The C. A. McAdams Family

Our American Roots

by Charles G. Petersen

Charles' Parents

Samuel Haines McAdams and Margaret Ellen Staley Picture

Interesting Life
Samuel had, what I think most people will agree once they have read this short history of his life, a very interesting life and a very adventuresome time of it, always moving in search of something better. He was also very fortunate in that all ten of his children were still alive at the time of Samuel and Margaret's golden wedding anniversary in 1921.
Pioneer Familes
Samuel was born as the eightth child in a pioneer family in Marion Township, in Hardin County, Ohio on December 15th in 1850. Unfortunately, his father died when he was only 9 years old. He worked on the family farm until 1871 when he married Margaret Ellen Staley from near by Jackson Township in Allen County, Ohio on April 20th. Jackson Township is diagonally adjacent to Marion Township thus the respective family farms were quite close to one another. Margaret was born on the Staley farm in Jackson Township in Allen County, Ohio. The county seat of Allen County, Ohio is Lima in Bath Township, the next township west from Jackson. Little else is know of her life prior to marriage.
Education
It has been written that he recieved some education as a teacher. Where we do not know but what is unknown is that a school for that type of education was just getting started in Ada, Ohio located in Liberty Township, the next township north of Marion and only 3 or 4 miles from the farm. The school at Ada became a normal school in the 1870's and is now known as Ohio Northern University.
On the move
By the time my grandfather, Charles, was born in 1876, Samuel and family had moved to Williams County, in the most northwesterly county in Ohio. Charles was born near the town of West Unity in Brady Township. Samuel may have been teaching school there, however, the 1880 census lists him as a Farmer living in Springfield Township, the next township south of Brady. His daughter, Nettie, was born in 1878 in Springfield Township.
West to Iowa
In the 1870's Samuel's father-in-law, Peter Staley III had moved his family to Center Township, Cedar County, Iowa. By 1882 when Samuel's daughter, Sarah, was born, the McAdams family was living near Tipton in Cedar County. Cedar County is adjacent to the east side of Johnson County, where Iowa City is located.

After 1887, when their son, James, was born, and before 1889, when their daughter, Stella, was born, the family moved 200 miles northwest to Ramsey Township near the town of Bancroft in Kossuth County, Iowa. They also lived for a very short time near Lu Verne in Humboldt County during this period.

Around 1896 Samuel moved his family again, this time only a little further north to Harrison Township, still in Kossuth County, where he bought a farm just south of Swea City. By 1902, Samuel, was considered to be, and I quote the Swea City Hearld, a "substantial farmer".

New Adventures
Samuel became involved in local Republican politics and served as delgate, a commissioner, and secretary on the school board. However, Samuel was itching to move again and he went to Colorado to look for land, but considered it too dry, so he bought a half section (320 acres) near Salem, South Dakota, in the next township west of Sioux Falls, instead.

By December of 1902, he was having second thoughts and after selling his farm south of Swea City, he rented out the land in South Dakota and bought a house in Swea City.

For the next 7 years he had a harness shop and a nursery in Swea City. In 1910 he sold the harness shop and 80 acres in Grant Township. For a few year he served as County Assesor.

Last Hoorah
They had a big celebration for their 50th wedding anniversary in April of 1921 and the entire family was there including all 10 children, their spouses, and grandchildren.

Two years later, on July 10, 1923, Margaret died. Samuel moved in with his daughter, Stella, and her family and lived there until he died on 13 June 1928.

Children of Samuel Haines McAdams and Margaret Ellen Staley

George Oscar McAdams born February, 2 1872 in Marion Township, Hardin County, Ohio.

John Franklin McAdams born March 1, 1874 in Marion Township, Hardin County, Ohio.

Charles Andrew McAdams born April 9, 1876 in Brady Township, Williams County, Ohio.

Nettie Alice McAdams born September 18, 1878 in Springfield Township, Williams county, Ohio.

Emma Louisa McAdams born September 27, 1880, Stryker, Williams County, Ohio.

Sarah Elizabeth McAdams born November 24, 1882 in Cedar County, Iowa.

Edward William McAdams born May 6, 1885 in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa.

James Arthur McAdams born September 9, 1887 in Tipton, Cedar County, Iowa

Stella Pearl McAdams born October 27, 1889 in Ramsey Township, Kossuth County, Iowa.

Homer Greene McAdams born March 5, 1892 in Ransey Township, Kossuth County, Iowa.