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  • Name Adam C. HELTON 
    Born 17 May 1789  NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 21 Sep 1843  Lawrence County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Gilgal Cemetery, Heltonville, Lawrence County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • (1) Adam and Polly Helton <>:

      Adam C. Helton was my g-g-g-grandfather's oldest brother. He was the son of Arnold Helton and of a woman whose name we've been unable to ascertain. He was bom 17 May 1789 in North Carolina, and died 21 Sep 1843 in Lawrence county, Indiana.

      In about 1811, in Hawkins county, Tennessee, Adam married Polly Starnes. Polly was born 3 Jan 1795, in Hawkins county, TN, and died 11 Aug 1888 in Lawrence county, IN. They are both buried in Gilgal Cemetery, near Heltonville in Pleasant Run township. It is believed that Polly was a daughter of John Starnes and Sarah Adams. I've seen this surname spelled Stearns or Stearnes in some records. Our Gilgal cemetery photo album includes pictures of Adam and Polly's grave markers, as well as those of several of their children.

      Adam and Polly Helton were among the earliest settlers of Lawrence county. According to History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana, Indianapolis, Ind., B.F. Bowen & Co., 1914, they arrived in 1820, although their son's biography says they arrived in 1822. They lived in Pleasant Run township the rest of their lives. Arnold Helton is listed in the 1820 census in Lawrence county, but we haven't been able to locate Adam in that census in Indiana or anywhere else.

      Adam Helton operated a mill, according to the following item in the history of Pleasant Run township, on page 59 of the History of Lawrence and Monroe Counties, Indiana:

      ["]Mills and distilleries were the chief vocations during the early days of the county. Adam Helton and a man named Mitchell owned a few of these mills, but on account of the scarcity of water they were compelled to wait until a storm before they could grind at all.["]

      Polly Starnes Helton was a midwife who lived to the age of 93.


      Adam C Helton
      Birth: 17 May 1789, Tennessee, USA
      Death: 21 Sep 1843 (aged 54), Lawrence County, Indiana, USA
      Burial: Gilgal Cemetery, Heltonville, Lawrence County, Indiana, USA

      Adam was the husband of Polly Starnes Helton and father to 14 children. Adam and his wife Polly and their children joined Adam's father, Arnold Helton and left Hawkins Co. TN. to move to Indiana.

      They sold their 25 acres on Big Creek on the side of Pine Mountain in Hawkins Co, TN, to John Shanks on June 28, 1820, for $280.00 and came to what became Pleasant Run Township, Lawrence County IN. Where they claimed their first tract of government land in Section 11 (80 acres) on Nov 16, 1820. They are said to have the following children:

      Pleasant M. Helton
      John S. Helton
      Adam A. Helton
      George W.W. Helton
      Sally Todd
      Elizabeth Clark
      Peggy Gilstrap
      Katherine Martin
      Nancy Clark
      Polly J. Helton
      Samnantha Ann Helton
      Amanda A. Helton
      Luisa L. Helton
      Delitha Ann Helton

      Adam C. Helton signed his will on August 10, 1843, in which he divided his real estate in Sections 11 and 14, between his sons Pleasant M. Helton, John S. Helton, Adam A. Helton, and George W.W. Helton. George was still a minor and his share was to remain in his mother Polly's hands until he came of age. His wife Polly was to have the balance of Adam's land for her lifetime, after which it was to be evenly divided between his four sons and five daughters. His daughters Polly J. Helton, Sammantha J. Helton, Amanda Ann Helton, Luisa L. Helton, and Delitha Ann Helton were each to receive a good horse with saddle and bridle, a good cow and calf, one sow and seven shotes, two head of sheep and one bed and bedding, one set of knives and forks, one set of tea cups and saucers, one set of plates. His daughters Sally Todd, Elizabeth Clark, Peggy Gilstrap, Katherine Martin, and Nancy Clark were each to have $1.00.

      It would appear from this last bequest that his married daughters had already received their portions upon marriage.

      Besides his farm implements Adam had one yoke of oxen, one Wagon, 13 horses, 2 colts, 27 cattle, 20 sheep, and 73 hogs. He also had one stack of oats, one of wheat, and one of hay, at the time of his death.

      Family Members: Parents: Arnold Helton (1764-1829), Sarah Johnson Helton (1768-1827); Spouse: Polly Starnes Helton (1795-1888); Children: Sarah "Sallie" Ann Helton Todd (1812-1896), Pleasant M. Helton (1814-1897), Margaret Helton Gilstrap (1817-1892), Catherine Helton Martin (1819-1890), Samantha Jane Helton Blackwell (1828-1915), George W. W. Helton (1833-1912), Louisa L. Helton Henderson (1836-1885), Delitha Ann Helton Henderson (1841-1911); Siblings: Andrew Helton (1806-1874); Half Siblings: John Helton (1781-1841)

      Maintained by: M. Barksdale
      Originally Created by: judy porter
      Added: 11 Feb 2007
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    Person ID I34561  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 

    Father Arnold HELTON 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F15048  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary STARNES,   b. 3 Jan 1795, Mecklenburg County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Aug 1888, Lawrence County, IN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 93 years) 
    Married 1813  Hawkins County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 29 Dec 2018 19:11:43 
    Family ID F15019  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart