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Capt Thomas Ignatius Adams

Birthplace: Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Death: December 05, 1776 (41)
Conewago, PA, United States
Place of Burial: Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Randolph Adams, Jr and Phoebe Jane Adams
Husband of Magdalena Adams
Father of Jacob Adams; Anna Elizabeth Adams and Joseph Adams
Brother of John Adams

Occupation: soldier, farmer, Farmer; Patriot
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About Capt Thomas Ignatius Adams

One of the original settlers in what became Adams County, Pennsylvania. His wife Magdalene lived an additional fifty years and is buried in St. Joseph's Churchyard, Taneytown, Maryland.


Findagrave member Carolyn Beebe (#48968505) adds:

According to the DAR, Thomas I. Adams (1735-1776) did not serve as Captain in the Revolution with Col Smallwood; Sept Oct 1776; MD Regulars (DAR Ancestory No. A202676) and they are no longer accepting applications with that designation. All new applicants will have to submit correct service information.

My research indicates that the PA Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012, Adams County Deceased Veterans, Jan 23, 1989, Thomas Adams (1735-1776) of Adams Co., buried at Conewago Chapel, served under Lt. Capt. Samuel McLane's Co.

Furthermore, a PA Veterans Burial Cards, 1777-2012, Record of Burial Place of Veteran, indicates that Thomas Adams (1735-1776) served as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Revolutionary War under Capt. Samuel McClanes Co. Phila. Co. Mil. 1st Reg. of Foot.


Findagrave member Gabrielle Hadyka (#47698653) adds:

The PA Department of Military Affairs Record of Burial place of Veteran does state this Thomas Adams born 1735 died 1776 served with Capt. Samuel McClanes Co as a LT however when you check this information with the PA Archives The Lt. Thomas Adams with Capt Samuel McLane was commissioned July 2, 1781 and that is after the date of death for the Thomas Adams per the headstone. This service can not be correct

