Lewis Adams was born on October 11, 1798, in Tennessee. He married Lucinda Thacker in Allen County, Kentucky on July 4, 1818. Their first home was in Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennessee. Later they moved to Robertson County Tennessee, where they lived from 1830 to 1850. After this time, they moved to Tipton County Tennessee were they remained until their deaths.
Rev. Lewis Adams, by his own efforts, acquired a good education in youth. In early life, he commenced farming but in 1828 he quit the farm and prepared himself for a broader work, that of preaching of the Gospel.
He entered the ministry of the Methodist Church, joining the Tennessee Conference, and for twenty-two years was an itinerant preacher of that conference. In 1850 he was transferred to the Memphis Conference, and was an itinerant preacher of that conference for fourteen years. In 1863, he located and sustained superannuated relations with the conference.
He was a devout man an able preacher, relying largely upon the inspiration of the moment for his simple heartfelt utterances instead of tedious preparation, which was one secret of his success. He died January 23, 1878, and was buried at the old family graveyard, Adams Cemetery, one mile west of Munford.