William M. Adams was born in Roane County, East Tennessee, August 8, 1843, being the sixth of fourteen children born to Nelson and Martha (Mathis) Adams. The father was born in Hamilton County, Tenn., in September, 1813, and is still living in this county on the head waters of Yellow Creek. The mother was born in the year 1816. Our subject entered the Confederate Army at the age of nineteen years, joining Company G, Twelfth Tennessee Regiment, entering as second lieutenant and was afterward promoted to first lieutenant and in 1865 was made captain. At the close of the war he went West as a volunteer to fight the Indians. The following October he as discharged and came home. He entered the merchandise business with Jesse Daniels at Danielsville, but remained with him but a few years. He is a carpenter and built the Edgewood Schoolhouse. He was married, January 15, 1866, to Tennessee Dickson Daniel. She was born September 15, 1847. They have ten children: Jessie R.,Bettie G., William W., Joseph A., Enola Ann, Emma A., Mattie L., Cora Hattie, Charles C. and Lewis Wade. Politically he is a Republican.