Biography Thomas I. Adams was born 5 July 1735, in Ireland; He passed away on 5 December 1776, in Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA.[1][2][3][4][5][6] Marriage Thomas married Magdalena 1754 in Conewago, York County, Pennsylvania, USA[4] Property Thomas was one of the original settlers in what became Adams County, Pennsylvania; and one of the earliest supporters and members of the Conewago Chapel, a Catholic mission clandestinely established by priests from Maryland. His wife Magdalene lived an additional fifty years and is buried in St. Joseph's Churchyard, Taneytown, Maryland.[5][2] In 1756, Thomas Adams purchased 118 acres to the west of Plum Creek, just west of McSherrystown - the land called "Adams Choice". In 1787, Joseph Adams (son of Thomas) was issued a patent for Adams Choice, apparently confirming his inheritance from his father. Joseph subsequently conveyed the property to his brother Jacob, whose estate sold it to the Klunk family, which still owned it as of 1993.[1] Thomas Adams History and Service Record Thomas Adams settled in 1754 at the Jesuit Indian mission called Conewago, well west of the Susquehanna, in the far stretches of York County, PA. As legend goes, Thomas fought in both the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. In December 1776, Thomas died a premature death of causes unknown, leaving behind a wife, nine children, and two farms. Thomas was well renowned as an Indian fighter with the Provincial forces during the French and Indian War (1754-1763). Pennsylvania's defense from the Indians was to form provincial troops and patrol the intervals between the forts along the mountain ranges. Thomas Adams was part of the force, known as the Continental Line. The men did little to prevent the marauding Indians from attacking isolated farms and villages, but managed to make it difficult for them to make any deep penetration possible. The closest incident was probably the capture of May Jemison, who became known as the White Squaw, from Buchanon Valley, near Caledonia State Park. After the end of the French and Indian War, bands of Indians continued to visit the Conewago Valley, sometimes greatly frightening the settlers. But they were primarily interested in begging from or trading with the whites. The closest town of any size was Hanover, established in 1764. For many years, it was know as Rogue's Roost because thieves and felons of all sorts were safe from the law in the disputed area between Maryland and Pennsylvania. So, with the outlaws and roaming Indians so close, Conewago was no place for the faint of heart. It was truly the fringes of civilization. When Thomas returned from fighting the Indians, he prospered. He acquired more land and became involved in the unrest preceding the Revolution. He died prematurely at the age of forty-one of causes long forgotten. His widow, Magdelena, age fifty-four, was left alone to raise their family of seven sons and two daughters ranging in age from twenty years to three months. Thomas Adams was also listed as a participant in both Provincial service and Revolutionary War service in the Conewago Chapel records, along with his sons Jacob and John. National Archives records include the service record of a Captain Adams who served in one of the 'Three Independent Companies and First Regiment of Maryland Regulars in the Service of the United Colonies commanded by Colonel Smallwood' in September and October, 1776.[7] Death / Burial Buried at Conewago Chapel Basilica Cemetery, Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, USA[5] The inscription on the front of his headstone reads: Here lies the Body of THOMAS ADAMS Who was born July the 5th 1735 + Departed this life December the Fifth 1776 aged Forty one years Five months[2][5][7] The inscription on the BACK of his headstone reads (in German): NUN HAT MEIN KAMPF EIN END MEIN LAUF DER IS FOLL BRACHT ICH GEH ZU MEINEM JESU HIN UND SAG EUCH ALL GUDE NACHT[2] Which translates to: NOW HAS MY STRUGGLE COME TO AN END. MY RUN IS COMPLETE. I GO TO MY JESUS AND SAY TO ALL OF YOU GOOD NIGHT.[2] In the 1994 Supplement to Adams of the Alleghenies, Edmund Adams looks at the estate inventory of Thomas Adams and paints a picture of life in the Thomas Adams household, as follows: Among other things, Thomas had eight beds! Could he and Magdalena have been in the brick farmhouse by that time? It is hard to imagine eight beds in a log cabin. Dinner at the Adamses was cooked on two five-plate iron stoves, then served on a "Walnut Dyning Table" on pewter kitchenware (18 new plates and nine new dishes; 11 old plates and three old dishes; and nine old pewter spoons) considered fine tableware at the time. And for fancier meals, food was presented in two "Delf bowls," the glazed earthenware made in Delft, the Netherlands. You could have your meal with coffee, made with a coffeemill and a tin coffee pot, or tea, using copper or iron tea kettles, served on a tea table with teaware. When not in use, the tableware was stored in a corner "cubart". The Adams' home was not without amenities, a clock and case, a looking glass and five old books. Little armament was required by the York County of the day, only "an old gun". Magdalena probably made the family clothes. They had two spinning wheels, six yards of homemade wool cloth and four yards of fustian, a coarse sturdy cloth made of cotton and flax. Three old iron candlesticks and an old lamp provided the lighting. Thomas raised wheat, barley and rye, some thrashed, some not. He had flax and hemp and in the ground 12 acres of wheat, 12 acres of rye and three acres of barley. His tools included scythes, sickles, axes, a dungfork, a shovel, augers for boring wood, a handscrew, hoes, a mattock (a digging tool) and a spade. Livestock abounded. Thomas had 11 horses, 25 cows, two steers, three bulls, 28 sheep, four lambs and 10 Shoats (young pigs). He had three saddles, a wagon and plenty of harnesses etc.[4] ...service record of a Captain Adams who served in one of the 'Three Independent Companies and First Regiment of Maryland Regulars in the Service of the United Colonies commanded by Colonel Smallwood' in September and October, 1776".[4] Research Notes This profile indicates that Thomas Ignatius Adams was born in Shropshire, England, to parents William Randolph and Phoebe Proffitt Adams. However, Thomas was clearly Catholic (the Conewago Chapel where Thomas is buried was a Jesuit Catholic mission), and other sources indicate that he was born 'in Ireland'. It is unlikely that any Catholics were living in Shropshire long after King Henry VIII "Anglicized" the English church. DNA analysis also points to Ireland or Scotland as the paternal homeland of Thomas' ancestors. So the claim of Thomas being born in Shropshire to William and Phoebe is dubious without better evidence. Bechman-4 12:11, 2 January 2017 (EST) Sources ↑ 1.0 1.1 Family Tree of James F. Bauer, ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Wikitree Online Space: Adams of the Alleghenies: A Genealogical History of the Adams Family of Conewago, Loretto and St. Augustine, Pa. ↑ Edmund J. Adams, Adams of the Alleghenies: A Genealogical History of The Adams Family of Conewago, Loretto and St. Augustine, Pa. (1981), chart 1. ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Edmund J. Adams, 1994 Supplement to Adams of the Alleghenies (December 1993), Chart 1. ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Find A Grave, Memorial #8086167, Capt. Thomas Ignatius Adams. ↑, Member Tree #32768. ↑ 7.0 7.1 Story of Thomas Ignatius Adams History and Service Record,, Member Posting.

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Capt Thomas Ignatius Adams's Timeline

July 5, 1735
Cornwall, England, United Kingdom
Age 19
Conewago Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States
October 15, 1757
Age 22
Conewago, PA, United States
July 10, 1761
Age 26
Hanover, York County, Pennsylvania, United States
December 5, 1776
Age 41
Conewago, PA, United States
Adams County, Pennsylvania, United States