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David Barclay Adams

Birthplace: Carron Ironworks, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Death: Died in Escalante, Garfield, Utah, USA
Place of Burial: Escalante Cemetery , Escalante, Garfield, Utah, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Adams and Margaret Barclay
Husband of Mary Adams and Lydia Catherine Adams
Father of Margaret Farnsworth; James Adams; David Cook Adams; Ellen Stewart; Adam Adams and 3 others

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About David Barclay Adams

Founder of Adamsville, Utah

Mormon Pioneer:

Departure: 4-9 June 1852 Arrival: 10-23 September 1852

Perpetual Emigrating Fund

Company Information: 340 individuals and 61 wagons were in the company when it began its journey from the outfitting post at Kanesville, Iowa (present day Council Bluffs).

SOURCE: Mormon Pioneer Overland Travel, 1847–1868 John Tidwell Company (1852) Age 38

Biographical Summary and Burial:

Birth: May 4, 1814 Stirling, Scotland

Death: Aug. 4, 1881 Escalante Garfield County Utah, USA

Born at Carron Ironworks, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Son of James Adams and Margaret Barclay

Married Mary Cook, 7 Feb 1835, Shotts, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Married Lydia Catherine Mann, 30 May 1849, Council Point, Pottawattamie, Iowa

History - Lydia Catherine Mann met David Barclay Adams soon after he arrived at Council Bluffs, Nebraska. He lost his wife and two little girls on the steamboat Mary coming down the Missouri River. They died of cholera and were buried in the river. The captain made them throw their bedding and most of the clothes in the river for they weren't allowed to land on the banks of the river on account of cholera. David was left with four motherless children and the baby was only a year old.

After emmigrating to Utah with his new wife, Lydia, Brigahm Young asked David to go to Southern Utah after only being there a few days to start an iron business in that area. They moved to Cedar City and then to Beaver.

They next moved to Adamsville, so named after David for he founded the town. There wasn't a church in Adamsville until 1868 so church was held at there home. David wasn't making much at the mine so it was hard to keep their little brood eating. Lydia had eleven children of her own and four step children. Most of the time all they had was bran bread and pig weeds.

David was set apart as bishop of the Beaver Ward in 1869. They moved to Escalante in 1876 to help establish and build up these places and died there in 1881.

Family links:

  • Lydia Catherine Mann Adams (1830 - 1912)
  • Mary Cook Adams (1812 - 1849)*
  • James Adams (1835 - 1862)*
  • Margaret Adams Farnsworth (1840 - 1872)*
  • David Cook Adams (1845 - 1904)*
  • Ellen Adams Stewart (1848 - 1932)*
  • George William Adams (1850 - 1851)*
  • Gilbert Mann Adams (1852 - 1921)*
  • Elizabeth Atkins Adams Covington (1854 - 1927)*
  • Robert Nelson Adams (1856 - 1922)*
  • Alexander Frank Adams (1859 - 1911)*
  • Lydia Catherine Adams Allen (1861 - 1911)*
  • Lewis Adams (1863 - 1941)*
  • Cynthia Jane Adams Heaps (1866 - 1925)*
  • Christiana Adams Griffin (1868 - 1887)*
  • Daniel Cook Adams (1870 - 1936)*
  • Andrew Patterson Adams (1873 - 1945)*

Burial: Escalante Cemetery, Escalante, Garfield County, Utah, USA

SOURCE: Find a Grave

"SOURCE: Esshom, Frank; Pioneers and Prominent Men of Utah; Utah Pioneers Book Publishing Company; Published 1913; Salt Lake City, Utah.

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David Barclay Adams's Timeline

May 4, 1814
Carron Ironworks, Stirlingshire, Scotland
November 15, 1835
Age 21
Dundyavon, Lanarkshire, Scotland
June 1, 1840
Age 26
Carronbrae, Sterlings, Anarkshire, Scotland
August 25, 1845
Age 31
Glendon, Northampton, Pennsylvania, USA
May 10, 1848
Age 34
Red Point, Northumberland, Pennsylvania, USA
May 30, 1849
Age 35
Council Point, Pottawattamie, Iowa, USA
January 10, 1866
Age 51
Adamsville, Utah, USA
August 4, 1881
Age 67
Escalante, Garfield, Utah, USA