F. M. Adams is a native of Old Virginia, born on the 12th of March, 1822. His parents, Thomas and Laney S. Adams, were the parents of six sons and two daughters, seven of the family being yet alive. F. M. Adams assisted his father on the farm until 1849, then began working for himself as a farm hand, continuing until his marriage, in 1852, to Miss Mary C. Riza. In 1858 he came to Morgan County, Mo., and purchased the farm of 120 acres on which he is now living, and has since increased his acreage until he is now the owner of 220 acres, all of which is under fence but twenty acres, and is well improved with good buildings. He and wife are the parents of three sons and one daughter: Howard M., who married Miss Nancy Koutz, and is living near his father, has three children; Charles Oscar, born in June, 1854, and died December 25, 1861; Philip R., and Magdaline, wife of Milton Durrel. During the late War Mr. Adams' sympathies were with the South, and owing to this he was subjected to many indignities, all his stock and grain being taken from him. He always votes the Democratic ticket, and is a member of the Agricultural Wheel. He commenced life a poor boy, but has gained a good home, and is happy in the affection of his children.
History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage Counties, Missouri, Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1889.