The C. A. McAdams Family

The C. A. McAdams Family

Our American Roots

by Charles G. Petersen
Charles' Paternal Paternal Paternal

Joseph     Helena
McAdams    Elliott
   |          |
       James ----- Sarah Ann
      McAdams  |     Hoyle
             James ----- Sarah
            McAdams  |   Haines
                  Samuel ----- Margaret
                  Haines   |    Ellen
                  McAdams  |    Staley
Joseph McAdams and Helena Elliott
Family Group
It is believed that Joseph was born in North Carolina about 1750. Exactly where he was born is not known but it was probably in one to the counties in the northeast corner of the state.
There are a series of five small narrow counties in Northeast North Carolina: west to east respectively, Chowan, Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden, and Currituck. These counties are bordered on the west by the Chowan River and on the south by the large Albemarle Sound. In some respects, these counties are like fingers pointing south and each separated from the other by a series of rivers: west to east respectively, Yeopim, Little, Pasquotank, North. See the map on the following page.
Marriage records from Perquimans County show that he married Helena Elliott on January 20th in 1773. The census from there lists him with two males, three females, and a slave. The slave thing is interesting in that one of Joseph's prized possessions was his book "Story of Quakers" which he left in his will to his daughter, Mary. It is my understanding that the Quakers were always against slavery.
Helena was born about 1750, but it is not known where she was born nor whom her parents were. According to a Quaker record, Helanna died on July 10, 1777.
At sometime Joseph moved his family one county east to Paquotank County where he filed a will in 1792; the will was probated in 1796.
Joseph and Helena had at least 3 children: James, Jeneta, and Mary. James married Sarah Ann Hoyle and Mary married Josiah White on January 8, 1800. According to a Quaker record, Jeneta died on September 26, 1776
Joseph was apparently a property owner and farmer with some money, for in his will he left his property to his son and his cattle and bees to one daughter and money and personel property to his other daughter. It must be that he had another daughter named Charlotte J. who married Moses Jackson, perhaps earlier or with a second but unknown wife.
Children of Joseph McAdams and Helena Elliott

James born October 2, 1773 in Perquimans County, North Carolina.

Jeneta born April 20, 1775 in Perquimans County, North Carolina.

Mary born January 25, 1777 in Perquimans County, North Carolina

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