Enoch Reuben Adamson

Enoch Reuben Adamson
birth: 19 Feb 1841 in Delaware County, Indiana to Andrew Jackson Adamson and Rachel Ann Garner
death: 7 Jan 1910 in McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma
burial: Rogers City Cemetery, Rodger, Benton, Arkansas

marriage: 18 Oct 1868 in Oregon, Holt, Missouri
Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Harmon
birth: 14 Jul 1849 in Boone County, Indiana to William Alexander Harmon and Emma Elizabeth Miller
death: 13 Sep 1912 in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas
burial: Rogers City Cemetery, Rodger, Benton, Arkansas

Children of Mary Elizabeth “Molly” Harmon and Enoch Reuben Adamson:

  • Lee Harmon Adamson (1869 – 1949), m. 1899 Anna Blake
  • Minnie M Adamson (1872 – 1927), m. 1894 Elias Ernest Musselman
  • Blanche Adamson (1877 – 1905), never married
  • Ray Weymouth Adamson (1855 – 1958), m. 1912 Mary May Harrison
  • Clair Donald Adamson (1892 – 1969), m. 1919 Lena B Dorough

Enoch Reuben Adamson Lived In:

  • 1841- born in Delaware County, Indiana
  • by 1860, the family lived in Taylor Twp, Howard Co, Indiana
  • 1861- enlisted in the Civil War from Kokomo, Howard, Indiana
  • 1865- joined his family, who had moved to Bremer County, Iowa
  • 1872 through 1880- lived near Kansas
  • 1880- Found in Chautauqua County, Kansas on the census
  • 1881- Settled in Pierce City (at the time, Peirce City), Missouri
  • Between 1884 – 1892- Moved to Rogers, Benton, Arkansas
  • 1910- Died in McAlester, Pittsburg, Oklahoma, buried in Rogers, Benton, Arkansas

Other Information:

Enoch Reuben Adamson was born about 1841 in Delaware County, Indiana and is with his family there in 1850. By 1860, the family lived in Taylor Twp, Howard County, Indiana. He enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 from Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. About 1863, while Enoch Reuben Adamson was serving in the war, his family moved to Iowa. He joined them there in 1865. He moved to near Kansas in 1872 and lived there until December of 1880. He is found in the 1880 census in Chautauqua County, Kansas. After a visit back to Kokomo to see family, he settled in Pierce City (Peirce City), Missouri in 1881. Sometime between 1884 and 1892, the family moved to Rogers, Benton, Arkansas.

Service records from NARA reveal Enoch Reuben Adamson enlisted 19 Apr 1861 at Kokomo, Howard, Indiana. He mustered in 22 Apr 1861 as a private in Company F (which became Co. D), 6th Regiment of the Indiana Infantry. He mustered out on 2 Aug 1861 after serving his three months. His age was given as twenty years. Enoch Reuben Adamson then re-enlisted in the 57th Regiment, Company G. He was a 1st Sergeant when he enlisted, a 1st Lieutenant when mustered out. The 57th was mustered in 18 Nov 1861.

There is a Pension File for Enoch R Adamson filed under Certificate #704100, Mary, Widow of Enoch R Adamson. On 19 Feb 1910, Mary Adamson applied for her benefits as the widow of Enoch R Adamson. She was living in Rogers, Arkansas at that time and her husband had previously received a pension. She states that Enoch was commissioned Lieutenant at Indianapolis on 12 Feb 1863. She was married as Mary Harmon at Oregon, Missouri on 18 Oct 1868 by J L Hatfield, VDM. She had been previously married nor had he. He died 7 Jan 1910 at McAlester, OK.

ADAMSON, E. R. – E. R. Adamson died Friday, January 7th in the hospital at McAlester, Okla. the result of pneumonia and complications. The body was brought to Rogers and funeral services were held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the Presbyterian church and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Arnett. Interment was in the Rogers cemetery. Mr. Adamson had been in charge of a Rock Island bridge gang the past three months with headquarters at Haileyville, Okla. Christmas Day he was sent to Shawnee to assist in clearing away the wrecked machine shops where a number of men were killed by the explosion of a locomotive boiler. He caught a severe cold and was ordered to the hospital January 1st. He rapidly grew worse and died before any of the family could reach him. “Col” Adamson, as he was familiarly known, was born February 19, 1854 at Kokomo, Howard county, Indiana. He grew to manhood there and served four years in the Civil War in an Indiana regiment. After the war he went to Missouri and October 12, 1870 was married to Miss Mary E. Harmon of Oregon, Mo. To them were born seven children, four of whom with their mother survive him. They are Mrs. E. E. Musselman of  Rogers and Lee, Ray, and Claire, who have been the past year at Quanah Texas. Two children died at Peirce City, Mo. and Miss Blanche died here several years ago. Mr. Adamson had been a Frisco employee for twenty-seven years, commencing about the time the Frisco company began work on the line south from Monett. He had always been in the bridge and carpenter department and in charge of a regular crew. The family moved to Rogers from Peirce City in 1890. In 1897 Mr. Adamson took charge of the Commercial Hotel of Rogers and owned it for about three years, although he was himself in charge and off the road for only one year. He was elected mayor of Rogers that spring and served with credit to himself and the town. For a number of years Mr. Adamson had owned a large fruit farm near Chester and a little over two years ago they moved down there to give it their personal supervision. Mrs. Adamson and the boys will retain the farm this year at least. Mr. Adamson was one of the most popular men that ever lived in Rogers and his list of friends was only limited by the number of his acquaintances. Big, jolly and with a hearty welcome for everyone, he was known from one end of the division to the other and the news of his sudden death will be learned with much regret by all. Mrs. Adamson and children request us to thank the friends who so kindly assisted her in preparing and conducting the funeral and for other kindnesses shown.   [“Rogers Democrat” – Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, 13 Jan 1910] *

*It should be noted that Enoch Reuben Adamson’s birth date and place as well as the year of his marriage are incorrect in the obituary.

Submitted by:
Kay Haden
Email: khaden1959@gmail.com

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