Tombstone Tuesday: Abzuga “Zu” Adams

ZuAdams1Abzuga “Zu” Adams was born in January of 1859 in Atchison, Kansas to parents Franklin George and Harriet Elizabeth (Clark) Adams.  She was the second eldest child of eight and named after her paternal grandmother, Abzuga Henry Adams.  According to Who’s Who In Topeka (1905),  Zu, as she was called, was educated at home and in the public schools.

FranklinGeorgeAdams   Franklin Adams was the first secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, founded in 1875 in Topeka, and in 1876 Zu became his unpaid assistant.  Her subsequent accomplishments were many and her family’s history was entwined with the history of Kansas, and not just because her father was the first secretary of the state’s historical society.


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  1. Franklin George Adams was founding member #5 of the Kansas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution on 1 April 1892 in the Kansas History office located in the State Capitol. National Society Sons of the American Revolution member #6605.

    • Very interesting …. thanks for sharing! It seems this family was all about history.


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