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FAMILY OF PIONEER AND TWO US PRESIDENTS TO SELL AT MICHIGAN AUCTION
FRANKLIN, MICHIGAN- The estate of well known community residents, Anna (Adams) and her late husband, Jim Deneau will be sold at public auction. Mrs. Deneau is a descendant of US Presidents, John Adams (1797-1801) and John Quincy Adams (1825-1829). Mrs. Deneu, the former Anna Mary Adams is also a descendant of Ruben Adams who first settled the Bingham Farms area in the early 1830’s.
The contents of this estate had local appeal dating back nearly forty years ago, when The Eccentric newspaper published an article on the historic estate on April 23, 1970. The article was titled; ‘Adams’ Family Antiques Fill Home of Settler’s Descendant’ which elaborated on the “treasures” that Mr. Deneau “rescued from his wife’s family’s estate on Bingham Road.” The public auction will begin on Saturday, October 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Deneau Estate at 25670 River Drive in Franklin, Michigan.
Mrs. Deneau recites the story when automobile pioneer, Henry Ford visited the Adams’ farm to speak with her grandfather about investing in his invention of the horseless carriage. Mr. Adams turned away Henry Ford as he believed the horseless carriage was “a ridiculous idea.” A few years later, Henry Ford introduced the new Ford Model ‘A’ which revolutionized transportation and American industry.
“Making the decision to sell these items is a little hard to do.” Mrs. Deneau said. “I’m 87 years old and these items have been a part of me and my family for all these years. You know, many of these items were around before I was even born!”
Hundreds of relics from the original Adams estate will include; a one horse open sleigh, horse drawn carriages, cast iron toys from the 1800’s, sports equipment from the turn of the 20th century and many general items that you could find in a 1901 Sears and Roebuck catalog.
“Auctions happen all the time. Auctions like this are rare. The fact that 95% of the items being sold came from a pioneer of Bingham Farms and the relatives of two former United States Presdent’s is noteworthy. Equally as fascinating is how the majority of these items stayed in the family all these years.” said Auctioneer, Kenny Lindsay.
Additional information pertaining to the auction is available by contacting Ken Lindsay’s American Eagle Auction & Appraisal Company at (248) 473-1547 or by visiting their website at; www.MichiganAuctionNews.com
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