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Franklin Kinney Adams

Updated: 15 November 2013


If you have information on the Franklin Kinney Adams family (births, marriages, obituaries, photographs, letters, diaries, etc.) please contact Jim Adams for inclusion on this page.


Franklin Kinney Adams (09 Oct 1882 in Van Buren Co., MI - 12 Oct 1955) married (1) Josephine May Burhans (22 Sep 1884 in New Buffalo, MI - 17 April 1944 in Kalamazoo, MI) on 31 Jan 1907 in LaPorte, IN. He married (2) Josie M. Bates (12 July 1882 in Porter, Van Buren, MI - 14 March 1954 in Paw Paw, Van Buren, MI) in 1947 in Kalamazoo. He was a grape farmer in the Lawton, Michigan area. Josephine was an only child of Henry Akin & Mary Louise (Langham or Lyman) Burhans). Josephine and Franklin had 6 children:
1. Franklin Burhans Adams (11 June 1908 in Lawton, Van Buren, MI - 08 July 1928 in Porter, Van Buren, MI). Find A Grave Memorial# 17958791 has his birthdate as 06 June 1908 and death date as 08 Aug 1928. He is buried in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton, Van Buren, MI. 
2. Leon Fletcher Adams (18 Sep 1910 - 16 April 1932) married Pearl Rose Mohney.
3. Allan Burton Adams (13 March 1914 - 01 Nov 1989) married Gail Garlock.
4. Gordon Wayne Adams (06 Aug 1915 - 05 May 1969) married Imogene Kimmel.
5. Marian Kathleen Adams (28 July 1918 - 18 August 2012) married Arthur Moe (14 March 1915 - 02 March 1999).
6. Lucille

From the 2008 Adams-McKain Newsletter in the Family History Section:

Marian (Adams) and Arthur Moe Family

(Branch of the Franklin K. and Josephine Burhans Adams Family)

Franklin Bildad Adams (1828-1910) was the brother of Uriah Mason Adams (1832-1900). Franklin B. and his second wife, Anna Fletcher (1856-1946), had two sons, Franklin Kinney Adams (1882-1955) and Horace Hale “Bert” Adams (1884-1976).

Franklin Kinney Adams attended Parsons Business School from Nov. 1902 to March 1905. He was a life-long farmer, growing grapes, asparagus, carrots, and raspberries on a farm four miles southeast of Lawton, Mich., on “U” Ave. Franklin K. Adams married Josephine May Burhans (1884-1944) on Jan. 31, 1907. She was the daughter of Henry Akin Burhans and Mary Louise Lyman.

Franklin and Josephine had six children: One daughter was stillborn, and the other daughter was Marian Kathleen Adams (later Moe). There were four sons: Franklin Burhans Adams (6/11/1908 - 7/8/1928), Leon Fletcher Adams (9/18/1910 - 4/10/ 1932), Allan Burton Adams (3/13/1914 - 11/1/ 1989), and Gordon Wayne Adams (8/6/1915 - 5/5/1969).
There is more information on the Franklin Bildad Adams branch of the family in the 1995 issue of the Adams-McKain Reunion Newsletter (Vol. 1, #2, pages 2-5) in an article written by Shauna Lula.

The narrative that follows was written by Shirley K. (Moe) Davis, daughter of Marian and Arthur Moe, and edited by Bob Brown and Barbara Gale (for this newsletter) from the longer original version. Shirley’s Memories at Grandpa Adams’ Farm:

One of my earliest memories from the farm is going there on Easter: Grandpa Adams would always hide a basket, and it was fun to find it. I also loved sitting on his lap, and he would put peanut butter on a spoon with wheat germ. When we were there for Sunday dinner, we would all be seated at a huge dining room table set with the best china, a finger bowl, crystal
goblets, and her finest silver ware. A knife for butter, a knife for cutting meat, a soup spoon, a salad fork. While the adults would talk, you had to just sit there as you were not allowed to talk. If you wanted something, you asked your mom very quietly.

Other memories are of dad putting mom, Sharon and I on the train to Lawton. Grandpa would meet us at the train depot in Lawton and take us back to the farm. (Dad had to work, but would come over on Sunday to pick us up.) When Grandpa would stacks and stacks of blue grapes in the yard. Sharon and I would load our stomachs with the grapes. Grandpa would take one look at us and say, "Not feeling too well are you."

I remember being told that Grandpa’s second wife made him sell most of his furniture. [His first wife, Josephine Burhans, died April 17, 1944. He married Josie M. Baldwin (6/7/1882-3/3/1954) in 1947.]

There was a big grandfather clock in the hallway, just east of the door going upstairs. In the parlor was an upright piano. We would visit quite often, but the farm never changed in style. The siding always had that grey weathered look. I enjoyed sitting on the screened in porch, especially when it rained. Uncle Gordon would come out to the farm when we were
there for a visit bringing Carolyn, Shauna and Glenna with him.

I was in 7th grade when the word came that Grandpa has passed away. I remember being taken out of junior high for a few days. This, of course, was not a happy time for mom. I did not attend the funeral for some reason. I do know that we stayed with Aunt Imogene and Uncle Gordon. Grandpa Adams is buried near Lawton, and mom would visit his grave in Oak Grove Cemetery quite often. I will always keep these memories in my heart, as well as the times as a child visiting Grandpa.



