Biography of James Adams, Jr.
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ADAMS, JAMES, Jr., Castleton. He was the renowned manufacturer of the American slate pencil; James and his brother Benjamin F. purchased the slate quarry in 1856, and in 1859 James organized a stock company, and in 1867 it became the Adams Manufacturing Company, with a capital of two hundred thousand dollars. In 1872 it was changed to the Vermont Slate and Alum Company, and in 1881 it was changed to the Vermont Soap Stone Pencil Company, with a capital of thirty thousand dollars, and giving employment to some forty bands, who manufacture from fifty to one hundred thousand per day. He was married in 1850 to Mary Reed Knowlson, of Sand Lake, N.Y.; they had two daughters: Margaret K. and Jennie Dye Adams. His parents were James and Sane (Dye) Adams; they were married at Fairhaven in 1806. James Adams settled in Castleton in 1802 as a merchant, and retired from that business in 1833, devoting his time to the care of his land and stock and to the care of his family of seven children, of whom James is the only one now living. The others were Philander, Benjamin F., James, Jr., Jane, HarrietN., Delia H. and Jane D. Jane Adams was born in New York city in 1790, and died in 1867; James Adams was a native of Simsbury, Conn. He died in 1860, aged eighty five years.

From:
History of Rutland County, Vermont
Edited by: H. P. Smith and W. S. Rann
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1886


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