Killing of Jessee Adams and His Family

Killing of Jessee Adams and His Family

By Emory L. Hamilton

From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, page 114.

Arthur Campbell wrote to the Governor of Virginia, on September 20, 1782, (1) saying:

Jessee Adams and his family of 12 children, except two, were killed at the head of Stock Creek.

The details of how Adams and his family were killed have not been found, and none of the military correspondence of the day makes any mention of this tragedy, other than the brief mention by Arthur Campbell. The two Adams children who escaped were named Jonathan and Sally Adams. Their mother, Mary Adams, was a daughter of Joseph Blackmore. She later married Henry Hamlin, and was herself killed at Blackmore’s Fort in 1790. She had a daughter Cynthia Chadwell, probably by a former marriage. Just how the mother, Cynthia Chadwell, Jonathan, and Sally Adams escaped being murdered is unknown.

On November 19, 1782, Mary Adams, was appointed by the Washington Co., VA, court as administratrix of the estate of Jessee Adams, deceased, with Alexander Ritchie and Thomas Caldwell as her security. Appraisers of the estate were Samuel Ritchie, Josiah Payne, James Alley and William Cowan.

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