Joshua Adams built the Glen Tay mills that were situated on the Tay River in Glen Tay, Ontario, Canada.
He was born in Rutland, Vermont, USA, 5 May 1780. He came to Canada with his parents and other United Empire Loyalist families in 1798 and settled in Bastard Township, 20 miles north of Brockville, Ontario, Canada. Joshua married Elizabeth Chipman whose family was also of UEL stock, from Vermont. The couple had nine sons and four daughters.