Further details of the children of Matthew Adam with Margaret Andrew and latterly with Mary Ferrie

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Further details of the children of Matthew Adam.
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Matthew Adam and Margaret Andrew

Matthew was born 8 August 1813, St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. He firstly married Margaret Andrew on 22 June 1832 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Margaret probably died shortly after the birth of their second child Elizabeth in January 1835. She is commerated on the Adam headstone in the Newton Green cemetery. Matthew and Margaret had the following children:

Jane Adam born 28 March 1833 and baptised 31 March 1833, Cathcart Street, Ayr.

Jane appears in the 1841 census of Newton on Ayr living with her (presumed) grandmother Jean Andrew, a few doors away from her grandfather William Adam. (Newton on Ayr (612) Book 17. Page 8. York Lane). Jane married John Farquhar, a grain merchant, son of John Farquhar and Jane Templeton on 21 Dec 1851 in Ayr, Ayrshire. John was born about 1824 in Kilmarnock, Ayr. Jane and John had the following children:

Jane died aged only 23 on 20 Jan 1856 in 14 Holmhead Street, Glasgow. She was recorded on the death certificate as married, the daughter of Matthew Adam, a Shoemaker, and Margaret Adam, maiden surname Andrew, and that she was buried in the Southern Necropolis, Glasgow. The informnt was Donald Alex. Mathieson, brother in law, of Ayr, (husband of her sister Elizabeth - see below). Her death is recorded on both the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry and on the Adam headstone in the Newton Green cemetery. (John Farquhar remarried in 1858 - for further details - click here))

Elizabeth Adam born 14 January 1835 and baptised 18 January 1835, Cathcart Street, Ayr.

Elizabeth appears in the 1841 and 1851 census of Newton on Ayr living in York Lane with her grandmother Jean Andrew. Elizabeth married Donald Alexander Matheson, son of Angus Mathieson, a Free Church Teacher, and Catherine McLeod on 22 Oct 1855 in 2 Kirkport, Ayr. Donald was born on 22 Feb 1833 in Lochinver, Sutherland. Although no occupation was given for Donald on the marriage certificate, it is likely he was working as a surveyor at the time, as for the census of 1851 he was recorded as a surveyor's clerk and for the following census as a Land Surveyor. I am indebted to Andrew Matheson of Australia whose great grandfather Norman Matheson was the brother of Donald Matheson. It is his research that has provided most of the ensuing detal about the lives of Donald and Elizabeth Adam. Elizabeth and Donald had the following known children:

For the census of 1861 Elizabeth and Donald were living with Elizabeth's maternal grandmother in Newton on Ayr . Included in the household are Elizabeth and Donald's two young daughters, Margaret and Catherine aged 4 and 3. As already alluded to Donald was recorded as a Land Surveyor.

Although recorded as a land surveyor Donald also carried out hydrographic survey work. The 1885 book "Memoirs of Hydrograph" contains the snippet that Mr Jeffrey, with Messrs Donald Matheson and James Harman, mapped the coast between Arasaig and Smirserei points, and Lochs Moidart and Kinhay. This information was probably taken from an 1886 issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society, which contains a similar phrase.

Shortly after this census the family emigrated to Queensland, where the remainder of their family were born. The birth register entry for John born in 1868 provides a wealth of detail: Donald (no middle name now) has ‘corrected’ his age to 4l (i.e. born around 1827, his actual birth year), and gives his place of birth as Baddydaroch in Sutherland, with his occupation given as land surveyor. Elizabeth (formerly Adam) is 33, born in Ayr, Ayrshire. All his and Elizabeths children are listed: Margaret Jane (12), Angus (4 - he was actually 5 or 6), James Alexander (3), Catherine Eliza (2), plus two children who are listed as having died : one male and one female. One assumes this would be Catherine, born 1858, and Matthew, born 1860).

Donald continued to work as surveyor being hired in 1862 as an assistant to the colony's first Admiralty (marine) surveyor until a permanent assistant arrived the following year. This first surveyor was James Jeffery, and an 1863 chart of the northern portion of the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay, near Maryborough was recoded as surveyed by Commander James Jeffery, Royal Navy, assisted by Donald Matheson, Civil Assistant. It’s quite likely that this James Jeffery was the same "Mr Jeffery" who Donald worked with on coastal surveys in Scotland a few years earlier. Jeffery was appointed as Queensland’s first Admiralty (naval) surveyor in I862, and he may have encouraged Donald to emigrate and continue working with him in the Australian colony.

