Biographical record of the class of 1850, Yale college
Yale University, Class of 1850, 1877,
Published by Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor,
Printer, New Haven, pages 6-7
Adams, Stephen (Albany, N.Y.), son of John L. Adams, was
born in Fulton, Schoharie Co., N.Y., Feb. 28 1829, and entered
the Class the second term Junior year from the Class of 1849,
having had been absent a year.
After graduation he was teaching in Amherst Co., Virginia,
till March, 1851, and the rest of the year was engineering for
James River and Kanawha Company. He spent several months,
till Sept. 1852, studying law in the office of R.J. Davis, Esq., of
Lynchburg, VA., when he again engaged in teaching, first as
Principal of the Elon Academy in Amherst for one year, and then
for two years in the family of Anthony Lawson, Esq., Logan Co.,
VA. In the fall of 1855 he was admitted to the bar in Lynchburg.
For several years he practiced law in Raleigh, Logan, and the
adjoining counties, in partnership with Hon. Evermont Ward.
The news that the convention of his State had passed the
ordinance of secession, which he had up to that time opposed
with all his might, both in private and on the hustings, found
him residing and practicing law at Raleigh C. H., (now) West
Virginia. He enlisted as a private in one of the first
volunteer regiments formed in that section for the Confederate
service. Upon the organization he was elected caption, and he
served in the field with the Army of Northern Virginia until
the battle of Winchester,Sept. 19 1864, when he was desperately
wounded while commanding the 30th Va. battalion, and was
taken prisoner. He was carried to the hospital at Frederick,
and when well enough to be exchanged he returned to Lynch-
burg. After the war, the laws of West Virginia then excluding
Confederate soldiers from its bar, Lynchburg, where he has
since been engaged in the pursuit of his profession. “With a
little cork skillfully inserted in my boot you would scarcely
1 observe in me any effect of the late little unpleasantness.
In conclusion, I will add that I am obeying the parting
injunction four beloved classmate, Sam Edwards in 1850:
`Steve, by all means, teach your boys to fiddle.'”
He was married April 26, 1854. to Miss Emma C. Saunders, of
Lynchburg, and has had six children: (1) John Lawson, born Oct.
13, 1855; (2) Stephen, born June 9, 1860, died March 22, 1862;
(3) William Saunders, born Dec. 9, 1861; (4) Peter O., born Sept.
21, 1866; (5) Benjamin Donald, born Sept. 19, 1870, died July
12, 1872; (6) Emma, born July 21, 1875.
Submitted by Valerie F. Crook
Email: vfcrook @trellis.net, 1999.