#57. Mary Adams

Mary Adams

B 23 August 1778  |  St. Clair Bottom, VA, USA

D 1 October 1828  |  Edinburgh, IN, USA

M 27 January 1803  |  Edinburgh, IN, USA

Mary was a founder of Edinburgh, Indiana. She died during an epidemic in 1828. Her husband had died three days earlier. They reportedly left nine living children.



Property Map

Turkey Grove Farm Map

Turkey Grove Farm Map shows the plots for the regions farms. Highlighted are Bishop and Whited farms.

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 18 August 2014
Indiana Gazetteer: Or Topographical Dictionary of the State of Indiana

Indiana Gazetteer

Indiana Gazetteer: Or Topographical Dictionary of the State of Indiana. Paragraph that details the town of Edinburgh, Indiana.

Added by Michael D. Ketchum 1 September 2014
Bishop History by Esther Bishop  Bishop and Staadt History by Esther Bishop

A Bishop History written by my great aunt, Esther Rosetta Bishop Karstensen.

Family History from an Early Date by Lewis Conley Bishop  Family History from an Early Date by Lewis Conley Bishop

A chronical of the Bishop Family penned by Lewis Conley Bishop

An Iowa Story - Grandpa and Grandma Bishop Build a Home  An Iowa Story - Grandpa and Grandma Bishop Build a Home

A story in The Griswold American, 1949, titled, "An Iowa Story - Grandpa and Grandma Bishop Build a Home" by Wanda Smith, granddaughter.

Lewis Conley Bishop Journal Note  Lewis Conley Bishop Journal Note

A note from an inside corner of the Journal of Lewis Conley Bishop.


Marriage Record

Marriage record indicating marriage of Lewis Bishop to Mary Adams 27 January 1803, Washington Co., VA, USA.
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86869-6, System Origin: Virginia-EASy, GS Film number: 34389, Reference ID: Page 18

History of Johnson County, Indiana, Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1988,
pp. 299-300, 532, 684-685:

History of Johnson County, Indiana, Chicago, IL: Brant & Fuller, 1988, pp. 299-300, 532, 684-685: First Permanent Settlement. - The time has now come when the first permanent settlement is to be planted in Johnson County. In 1814 a young man by the name of John Campbell, born and reared in Tennessee, went to find a home north of the Ohio. Fate directed his footsteps to the vicinity of Waynesville, in the State of Ohio, where he married Ruth Perkins, a native of South Carolina. In 1817 he moved to Connersville, and in 1820 to the "new purchase" on Blue River. . . .

As far as now known, eighteen families moved into the new settlement during the year, of which Henry Catsinger, Simon Schaffer, Jesse Dawson, Zachariah Sparks, Elias Brock and Joseph Townsend, were Kentuckians; William Williams, and as already stated, John Campbell, were Tennesseeans; Amos Durbin was from Virginia; John A. Mow and Joshua Palmer, were from Ohio; Isaac Marshall and John Wheeler were from North Carolina; Samuel Herriott, from Pensylvania [sic], while the native places of Louis Bishop, Thomas Ralston and Richard Cormorave are unknown.

Among the earliest improvements of Edinburg, was the pioneer inn which only differed from the ordinary cabin of the settler, in that its hospitalities were dispensed to the traveling public at a stipulated price. The presence of numerous land buyers and home-seekers rendered places of entertainment necessary, and to accommodate all such, Thomas Carter, as early as 1826, received license from the board of county justices, to keep a tavern in the village of Edinburg. At the March term of 1827, Patrick Cowen received the like privilege, and in May following, Louis Bishop took out a license.

The method of doing county business was materially changed in 1824. Theretofore the county board consisted of but three commissioners who were elected for that purpose only, and to them was given the entire charge of the county business. In that year, however, the law transferred their business to what is termed the board of jurors. This board was composed of all the justices of the peace in the county who were ex-officio members of this board. This method did not remain in vogue long, as it was found to be too cumbersome and unsatisfactory. The details of the business as transacted by the board, would be of but little interest. It was generally made up of hearing road petitions, appointing viewers, overseers of the poor, inspectors of elections, superintendents of school sections, county officers, fence viewers, constables, listers, assessors, granting licenses of various kinds, passing on claims against the county, levying taxes, selecting jurors, changing roads, and many other matters pertaining to the general business of the county. In the light of our modern ways, some of the claims allowed, seem funny. In Judge Banta's "Sketch" is the following:

". . . Lewis Bishop came in for $1 'charges for keeping Richard Neal while a prisoner' . . . ."