As well as working as a surveyor it would seem that Donald was also working cultivating the land. The family was living on the Mary River at Maryborough, and a contemporary plan shows one D Matheson as the owner of Deed 5,075 along the banks of the Mary River, described as "open forest land". The Maryborough Chronicle of 28 August 1869 has an article describing a steamer excursion on the Mary River on a recent half-day holiday. After passing several plots of land used for sugar cultivation, several owners of which had their own crushing mills, the writer described how "Away on our left is Mr Matheson’s farm - a braw Scotchman probably, and there he is - just laid down his hoe to look at us - with his wee ones beside him in single file, one of the elder ones waving on a pole with a three-bushel bag as a flag.” According to another Donald Matheson of Maryborough, himself a surveyor but no relation as far as we know, the description of the location of this farm fits with the block of land occupied by ‘our’ Donald Matheson in the 1860s and drawn on the plan. There was also a D Matheson who was an elder at the Presbyterian church in Maryborough for a few years from l862, and according to church records he drew up the working drawings for the construction of the original church (which, at least until the late 1970s, was used as the church hall).

It would seem that sometime around 1869 Donald and his family moved to the USA as in 1865 Donald Matheson mortgaged his block of land, and in 1869 it was sold.

The next record of the family is in the 1880 US census residing at 21st Street, Philadelphia Pennsylvania. (Although Matheson is spelt Matthewson). In the household were Donald , a Civil Engineer, and Elizabeth, his wife, along with their children Maggie Jane, aged 20, Angus, aged 17, a maker up in a cloth mill, James aged 15, a pattern twister, Kate, aged 13, housekeeper, along with their youngest son John, aged 11 a scholar. It would seem that Elizabeth and her family were living literally just round the corner from her half sister-in-law Ann Adam and her children, as they were the next family in the census return but with an address of Cora Street. Ann and her family had arrived in the USA about 1878 from the UK.

Donald died on 12 February 1890, Philadelphia, and was buried on 14 February 1890, in the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia. Elizabeth died on 15 November 1896, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was buried on 18 November 1896, in the Ivy Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia.


Matthew Adam and Mary Ferrie

Matthew secondly married Mary Ferrie on 22 September 1837 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Matthew Adam died aged 70 on 1 April 1884 at 45 High Street, Ayr. He was recorded on the death certificate as a Master Shoemaker, married to firstly Margaret Andrew and secondly to Mary Ferrie, and the son of William Adam, a shoemaker, and Elisabeth Adam, maiden surname, Nisbet, both identified as deceased. The informant was Matthew Adam, his son, who was present. The fact that this was where the family were recorded for the 1861 census suggests that maybe this was a family property - perhaps the shoe shop\manufacuring establishment. Matthew's wife Mary Adam, nee Ferrie, died aged 77 three years later on 20 November 1887, at 146 High Street, Ayr, Ayrshire. Mary was identified as the widow of Matthew Adam, a Shoemaker, and the daughter of John Ferrie, and Marion Ferrie, maiden surname Nisbet, both identified as deceased. The informant was Matthew Adam, his son, who was present. Both Matthew and Mary were commemorated on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry.

Matthew and Mary had the following known children:

Margaret Andrew born on 9 July 1838 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Margaret married John Cowan, a banker, on 6 Jul 1859 in Ayr, Ayrshire. John was born 13 April 1833, Troon, Ayrshire,the son of Janet Burns and John Morrison Cowan. (For further details of this family - click here). An announcement of their marriage was carried in the Glasgow Herald.

John Cowan marriage to Margaret Adam
Glasgow Herald 7 July 1859

John and Margaret had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 the family were resident at 5 Afton Crescent, Govan, Lanarkshire. John was recorded as aged 42, a Banker, born in Troon, Ayrshire, along with his wife Margaret A. Cowan listed as aged 42, born in Ayr, , Ayrshire. Included in the household were five of their children - John Cowan aged 20, a Bankers Clerk, Andrew B. Cowan aged 15, a Yarn Agents Clerk, Jessie B. Cowan aged 13, a Scholar, Matthew A. Cowan aged 10, a Scholar, and William A.B. Cowan aged 8, a Scholar. All the children were recorded as born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, with the exception of Matthew who was recorded as born in Ayr, Ayrshire. One general domestic servant was also listed in the household Margaret Brannigan, aged 18, born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

John Cowan died 20 January 1892 at 7 Ashton Place, Hillhead, Glasgow. Margaret Cowan, nee Adam, died on 30 May 1902 also at 7 Ashton Place, Hillhead, Glasgow. Announcements of both deaths were carried in the Glasgow Herald newspaper

John Cowan
Glasgow Herald 21 January 1892

Margaret Cowan, nee Adam
Glasgow Herald 2 June 1902

John Adam born abt 1840, St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

John married Ann Sarah Jane Graham on 10 Jun 1863 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire. John was recorded on the marriage certificate as a grocer, aged 24 of the parish of Newton on Ayr, the son of Matthew Adam, shoemaker, and Mary Ferrie. Anne was recorded as aged 19 of the parish of Dalrymple, the daughter of Andrew Graham, a farmer, and Ann McLannahan, previously Baird. The witnesses were Robert Adam and Anna McLannahan. According to the 1871 census Ann was born about 1842 in Ireland, although her parents' marriage would seem to be recorded as 20 November 1843 in Dalrymple, Ayr. John and Ann had the following known children:

For the census of 1871 the family were living in the High Street, Ayr 1871 Census (3rd April) Ayr (578) Book 2 Page 9 High Street, Ayr with John recorded as "Baker employing 2 men & 1 boy". There is also a servant, Jane Pettigrew, aged 13, born in Coylton, Ayrshire.

