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John H. and Sarah Ida Adams

by Leroy Erickson
Stirling - Its Story and People" pages 197 - 198

John Adams was born January 7, 1854, at Raunds, Northamptonshire, England. His parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and when John was eight years old they immigrated to America.

John married Sarah Ida Willis on December 4, 1889, at St. George, Utah. Six children were born to them at Cedar City, Utah; three sons and three daughters.

Because of shortage of good pasture land in Utah, they loaded the family and belongings and livestock on a train and arrived in Stirling in May 1904. Mr. and Mrs. John Oler took the Adams family into their home until they could build.

On an evening in December, 1911, while John and son Tom were at the homestead at Tyrrell's Lake, an overheated chimney caused a fire in the home at Stirling and their home and contents were destroyed. A son helped his mother, who was with child, through the bedroom window and then she sent him back to get the trunk containing their papers and pictures. This was the only thing saved and it is still in the Adams family. A daughter who had been milking, came from the barn and threw her pail of milk on the fire. The John Oler's again took the Adams family into their home until May when they moved to the homestead at Tyrrell's Lake.

Three more children were born while at Stirling; a daughter in 1906, and twins in 1912. A son was born at the homestead in 1917.

John H. died March 3, 1925. Sarah died January 18, 1949. They are both buried in the Stirling cemetery.

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