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Subject: Re: [NCROWAN] [ROWANROOTS] Help with Land Deeds
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2007 08:58:24 EDT
E. W. Wallace,
Thank you for your help and suggestions. The question is not whether
Johannes Adam was a potter; this fact has already been established in the records of
Rowan County. What I am trying to prove now is that the John Adams who died
in 1762 was the same Johannes Adam, the potter who purchased the lot in
Salisbury on 29 May 1755.
I am certain that my ancestor was John Adams the potter, there was only one
John Adams, or any variation of this name, in the early records of Rowan
County from 1755 to 1762, the next John Adams to show up in the records of Rowan
County is his son John Adams when he was married to Winifred Bussell in 1768.
I do not believe that Johannes Adam (John Adams) was Moravian, as I have not
found anything in any records that would suggest that he was Moravian. The
church where John Adam and Maria Eva Schmidt (Smith) were married was a
Lutheran church. Also, his wife's father, Peter Schmidt (Smith) was baptized into
the Ephrata Cloisters by Conrad Beissell in 1748. Peter Smith and his children
all moved to Rowan County around the same time, 1755. This Peter Smith was an
Elder in the Dunkards or Church of the Brethren.
Peter Smith's will, dated 1767, names his daughter Eve Adams, her deceased
husband John Adams, and their five children, John, George, Peter, Barbara, and
Susanna. His son and Eve's brother George Smith was appointed guardian in
1765 of John Adams, deceased (1762) five children, John, Barbara, George, Peter
No, I do not live in NC I live in Michigan. We have decided instead to go to
Lancaster County, PA next week to do further research on Johannes Adam. He
may have learned his trade as a potter at the Ephrata Cloisters; I believe
they had a pottery there or somewhere else in that area. We will try to get to
NC to do more research in December this year.
I do have a copy of the Inventory of John Adams estate (1762) from the NC
State Archives, but it is so faded that you can't make out many of the items
listed in his estate.
Thanks again for all of your help and suggestions.
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