SUBMITTED BY: Jan King (edited and vetted by Cheri Todd Molter)
My great-great-grandfather was Robert McAdams; his brother, Calvin, died in 1862 at Richmond but from disease rather than from being killed in action. According to his compiled military record, Calvin McAdams, a twenty-five-year-old resident of Alamance County, enlisted in the Confederate Army on July 4, 1862. On July 17, 1862, he mustered into Company I of the 57th Infantry (North Carolina Troops). Calvin was hospitalized a couple of months later, on Sept. 15th. He died of “febris typhoides,” or typhoid fever, on Dec. 20, 1862 at a Richmond, Virginia hospital.
All my grandmother’s family came from Guilford, Alamance, and Orange Counties. McAdams, Melvin, Isley, Huffines, Nease, Tickle, Roney, Fonville, and Andrew are all my family names from these counties. I know Robert’s other brothers, Benjamin and Joseph McAdams, were both farmers in Alamance County. According to Federal Census records, between 1860 and 1870, Robert, his wife, Nancy Fonville McAdams, and their family moved from North Carolina to Ray County, Missouri.