ADAMS, A. J. (1845~1917) A. J. Adams, Confederate veteran, was born in Chambers County, Alabama in 1845. In 1852, he moved to Texas with his family. According to his Compiled Military Service Record, Adams, on September 25, 1861, at age 15, but claiming he was 18, was mustered into service as a private in Company K of the 10th Texas Cavalry in Quitman, Texas. After serving only about 12 months, Adams was discharged on November 22, 1862, because he lied about his age during enlistment.
In his Application for a Confederate Pension, Adams claims that he also served in Company H of the 35th Texas Infantry and was discharged at the end of the War in 1865. Upon examination of this claim in 1905, only his service in the 10th Texas Cavalry could be verified.
During the War, Adams, and the 10th Texas participated in the Corinth Campaign, the Kentucky Campaign and the Battle of Richmond. After the War, Adams settled in Kerens, Navarro County, Texas, where he was a farmer. He did marry and have at least one child, J. T. Adams. In 1905, at age 60, Adams applied for and received a Confederate Pension from the State of Texas. He was still living in Kerens at the time.
On April 7, 1912, Adams was moved into the Confederate Veterans Home in Austin. According to the Confederate Home Roster, he was still married, but his wife did not accompany him. Mrs. Adams passed away before her husband, as his marital status on his death certificate shows that he was a widower. Upon entering the Home, Adams listed his son, J. T., of San Angelo, as his next of kin. Adams, a Baptist, lived in the Home until his death on November 15, 1917. He was buried in the Texas State Cemetery the next day.
Information taken from: Compiled Military Service Record, 10th Texas Cavalry Web page at http://gen.1starnet.com/civilwar/10cvmain.htm, Confederate Pension Application # 11588, Confederate Home Roster, and Death Certificate # 32862.