From the 'History of Saint Croix Valley', pg 554, 555
James F. Adams is a native of Illinois, being born in Pike county, August 5, 1835. Here he was educated and worked on his father's farm -until nineteen years of age. In 1854 his father settled on section 3, Trenton township, where he purchased nearly 200 acres of farm land. James came to Wisconsin with his parents, Jeremiah and Mary (Seeley) Adams. His father was born in New York state, and his mother in Illinois. When Jeremiah Adams moved West and settled in Illinois he engaged in farming in Pike county, and also worked at the cooper's trade. The farm he bought was wild land; he broke it up and brought it under cultivation, and there lived until within a few years of his death. He died in 1890 at Trenton, Wis., when he was eighty years old, and is buried at the side of his -wife, who died about ten years before, in 1880. They were members of the Presbyterian church. They were the parents of nine children, six of whom are now lives. Our subject remained at home until he -was twenty-two years of age. He then bought forty acres from his father and farmed until 1863, when he enlisted in Company I, Twelfth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, and served until the close of the Civil war. He took part in many a hard fought battle, being in twelve important engagements. He was discharged at Louisville, Ky., in 1865, and then returned to his home in Trenton township and took up farming for a short time, until he purchased his present farm in Hartland township, where he has lived ever since, engaged in general farming and stock raising. He has one of the model farms of the county. He has now given his son one-half of his farm and has erected a fine dwelling for him and his family. Mr. Adams is a member of the Ellsworth Post, No. 118, and the Masonic order. He is a Republican in politics and a member of the Presbyterian church, of which he was elder and treasurer fifteen years. Mr. Adams was united in marriage to Rebecca C. Gilmore, daughter of John and Catherine Gilmore. Mrs. Adams was born in Ohio and educated there. By this union four children were born, to wit: Marcella was the wife of John Turner of Hartland township; she died at the age of twenty-four and left two children, James and Alexander; Anna married Manly Weyte, of Tacoma, Wash., and they have five children, Myrtle, Marcella, Arthur, Lyla and Ella. John was drowned at the Sea Wing disaster, July 13, 1900. He was twenty years old at the time of his death. James resides on part of the home farm. He married Nellie Bennett and they have three children, Clara, Raymond and Marshall.