1 Charles Adney

Regarding this Charles, ETA says in his Preface, "...so that while the American branch of the Adneys begins at London in the person of Charles Adney, a shipbuilder, it is not of definite record as so far discovered, yet the fact is substantiated by the agreement among long separated different branches of the American Adneys. No other Adneys came to America until about the period 1900, and tradition in the London families is of one and only one who came to America, our ancestor Thomas by name, son of Charles aforesaid."
Children Thomas

1.1 Thomas Adney
Birth England
Death Adney's Gap, VA

ETA: "Our connection with London and the English Adneys therefore rests upon several independent traditions, one of a remarkable character. First, Col. W. H. G. Adney, son of Capt. Jonathan, of Vinton, Ohio [Note: ETA's father - JWW] recorded in his Journal when a student at Ohio University on a visit home, under date [Note: not given, but W.H.G.Adney was Class of 1860 at Ohio University] 'Father was giving some reminiscences of our family this evening. Thomas Adney, my greatgrandfather came from London to North America some time previous to the Revolution and settled in North Carolina. He was a Dunkard or 'long-bearded Quaker' and hence a man of peace. During the war of Independence he was several times taken prisoner by the tories. Once they counselled to take his life, as he overheard them; but they allowed him to escape.'" [I don't know whether W.H.G.Adney's journal still exists or not - JWW]

ETA continued: "More concerning this later. The first arrival, as we shall see, was at Charleston, South Carolina, and North Carolina was only a stopping place on the way to Virginia. The tradition that we can justly call remarkable and most fortunate is that written by the aged widow of Thomas's son Daniel (b. 1777) living at an advanced age of 92 in Indiana where in 1904 we visited her and a daughter [Note: Lovisa Adney Steele Harvey]. Her husband 'old Dan Adney' married at 67 for second wife a Miss Alexander, a young woman, by whom [they had] three children all living in 1904. This line, and that of a distinct branch in Tennessee and another distinct line in Arkansas, carried the tradition that Thomas was of a wealthy family, that he left a 'fortune' behind him, while Col. W. H. G. Adney used to say that his ancestor Thomas was either a younger or only son."

ETA discusses in some detail the circumstances of life on the frontier, and concludes from the evidence he gathered, the following:

"The lineage of the American Adneys begins, therefore, as follows:

I. Thomas Adney, son of Charles Adney, a shipbuilder of London, England; abducted to America at the age of nineteen to Charleston, South Carolina, year unknown but not later than 1770 and perhaps a few years earlier. He had attended school in England for twelve years, educated as what is now known as civil engineer. First spent three years among Indians westward, then married at place unknown Elizabeth Dunn, a nurse at Charleston, daughter of Daniel Dunn, an Irish Quaker of Dublin, she born in Ireland, came to America about 1750. Thomas and wife Elizabeth resided in North Carolina probably at the Quaker settlement at Cape Fear, where eldest son John was born in 1774, and removed before 1777 to western Virginia in then Botetourte County, finally purchasing a farm at the summit of the Blue Ridge in Franklin County close to the line of what became Roanoke County, set off from Botetourte by deed dated 1798, the place still known as Adney's Gap [Note: Milepost #136 on the Blue Ridge Parkway - JWW]...So nothing is known of most dates of birth of his children nor the order of their ages, so that we have grouped their names, boys first, the daughters after as:"

[see genealogical record below]
Spouse Elizabeth Dunn
Birth Ireland
Father Daniel Dunn
Children John (1774-1847)
Daniel (1777-1862)
William Alexander Dunn
Thomas (?1780-)
Mary (Polly)
Elizabeth (?1777-1857)

1.1.1 John Adney
Birth 28 Mar 1774, Cape Fear, NC
Death 20 Feb 1847, Ft. Recovery, Ohio

Date of birth from tombstone record at Fort Recovery, Ohio (see below).

ETA: "John Adney (Thomas I) reputed oldest son though not oldest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Dunn Adney, was born in North Carolina March 28, 1774 probably at the Quaker settlement near the Cape Fear River...

"John Adney worked as a millwright both in Virginia and Ohio. He was closely associated with his brother Dan in the same occupation, the two families lived near each other at Adney's Gap, and both decided to remove [although not at the same time] to the free territory north of the Ohio, which, ceded by England after the Revolutionary War, was declared by the Ordinance of 1789 to be forever 'free.'

