The whole process began this way: I was contacted by the son of a dna match of mine. I will call him Sherman. This person is a 5th to 8th cousin of mine. Very distant. The family and the shared matches all seem to be Acadians, or link back to French Canadian ancestry. I have none that I know of. But perhaps this was not the link.
With this match that we were trying to discover the link, I have 8 shared matches that I can make heads or tails of, all 4th cousins. I did not see any names that would link them to my own family tree, at all.
What I did see was a common thread between them: Adams.
The most ancient of these ancestors was Thomas Adams, born about 1735 in England and who died around 1820 in Anson County, NC. There you go! I once heard an old Realty motto was "Location, Location, Location". In genealogical terms, this applies to having descended from the people who made it to this area of North Carolina, and stayed, while siblings moved westward. If a distant cousin has roots back to this area, that is where we need to look.
Apparently, Thomas Adams had a descendant named Laura Adams, born around 1878 in Louisiana. She married to a man named Octave Deslatte. There is where the Acadian roots come in. No, I don't have to have Acadian roots to be distantly related to this group of Acadian descendants, not when they also have English roots back to Anson County.
There was a significant presence of Adams in early Anson. Thus begins a discovery of research from Laura Adams Deslatte up and Thomas Adams Sr. down to see where they meet, and then possibly, and probably, where I fit in.
There has been a great deal of research done on the Adams family of this area. Maybe a good look through will offer up a clue of where my own ancestry could fit in, probably down a maternal line.
Genealogy of an Adams Family
Below is the will of one Richard Adams of Anson and Richmond Counties, NC, as transcribed by Catherine McNeill.
Transcribed from copy of original by Catherine McNeill
June 08, 2004
In the name of God Amen I Richard Adams of Anson County in the Province of North Carolina being Sick and Weak of Body and Calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it was ordained that for all men --- to die (next few words not readable) fit and Convenient to make Constitute and ordain this my Last Will and Testament and in the first place I Recomend my Soul to God that Give it my Body to the Earth to be buried in a Christian Like manner nothing doubting But that I shall Receive it again in the fullness of Joy at the Resurection of the Just, and in the first place(sic) my will is that all my Just debts be paid and satisfied after which I give and dispose of my Estate in form and manner as following . Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary one Shilling Sterling money of Great Briton Item. I give and bequeath to my well beloved son James one Shilling Sterling in the money of Great Briton. Item. I give and bequeath to my Son William one Shilling Sterling in the money of Great Briton. Item. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas one Shilling Sterling in the money of Great Briton. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Betty one cow and calf one feather bed and one spinning wheal. Item.I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Prudence one Shilling Sterling in the money of Great Briton . Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard one Copper Still also I give and bequeath to my son Richard My neger Boy named Hutckinke (?) my will and intent(?) is that in Case my son Richard Should marry I give and bequeath to him half my housel stuff(?) But in case he should die Before without lawful Issue the primises granted to him the said Richard, be Equally divided amongst the rest of my Children,but to Amey the use of ...I Lend to my well beloved wife the premisis and neger boy during her nataral Life (There has been some scratching out here, but I think the meaning is clear.) and I give and bequeath to my son Richard five pounds Lawful money and I give and bequeath to my wife Amey all the Rest of Estate of Everysort and kind whatsoever during her natural life and afterward to my son Richard and I do hereby Constitute and Appoint my beloved wife Amey my Executer and my well beloved son Richard admrs. or Executer to this my Last Will and Testament Re-(?) and Confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament annuling and disallowing all other wills heretofore made by me. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of August 1777. Richard his markR Adams Seal Signed and delivered in the presents of: George Carter his mark William Adams,his mark Benjamin Power(?) Richmond County June Court 1782 The within Will of Richd. Adams was exibited in Open Court and proved by the oath of George Carter one of the witnesses who saw the other witnesses subscribe there names to the same. (Note: the date is not very clear on the above, but on the outside is written "Richd. Adams will, 1782" quite clearly.)