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James C. Ader, also known as John, was born about 14 June 1850, most likely in Tarentum, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania to William Ader and Rebecca Metcalf.1 The family moved to Guernsey County, Ohio when John was a young boy. By 1870, the family had moved on to Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia.2

James married first to Amilla L. “Willie” Smith on 13 June 1872 in Belmont County, Ohio.3 Sadly, Amilla died the following year.4 James worked as a carpenter early in life and a Baggage Master on the L. & M. Railroad later in life.5

While living in Louisville, James met and married second to Susan W. Dougherty on 24 Oct 1889 in Clark County, Indiana.6 James and Susan made their home in Louisville until Susan’s death in 1901.7

James C. “John” Ader died on 7 June 1911 in Louisville.8 He is buried in Manslick Cemetery.9


  1. Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, certificate of death no. 15509, John C. Ader, 7 June 1911. John C. Ader, age 59 years, 11 months, 23 days. Widowed. Death: 7 June 1911, Home for the Aged and Infirm, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Occupation: Carpenter and odd jobs. Birth: 14 June 1852, Pennsylvania. Parents: William Ader, born in Pennsylvania, and Rebecca Metcalfe, born in Virginia. Burial: Potters Field, 8 June 1911.
    Note: James used both James and John as a given name at different times in his life.

    Also, 1850 U.S. census, Tarentum Burrough, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, p. 46, dwelling 7, William Ader household.
    Enumeration date: 29 Aug 1850.
    William Ader, age 34, carpenter, born in Pennsylvania.
    Rebecca Ader, age 36, born in Virginia
    Andrew Ader, age 10, born in Ohio
    Allen B. Ader, age 8, born in Ohio
    Ruth Ader, age 5, born in Ohio
    William Ader, age 3, born in Pennsylvania
    James Ader, age 1 month, born in Pennsylvania
    Note: John’s death certificate lists his birth dates as 14 June 1852. Ashe was enumerated on the 1850 census with his family at age 1 month, he was most likely born in 1850.

  2. 1860 U.S. census, Wills, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, p. 134, dwelling 925, William Ader household.
    William Ader, age 45, house carpenter, born in Pennsylvania.
    Rebecca Ader, age 47, born in Virginia
    Andrew N. Ader, age 20, carpenter, born in Ohio
    Allen B. Ader, age 18, day labor, born in Ohio
    Ruth Ader, age 15, born in Ohio
    William Ader, age 13, born in Ohio
    James Ader, age 11, born in Ohio
    Ann Ader age 7, born in Ohio
    Drucilla Ader, age 5, born in Ohio

    1870 U.S. census, Wills, Guernsey County, Ohio, population schedule, p. 167, dwelling 50, William Ader household.
    William Ader, age 55, house carpenter, born in Pennsylvania.
    Rebecca Ader, age 56, born in Virginia
    Andrew M. Ader, age 30, house carpenter, born in Virginia
    Benjamin Ader, age 27, house carpenter, born in Virginia
    William Ader, age 23, house carpenter, born in Virginia
    James C. Ader, age 20, house carpenter, born in Virginia
    Anna Ader age 17, born in Virginia
    Lilly Ader, age 14, born in Virginia
    Ruth Ader, age 24, born in Virginia

  3. Belmont County, Ohio, Marriage Record, p. 469, James C. Ader–Willie L. Smith, 13 June 1872. License: 8 June 1872. Marriage: 13 June 1872.

  4. “Amilla L. Smith Ader,” funeral notice, The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer (Wheeling, West Virginia), 11 June 1873, p. 2, col. 2.

  5. John Ader Visits Father-in-law, John Smith,” news article, Belmont Chronicle (Saint Clairsville, Ohio), 20 Mar 1879, p. 3, col. 4.

  6. State of Indiana, Marriage Index, Jeffersonville, Clark County, Indiana, James C. Ader–Susan Daugherty, 24 Oct 1889.

  7. Cave Hill Cemetery website (Louisville, Kentucky), Burial Records Search and Cemetery Maps, , section 6, range 183, space 5, Sue W. Ader, service date 25 Feb 1901.
    Also, Find A Grave, memorial 92122239, Sue W. Ader (Unknown–Feb 1901), Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, section 6, range 183; memorial managed by CatheaC (contributor 47339429). Note: Memorial has no headstone photo or information beyond cemetery records.

  8. Commonwealth of Kentucky, State Board of Health, certificate of death no. 15509, John C. Ader, 7 June 1911.
    John C. Ader, age 59 years, 11 months, 23 days. Widowed. Death: 7 June 1911, Home for the Aged and Infirm, Jefferson County, Kentucky. Cause of death: Pulmonary Tuberculosis. Occupation: Carpenter and odd jobs. Birth: 14 June 1852, Pennsylvania. Parents: William Ader, born in Pennsylvania, and Rebecca Metcalfe, born in Virginia. Burial: Potters Field, 8 June 1911.

  9. Per Jack Koppel via email: “He is buried in what we now call Manslick Cemetery (aka 7th Street Cemetery). Potter Field in a generic name for a pauper cemetery but in this case it is easy to say which one because the person died at the Alms House near Shively. The Alms House had a cemetery a short distance behind the house.”
    Also, Find A Grave, memorial 219499555, James C. “John” Ader (14 Jun 1850–7 Jun 1911), Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, section 6, range 183; memorial managed memorial managed by Kimberli Faulkner Hull (contributor 49572158). 

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