Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Franklin White Adams

The Rev. Franklin W. Adams was born in Riga, New York, on 6 June 1843, the son of Asa and Eliza Mary (Merrill) Adams. He graduated from the Chicago Theological Seminary in 1868 and began his career in New York City, where he was enumerated in 1870. That same year he married Mary Eliza Baker. He was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1873, but paradoxically, he was listed on the 1880 census of Lake View, Illinois, as a minister of the Reformed Evangelical Church. He was an assistant at Christ Church, Chicago, in 1875. He served as rector of St. John's Elkhart, from 1887 to 1891, during which time he led the effort to build a rectory. He also took charge of the mission at Bristol in 1889. In 1892 he was called to be rector of St. Paul's in Pomona, California. He died in Los Angeles on 17 November 1912 and is buried in Angelus Rosedale Cemetery.


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