The Newton (IA) Record, Thursday, June 1, 1899 Page 1, Column 5
One of the First Pioneers of Jasper County Passes to His Final Reward
Among the old settlers of Jasper County there will come a feeling of profound sorrow when they read of the death of Uncle Evan Adamson, which occurred at his old home in Adamson Grove, last Friday, May 26th, at the ripe old age of eighty-nine years, four months and twenty-one days.
For over fifty-three years he had made his home on the farm from which his spirit took its flight – a home which was ever noted for its generous, whole-souled hospitality, whose latch string always hung on the outside. There was no time when Uncle Evan and Aunt Betsy hadn’t a warm welcome for their friends, either day or night. They came here the same year that Jasper County was organized, 1846, when the county was sparsely settled and Jasper County considered on the very outskirts of civilization. They knew all about the trials and hardships of a frontier life.
Uncle Evan’s peculiar habits and quaint eccentricities made him especially known far and wide among the early settlers. If he ever had an enemy we have never known it. For the past two years his mind had become somewhat impaired, and he was living over again his boyhood days in his old home in Indiana – talking to his loved ones and childhood friends who had long since grown old and passed away. When the end came, he closed his eyes and sank to rest as quietly and peacefully as a child going to sleep.
Evan Adamson was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., January 5, 1810. When he was but a mere boy his parents moved to Indiana, where on the 4th of August 1835, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Miller, who survives him, after traveling by his side for nearly sixty-four years. They moved to Missouri in the fall of 1840, and to Iowa in April 1846, settling on their farm in the grove, which took their name, a few miles southeast of Newton.
To them were born nine children, six of whom are left to comfort their aged mother; Mrs. S. A. Richards and Evan, Jr., who live at the old home, together with an adopted son, Adelbert Ohler; Mrs. Clara Bushey of Chariton, Ia.; Abraham of Newton; Mrs. Libbie Ohler and Mrs. Mattie Reno of Silver Bow, Wyo., all of whom, excepting the last two, were present at the funeral of their father. Frank M., Mary Ellen and Joseph S., died many years ago.
Funeral services were held at the home on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Rouze. There was a large attendance of neighbors and old friends, many old settlers coming from a distance to pay their last mark of respect to one whom they had so long honored and respected, and to offer words of consolation to Aunt Betsy, whose dear old heart is almost broken on account of her separation from the companion of her youth and the stay and support of her old age. But she will not want for gentle care and tender sympathy, through the few years that remain of her earthly pilgrimage.
============================= Iowa State Democrat, Thursday, June 1, 1899 Page 1, Column 6
The obit has 1810. The stone has 1808, so there is a discrepancy of the dates.
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