Thomas Adamson was born March 15, 1767, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.   He married Elizabeth (last name unknown), who was born about 1781. 

Thomas appears on the 1810 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census. The census shows Thomas as a male 26-45 years old. Also on the census is a female 26-45 years old, 2 males under 10 (b. 1801-1810) and 1 female under 10 (b. 1801-1810).

Thomas moved to Ohio prior to 1830.  The 1830 Adams County, Ohio census shows Thomas a male 60-69 (b. 1761-1770); 1 male 15-19 (b. 1811-1815);  2 males 10-14 (b. 1816-1820); 2 males under 5 (b. 1826-1830); 1 female 40-49 (b. 1781-1790); 1 female 15-19 (b. 1811-1815); 2 females 5-9 (b. 1821-1825) and 1 female under 5 (b. 1826-1830).  Living in the same area was Thomas' son Robert Adamson. 

Thomas died September 22, 1833, in Brown County, Ohio.   He is buried in Woods Cemetery in Brown County.   

Thomas and Elizabeth had several children including Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson was born July 7, 1806, in Fayette County, Pennsylvania, according to some researchers.  He appears on the 1810 Fayette County, Pennsylvania census as a male under the age of 10. 

Robert married Elizabeth Shepard on November 26, 1829, in Adams County, Ohio.

Elizabeth Shepard was born August 4, 1808, in Ohio.  We believe she was the daughter of John Shepard. She appears as Eliza on some census records.

The 1830 Adams County, Ohio census shows Robert and Eliza Adamson as a male and a female 20-29 years of age. Living nearby was Robert's father Thomas Adamson and his family and living next door to Thomas was John Shepard and his family. We believe John was Eliza's father.   The census shows John Shepard a male 60-69 (b. 1761-1770); 1 male 5-9 (b. 1821-1825) and 1 female 50-59 (b. 1771-1780). 

About 1839 Robert Adamson moved his family to Indiana. The family appears on the 1840 Montgomery County, Indiana census, in Cole Creek Township. The census shows Robert a male 30-39  (b. 1801-1810, 1 female 30-39 (b. 1801-1810), 2 females 5-9 (b. 1831-1835) and 2 males under 5 (b. 1836-1840).  Living nearby was John C. Shepard, 20-29 (b. 1811-1820) and a female 15-19 (b. 1821-1825).  We believe John was a brother to Robert's wife Eliza.

Robert Adamson died August 18, 1840, shortly after the census was taken.  

The 1850 Montgomery County, Indiana census shows Eliza Adamson, 42, Elizabeth, 18, John M., 14, William S., 12 and Elizabeth S. Kendell, 7, born in Indiana . The family was still living in Cole Creek Township.

The 1860 Van Wert County, Ohio census shows Elizabeth Adamson, 51 and her son, John Adamson, 23, living in Willshire Township.

The 1870 Louisa County, Iowa census shows Eliza Adamson, 62, living with her daughter Elizabeth Boyer and her family in Elm Grove Township. Census indicates Elizabeth's family had moved to Iowa about 1857.

The Boyer family moved to Kansas prior to 1880. The 1880 Crawford County, Kansas census shows Eliza, age 74, still living with the Boyer family.

Eliza Adamson died December 9, 1886, in Crawford County, Kansas.

Children of Robert Adamson and Elizabeth Shepard

1. Polly Ann Adamson, b. Jan 22, 1831, OH; m. Alfred Kirkpatrick on May 24, 1849, Montgomery Co, IN.  Alfred Kirkpatrick, b. 1822, Adams Co, OH; d. 1868. 

2. Elizabeth Adamson, b. July 21, 1832, OH; d. Dec 1, 1914, Ford Co, KS; m. John Boyer (Bowyer) on Mar 25, 1856, IN. John Boyer, b. Jan 12, 1830, Adams Co, OH; d. Aug 14, 1904, Ford Co, KS.  The family appears in 1860 and 1870 Louisa Co, IA and 1880 Crawford Co, KS. Children included: (1) William R. Boyer, b. abt 1857, IN; (2) James W. Boyer, b. abt 1859, IA; (3) Charles F. Boyer, b. Apr 1861, IA; (4) Robert Pembrook Boyer, b. Apr 26, 1863, Louisa Co, IA; (5) Laura A. Boyer, b. Sept 3, 1865, IA and (6) George Boyer, b. abt 1869, IA

3. Thomas Adamson, b. Mar 28, 1834, OH; d. bef 1840, OH

4. John M. Adamson, b. abt 1836, OH

5. William Shepard Adamson, b. Feb 16, 1838, OH (our line)


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