Sunday, February 3, 2013

Sunday’s Obituary - Landon Adams

Obituary in Daily News [Red Bluff California] Sep. 3, 1980

Landon Adams

     Word has been received here of the death July 6 of Landon Augustus Adams, 95, of Fortuna. He was born in July 1884 in Eureka and was the last surviving grandchild of abolitionist John Brown. He was preceeded in death by his wife, who died Dec. 8, 1979.
     He is survived by a son, Merle, as well as several other children and grandchildren. Merle Adams, son of Landon Adams, sent the information to Keith Lingenfelter, who is well known for his historical and genealogical research.
     Landon's mother, Annie Brown, came to Red Bluff in 1864 by wagon train with her widowed mother, Mary, sisters, Sarah and Ellen, and brother Salmon. Mary Brown and her three daughters lived inn a house on Main Street (that still exists) until 1870 when they moved to Eureka.
     Annie Brown taught Negro children in the Oat Creek School in 1866, which was located near Proberta. She married Samuel S. Adams in Red Bluff Nov. 25, 1869. Annie Brown Adams died in Shively Oct. 3, 1926, the last surviving child of 20 children born to the John Browns.
     According to Merle Brown, Nell Brown Groves, granddaughter of Salmon Brown, is still living in Seattle Wash. She is 102 years of age.

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Landon Augustus Adams {B184XV9} (1884 - 1980) was the ninth of Annie Brown Adams' ten children. He appears to have spent his entire life in the northern part of California. He married Margaret Josephine Kiley (1895 - 1979) on April 13, 1916. The 1940 census lists him as a farmer, which many of my uncles and great uncles were in the Humboldt county area of California. Landon is buried at Ferndale Cemetery, Ferndale, Humboldt County, California, USA. (Find a grave # 15474602)
Headstone reads
LANDON A ADAMS
1884 Father 1980

1 comment:

ChrisNoren said...

Landon Augustus "Gus" Adams was my wife's grandfather! My wife Karen Adams Noren is the daughter of Gus's son Landon Merle Adams, who lived most of his life in Fortuna, CA and died in 1992. She has vivid memories of Gus as a short wiry guy with a basketful of well-worn Zane Gray novels and Harlequin Romances (yes, true) next to his easy chair that he read constantly. They also spent summers at a cottage camp in the Mattole River Valley, where Merle's family would sleep in a cabin, but Grandpa Gus and his wife would always sleep outside in a tent.