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1 Mar 1810 Raunds, England21 Dec 1898 Blackfoot, Idaho
Samuel Adams was born 1 Mar 1810 in Raunds, Northampton, England. He married Phebe Ferry (Fairy) on 22 Mar 1833 in Raunds, Northampton, England. He was a shoemaker by trade. Samuel, the oldest son also learned the shoemaker trade. It is also reported the Eliza Emma, a younger daughter, made the uppers for the shoes ready to be tacked to the soles. They both learned the trade as young children. (Others of the children probably worked with their father, but there is no report of it.) His oldest son reported that his father Samuel loved to drink. The family was in very humble circumstances.
Twelve children were born to this marriage: Samuel 16 May 1834, Sarah 1 Dec 1853, John 5 Feb 1837, Christianna 8 June 1838, MaryAnn 16 Nov 1839, Phoebe 26 Sep 1841, Elisabeth 16 June 1844, Eliza 4 Oct 1846 (died as a child), Eliza Emma 23 Jan 1848, Lot 5 Nov 1850, Mattha 4 May 1853, and Sarah 23 Nov 1855.
The family belonged to the Church of England. The family had to walk a long way to Church. Samuel, the oldest child, remembers his father punishing him for speaking out of turn. The minister had finished the closing prayer of the service with “hey men”, but Samuel said “straw women.” This was a small thing, but it was enough to make the son Samuel dislike everything about the Church of England.
Samuel and Phebe and the older children accepted the LDS missionaries and the Gospel and were baptized in 1851. They were very desirous to immigrate to Zion. Samuel, the oldest son succeeded in getting to Utah in 1853. At the age of 18, Samuel came to Zion with the Joseph A. Young Company. He located in Ogden.
The daughter Eliza Emma joined the Church and was baptized November 5, 1861, at the age of 13. Due to severe sickness, Phebe, the mother, was stricken blind and four years later died. At that time Eliza Emma was left with the responsibility of caring for her father, the younger children, and the home.
Eliza Emma, at the age of 20, came to Utah with a family by the name of Seargant. Eliza Emma married Martin Washburn Thomas (whom she met at Samuel’s home in Ogden) and moved to Richmond, Cache Valley, Utah in June of 1873. Samuel, the oldest son, sent for his brother Lot (Lott) and helped him come to Zion. Samuel and Lot (Lott) also left Ogden and moved to Richmond.
Samuel and Lot pooled their savings and sent back to England for their father’s fare to America. The temptation was too great, and their father, being given to drink spent the money for a big spree. However, as soon as the sons could, they sent him a passport, and ticket to get him to America in 1880. Phebe, their mother, had died earlier.
Samuel the father repented, gave up drinking, and wanted to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Zion. (Three other sisters and their husbands found employment in the east. They were bitter about the Church and never joined. In 1900 Samuel and Lot (Lott) made a trip back east to visit his sister. They were very friendly and most happy to see them but could not be converted to the Church.)
The father, Samuel, came to Zion to live near (or with) his sons. The sons moved from Richmond to Riverside near Blackfoot, Bingham, Idaho, in 1885. They had to clear the land on their timber claim and build themselves a log house from cottonwood logs hauled from the Snake River. Until the log house was built, they lived in a dugout southeast of Riverside along the River road.
When Samuel, the father, crossed the toll bridge west of Blackfoot, he said to Samuel and Lot, “Boys, this is goodly land. You and your families shall find good homes nearby. I feel this is the land of my dreams.” They brought with them seeds, starts of bushes, trees and anything that would contribute to the new home. Again they were required to establish a home in the wilderness. Like the other pioneers who came to Riverside in 1885, they planted 40 acres of timber, built ditches, and raised crops. They found time also to raise bees.
Samuel, the father, lived in Riverside, near Blackfoot the rest of his life. He died 21 Dec 1898 in Blackfoot and was buried in Riverside, Bingham, Idaho.
This history was compiled by Christy Monson from the History of Samuel Ferry (Fairy)Adams written by various family members and submitted as a DUP History by Elna Barnes Turner from Blackfoot. The history of Eliza Emma Adams was also used to compile this history. There is no author for it.
Samuel Adams (1810) and Phebe Ferry (Fairy) (1815)
Eliza Emma Adams (1848) and Martin Washburn Thomas (1836)
Eliza Emma Thomas (1873) and Charles Andrew Monson (1870)