Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Do Your Dreams Predict the Future?

John Hobbs Adams is my 5th great grandfather.  He was married twice, first to Nancy Caudill and then to Lydie "Lettie" Simpson.  Next in line was John and Lettie's daughter, Jane "Jennie" Adams who married Benjamin Webb.  Their daughter Lettie Webb married Archelous Columbus Craft.  Their son Enoch Arden "Chunk" Craft married Polly Ann Caudill.  Their daughter Lettie Craft married Joe Hall.  Their daughter Nancy Alice Hall married Otho Bentley.  They were my grandparents.

Jennie Adams Webb had a sister named Mary Ann "Polly" Adams.  She married William Green "Billy Grit" Adams.  William appears to be from a different set of Adams.  I have not found a connection between the two families although both families came from North Carolina.  They both ended up in Kentucky. They married on October 24, 1809 in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Kentucky.  They had the following known children:

1811 John Wiley Adams
1815 Jesse G. Adams
1818 Simpson Evans Adams
January 21 1820, William Green Adams
1821 Sarah "Sally" Adams
1823 Mary "Polly" Adams
February 18, 1826 Spencer Adams
1829 Ellender "Nellie" Adams
October 6, 1831  Lydia Adams

The son, Spencer Adams, married Celia Church.

In 1850 Letcher County, Kentucky
Spencer 25, was a farmer.
Ceiley, 23
William G. 4
Margaret 1
All were born in Kentucky.

In 1860 Letcher County, Kentucky
Spencer 38
Sely 34
William 14
Margaret 11
Samuel 9
Joseph 3
Letty 2
All born in Kentucky except Sely who said she was born in Virginia.

1870 Letcher County, Kentucky
Spencer 45
Salah, 44
William 23
Marget 18
Samuel 21
Joseph 14
Letty 12
David 8
John 6
Jesse 2
Mary 2

1880 Richmond, Wise County, VA
Spencer 56
Cela 55
John 13, son
Green 36, son

The "dreamer" in this family is Letty.  She first married Shadrack R. Roberts.  He died in 1898.  He was a Mexican War vetran.  She was next married to William Mays.  She outlived him, too. 

Letty's parents and her grandmother believed that when you dreamed a dream something was sure to happen that would make you think of it at the very least.  She heard this, but paid it no mind until she turned 42.  She had the first of what would be a dream that would repeat in the future. 

In the dream she ws standing by an open grave.  Looking around the grave she saw her mother, her father and all of her brothers and sisters except Joseph.  No one else besides her parents and siblings were there.  There was no casket and no dead body.  Her father's family were just standing looking into an open grave.

The next night she dreamed that a relative came to tell her that her brother Joseph, who had lived some 40 miles to the north of her home, on Critical Creek, had died at eight o'clock that moming.

Five years later Letty dreamed the same dream again, only this time it was her father, Spencer Adams, who was missing from the family group gathered, in her dream, around the open, new-made grave.  The very next day she received word that her father had passed away.

Two years more and Letty dreamed again.  This time, it was her mother, Celia Adams, who was missing from the faming group, encircling the open grave. She was hardly through telling her dream when a message came telling of her mother's death.

As the years rolled on Letty kept experiencing the dream of the family group and the open grave; and always the one who was missing from the group died within a few hours, following the dream.

After her mother, it was her brother, John Adams, who lived in West Virginia; next it was her sister, Peggy Collins, in Kentucky; and then, finally, it'was her brother Rev. David Adams, also in Kentucky,

When Letty was 82 she had only one brother, Samuel Simpson Adams, left alive. In mid-winter 1941  of Letty Mays was sick with her usual winter cold. Despite her age, her children and grandchildren were not alarmed at her illness. She, herself, was taking her sickness lightly. Then on the morning of February 2 she awoke to tell her folks that she would not live the day through. She had, she said, dreamed that dream again; and this time she was not beside te open grave, but that she was floating away, as if on the wings of the wind, leaving her brother, Samuel Simpson Adams, standing there alone. And that was Letty Mays' last dream. She died at three oclock that afternoon.
I found this story told in a column called Applachian Tales by James Taylor Adams published in the Kingsfort Times News on Sunday, October 8, 1950.

Because she had the same type of dream over and over it was called a chain dream. 

Do you have dreams that come to pass?

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