John Wallace Adams was born
November 13, 1831 in Butler County, Pennsylvania. He died August
06, 1910 in Richland Twp., Venango County, Pennsylvania.
He was the son of James Alexander Adams and Anne Wallace.
He married Elizabeth Bly June 10, 1856 in Richland Twp., Venango
County, Pennsylvania. She
was born March 07, 1839 in Richland Twp., Venango, Pennsylvania, and
died July 09, 1934 in Richland Twp., Venango, Pennsylvania.
She was the daughter of Daniel Bley and Elizabeth
John Wallace Adams was a survivor of the Civil War, having served as a private in Company F of the 121st regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers. He enrolled on August 21, 1862, and was commanded by J. M. Clapp.
While participating in the Battle of the Wilderness in Virginia on or about May 5, 1864, John was taken prisoner by the Confederates (his brother, Abner, was killed in the same battle) and spent nine months in the Andersonville Prison.
John's granddaughter recalled a story he told: During the hottest part of the summer when the fetid stream was a mere trickle, and prisoners were dying of thirst, they began to pray for water. A spring burst forth inside the stockade. Many prisoners attributed the occurrence to Divine Providence and named it Providence Spring.
It was a permanent source of fresh water that still exists to this day.
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