Tombstone Tuesday – Hooray! I found Samuel Adams Obituary

Samuel Adams, husband of Annie Brown Adams, and my great great grandfather, died October 27, 1914 of “infirmities of old age” just shy of his 85th year.

Samuel has proven to be a very elusive man. I find bits and pieces of information here and there, but often come up dry when researching him.  Today, while going through a box of information sent to me by a cousin, I found a photocopy of Samuel Adams obituary. 
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The Ferndale Enterprise
Ferndale, California
Page 8
Friday, October 30, 1914

SAMUEL ADAMS PASSES AWAY

     Last Tuesday morning at his home in Petrolia, Samuel S. Adams, one of the best known residents of the Mattole valley and a pioneer Californian, passed to the other shore, his demise being due to the infirmities of old age, he being within a few days of 85 years old.
     Samuel S. Adams was born on November 3, 1829, at Atwater, Ohio. He came to California in 1850, and thereafter made his home at Sutter’s Mills, in Siskiyou county, Rohnerville and other places until 1888, when with his family he move to Petrolia and made his home on a ranch which he purchased there, continuously to the time of his death.
     He was a blacksmith by trade in his younger days, and led an active life in the mining towns of this state during the gold excitement. An account of the experiences witnessed by him in those golden days would doubtless make interesting reading for the younger generation.
     Deceased is survived by his wife, to whom he was married in 1870, and who is the youngest daughter of John Brown, of Harper’s Ferry fame. He also leaves five sons and five daughters, as follows:

Grant of Silverlake, Oregon, Archie of San Francisco, Frank, Landon and Richard of Petrolia. Mrs. E.L. Hunt of Los Angeles, Mrs. Vivian Winzler of San Francisco, Mrs. Bertha Cook of Pepperwood, Mrs. S.W. Brown of Burbank and Mrs. Jacob Heyne of Petrolia. He also leaves many more distant relatives.

     He was highly respected by a large circle of friends in the Mattole county and elsewhere and the news of his death is received with feelings of sincere sorrow. To the relatives every sympathy is extended.
     The funeral was held Wednesday at two o’clock, services being conducted at the grave in the Petrolia cemetery by Rev. F. Grigg, assisted by a choir. A large number of friends were present and there were many beautiful floral offerings. The pall bearers were Jesse Walker, James Hart, Charles A. Johnston, M Shelbourne, C.C. Stewart and Aaron Boots.
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 Photo Credit: David Anderson FindAGrave
Burial:
Petrolia Pioneer Cemetery
Petrolia
Humboldt County
California, USA
Created by: David Anderson
Record added: Dec 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45317115