Charles Russell Adams (1913-1999)
Charles Russell Adams
was born at Somerville, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States 30 May 1913,
the son of Conrad Arnold Adams and Viola Lavina Russell
. Charles passed away at Harlingen, Cameron, Texas, United States 17 November 1999.
Charles married Hannah Keyes Ellis,
daughter of Edwin Alton Ellis and Fannie Whitcomb,
at Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, United States 12 Aug 1939.
Narrative and Records
The birth record provided: entry number (752); the date of birth (May 30, 1913), child’s full name, sex (male), birth in Somerville, father’s name (Conrad A.), mother’s name (Viola L. Russell), residence of parents (38 Whitfield Road, Somerville), father’s occupation (teacher), father’s birth place (Stowe, Vermont), mother’s birth place (Stowe, Vermont), and record date (June 12).1
Middle initials of Charles’ parents were obtained from Hannah Keyes (Ellis) Adams, Charles’ wife.2
In 1920, Charles Adams, male, age 6, single, was living in Medford (Ward 5) Massachusetts with his parents Conrad A. (age 33) and Viola L. Adams (age 31). Charles was born in Massachusetts, both parents were born in Vermont.3
In 1930, Charles was in Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, age 16, born in Massachusetts, son of Conrad A. and Viola L. Adams. Both parents were born in Vermont.4
New Hampshire used a two-sided form for the Certificate of Intention of Marriage and for the Certificate of Marriage. The Intention contained the following fields: full name of groom (Charles Russell Adams), residence of groom (Cheshire county, Keene, N. H., No 27 Winchester St., ward 5), full name of bride (Hannah Keyes Ellis), residence of bride (Cheshire county, Keene, N. H., 72 School St., ward 4), age of groom (26), race (white), marital status (single) number of marriage (1st), occupation of groom (draftsman), groom’s birthplace (Somerville, Mass.), groom’s father (Conrad Arnold Adams), residence (Keene, N. H.), father’s age (53), race (white), occupation (teacher), birthplace (Stowe, Vt.). The form also had information on the bride to be: age (28), race (white), marital status (single), number of marriage (1st), occupation (bookkeeper), birthplace (Keene, N. H.), bride’s father (Edwin Alton Ellis), brides’ father’s residence (Keene, N. H.), age (63), race (white), occupation (
insuranceagent), father’s birthplace (Harwich, Mass.), the bride’s mother (Fannie Whitcomb), residence (Keene, N. H.), mother’s age (57), race (white), occupation (housewife), birthplace (Keene, N. H.) The attestation that the previous information was correct was dated June 21, 1939 and signed with typewritten signatures of bride and groom. The physician’s statements and record of blood tests were received on June 21, 1939 and the certificate was issued on June 27, 1939, with typed signature of Frank H. Whitcomb, City Clerk of Keene. At the bottom of the page is the certificate of marriage, that the bride and groom were married in Keene on Aug. 12, 1939 by Willis E. Smith, a clergyman. The report of the marriage was filed Aug. 14, 1939, signed by Frank H. Whitcomb.5
In 1940, Charles and “Anna E” Adams were living as husband and wife in Ward 3, Keene, N. H.. Charles was 26, married, born in Massachusetts, lived in same place in 1935. “Anna” was age 29.6
As the family grew, Charles and Hannah built a new house on Blossom St. in Keene. About the time that their oldest was in Kindergarden, they bought a farm in the next town, Westmoreland and spent summers there for a year or two before moving there full time. The Blossom St. house was sold. Over the years, other land purchases were made and the farm gew to be about 640 acres.7
After his retirement, Charles and Hannah sold the Westmoreland farm and eventually settled in Harlingen, Cameron county, Texas. Charles died there 17 November 1999.8
In the course of his career at Kingsbury, Charles was promoted to Chief Draftsman, then moved into sales. He got several years of quoting experience before becoming the Chief Sales Engineer. Later, Kingsbury Machine Tool Corporation established a wholly owned subsidiary called King Tool, and Charles ended his career as it’s president.9
During the growing up years for the children, the family had horses. The earliest ones were just horses, but then Charles decided he liked Morgan horses and henceforth the horses were Morgans. He had one stallion for years that was used for riding, sleigh pulling as well as a stud. This “hobby” provided work for Charles, harvesting hay each year, feeding horses, cows and other animals daily. The family got involved with this. Also in the winter, there was the process of cutting trails through the woods for horseback riding. There were two barns built to shelter the horses and cows.
Later, he decided he would like to do some lapidary work. So he investigated equipment, then designed and built some. He made some tie clips with various stones with a cabochon cut. He also did some faceting and was very happy with a bolo tie, featuring a 3-4 inch wide Texas map with a large faceted cubic zirconia centerpiece.
He helped complete the final few clocks that his Dad had on order after it became obvious that Conrad could not finish them.
Charles followed his father into photography and eventually built a darkroom in the celler. There, he developed films (both black and white, and color. At one point, he reported a flood ruined a lot of his previous work. He still left several thousand images at his death.10
1“Massachusetts, Births, 1841-1915,” index and images, Familysearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 22 Mar 2013), Charles Russell Adams, 1913.
2Hannah Keyes (Ellis) Adams, Westmoreland, New Hampshire, interview by David C. Adams (her son), summer 1964, notes held by interviewer, North Las Vegas, Nevada.
3"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 16 Sep 2013), Charles Adams in entry for Conrad Adams, 1920.
4"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 14 Sep 2013), Charles R Adams in entry for Conrad A Adams, 1930.
5 Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire, marriage certificate (1939) Adams-Ellis, City Clerk's Office, Keene, New Hampshire; digital images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 16 Aug 2013).
7Family common knowledge, reported by David C. Adams.
8"United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org : accessed 27 May 2013), Charles R Adams, 17 November 1999.
9 "Men of Kingsbury" Kingsbury Review, vol 1 No 6 (between Dec 1966 and Feb 1967), Kingsbury Machine Tool Co.; Keene, NH. Supplemented by family common knowledge for the King Tool portion.
10Family common knowledge reported by David C. Adams.