His first wife, Sarah, died at an unknown date and Samuel remarried Jemima Cravens on April 6, 1819 who is named in his will along with his children. (Jemima Cravens was married first to another ancestor of mine, James Cravens. Samuel McAdams is listed as excutor of his will. Her maiden name was Pelton).
Notes on Alexander McAdams, son of Samuel.
His will lists his widow and heirs as: Elizabeth McAdams, widow, Mary Rude daughter (wife of Israel Rude), Catherine Bridgewater daughter (wife of Samuel Bridgewater), Elizabeth Farris daughter, Sarah LeMaster daughter (guardian for child) Lucinda Boswell, daughter (wife of Hiram) William McAdams son, Samuel McAdams son, John McAdams son minor, Ellen McAdams daughter minor, Susan McAdams daughter minor, Martha McAdams daughter, Catherine Bridgewater's share going to Martin V. and Alex. Shelby Bridgewater. Elizabeth Farris's share going to John A. Farris, minor. Sarah LeMaster's share going to Hugh, Alexander, Samuel, Mary E. and Lewis LeMaster.
Lucinda McAdams and Hiram Boswell had the following children: Mildred Katherine who married James Craig. Frances M. who married Jefferson Higdon, Fanny Isabelle who married John Higdon and Albert Boswell who married Sarah Elliott.
All this information is from the files of my great-aunt who did this research. On going through the files, I thought it might help someone else with theirs.