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www.childers-shepherd.org, 1 Sep 2011
David Adams + Letitia Calfee                          Joseph Shepherd + Elizabeth Horton
                        |                                                          |           
Stephen Dulaney Adams                 +           Cordelia Pedelia Shepherd
1825    -      1853                       ca 1849?         1831       -    1901
TN               Yancey Co NC                                                   Yancey Co NC   Bunc Co NC


                              Joseph Shepherd Adams (Sarah "Sallie" Sneed Greene), 1850 - 1911          
Sources: US Census, 1850, Knox Co TN;
US Census, 1850, Slave Schedule, Knox Co TN;
US Census, 1860, Yancey Co NC;
US Census, 1870, 1900, 1910, Bunc Co NC;
US Census, 1880. Iredell Co NC;
Grave photos from Riverside Cemetery, by Natasha via FindAGrave.com;
Ancestry.com's rml family tree.

In 1850, Stephen Adams and Cordelia Shepherd Adams resided in Knoxville, Knox Co TN. His occupation was listed as
Methodist pastor. Others in the household were Mary Rodgers, 23; Julia Huffaker, 16; Casandrea Gentry, 15, and Louisea
Adams, 19. The slave schedule for the 1850 census included three for Stephen D. Adams: one black male, 45; one black
female, 25; and one mulatto female, 11.

In 1860, Cordelia was a widow, living with her son Joseph, age 9, in Burnsville (Yancey Co), NC. She claimed real property
worth $2000, and personal property worth $3752. She owned two slaves: one black male, 41; and one mulatto male, 13.
Are these the slaves bequeathed to her by her father ("
my boys Manson & Julus"), who had died in February?

In 1870, Cordelia and son Joseph resided in Asheville with her sister Therressa and husband, physician John Reynolds.
The Reynoldses had four children and the household included Harriott Vance, 25 (black cook) and Leher Vance, 5,
presumably Harriott's son. Cordelia claimed personal property worth $2000.

In 1880, Joseph's family, including mother Cordelia, was in Statesville (Iredell Co), NC. Joseph and Sallie had a baby son,
John S. The household included two black servants: Mary Penland, 11; and Lissie Brim, 29. Joseph was a lawyer.

In 1900, the family, much larger, was back in Asheville. Joseph and Sallie listed five children still at home: Julia, 19; Junius,
16; Joseph, 14; Stephen, 7; and William, 4. Cordelia was 68. Joseph was again listed with occupation of lawyer, and there
were three black servants: Eliza Brandon, 30; Charlotte Chambers, 20; and Clyde Gibbs, 10.

In the census of 1910 Cordelia's son Joseph was himself a widower, age 58, living with son "Snead J. Adams", lawyer, age
31; daughter-in-law Hattie, 28; and other son Stephen, 16. "Snead J" is probably John S., who was one year old in 1880.
Joseph had become a judge in criminal court.
Academy Cemetery,
Burnsville, NC. Photo
from Gwen Bodford via
Riverside Cemetery, Asheville,
NC. Photos by Natasha, via