Horace Hale and Lorania G. (Kinney) Adams

Horace Hale, the son of Bildad and Mary (Haynes) Adams, was born in Marlboro, Vermont on May 21, 1805. Ten years later his family moved to Ohio, where he later met his bride to be, Lorania G. Kinney, the daughter of Elijah and Lucretia (Colvin) Kinney.

Elijah Kinney was the father and founder of the portion of Porter Twp, Van Buren County, Michigan, known as the Kinney Settlement. He came from Milan, Ohio in 1835 with his wife and seven unmarried children, his son, Luther, and family, and his son-in-law, Samuel Corey. Elijah bought four 80 acre lots in Section 24. This was later occupied by his son, Stephen. Luther moved to St. Joe. Uri Kinney, a nephew of Elijah's settle in Section 12 of Porter Twp in 1835. Stephan, the brother of Elijah, came from Milan, Ohio in fall of 1836 with his wife and eight children, accompanied by a John Webber and John Bennett. He bought 240 acres in Section. 26. He died in 1874. His son, Orrin G. Kinney came with his father and settled on Section 25 in 1842. Niles H. Kinney, from Huron County, Ohio in 1835 with sons, Didymus, William, and Nathan.

Horace and his wife, Lorania, were blessed with four children in Ohio and two more children in Michigan. They sold their Sandusky County, Ohio farm in 1837. In their son, Franklin B. Adams obituary, it states: “ The payment being made in the heavy coins of the time, and of low value, the money was weighed instead of counted and was put in two grain sacks and loaded in a covered wagon and the family started for Michigan.” This was protected by the family pet each night.

Despite the early winter weather, the family traveled in sleighs to their new homeland, Porter Township, Van Buren County, Michigan. Before they cleared land and built a home, they spent the winter sheltered in an abandoned cabin near Indian villages. In their daughter, Sarah Adams Fletcher’s obituary it states: “they were the first white settlers in that section, and their only neighbors for their first summer and winter in the new country were Indians.”

Land certificates are on file for Horace Hale in 1839, 1839, and in 1840.

Horace was appointed Justice of the Peace in Porter Township. Ten years after arriving in Michigan, Horace died an early death at 42 years old, due to the lack of physicians in the remote area. Lorania passed away three years later in 1850.

Horace Hale Adams cemetery photo

Lorania G. Kinney Adams cemetery photo

Elijah Kinney cemetery photo

Children of Horace Hale and Lorania Adams:

Franklin B. Adams (b Jan. 11, 1828 - Greenfield Twp, Ohio) ( d. June 4, 1910 - Porter Twp, Mich) He married Lucinda Fletcher, the daughter of Thomas and Barbara (Ulery) Fletcher of Porter Twp. on Oct. 23, 1850. Two children blessed this marriage, Horace and Clara. Lucinda passed away in May 10, 1879, and on March 15, 1881, Franklin married Sarah Anna Fletcher, the daughter of Elijah and Eliza Fletcher, and a cousin to Franklin’s first wife. Two children blessed this marriage, Franklin and Horace Herbert.

Phebe (b Aug 27, 1830- d 1833 - Sandusky County, Ohio)

Uriah Mason (b Nov 2, 1832 - Sandusky County, Ohio) (d July 5, 1900 - Porter Township, Van Buren County, Mich) He married Jane Woods McKain, the daughter of Thomas and Jane (Morrow) McKain on April 19, 1865. Six children were borne to this marriage: Effie May, Horace Chester, Archie Lawrence, Mary Calista, Clarence Mason, and Ross Uriah. A family photo at the Adams Centennial Farm. and Group shots of the children in their later years. Jane Woods McKain Adams passed away February 22, 1913 in Porter Township. Photo of Jane Woods McKain and eight of her grandchildren Read more about Uriah and Jane Adams To read more about their children: Archie Leonard Adams History, Clarence Mason Adams Obituary, Effie May Adams Obituary Chester Horace Adams Obituary Mary Calista Adams Sykes Obituary

Sarah Lucina (b Aug 23, 1835 - Sandusky County, Ohio) ( d Jan 06, 1914 - Michigan) She married Dorsey Fletcher, son of Thomas and Barbara (Ulery) Fletcher, on December 03, 1856. They had two children: Julius Horace and Julian Thomas, plus three adopted by love daughters. Dorsey passed away in July 1898.

Emily Lorania (b April 10, 1839 - Porter Twp, Mich.) (d 1911 - Mich) She married Issac Leonard Bates on February 22, 1866. Issac Bates was second lieutenant in Co. C. Third Michigan Calvary during the Civil War. More on Issac Bates. Three children were borne to this marriage: Franklin Adams, Sarah Sophia, and Minnie Leonara. Issac passed away January 18, 1927.

Mary Calista (b March 20, 1842 - Porter Township, Van Buren Co, Mich) ( d Dec. 31, 1919 - Orange, N.J. Buried 27 years later) She married David F. Smith (b ? - d February 13, 1901 - Marcellus Twp,Cass County, Mich.)on December 25, 1866. One child was born to them: Horace Herbert Smith, who moved west and in 1912 wrote a book "A Captain Unafraid"

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