Franklin K. Adams (10 October 1955)

Franklin K. Adams, 73, died late Wednesday night of last week in Borgess Hospital, after an illness of several months. He was born October 11, 1882, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Franklin B. Adams, and had resided in Lawton and Porter township all his life, operating a grape farm. He was a life member of the Lawton Masonic lodge. He was married to Josephine Burhans, who died several years ago. Later he was married to Josie Baldwin, who passed away earlier this year. He leaves two sons, Allan of Kendall and Gordon of Lawton; one daughter, Mrs. Marian Moe of Jackson; a brother, Horace H. Adams of Paw Paw; a step-son, Roy Baldwin of Albion; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Prindle funeral home at 2:30 Saturday afternoon, Rev. Charles Garrod of the Lawton Methodist church officiating. Services at Oak Grove cemetery were in charge of the Lawton Masonic lodge, with Past Master Francis Lewis giving the burial service. Casket bearers were John Turner, Horace Hayne, Wilbur Lytle, Russell Cornish, Gaines Finch and Stanley Cornish.

Mrs. Franklin K. Adams
Josephine M. Burhans, only child of Henry and Mary L. Burhans was born at New Buffalo, Mich. Sept. 22, 1884.

She passed away at Borgess hospital, Kalamazoo, at 3:15 a.m. on April 27th, 1944 at the age of 59 years, 7 months and five days.

She was united in marriage to Franklin K. Adams, January 31, 1907. To this union were born six children; a daughter Lucile, Franklin B. and Leon F. who preceded her in death and Allen B. of Kendall, Mich., Gordon W., who is in the U.S. Air Corps and Marian K. Moe of Jackson, Mich.

Besides the husband and three children, she leaves six grandchildren, a number of other relatives and a large circle of friends.

She was a member of the Methodist church of Lawton and always held fast to her faith throughout all her suffering and sorrow.

She always though of others before herself and nothing was too good for those she loved.

Services were held from the Cameron Funeral Home Sunday afternoon, April 30, at 2:30, the Rev. Louis Ellinger of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the family lot at Oak Grove cemetery, Lawton.


Mrs. Frank Adams
Mrs. Josie Adams, the wife of Franklin K. Adams of Porter township, died Saturday afternoon at Lake View Community Hospital in Paw Paw, at the age of 72 years. She was born July 12, 1882, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bates of Lawton. She was married to George F. Baldwin, and they lived for several years on a farm southeast of Lawton, then moved into the village, which was their home until Mr. Baldwin's death. Following the death of her first husband, she was married to Franklin Adams who survives her. Other survivors include a son, Roy W. Baldwin of Albion; one brother, Vene Bates of Mattawan; three stepchildren, Allan Adams of Kendall, Gordon Adams of Lawton, and Mrs. Marion Adams of Jackson, and five grandchildren. She was a past worthy matron of the Lawton chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon at the Prindle funeral home, with burial in Oak Grove cemetery. Rev. Frank Clayton of the Lawton Baptist church officiated. Casket bearers were Gordon and Allan Adams, Gerald and Rea (sic) Bates, Arthur Moe and Wilbur Lytle.


Mrs. Josie Adams
Lawton, March 14 – Mrs. Josie M. Adams, 72, of Porter township, died Saturday afternoon at Lake View Community hospital, Paw Paw. She was born July 12, 1882, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bates, and lived in the Lawton vicinity for many years. She was past worthy matron of Order of Eastern Star chapter 246. Survivors include her husband, Franklin K. Adams; a son by a previous marriage, Roy Baldwin of Albion; a brother, Vene Bates of Mattawan; three step-children, Gordon Adams of Lawton, Allen Adams of Kendall and Mrs. Marion Moe of Jackson, and five grandchildren. The body is at the Prindle funeral home, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday. The Rev. Frank Clayton of the Lawton Baptist church will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. Casket bearers will be Gordon and Allen Adams, Gerald and ray Bates, Arthur Moe and Wilbur Lytle.


Arthur Moe

Buried in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Jackson, MI. Section F.


Marian Kathleen (Adams) Moe

Marian K. Moe, 94, of Tavares, passed away Saturday, August 18, 2012. Born in Lawton, Michigan, she moved to Tavares in 1973 from McMillan, Michigan. She was a Homemaker and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Tavares. Marian is survived by her daughter, Shirley Davis, Parker, CO; 6 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Harden/Pauli Funeral Home Chapel, Eustis on Saturday, August 25, 2012 at 10:00 AM. Interment will be in Jackson, MI. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 124 North Joanna Avenue, Tavares, FL 32778. Online Guestbook available Arrangements by Harden/Pauli Funeral Home, Eustis.

Harden-Pauli Funeral Home

1617 South Bay Street

Eustis, FL, US, 32726

(352) 357-4126

(Newspaper article - May 5, 1969):
ADAMS, Mr. Gordon W.,
206 Bitely St., Lawton -
Passed away Monday morning at Borgess Hospital. Mr. Adams was born August 6, 1915, in Lawton. He was employed as a foreman at the Welch Grape Juice Co. and was a member of F&AM 216, Royal Arch Masons and OES 246. Mr. Adams is survived by his wife, Imogene; 3 daughters, Mrs. Lee Chapman of Kalamazoo, Schauna and Glenna, at home; one granddaughter; one brother, Allan of Gobles; one sister, Mrs. Arthur Moe of Jackson; an uncle, H.H. Adams of Paw Paw. Friends may call at the Prindle Funeral Home, where services will be held Wednesday at 2 o'clock, Rev. Donald Russell officiating. Masonic graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery. The family suggests those who wish, may make contributions to Liver Research.