Rev. Eli Adams, deceased. The subject of this sketch was born in Worcester County, Md., July 13, 1785. He was brought by his widowed mother to the Western wilds, and settled in what now constitutes the State of Kentucky, when he was but seven years of age. Here he remained until 1808, when he removed to Xenia, Ohio. In 1810, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Beeks, with whom he lived long and happily. In 1814, they both experienced religion. and united with the Methodist Episcopal Church and continued faithful members of the same until death gave them their discharge and reward. Mr. Adams was licensed to preach about fifty years ago; four years after, was ordained Deacon, and, four years from that, Elder. In his private and public relations to the church, he was always faithful, earnest and devoted. He preached a great deal, and was always respected as a very industrious and earnest minister of the Word, and only failed to work for the Master when old age and increasing infirmities rendered it impossible. As a citizen, he stood without reproach or suspicion, strictly upright in all business relations, and much esteemed by his neighbors. His religious life was more distinctly marked by a holy, sweet example than by words or outward professions. He lived well, and around his life there gathered a quiet, spiritual power. Thus was the church blessed through fifty years with this pure and devoted life. Many will rise up in heaven and call him blessed. His form and words are gone, but his spirit is indelibly impressed upon our souls. His patience, love and wisdom are more sacred now than when he moved among us. His last sickness was attended with much suffering; yet endured with Christian patience and resignation. He peacefully fell asleep in Jesus at the house of his son, Eli, in Madison County, Ohio, May 19, 1870, at the advanced age of eighty-four years ten months and four days. His son. Eli H. Adams, who gave me the above facts, was born April 10. 1817. and is an extensive farmer and stock-raiser of Somerford Township, Madison County.
From HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY - W. H. Beers [Chicago, 1883]