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Effa May Adams

Updated: 06 May 2012

 

Effie as a young child

Effie as a young woman

Effa Mae Adams

 

"Effie" was born 28 February 1866 in Porter Township, Van Buren County, MI. She married George Washington (Alford) Adams ( on 05 May 1891 and they had four children:

1. Harry Alford Adams (9 Aug 1891 - 24 Feb 1947) married Marian Elizabeth Saunders (12 Feb 1897 - 17 Sep 1974)

2. Helen Mabel Adams (b. 29 Jun 1895) married William Leon Kunce (b. 8 Mar 1897)

3. Hazel Grace Adams (14 Jul 1897 - 6 Nov 1995) married Claude Amasa Lewis (12 May 1886 - 11 Jun 1958)

4. Hyldred Eunice Adams (22 Dec 1900 - 9 Feb 1985) married Carroll Irving Gale (b. 16 Nov 1895)

 

NOTE: George Washington Alford (Junior) was the son of George Washington Alford (Senior) and Ann Marie Stewart. When the senior G.W. Alford died, young George moved in with Franklin Bildad Adams' family. George changed his name to Adams but was never formally adopted by Franklin Adams.

 

Mother of Coloman Dies; Rites Saturday
Funeral services will be held Saturday at Marcellus for Mrs. George W. Adams who died Wednesday morning at her home at Novi. A frequent visitor here, she is the mother of Mrs. C. Irving Gale of Coloma, who went to Novi earlier this week. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Marcellus.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our sincere appreciation and thanks for the many kindnesses extened to our family at the time of our Mother's death and services at the Romig Funeral Home. They will always be remembered by the children and grandchildren of Mrs. Effie Adams. – Hazel Adams

 

Obituary: (Probably from the Marcellus News)
Effie May Adams was born in Porter Township, near Lawton, Michigan, February 28, 1866. She was raised on the farm where she was born the eldest daughter of Uriah Mason and Jane Adams. In May, 1890, she was united in marriage to George W. Adams. Their early married life was spent in Marcellus, Michigan, later moving to Detroit, where Mr. Adams passed way on February 13, 1941. Mrs. Adams had one sister, Mrs. Mary Sykes, who lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, and four brothers, Chester, Archie, Mason and Ross, all of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Hazel, of Novi, with whom she made her home; Helen of Reno, Hyldred of Coloma and Jack, of Wayne, the eldest son Harry having passed away in 1947. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. One grandson, Howard Adams Gale, the son of Hyldred and Irving Gale passed away after a short illness in 1 July, 1951. Effie Adams passed away February 10, just 18 days before her 88th birthday.


Effa Mae Adams

Effa Mae Adams (1866-1954) was born in the log cabin on the family farm in Porter Township. She attended country school and had a special interest in sewing.

She belonged to the Royal Neighbors Lodge and the Harmony Chapel Methodist Church. Later, she joined the Marcellus Evangelical Church.

She married George Wallace Adams on May 5, 1890 and they moved to Marcellus in 1894. Mr. Adams operated a livery barn and was also a teacher and mail carrier. They moved to Detroit in 1924. They had five children.

Harry lived in Redondo Beach, California. He married Marian Saunders and they had three children: Betty Jane, Alford and James. Harry died in 1947.

Helen (1895-1977) married William Kunce and lived in Reno, Nevada. They had two children; Mary Helen and Robert. Helen died in 1977.

Hazel followed the nursing profession and has lived in Detroit most of her life.

Hyldred was a teacher and she married Irving Gale. They lived in Coloma for many years. Their son, Howard died in 1951. They have a daughter, Barbara.

Jack lives in Ypsilanti and works for U.S. Truck. He married Louise Maggard in 1944. They have two children: William & Marilyn.

 

Photograph of Harry Alford Adams and Marian Saunders Adams about 1950.

 

(This brief history was found in the Family Reunion Books)

Effie May Adams was born in Porter Township, near Lawton, Michigan, February 28, 1866. She was raised on the farm where she was born the eldest daughter of Uriah Mason and Jane Adams. In May, 1890, she was united in marriage to George W. Adams. Their early married life was spent in Marcellus, Michigan, later moving to Detroit, where Mr. Adams passed way on February 13, 1941. Mrs. Adams had one sister, Mrs. Mary Sykes, who lives in St. Joseph, Michigan, and four brothers, Chester, Archie, Mason and Ross, all of whom preceded her in death. Mrs. Adams is survived by her daughter, Hazel, of Novi, with whom she made her home; Helen of Reno, Hyldred of Coloma and Jack, of Wayne, the eldest son Harry having passed away in 1947. There are eight grandchildren and one great-grandson. One grandson, Howard Adams Gale, the son of Hyldred and Irving Gale passed away after a short illness in 1 July, 1951. Effie Adams passed away February 10, just 18 days before her 88th birthday.

