Adams, James H.
James H. Adams, died in the Fork of Richland District So. Ca. July 14, 1861, from chronic piles, which had sorely afflicted him for several years. In life he had been a man of mark and note. He had been General of Cavalry, Senator in the General Assembly of South Carolina, and Governor of the State. He was a member from Richland District, in the South Carolina Convention of 1860 (which passed the Ordinance of Secession) and one of the Commissioners from the State, to the Government at Washington to adjust the great question of Southern Rights and Independence. In all these varied and distinguished positions, Gen'l Adams was energetic and faithful, acquitting himself in each, and all, to the satisfaction of his fellow citizens, and for the welfare of his State.
His highest political ambition, he however, never attained. It is well known that his strong desire, for the dignified position of a seat in the United States Senate, was not gratified. In his first message as Governor of the State, he strongly advocated the re-opening of the African slave trade, which sentiment, was repudiated by the Legislature and the people of the State. It was disposed of by an adverse report (very strong) from a special committee appointed on that portion of the message. Having received its quietus so decidedly, it was not adverted to in his message of the second year of his gubernatorial term.
The sentiment and measure, created an unpleasant savour against him, and altho' there were several vacancies in the United States Senate, after his term of office as Governor, and his friends introduced his name; yet in no one instance, and success at all prominent. He was at last defeated by the friends of Gov'r Hammond, who was elected (altho' not a candidate) to the distinguished position, over all opposition, and thus was closed all hope of Gen'l Adams for this distinction.
Of the closing period in the life of Gen'l Adams, the writer does not know any particulars. It is however pretty well known, that he became a member of the Episcopal Church in his neighborhood, and no doubt was prominent there, as well as in his political life; however, be this information correct, or not, our fellow citizen has departed, put off this mortal coil, passed the rubicon of time, descended to the grave, the common lot of all, whether rich, or poor, distinguished, or not distinguished, bondman, or freeman, pious or impious, ambitions or unambitious. Thus all, all alike become food for worms; are equally undistinguished, and in process of time, form together (how much so ever they may be have apart in life) component strata of the same mother Earth. [verse through page 79]
Adams, Capt. James U. (?? - 07 MAR 1871)
Capt'n James U. Adams, died in the Fork of Richland District So. Ca. March 7, 1871. He had been a very wealthy and prominent citizen of the State; but by the issue of the late civil war, was reduced, (as many others were) to comparative poverty. He had served the State as a Representative in the Legislature, was a man of influence in his District; was a Nullifier in 1833, and a strong Secessionist in 1860... aged about 60 years. [clipping] "Died, at Gadsden, South Carolina, on the 7th day of March, 1871, of apoplexy, James U. Adams, aged fifty-nine years.... [eulogy]"
Adams, R. (?? - ??)
R. served in the Charleston Light Dragoons.