Updated: 22 July 2014
The Adams-Mckain Reunion staff has been compiling information on family members’ military service
for several years. We are now compiling information on family members’
public service (primarily elected or appointed public office). In the
paragraph below is information on early public service in
Massachusetts/Connecticut, Vermont, Ohio, and through the first Michigan
generation). We would like to add information to this (through the
Please contact Jim Adams to add your public service to this page!
In Massachusetts, Vermont, and Ohio:
(1651-1717) was born in Newbury, Massachusetts, on Sept. 13, 1651, the
son of Robert and Eleanor (Wilmot) Adams. In 1677, Jacob married Anna,
daughter of Nicholas Allen of Dorchester, Mass. About 1681-82, they left
Newbury for Suffield (now in Connecticut, then part of Massachusetts).
In Suffield, “he was one of the most prominent and influential of the
early settlers. He was often chosen to important offices, was a member
of the General Court of the colony, then held in Boston, 1711 to 1714,
and again in 1717. He died in Boston, suddenly, in Nov. 1717, while in
attendance upon his duties as a member of the General Court from
Suffield.” (The quotation is from Andrew Adams’ book on Robert Adams and
Wheaton and her daughter, Amy Keaton, identified data to show that
descendants of Jacob Adams are eligible to belong to the “The Colonial
Dames of America.” See page 2 of the 2007 Reunion Newsletter (vol. 2 No.
(1765-1826), great-grandson of Jacob, was born in Suffield on April 3,
1765, and moved with his parents to Marlboro, Vermont, about 1786. In
Marlboro, Bildad served as constable and collector in 1796 and 1801,
selectman in 1804 and 1811; and served as justice of the peace.After
serving in the War of 1812, he settled near Milan, Huron Co., Ohio in
1815. He was a member of the first board of County Commissioners,
helping to organize Huron Co. (1815). On the 1815 tax rolls, Bildad is
in Wheatsborough Twp. (now Groton Twp.), but in the 1820 census he is in
Greenfield Twp. (which was transferred to Erie Co. when it was formed
(1794-1853) husband of Nancy Adams (daughter of Bildad and Mary Adams)
was elected one of the County Commissioners of Huron County, Ohio, in
1829 to 1831, although a member of the minority party (Whig).
In Michigan and Other States:
Horace Hale Adams
(1805-1847) son of Bildad and Mary (Haynes) Adams, left Ohio and came
to Michigan in the spring of 1837 with his wife, Lorania Gates (Kinney)
Adams and three children—the other two children were born in Michigan.
They settled in Porter Twp. (then part of Decatur Twp.) in Van Buren Co.
The first Porter Township-meeting was held on April 7, 1845, and Horace
Hale Adams was chosen as one of the Justices-of-the-Peace, and also as
one of the members of the Township Board. In 1846 and 1847, he was
selected as Township Clerk. In 1865, Horace and Lorania’s son, Franklin B. Adams, was selected as Township Supervisor. [ref. Ensign (1880)]
(1881-1954) served as under-Sheriff (including in 1910) and ran for
Cass County Sheriff. He was elected Marcellus Village President in March
1931, and President of the Marcellus School Board in July 1933. He
later served on the Cass County Road Commission (including Chairman).
Charles Welcher served on the Marcellus School Board (1923)
Horace Chester Adams served as a school commissioner.
Dr. Uriah M. Adams
served on the Marcellus School Board for 12 years from July 1962 to
July 1974. The Marcellus School System grew from 836 students to 1,188
students; 31 teachers to 63 teachers, a new high school was built, the
middle school was renovated, a new maintenance building was built, a new
elementary wing added and a new careers building added.
(1897-1992) served as a Volinia Twp. supervisor for 16 years and as a
member of the Marcellus School Board for 45 years. He also served three
terms on the Michigan State Agricultural Stabilization Conservation
Mary Christine Adams served on the South Bend (Indiana) Common Council, 1971-1975. She ran for Mayor in 1975.
Floyd Hurt has served as Mayor of South Heart, South Dakota.
son of Dr. Uriah Mason & Clarice A. (Nemmers) Adams, served on the
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, WI City Council for 8 years in the 1980's
serving on the Utility Commission, Finance Committee, Historic
Preservation Committee, County Library Board, and Park and Recreation
Board. He was a candidate for Mayor in 1988. He was President of the
Wisconsin Council for the Social Studies (WCSS) and served on the board
of Door County Habitat for Humanity.