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CARD OF THANKS We wish to express our sincere appreciation and thanks for the many kindnesses extended to our family at the time of our Mother's death and services at the Romig Funeral Home. They will always be remembered by the children and grandchildren of Mrs. Effie Adams. Hazel Adams

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Notes by submitter: George W. Adams, husband of Effie May, was born George Washington Alford, son of George Washington Alford and Ann Marie Stewart. He changed his name to Adams, but was never formally adopted by F.B. Adams.

 

Hazel Adams Obituary

  Hazel Adams, age 98, of Detroit and formerly of Marcellus, died November 6, 1995 in Northfield Place at Whitmore Lake.

  She was born July 14, 1897 in Marcellus. She retired after 50 years as office nurse for urologist, Dr. Morris in Detroit. She was a member of the Metropolitan Church in Detroit.

  Surviving are Jack and Louise Adams of Ypsilanti, Bill and Marilyn Adams, 3 nieces and 3 nephews.

  She was preceded in death by 2 sisters and 1 brother.

  Funeral services were held November 9 in Davidson Chapel; Florin Funeral Service in Coloma with burial in Coloma Cemetery.

  Memorials were directed to the Michigan Methodist Home For Children in Detroit.

(Note: Rev. Mark Cowell of the Midway Baptist Church in Watervliet, Michigan officiated.

 

Letter written by Hazel Adams on 22 July 1995 (8 days after her 98th birthday):

 

Dear Fellow Members of the Adams-McKain Families:

 

  The SECOND newsletter is absolutely wonderful, and I thank Jim, Shauna, and Barbara for writing it.

I particularly enjoyed the Franklin B. Adams history and while reading about Franklin B. and Lucinda (Fletcher) Adams, it reminded me about my father, George Washington Adams, nee Alford, who was born January 29, 1859 and died February 13, 1941. He was an orphan at the age of 5 years because his father, George Washington Alford, died 28 July 1863 from wounds received in action at Port Hudson, LA, in June 30th. George, Senior was a corporal in the 6th Michigan Infantry during the Civil War, and is buried at Baton Rouge National Cemetery, Louisiana. George's mother, Ann Maria (Stewart) Alford, his brother, Frank, and his sister, Stella died of cholera within a short time of each other. Uncle Franklin and Aunt Lucinda {Franklin Bildad & Lucinda Fletcher Adams} raised my father with Dad adopting the last name of Adams, so my last name was originally Alford. Although I wish I knew, the exact age Dad left home, he was a young man when he went out on his own. He married Effa May Adams and they moved to Marcellus in 1894. He operated a livery barn, taught school, and delivered mail. The family moved to Detroit in 1924. My brother's son has the middle name of Alford. I am proud to be part of the Adams-McKain families and I remain proud as the years roll by.

 

  As I read an article in the Ann Arbor News about 19th century funeral customs centered in the family parlor, I thought about the parlor at the Centennial Farm. I recall it was a room used only for special occasions such as funerals and Christmas. My Grandmother, Jane (Woods-McKain) Adams died February 22, 1913 on the farm while visiting her son, Chester---It is said of eating too much potato soup. I don't remember if her funeral was in the parlor or at Harmony Chapel. I also remember the piano was in the parlor and I can still see Dorothy playing it.

 

  I'm so happy about the number of families who attended the 75th reunion and was particularly pleased Clare and family attended, it brought to mind the many good times I had visiting with Uncle Archie, Aunt Lillie, Carl, and Clare when I was a child. Clare, Ruth Sykes Brown, and I are the only ones left of the original families. I always had a good time with Uncle Archie and family and Aunt Lillie was a good cook. I have a picture of my sister, Hyldred, sitting on their well platform playing with a puppy. I had a wonderful 98th birthday with Jack, Louise, Marilyn, her dog, Maggie, and Barbara. I received many cards from family and friends including one from Clare, and I still remember the wonderful visit I had some time ago with Clare, Francis, and Mildred. I appreciate others who have contacted me since I have been at Northfield Place.

 

Hello to everyone; I will be thinking and praying for all of you on Sunday, August 6th.

 

Love

Hazel Adams"