Jesse Adams

Co. K, 121st O.V.I

by John Quist

      Farmer Jesse Adams was born on December 14, 1830 in Berlin Township, Delaware County, OH. (1)

      His farmer father, Moses R. Adams, was born in or about 1788 in New York State to Gilbert (1760-1825) and Rachel Dingee/Dinge/Dingey/Dingy/Dingeg (1765-1841). (2)  On an unspecified date before 1808, he married Betsy Hulse, born in or about 1791 in New York State (3) to Revolutionary War veteran Stephen (c.1760-1844) and Anna (Nancy) (Lockwood) Hulse (c.1760-1838). (4)  Eleven children were reported born to them:  Alfred (n.d.), Marvin (1805), Rachel (1808), Nancy (1810), Garrison (1815), Jerusha (1824), Jesse (1830), Harvey (1833), Emily (1838), Rachel (1844). (5)  Moses’ movings were recorded in the U.S. federal censuses:  Phillips, Dutchess County, NY (1810), Putnam County, NY (1820), Delaware County, OH (1830-1840), and Van Wert County, OH (1850).  Betsy (Hulse) Adams died in or about 1845 in either Delaware County or Van Wert County, OH. (6)  On October 7, 1847 in Van Wert county, Moses married Elizabeth Ann Kennear/Kermean, born in or about 1823 in Ohio, with whom he one child, Charles (1849). (7)  [No more information was found about her.]  Moses Adams died between the 1850 and 1860 U.S. censuses for Van Wert County. (8)

      On January 23, 1853 in Delaware County, Jesse Adams married Harriet M. Lee, (9) born on January 23, 1833 in Berlin Township. (10)  Her farmer father, Ira J. Lee, was born in or about 1808 in the town of Norwich, Chenango County, NY. (11)  When Ira came to Berlin Township was not found, but his father Josiah (aka Ambrose) Lee died in there on October 8, 1823. (12)  In or about 1833, Ira married Margaret Roush, born in or about 1812 in Ohio to John Roush (1775-1834) and Anna Elizabeth (Loop) Roush (1775-1827).  Eleven children were reported born to Ira and Margaret:  Harriet M. (1833), Susan Rebecca (1836), David (1837), infant son (1839), Annette A. (1842), George W. (1843), William H. (1845), infant daughter (1849), Thomas J. (1851), James M. (1852), and Martin R. (1853). (13)  Ira and Margaret (Roush) Lee died in Berlin Township, he on February 28, 1862 (14) and she in 1870. (15)  Where they were buried was not found.

      Five children were reported born to Jesse and Harriet Adams:  Almeda A. (1854), Arthur H. (1857), Annetta (1858), Harvey (1860), Cassius J. (1866). (16)

      On August 13, 1862 at the age of 31, Jesse Adams enlisted as a Private in the 121st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment (121st O.V.I.). (17)

      The regiment was organized at Camp Delaware at Delaware City, Delaware County – the old camp of the 96th O.V.I. – with recruits from Delaware, Knox, Logan, Marion, and Morrow counties and mustered in for three years on September 11, 1862. (18)  On that date, Private Adams was assigned to Delaware County’s Company K. (19)

      They were ordered to Cincinnati, OH (September 11), Covington, KY (September 15), and Louisville, KY (September 20), pursued General Braxton Bragg through the Kentucky countryside (October 1-15), and fought in the major Battle of Perryville, KY (October 8), in which they were victorious.  They were at Lebanon, KY through October, Columbia, TN through November,  operated against General John Hunt Morgan (December 22-January 3, 1863), were ordered to Nashville, TN (February 9) and Franklin, TN (February 12-June), took part in the Tullahoma or Middle Tennessee Campaign (June 23-July 7), were stationed at Fayetteville, TN (August 25-September 5), were mauled in the bloody Union defeat at Chickamauga, GA (September 19-21), were involved in the Siege of Chattanooga, TN (September 24-November 23), the Chattanooga, TN-Ringgold, GA Campaign (November 23-27), and the relief of Knoxville, TN (November 28-December 17).  They were then stationed at Rossville, GA (a few miles south of Chattanooga) through April, 1864. (__

       Next came the long Atlanta, GA Campaign (May 1-September 8), including the Battle of Resaca (May 14-15), the capture of Rome (May 18), the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain (also known as Big Shanty) (June 27), Battle of Ruff’s Station (now Smyrna) (July 4), action at Chattahoochee River (July 5-17), Battle of Peachtree Creek (July 19-20), and the Siege of Atlanta (July 22-August 25), followed by actions against Jonesboro (August 25-September 1).  Following the Atlanta Campaign, the 121st Ohio Infantry operated against Generals Nathan Bedford Forrest and John Bell Hood in northern Georgia and northern Alabama (September 29-November 3), went with General William Tecumseh Sherman on his “March to the Sea” (November 15-December 10), were in the Siege of Savannah, GA (December 10-21), and took part in the Campaign of the Carolinas (January-April 1865),  including the Battle of Bentonville, NC (March 19-21), occupation of Goldsboro, NC (March 24), occupation of Raleigh, NC (April 10-14), and the surrender of General Joseph E. Johnston and his armies near Durham, NC (April 26).  They then moved to Washington, D.C., via Richmond, VA (April 29-May 19).  On May 24th, the regiment participated in the Grand Review of the Armies.  On June 8, 1865 at Washington, D.C., Private Adams and the 121st O.V.I. were mustered out of service. (20

      Jesse Adams returned to his wife and family in Berlin Township, but not for long.  On August 12, 1869, he died and was buried in the Cheshire Cemetery, Berlin Township. (21)  On November 25, 1884, a contracted was signed to obtain a U.S. government headstone for Jesse’s grave. (22)  On August 25, 1890, Harriet M. Adams applied for a U.S. government pension as the widow of a Civil War veteran. (23)

      On May 1, 1894, Harriet M. (Lee) Adams died and was buried with Jesse. (24)


Compiled by John W. Quist

Delaware, Ohio

July 3, 2013



1  “Jesse Adams.” Sperry/Taylor Family Tree, (online) 

2  “Moses R. Adams.” Sperry/Taylor Family Tree 

3  “Betsy Hulse.” Sperry/Taylor Family Tree 

4  “48-49 Stephen Hulse/Hults.” Changes/Additions, Hulse Family Network,
    HulseNET, (online)

5  Footnote 2

6  Footnote 3

7  “Elizabeth Ann Kennear/Kermean.” Sperry/Taylor Family Tree

 8  Footnote 2

 9  “Harriet M. Lee.” Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994,

10  “Harriet M. Lee.” Sperry/Taylor Family Tree 

11  “Ira J. Lee.” Guy and Nellie Ball Family Tree,

 12  “Josiah Aka Ambrose Lee.” Find A Grave Memorial, (online)

 13  “Margaret Roush.” Guy and Nellie Ball Family Tree

 14  Footnote 11

 15  Footnote 13

 16  Footnote 10

17  “Jesse Adams.” American Civil War Soldiers, (online)

18  History of Delaware County and Ohio. O.L. Baskin & Co., Chicago, IL, 1880,
      page 301

19  Footnote 17

 20  “121st O.V.I.” (online)

 21  “Jessie Adams.” Find A Grave Memorial

 22  “Jesse Adams.” Headstones Provided for Deceased Union Civil War
       Veterans, 1879-1903
, search.-
23  “Jesse Adams.” Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, search.-

24  “Harriet M. Lee.” Find A Grave Memorial

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