William P. Bishop (son)

William was born April 23, 1813 in Shelby County, Indiana and died on March 19, 1883. William married Nancy Oldham on September 26, 1832 in Warren, Iowa. They had eleven children. George Oldham (March 27, 1835 to ?), Sarah Ann (December 28, 1837-?), Jonathan (August 9, 1839-?), Aaron O. (September 26, 1841 to ?); Lucinda (June 1, 1843 to ?); Mary Ann (May 5, 1845 to ?); Benjamin (November 30, 1847 to ?); Isaac (November 30, 1847 to ?); John K. (August 15, 1850 to ?); Melissa (October 4, 1852-?); and Moses Oldham (September 12, 1855 to December 1938 or 1939). Nancy died on November 11, 1860.

He married Eliza Dey (Bunn) after 1860.

Will of William
"I William P Bishop being of sound mind and judgement in regard to my affairs and recognizeing the necessity of a proper and just arrangement of all worldly affairs in life I hereby make this my last will and testament (to wit) First I will all my just debts be paid
Second I will that my wife Eliza Bishop shall have the use of my farm during her lifetime My sons George Bishop and Aaron Bishop I have a quit claim for all their interest in my estate so I will them only what they have had. I will to my daughter Sarah Thomas one hundred dollars. I will to the then living heirs of my daughter Mary Ann Surber the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars to be paid only to them when the youngest living heir becomes of age. I will to my son Johnathan Bishop the sum of fifty dollars. I will that after the debts and funeral expenses and a grave stone of fair size and quality is placed at the head of myself and wife and the expense of administration is paid with all the legacies heretofore made in this instrument – that the remainder of the proceeds of my real and personal property shall be equally divided between my son Moses Bishop and my daughter Melissa Dey. I hereby appoint Washington Dey my Executor to take charge and settle up my estate.
In testimony I have signed my name this 18th day of May 18??"

Hiram Smith Bishop (son)

Hiram was born 16 April 1826 in Edinburgh, Johnson County, Indiana, USA and died 12 May 1886 in Linn County, Oregon, USA. Hiram Smith Bishop was only about 2 years old when his parents, Lewis Bishop (1778-1828) and Mary Adams Bishop (1781-1828), died from an epidemic within three days of each other (Sept. 28 and Oct. 1 respectively). Some sources say typhoid, some say cholera. The infant Hiram was turned over to Mary's older sister, Elizabeth "Betsy" Bishop Whited. Hiram was married twice. The first was in 1849, to Nancy Catherine Lent (1828-1853). Nancy died at age 25 and was buried in Milwaukie, Oregon. They had three children together:

Destimona Ann Bishop (Whited) (1849-1912)
Albert Edward Bishop (1851) (Oct-Nov)
Erastus Asbury Bishop (1853-1932)

Hiram's second wife was Anna Matheny (1839-1894). They were married on July 6, 1854, when she was about 14 1/2 years old. Hiram and Anna had ten children together:

Mary Elizabeth Bishop (Holt) (1855-1927)
Oliver Newton Bishop (1857-1940)
Chauncey Orlando Bishop (1860-1901)
William Lewis Bishop (1862-1954)
Jonathan Elmer Bishop (1864-1943)
Hiram Merritt Bishop (1866-1946)
Marvel Pennington Bishop b. 19 Jun 1869, Linn, OR, USA d. 1947
Ella Melissa Bishop (Stokes) (1872-1949)
Ora Alla Bishop (McKinnis) (1874-1954)
1Minnie Anna Bishop (1880-1899)

Hiram, Nancy, Destimona, and Erastus left Iowa for Oregon in the wagon train of 1853 to claim a Donation Land Grant near Mill City, Linn County, Range 2E, Township 9 South, Section 79, Certificate # 7649. Note this interesting data from the Oregon Immigration Roster, Umatilla Indian Agency, page 26, 14 September 1853: "Bishop, S., w, 1s, 1d" [meaning Hiram S. Bishop, wife (Nancy), one son (Erastus), one daughter (Destimona]. Another source (Bishop History, Carole A. Lange) says the Oregon arrival date is 5 October 1853. Note that only Hiram is mentioned without family information attached. I'm not sure how this date is reconciled with the official Umatilla arrival date of 14 September. Perhaps there was another reporting waypoint along the trail route, or 5 October was the arrival date at the land grant site and not an actual Oregon arrival date.

Hiram had moved west on the Oregon Trail in 1853, the same year his first wife died. He and his family settled in Linn County, first at Mill City and then to a farm near Scio. Hiram died from cancer a few weeks after turning 60. He was buried in Franklin Butte Masonic Cemetery near Scio, Oregon. Anna died from consumption (tuberculosis) at Wallowa in 1894 and was buried in what the sources call the "M.E. (Lower Valley) Cemetery" in Wallowa. That cemetery is now known as Bramlet Memorial Cemetery.

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