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Horace C. Adams

Horace C. Adams

Horace C. Adams Overview

Horace C. Adams is one of the victims of the “Tonopah Plague” that was laid to rest in the Old Tonopah Cemetery in Nye County, Nevada.

I thought he would be an easy one to research but unfortunately, below is all I can find about his past. Some newspapers say he was a native of New York or Massachusetts but I cannot find him there, only his father who was born in the Northeast and moved to the South where he met and married Horace’s mother, Lucy Helen Everett (born in New York). 


About 1847 in Arkansas.


January 6, 1902, in Nye County, Nevada.


He was married and we found references to Mrs. Horace C. Adams who thanked everyone for their support during his sickness but we cannot find her name at this time.


Parents – married in 1845 in Arkansas.

  • Charles W. Adams Brigadier General – b. 1817 in Massachusetts – d. 1878 in Tennessee
  • Lucy Helen Everett – b. 1828 in New York – d. 1889 in Tennessee

Places Lived

Arkansas and Nevada


  • 1847 – Born in Arkansas
  • 1850 – Richland, Phillips, Arkansas, USA – 1850 United States Federal Census
  • 1860 – Richland, Phillips, Arkansas, USA – Residence Post Office: LaGrange – 1860 United States Federal Census
  • 6 January 1902 – Died in Nye County, Nevada, USA
  • Buried in the Old Tonopah Cemetery, Nye County, Nevada, United States of America

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Tonopah Bonanza Butler, Nevada Sat, Jan 11, 1902 · Page 3


Vice President of the Tonopah Miners’ Union, has joined the silent majority solved the the great mys tery that sooner or later we must all solve. Death came as a relief to his sufferings Monday morning, this week, he was taken sick with the malady that has claimed so many peo ple in the past two weeks, about eight days before he died. He was 47 years of age, and a native of New York. Mr. Adams was a zealous worker in the cause of labor and his presence will be missed at the meetings of the union and his ever cheerful word to the workingman. He was a true christian and was prepared to meet and forever dwell with God. He leaves a loving wife to mourn his demise and the sympathy of the community is extended to her in her sad hour. The funeral was held under the auspices of the union on Thursday and was largely attended. 

The Daily Appeal Carson City, Nevada Wed, Jan 15, 1902 · Page 3

Tonopah’s Death List.

The Tonopah Bonanza of the nth inst. contains the following death list: Arthur George, a young man who was among the first arrivals in the camp and a pioneer of the new section. The following Monday, Horace C. Adams, vice president of the Tonopah Company died with the malady that has afflicted the camp. On the same day Thomas Gunn, foreman of the Golden Sinclair lease died from the same malady. On Thursday of the same week Samuel S. Robinson, a late arrival from DeLamar died in the camp. He was a teamster and was following that vocation in the new camp. On Wednesday Alex Plum, a pioneer resident of the section joined the silent majority. He was a miner and had followed that life for many years. Among the list is S. A. Crescenzo, ex-district attorney of Lander county. The Bonanza states that there are a number of cases of sickness in the camp but it is believed that the worst is over.

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Horace C. Adams