Biography of Hayes M. Adams
Erie County, OH Biographies





HAYES M. ADAMS. Widely and favorably known as county auditor of Erie County, Hayes M. Adams, of Sandusky, has proved himself eminently worthy of the confidence and trust reposed in his integrity and ability, invariably giving to his work, however humble it may be, his highest efforts. He was born August 29, 1875, in Crawford County, Ohio, which was likewise the birthplace of his father, Ephraim H. Adams, a son of Eli Adams, a pioneer settler of that county. Coming from honored New England ancestry, he is a descendant in the sixth generation from John Adams, the second President of the United States, and his wife Abigail (Smith) Adams, their grandson, Ephraim Adams, having been his great grandfather.

Born and bred in Massachusetts, Ephraim Adams lived there until after his marriage. Migrating to New York State with his family in 1806, he became a pioneer settler of Cayuga County. After the burning of Buffalo by the British in 1813 he again started westward with his family, going with a team to Lake Erie, thence by schooner to Ohio, landing at Ogontz Place, the present site of the City of Sandusky. Nearly all of Ohio was then a wilderness, being the hunting ground of Indians, who had held the country for centuries and were not pleased with the advances of the white faced strangers. Taking up a tract of heavily timbered land on the present site of Milan, he erected a log cabin, and on the homestead which he improved he and his wife spent their remaining years.

Born near Boston, Massachusetts, March 13, 1803, Eli Adams was scarce three years of age when brought by his parents to Erie County. Growing to manhood beneath the parental rooftree, he assisted his father in the pioneer task of clearing the land, freely giving his time and labor, and at the death of his father receiving, it is said, as his share of the estate, a scythe, which he at once traded for a pair of shoes. Subsequently taking up Government land in Texas Township, Crawford County, Ohio, he built the customary log cabin of the pioneer, and in the course of time improved a productive farm. He spent the later years of his life with his children, in Bloomville and La Timberville, dying at the home of a son in the latter named place at the advanced age of eighty six years. He married, in 1827, Myra Angeline Andrew; whose father, James Andrews, a native of Chester County, Pennsylvania, was a pioneer of Crawford County, Ohio. She died in Bloomville, Ohio, in 1875. Four of the sons born of their union served during the Civil war in the Union army.

Ephraim H Adams was born December 9, 1831, in the log cabin erected by his father in Texas Township, Crawford County, and there grew to man's estate, as a youth learning the carpenter's trade. He subsequently settled in Lykens Township, Crawford County, and at the breaking out of the Civil war there enlisted in the regiment known as the "Mechanics' Fusileers," an organization that had not been authorized by the Government, and was not accepted. Enlisting, in 1864, in Company E, One Hundred and Thirty sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, he went with his command to Virginia, and there continued with his regiment until honorably discharged from the service at the expiration of his term of enlistment. Returning to Crawford County, he worked at his trade until 1880, when he moved to Sycamore, Wyandot County, which was his home for three years. In 1883 he came to Sandusky, and has been a resident of this city, or of Clyde, ever since. The maiden name of the wife of Ephraim H. Adams was Letitia Brown. She was born, of English ancestry, in Hamilton, Ontario, a daughter of Asa and Nancy (Lee) Brown, and died in 1887. Three children were born of their marriage, as follows: Asa Eli; Harry, who lived but five years; and Hayes M.

Asa Eli Adams was born in Crawford County, Ohio, August 28, 1864, and at the early age of ten years began working at the carpenter's trade. An able mechanic, skillful in the use of tools, he soon became proficient at his trade, which he has followed continuously in Sandusky since 1884. He married, July 4, 1887, Miss Sallie Livinia Martin, who was born at Martins Point, Margaretta Township, Erie County, Ohio. Her father, C. Nelson Martin, was born July 21, 1834, in Sandusky, where his parents, Richard and Sallie Martin, were pioneer settlers, and married in early manhood Phebe Reed. Mr. and Mrs. Asa Eli Adams have four children living, namely: Phebe Letitia, Gracie Maude, Cecil Livinia, and Mabel Dorothy.

Gleaning his first knowledge of books in the rural schools of his native district, Hayes M. Adams subsequently continued his studies in Bloomyille, and later attended the public schools of Sandusky, making his home with his brother Asa in the meantime. At the age of fourteen years he began an apprenticeship at the barber's trade, with which he was actively associated for nine years. He afterwards entered the employ of the Sandusky Gas Company as meter reader and collector, and while thus occupied made good use of his leisure time by taking a correspondence course in bookkeeping. He was subsequently twice promoted by his employers, first to the position of teller, and later becoming cashier of the company. At the end of seven years Mr. Adams severed his connection with the gas company and accepted the position of general bookkeeper in the Citizens Bank, in which he was later made individual bookkeeper, continuing with the bank in that capacity until his election as county auditor of Erie County. When Mr. Adams was first chosen to this responsible office, in November, 1912, he had a majority of 106 votes only, but in November, 1914, he received a majority of 2,893 of the votes cast, the large increase in his favor showing his popularity as a county official.

Mr. Adams married, in 1899, Miss Katherine L. Bier, who was born in Sandusky, and was there brought up and educated. Her father, Henry Bier, a native of Hessen, Germany, immigrated to America in 1852, settling in Sandusky, where he met and married Mary L. Stocker, who was born in Berne, Switzerland, and came to this country in 1871.

A stanch republican in politics, Mr. Adams cast his first presidential vote for William McKinley, and has ever since taken an active and intelligent interest in public affairs. He is officially identified with various fraternal organizations, being a member and chancellor commander of Sandusky Lodge No. 128, Knights. of Pythias; a member and past commander of F. W. Stevens Tent No. 1293, Knights of the Maccabees; a member of Sandusky Lodge No. 285, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; a member of Sandusky Aerie No. 444, Fraternal Order of Eagles; and of Sandusky Herd No. 471, Loyal Order of Moose.

From:
A Standard History of Erie County, Ohio
By: Hewson L. Peeke
Assisted by a Board of Advisory Editors
The Lewis Publishing Company Chicago and New York 1916


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