Martha Bell Adams

Is your surname Adams?

Research the Adams family

Martha Bell Adams's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Martha Bell Adams (Speed)

Birthdate: (80)
Death: March 31, 1903 (80)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Judge John Speed and Lucy Gilmer Speed
Wife of Thomas Adams
Sister of Lucy Fry Breckenridge (Speed); Thomas Speed; James Speed, U.S. Attorney General; Joshua Fry Speed; Susan Fry Davis and 5 others
Half sister of James Speed; Mary Speed and Eliza Speed

Managed by: James Hutchison
Last Updated:

About Martha Bell Adams

THOMAS ADAMS, of Richmond, Virginia; b. 15th June, 1816; d. 1st July, x858; -removed from Virginia to Louisville, Kentucky and then to Mobile, Alabama, where he became a prominent merchant and steamboat owner. His health failing he removed to an estate near Louisville, where he died the same year; in. 6th October, 1846, at "Farmington" near Louisville, Kentucky, Martha Bell SPEED, b. 8th September, 1822, d. 31st March, x9o3, dau. of judge John and Lucy Gilmer (FRY) SPEED. Hon. Joshua Fry SPEED who was President LINCOLN'S most intimate friend and Hon. James SPEED who was Attorney-General in President •LiNcoLN's cabinet were brothers of Martha Bell SPEED.

ISSUE L Kate, b. 29th November, 1848; d. 8th February, 1862. IL Lucy Ness, b. 14th February, 1852; d. 23d June, 1853. I1. GI.MER SPEED, b. 19th August, 1854, the subject of this memoir. rv. Bessie Inns, b. 7th May, 1857; d. 15th July, 1857- v. Jessie St. John, b. loth June, 1858; d. 25th May, 1894; M. loth November, 1892, Horace SPEED, b. ; studied law in the office of President Benjamin HARRISON at Indianapolis, Indiana, and when married was the first United States District Attorney for Oklahoma; he was son of Thomas and Margaret (HAwEINs) SPEED.

Arms.-Ermine three cats passant in pale azure. Crest.-A boar's head argent, couped gules. Residence.-1355 Third Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky. Clubs.-Pendennis and Louisville Country. Societies.-Colonial Wars, Sons American Revolution, Kentucky State Histori-

cal Society (Life Member), Virginia Historical Society, Life Member National Geographic Society.

view all

Martha Bell Adams's Timeline

September 8, 1822
March 31, 1903
Age 80