ETA's narrative continues in detail about John and his family proceeding over the mountains into Kentucky [in 1804 or 1806], visiting his sister Mrs. Richerson at Crab Orchard, then going north, crossing the Ohio River at what is now Cincinnati, and continuing north up the Miami River past the site of present Dayton, and settling about three miles north of Fort Pequa on the east bank of the Big Miami. Hostility of the local Indians at the time of the War of 1812 led John to decide to return to Virginia. They proceeded east past Chillicothe, but "when he reached the present site of Vinton in Gallia County the family were taken down with ague (malarial fever). There he found several families that had recently arrived from Virginia, among whom was William Glenn. John Adney stopped here because of the sickness, and, as he looked the ground over he saw in Racoon Creek, or River, a chance for a millsite, although there was not much pitch of water. Seeing the nucleus of a settlement and being a millwright, he decided to remain and he built the Adney mills, that are known to the present time although the Adneys have long ceased to dwell there. From now begins the second period of Ohio settlement of the Adneys. Of this we have the county records of Gallia and for the more picturesque details the traditions of other grandchildren of John Adney, of the family of the boy Jonathan, the only one eventually to remain at Vinton."

ETA's narrative goes on to describe the eventual return of John Adney to the Town of Recovery in western Ohio, almost at the border with Indiana, in 1840. "John Adney bought lands also in the adjoining Jay Co., Indiana, part of which went to his daughter Lovisa Steel, and a part to his grandson the late Daniel Adney (son of John L. Adney), who was living there (in Noble Township) in 1904. He also had lands in St. Joseph Co., the same state, located for him perhaps by John Butler..."

"In appearance John Adney was 'not a large man but well-built, fair, with darkish straight hair inclining to sandy or reddish, which he wore long in the fashion of the day. He was smooth-shaven, and remembered as always wearing a long frock coat reaching nearly to the knees, with a rather wide-brimmed dark felt hat, the costume of the town dweller or professional man of the period..."

"His tombstone at Fort Recovery reads as follows:

In / Memory of / John Adney / died Feb 20th / 1847 / aged 72 years / 10 mo / & 23 / d"

Spouse Barbara Leseney
Birth 15 Jul 1781
Death 26 Mar 1855, Vinton, OH
Father Leseney
Mother Dillbone
Marr 1797, Virginia
Children Thomas (Died as Child) (1798-)
Jonathan (1799-1866)
William (1802-1875)
Rhoda (1804-)
John Leseney (1807-)
Sally (Sarah) (1815-1868)
Barbara (1818-)
Rebecca (Becky) (1822-)
Mary (Polly)
Anna Thomas Adney
Birth 1798 Jonathan Adney
Birth 9 Jan 1799, Franklin County, VA
Death 18 Oct 1866, Huntington Township, Ohio

Obituary from the Gallipolis Journal dated November 8, 1866: "DIED, Adney - At his residence in Huntington township, on the 18th ult., Jonathan Adney, in the 68th year of his age. The deceased was born in Franklin county, Virginia in 1799, and emigrated to Ohio in 1806. He lived for some years on the Western border of the state with the family of his father, John Adney--at a time when the frontier settlers were called upon to experience all the dangers and hardships of active Indian hostilities. His reminiscences of border life were many and interesting. By removal to Gallia county, the family were among the first settlers of Huntington township, where they participated in all the trials incident to the early settlement of the country.
The deceased led a life of unusual activity and may truly be said to be of that number by whose labor the wilderness has been made "to bloom as the rose." His was a life of unceasing labor and usefulness, and the rest he left with his Maker. His charitable gifts were always freely bestowed and many poor and destitute knew him as a friend. H."
(Thanks to Kathie Evans of Johnstown, Ohio for this copy. JWW)
Spouse Electa Glenn
Birth 11 Jan 1811
Death 30 Aug 1868, Vinton, OH
Father William Glenn
Mother Ann Curry
Marr 2 Mar 1828, Gallia County, Ohio
Children Weltha Janette (1829-1901)
Anna Amansilla (1832-1835)
William Harvey Glenn (1834-1885)
Jane Black (1835-1836)
Lovena Maria (1838-1886)
Henry Harrison (1841-1920)
Robert Curry Jerome (1843-1921)
Ella Romaine (1846-1930)
Calvin Percival Roscoe (1848-1917)
Lorimer Gerald (1850-1871)
Julius Regnier (1852-1884) Weltha Janette Adney
Birth 30 Oct 1829
Death 23 Oct 1901
Spouse Milton Kent
Children Agnes J. Agnes J. Kent
Spouse Samuel Newton Glenn
Birth 28 Oct 1852, Vinton, OH
Death 17 May 1936, Middleport, Meigs County, Ohio
Father William Curry Glenn
Mother Elizabeth Ann Blagg
Marr 30 Dec 1875
Children Boyd (-1909)
Roy Steele
Garnette A. Boyd Glenn
Death 1909 Roy Steele Glenn

