Adam Jay Deem

b. 24 June 1816, d. 22 August 1877

Father*Philip Deem b. 10 Jan 1785, d. 4 Jan 1865
Mother*Rachel Kidwiler b. 1 Apr 1791, d. 10 Aug 1856
Adam Jay Deem|b. 24 Jun 1816\nd. 22 Aug 1877|p665.htm|Philip Deem|b. 10 Jan 1785\nd. 4 Jan 1865|p278.htm|Rachel Kidwiler|b. 1 Apr 1791\nd. 10 Aug 1856|p279.htm|Adam Deem Sr|b. 10 Jan 1757\nd. 7 Sep 1856|p121.htm|Catherine Fought|b. 1761\nd. b 1850|p248.htm|||||||

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Birth*Adam Jay Deem was born on 24 June 1816 at Washington County, PA.1 
(Living With Parents) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1820 in the household of his parents Philip Deem and Rachel Kidwiler at Wood County, WV; Phillip Deem head of house. Free white males under ten years 1, Free white males of twenty six and under forty-five, including heads of families 1, Free white females under ten years 3
Free white males of twenty six and under forty-five, including heads of families 1.2
(Living With Parents) CensusHe appeared on the census of 1830 in the household of his parents Philip Deem and Rachel Kidwiler at Wood County, (W)VA; Phillip Deem head of house. Males under five years of age 1, males of five and under ten 1, males of ten and under fifteen 1, males of forty and under fifty 1, females under five years of age 2, females of five and under ten 1, females ten and under fifteen 1, females fifteen and under twenty 2, females thrity and under forty 1.3
Marriage*Adam Jay Deem married Prudence Vaughn, daughter of Luke Vaughn and Rebecca Edwards, on 26 June 1836 at Owen County, IN.1 
Census*Adam Jay Deem and Prudence Vaughn appeared on the census of 1860 at Franklin Township, Owen County, IN; Adam J Deem 44 farmer, Prudence Deem 41, Lawra Deem 20 farm labor, Silas E Deem 18 farm labor, James W Deem 16 farm labor, Rachel R Deem 14, Thomas Deem 12,
John W Deem 9.4
Misc Document* Mr. Archer—In compliance with my promise my promise to you, I undertake to write a few lines in the way of my experience in Franklin township, Owen county, Indiana, and my whereabouts in life. I was born in Pennsylvania, Washington county, and raised in West Virginia, Wood county. I was born June 24th 1816. In 1835 I went to Edgar county, Illinois, and stopped between Grand View and Paris, till the 10th of August, 1836. On this day I also stopped at Milton Archer’s tavern and store in Paris, and on the 12th day of the same month came to Spencer, and called at John Dunn’s tavern door; thence to James Blair’s where I took my breakfast in that old log house that is still standing; thence down to William Franklin’s where he and his wife were setting out that orchard on the road; thence to David Deem’s, my uncle, in the edge of Greene county, where I bargained with Henry E. Jackson to work for him at the rate of ten dollars a month, nine being the highest yet paid. I worked for him too at ten dollars a month; courted the youngest daughter of Luke Vaughn’s and on the 26th day of June, 1836, married her. We have raised six children—five boys and one girl. I lost my third boy in the Richmond fight, in Kentucky, on the 30th of August, 1862. The balance of my children are all married except the youngest; he is twenty-two and a half years old. I have had seventeen grandchildren, fourteen of whom are still living. My father-in-law settled here in 1818; he came from Kentucky. Abner Light and Captain John Johnson of Freedom came here at the same time. They are all dead but the old captain. Nick Johnson and Lewis are still alive; also, old Hugh Light. My wife was born in Franklin township, on the farm now belonging to John Nelson, September 28th, 1820, and has never lived outside of the township. I live on the ninety-seventh entry of the Vincennes district, have lived here twenty-four years, and am satisfied, in my own mind, that I will never move until I am summoned to my final and eternal resting place. I have shared the hardships with the citizens of the county for the last thirty eight years and the first rails I split here are almost gone. David Deem, Philip Deem, (dead) Issac Buskirk, John Buskirk, Josiah Buskirk, Reuben Martin, Joseph McIntosh, Henry Jackson, Luke Vaughn, William Vaughn, William Vaughn, Abner Light, James Johnson, John Burket, Hiriam Ooley, Moses Ooley, Robert Ooley, John Ooley, sen., John Ooley,jr., Joseph Carpenter, Moses Bray and William Wilburn are some of the citizens of my first acquaintance in this county. Religiously, the people here at that time were few and far between; there were some few Dunkards, a few Methodists, a few Baptists of the Old School, and they all worshiped mostly in their own dwellings and their old log school-houses for some years. Old Johny Layman and uncle Tommy Franklin are the only ministers of my acquaintance, of that day, now living. I got acquainted with both of them in 1836. All the rest, I hope, are resting happily in their charpel house, where they will repose until the last loud trump shall wake them to the joy and consolation of heaven. I will now go back to ’36 when I first came here. On the river there were a few corn patelres or fields—some the, some twenty, some thirty or forty acres cleared; the farmers raised a little wheat, oats, flax, cotton, Irish and sweet potatoes, and lots of pumpkins. There was but, one little patch of meadow in the township, and that belonged to Esquire Falsom, next to my father-in-law’s, Luke Vaughn. Shack Willis sowed a patch of grass shortly after I came here. Corn in the field sold at 10 cents per bushel; pork $1.50 per hundred pounds, and cutting and splitting rails $3.00 per 1,000. Our county is now a wide spread praire in comparison to what it was then. The wet lands that were not considered worth 50 cents an acre then are now worth $30 or $40 per acre. So much, then, for the rise of Franklin township. I packed my wheat to Noah Allison, on a horse, when I first came here, and sold it to him for 37 ½ cents per bushel to pay my taxes, and he was so over-stocked with such produce that it was hard to trade it even at that. Such has been the condition of our financial trade in this county. In 1840-41 we were so pressed for money and money so hard to get hold of that the best farm property in the township would not sell for the want of bidders or money. I was offered by the collector $2.50 per day to collect the tax of Franklin township, but I declined to undertake the task, such was the pressure of times and money. We are just passing through a panic at this time, though the present hard times only serve to wake up our reflections in part to what has been our former trials and troubles. I must now close my present narrative of Franklin township; and while you see that I have been in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana, you will see that I never spent that much time in the school room, nine months and eleven days embracing the entire period. Yourself, the editor, or any common lawyer can decide that matter in a few minutes. If this ever comes to your view, or any other critic of science, though bad as it is written and composed, I intend that at the earliest opportunity you shall have a look at the elephant. The foregoing is the best I can do under the circumstances—writing at intervals between waiting on customers. The work you have undertaken is worthy of your best attention, and I hope it will serve for the proper reflection for the youth of our day. You can make use of this as you see proper. If you can cipher or decipher anything that you think worth publishing in the Journal, I shall be glad to see and read it. I am a reader of the Journal; it is anxiously sought after; it is a spirited paper and has a live editor, though I have never yet seen him, I wish him success in his labor. I will now close, in hopes that you will try and excuse all imperfections you may see in this letter. on 2 April 1874 at Owen County Journal Newspaper, Owen County, IN.1
Death*Adam Jay Deem died on 22 August 1877 at Owen Co. IN at age 61. 


Prudence Vaughn b. 28 September 1820, d. 1894

Last Edited19 Nov 2009


  1. [S154] Owen County IN Journal Newspaper 2 April 1874.
  2. [S39] 1820 Census Wood County (W)VA.
  3. [S83] 1830 Census Wood County (W)VA.
  4. [S49] 1860 Census Owen County IN Franklin Township.