Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution nominates Mrs. Adams for the Historic Preservation Recognition Award
Posted: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 8:00 pm
The Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution of Fulton/South Fulton has nominated one of its own, Margaret Adams for the Historic Preservation Recognition Award.
The nomination has been sent to the National Vice-President of Historic Preservation for approval.
Writing books — Mrs. Adams should be known as the family historian of western Kentucky. For many years, she has spent countless hours researching, writing and publishing more than a half dozen volumes of the histories of various lines in her own family lineage. In addition, she compiled and published the history of Rush Creek Methodist Church, a book which contains short family histories of both current and early members of the church and community, as well as information on buried individuals that have no more representatives in the community.
These books contain copies of actual historical documents. To maximize authenticity, Mrs. Adams used newspaper articles, oral histories, land grants, wills, birth and death records, obituaries, tax records, minute books, Bible records, law records and historical pictures.
Mrs. Adams mother, the late Maude Boyd Howard, collected family documents for many years. Too, Mrs. Howard had a vast knowledge of family oral history. Even though Mrs. Adams had heard the stories since childhood, the tales took on new meaning as the depth of family connections in her home community became apparent in her first book. After retirement, Mrs. Adams spent hours searching through the photography collection of her mother and listening to the family stories which had been handed down from one generation to another. To supplement her mother’s material, she went from cemetery to courthouse to newspaper offices to family Bibles and to libraries, state archives and sites throughout the United States, Ireland, Scotland and England. Mrs. Howard, who lived to be 104, saw her family memories in a bound publication compiled and written by her daughter.
Mrs. Adams shared her research and documents with others to use in their own family history books. In addition, she has given copies of her many books to her family members; friends; public libraries in Obion and Weakley counties in Tennessee; public libraries and in Fulton, Hickman, Graves and Calloway counties in Kentucky; and the University of Tennessee Library in Martin and the Murray State University Library in Murray, Ky. Books and loose materials have also been donated to other libraries, including Panama City Library in Florida. Mrs. Adams did not profit from the sale of her books. All proceeds from one were donated to the Jetton Cemetery Fund for the preservation of the cemetery. Other funds went to genealogical societies and cemetery organizations.
Reading cemeteries — Mrs. Adams has read cemeteries in many western Kentucky counties. She has provided those readings to county historical and genealogical societies, public libraries and other county groups.
Collecting family Bible records — Mrs. Adams collected Bible records from DAR members and Genealogical Society members in western Kentucky and West Tennessee. The DAR sold the collection to the Fulton County Genealogical Society. The Genealogical Society published the records to use as a fund raiser.
Preserving family photos — Her home has several walls dedicated to the photos of generations of progenitors with many surnames. All are labeled on the backside to enable her children to recall the family relationships.
Connecting the dots — Mrs. Adams has enjoyed sharing her many talents. This busy lady has served as Jacob Flournoy Chapter NSDAR regent, Union City Chapter of National Society of Daughters of the American Colonists regent and registrar, president of the Fulton County Genealogical Society and founding treasurer of the Rush Creek Cemetery Association. She has filled numerous other active roles in multiple area organizations, including University of Kentucky Extension activities and the Saturday Night Supper in Rush Creek. She has spurred actions in different settings in different decades. “Both her home and community are better because she has spent her energy in efforts toward understanding and cooperation with neighbors, travelers, youngsters, elders, students and teachers,” the national letter states.
Mrs. Adams has three daughters, Ellen Petty of Union City, Alice Voegeli of Fulton and Ann Freeman of Roper School Road near Cayce; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was married to the late Charles Adams.
Published in The Messenger 6.13.12