Roy Steele Glenn wrote two interesting letters to Edwin Tappan Adney about 1945, which have been transcribed by JWW. Garnette A. Glenn
Spouse George E. Carson Anna Amansilla Adney
Birth 1832
Death 1835 Prof. William Harvey Glenn Adney*
Birth 23 Apr 1834, Vinton, Gallia County, Ohio
Death 23 Jun 1885

William Harvey Glenn Adney graduated from Ohio University with the Class of 1860, and in 1861 raised a company of infantry that became part of the 36th Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment. He served with this regiment throughout the Civil War, rising to the rank of Lieut. Col., and participating in battles such as Antietam, Chickamauga, and Chattanooga, at which he was wounded. He returned to Ohio University as a faculty member after the war, but in 1872 left to become a professor at Washington and Jefferson College, Washington, PA. For health reasons he removed his family about 1879 to Gum Spring plantation, 4 miles north of Pittsboro, NC, and died there in 1885.

The Ohio University Bulletin "Alumni Number - for the year 1909 - for the year 1910" has a biography of W. H. G. Adney, written most probably by his son, Edwin Tappan Adney, who visited the university in Athens in 1904.
Spouse Ruth Clementine Shaw
Death 29 Oct 1911, Pittsboro, NC
Father Boylston Shaw (thanks to Lester Shaw for this clarification)
Mother Eliza Hamlin
Marr 17 Nov 1865
Children Edwin Tappan (1868-1950)
Mary Ruth (1869-)
Lucy Hamlin (Died as Infant)

Other spouses Lucy Wyatt Edwin Tappan Adney
Birth 13 Jul 1868, Athens, Ohio
Death 10 Oct 1950, Upper Woodstock, NB

Edwin Tappan Adney was an artist, a writer, an ethnologist; most widely known as the man whose research saved the knowledge of the construction of the birchbark canoe from oblivion (see "The Survival of the Bark Canoe" by John McPhee and "The Bark Canoes and Skin Boats of North America" by Edwin Tappan Adney and Howard I. Chapelle, Smithsonian Institution, 1964). He covered the gold rush in the Klondike for Harper's Weekly in 1898 and 1899, and also the gold rush at Cape Nome, Alaska, in 1900.

He created heraldry art in Montreal in the 1920s, but in the early 1930s went to Upper Woodstock, New Brunswick, where he lived until his death in 1950. He learned the Malecite language, and devoted much of his life to understanding and documenting native linguistics and way of life.

This genealogy is based on ETA's original papers, and is being prepared as a corollary to a biography of ETA I hope to publish within a few years. JWW January 2000.
Spouse Minnie Bell Sharp
Birth 12 Jan 1865
Death 10 Apr 1937
Father Francis Peabody Sharp (1823-1903)
Mother Maria Shaw (1830-1904)
Marr 12 Sep 1899
Children Francis Glenn (1902-1983) Francis Glenn Adney
Birth 9 Jul 1902
Death Dec 1983

Glenn Adney was born in Woodstock, NB, and learned to play the piano with some instruction from his mother. He graduated from McGill University in mathematics, but was a professional musician in Montreal in the mid-1920s. He removed to New York City in the 1930s, and then to Ramsey, New Jersey. His career for the rest of his life was as an actuary with the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company in New York, but he continued to play jazz piano.
Spouse Margaret Isobel Robertshaw
Birth 15 Mar 1904, Keighly, Yorkshire, England
Father Oscar Robertshaw (1878-)
Mother Gertrude Weatherhead (1882-)
Children Joan Margaret (1938-) Joan Margaret Adney*
Birth 5 Sep 1938

Professional musician (banjo) with Your Fathers Mustache organization after divorce from Hawkey. Known as Joan Dragon. Currently (early 2000) living in Clearwater, Florida.
Spouse Richard Hawkey
Children Russell Tappan (1959-)
Lois Gayle (1961-)
Kimber Leigh (1963-)

Other spouses Arthur DragonJames W. Wheaton


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