P. T. Adams of Tustin, was born in Shelby County, Tennessee, November, 1834. His father, Peter Adams, was a native of North Carolina, and moved to Texas in 1833, back to Tennessee again, and in 1839 to Texas the second time, where his children were brought up.

The subject of this sketch passed his youth herding cattle, much of the time on horseback. He served during the war in the Confederate army, two years in James M. McCord’s regiment, and then until the close of the war, in General Bankhead’s brigade.
Politically Mr. Adams is a Democrat, well informed upon questions of political economy, local, State and national. He has built a neat and comfortable residence on his fine fruit ranch near Tustin, and is giving his whole attention to the cultivation and improvement of his orange orchards.

He was married in Texas, October 25, 1865, to Miss Elizabeth H. Downs, from Iowa. Her father, Dr. E. M. Downs. came to California as early as 1850, but returned. He died in California in 1880. Mr. and Mrs. Adams have five children: Henry M. and Annie D., now Mrs. J. E. Gowen; Coodie, Edmund L. and Lela Frances.