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Martha Mourning Adams

Martha Mourning Adams

Female 1806 - 1893  (87 years)

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  1. 1.  Martha Mourning AdamsMartha Mourning Adams was born 2 Oct 1806, Franklin, North Carolina (daughter of Jesse Adams and Unicy); died 8 Nov 1893, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.

    Other Events:

    • Alternate birth: 13 Nov 1806, Franklin, North Carolina


    Martha Mourning Adams is currently the earliest-born direct ancestor of PNH for whom we have a photograph, albeit an obviously-retouched one.

    Martha married Jesse Hammonds 29 Aug 1823. Jesse (son of Charles Hammonds and Rahab Manning) was born 11 May 1800, Franklin, North Carolina; died 29 Jan 1852, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]

    1. Martha Patsy Hammonds was born 28 Jul 1825, Humphreys, Tennessee; died 28 Aug 1875.
    2. Young Jackson Hammonds was born 17 Oct 1827, Humphreys, Tennessee; died 30 Apr 1896, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    3. William Newton Hammonds was born 5 Oct 1829, Humphreys, Tennessee; died 19 Nov 1902, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    4. Charles Covington Hammonds was born 15 Dec 1832, Humphreys, Tennessee; died 2 Jan 1892, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    5. Jesse Washington Hammonds was born 28 Sep 1835, Humphreys, Tennessee.
    6. Louisa Catherine Hammonds was born 2 Feb 1838, Humphreys, Tennessee.
    7. Uriah Jasper Hammonds was born 10 Sep 1840, Benton, Polk, Tennessee; died 27 Dec 1915, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    8. Lurena Attaline Hammonds was born 9 Jan 1843, Benton, Polk, Tennessee; died 25 Feb 1873, Gibson County, Tennessee.
    9. Narcissa Jeffers Hammonds was born 21 Aug 1845, Milan, Gibson, Tennessee; died 24 Nov 1922, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky; was buried , Fairview Cemetery, Fulton, Fulton, Kentucky.
    10. Rowena Abigail Hammonds was born 25 Jun 1850, Gibson County, Tennessee; died 23 Mar 1883, Fulton County, Kentucky.

    Martha married Mark Crocker 10 Jul 1856, Gibson County, Tennessee. Mark was born 19 Jan 1788, Spartanburg, South Carolina; died 5 Apr 1858, Gibson County, Tennessee. [Group Sheet]

Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Jesse Adams was born 1753, Granville, North Carolina (son of Jesse Adams and Martha Johnson); died 6 Dec 1835, Humphreys, Tennessee.


    From Jesse Adams's application for a Revolutionary War pension, 20 Sep 1832:

    "[S]tates he was mustered into service at Kingston in the state of North Carolina under Capt John Whitley and Matthew Crellars Lieutenant under Col Wm Caswell and marched monks corner in South Carolina thence to the White Cliffs in view of Augusta and down through Augusta and down near the mpouth of Briar Creek in pursuit of the British and when they got there they had taken up the bridge and that our enemy was stationed between Briar Creek and the Savannah River until the British army marched -- and marched around and came down on the back of our troops; that he was sick at the time of the battle of Briar creek and was not at the same -- he then returned home to Franklin co North Carolina 1781."

    From the Hammonds Family Tree page:

    "In 1769 there is a record of deed of land in Bute Co., N.C. (Also shows deeds in 1774 and 1777 where he sold land.) Jesse Adams served in the Revolutionary War. He applied for a pension in 1832 while living in Humphreys Co., TN. In 1810 he is in the Nash Co., NC census. He moved that same year and is in the Smith Co., Tn census. In 1820 they are still in Smith Co.

    "They then moved to Humphreys Co., TN shortly after that because Jesse Hammonds and his wife Martha Mourning Adams married there in 1823. Jesse Adams died in Humphreys Co., TN on Dec 6, 1835, he was 82 years old! Nancy Alice (Nica) continued to live there until some of her children along with Jesse and Mourning moved to Gibson Co. around 1850. She then lived with some of her children. They had 12 children and they migrated through TN, KY, GA, AL."

    Note that Bute County, North Carolina was carved out of Granville County in 1764.

    Jesse married Unicy 26 May 1782. Unicy was born 21 Nov 1766, North Carolina; died 1860. [Group Sheet]

  2. 3.  Unicy was born 21 Nov 1766, North Carolina; died 1860.


    Also called Audrey; Nancy.

    The Hammonds Family Tree page gives her name as Nancy Alice and adds a "???". It has her birth date as 21 Nov 1766, just as we do.

    A note on their page for her spouse, Jesse Adams, refers to her as "Nancy Alice (Nica)". It's easy to see how "Unicy" could be derived from that.


    Document transcribed on the "Hammons & Garvin Family Tree" on


    In order to obtain the benefit of act of Congress of the 7 of July 1838 entitled An act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows

    State of Tennessee

    Benton County

    On this thirty first day of October one thousand eight hundred and forty personally appeared before me JESSE HAMMONDS as acting Justice oof the peace in and for Benton County band state aforesaid UNICY ADAMS a resident of the State of Tennessee in the county of Benton aged seventy three years November 21st 1839.

    Who being first duly sworn according to law, doth on her oath made the following declaration in order to obtain the benefit of the provision made by the act of Congress passed July 7 1838, entitled an act granting half pay and pensions to certain widows: That she is the widow of JESSE ADAMS who was a private in the militia in the revolutionary wwar having a certificate of pension from the War department for twenty six dollars and sixty six cents per annulment during his natural life.

    She farther declares that she was married to JESSE ADAMS on the 26th day of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty two.  That her husband, the aforesaid JESSE ADAMS died on the 6th day of Dec one thousand eight hundred and thirty five.  That she was not married to him prior to his leaving the services, but the marriage took place previous to the first of January seventeen hundred and ninety four.

    viz: at the time above stated sworn to and subscribed to on the day and year above.

    Written before


    of the peace for Benton County


    her mark 

    1. 1. Martha Mourning Adams was born 2 Oct 1806, Franklin, North Carolina; died 8 Nov 1893, Gibson, Gibson, Tennessee; was buried , Chapel Hill Cemetery, Gibson, Tennessee.

Generation: 3

  1. 4.  Jesse Adams was born Abt 1725, Southampton, Virginia; died Aft 1780, Johnston, North Carolina.

    Jesse married Martha Johnson. Martha (daughter of John Johnson) was born , Virginia; died Aft 1777, Johnston, North Carolina. [Group Sheet]

  2. 5.  Martha Johnson was born , Virginia (daughter of John Johnson); died Aft 1777, Johnston, North Carolina.
    1. 2. Jesse Adams was born 1753, Granville, North Carolina; died 6 Dec 1835, Humphreys, Tennessee.

Generation: 4

  1. 10.  John Johnson
    1. 5. Martha Johnson was born , Virginia; died Aft 1777, Johnston, North Carolina.