Biography of William H. Adams


Adams, William H., Buffalo, is of the eighth generation on both his father's and mother's side in America, being a lineal descendant of Henry Adans and Robert Seaver (wife Elizabeth Ballard), who came from England to Massachusetts in 1634; the former settled with his wife, eight sons, and a daughter in Braintree, and the latter, who came over in the ship Mary and John, located in Roxbury. Descendants of both these men served with honor in the Revolutionary war and were on guard duty at the execution of Major Andre. Daniel P. Adams, father of William H., was a prominent journalist in Western New York, publishing among other papers the People's Press at Batavia, where he married his wife, Maria Seaver, whose family were old settlers there. William H. Adams was born in Medina, Orleans county, N. Y., January 28, 1835, and when a child came with his parents to Buffalo, where he received a public school education. When fourteen he began learning the printer's trade on the Buffalo Express, and later was connected with the Courier and Commercial; afterward he was engaged in the printing business for sixteen years, and about 1867 took up the business of life insurance, with which he has since been prominently identified. Since 1887 he has been connected with the Buffalo agency of the Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States. Mr. Adams is a member of De Molay Lodge, F. & A. M., and of the Sons of the American Revolution, representing William Seaver, adjutant April 13, 1776, and brigade inspector for Eastern Massachusetts from the close of the war till about 1810. January 17, 1861, Mr. Adams married Anna Wheeler, of Detroit, Mich., and they have had three sons: Charles Wheeler Adams, who died Nouember 19, 1897, aged thirty.six; and William H., jr., and Richard Wheeler Adams.

Our County and its people
A descriptive work on Erie County, New York
Edited by: Truman C. White
The Boston History Company, Publishes 1898


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