Sometime after the birth of Mary in 1873, John and his family emmigrated to the United States. There is a record of Ann Adam, aged 30, Matthew aged 13, Ann aged 7, Mary aged 4, John aged 3 and Kate aged 1, arriving on 1 May 1878 on board the “Lord Clive” having sailed from Liverpool. Strangely although Ann is listed as "wife" John is not included in the passenger list. From this I would assume that he had already made the journey.

For the 1880 census Annie and the children were recorded as resident in Cora Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. However John is again not included and cannot be found elsewhere. Ann was recorded as aged 30 and a Dressmaker, although, somewhat oddly, given John’s absence from the household, she was listed as “Wife” not “Head”. Included in the household are her children: - Matthew, aged 15, a Twister; Anna Helen, aged 11, a Helper At Housework; Mary, aged 6; John aged 4; and Kate aged 3. It would seem that Ann and her family were living literally just round the corner from Ann’s half sister-in-law Elizabeth Adam, her husband Donald Matheson and their children, as they were the previous family in the census return but with an address of 21st Street. Elizabeth and Donald and their family had arrived in the USA about 1869 after sojourn in Australia.

In 1884 back in the UK John was named as an executor of the will of his father, Matthew Adam. He was recorded as "John Adam now resident abroad".

For the census of 1900 Ann an her family were recorded as living in Bringhurst Street, Philadelphia but yet again John, her husband was missing. Anna aged 57 was recorded as the Head of the household and a Dressmaker, and in the house along with her were her children: -Matthew aged 35 a Machinist, Mary aged 26 a Mill Operator, John aged 25 an upholsterer and Isabella aged 18 a mill operator. One assumes that Ann Helen Adam who would have been 31 and Kate Adam who would have been 23 have possibly married.

Sadly John's absence from the family home for this census was due to the fact that at the time he was as a patient in the Pennsylvania State Hospital for the insane and recorded as such in the census return for that establishment. John qwas still a resident of the Norristown Asylum, Montgomery, New Jersey at the time of his death 9 years later on 19 May 1909 in. He was identified as aged 70 and his place of birth was identified as Scotland with his parents named as Matthew Adam and Mary Ferrie. He was buried on 22 May 1909.

The following year, for the census of 1910 Ann was still recorded as living in Philadelphia. Annie was recorded as aged 65 and as the Head of the household. Her occupation was given as a Dressmaker, and in the house along with her were her children: -Matthew, aged 45, a Machinist; Mary, aged 36, an Operator; and Isabella, aged 27, a Dressmaker. One assumes that John Adam who would have been 35 has possibly married.

For the census of 1920 Ann aged 75 was again recorded in Philadelphia along with her son Matthew aged 53 and her daughter Isabelle aged 38. On this occasion Matthew is now listed as the head of the Household.

It would seem that Annie passed away between 1920 and 1930 as for the census of 1930 although there is a record of her children - Matthew, aged 64, a Machinist, and Isabella, aged 48, a Dressmaker, Annie is no longer included in the census.

Matthew Adam born on 30 August 1841 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Matthew was christened on 12 September 1841 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. He died 18 July 1842. His death is recorded on both the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry and on the Adam headstone in the Newton Green cemetery.

Matthew Adam born on 11 December 1842 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Matthew was christened on 1 January 1843 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. He died 28 Aug 1844. His death is recorded on both the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry and on the Adam headstone in the Newton Green cemetery.

Marion Nisbet Adam born on 24 February 1844 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Margaret was christened on 17 March 1844 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Marion married Charles Walter Millar on 18 Nov 1875 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Charles was probably the son of John Frederick Joseph Miller and Elizabeth Peron (or Perin?) Cuthbertson born 10 October 1848 in Gorbals, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. An announcement of the marriage of Margaret and Charles was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

Marion N Adam marriage to Charles W Miller
Glasgow Herald 19 November 1875

Marion and Charles had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 Marion was living with her husband Charles, and their three children at 3 Broomhill Terrace East, Govan, Glasgow.

For the 1901 census Marion was with her brother Matthew in Ayr.

Marion Nisbet Miller, nee Adam, died aged 68 on 31 March 1912 at 22 Derby Crescent, North Kelvinside, Glasgow. An announcement of her death was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

Marion Nisbet Miller, nee Adam
Glasgow Herald 1 April 1912

Charles Walter Miller died on 8 November 1926 as listed in the Scottish National Probate Index (Calendar of Confirmations and Inventories), 1876-1936. Charles probably died at 22 Derby Crescent, North Kelvinside, Glasgow and the death was certainly registered in Maryhill.

Matthew Adam born 28 July 1845 and baptised 17 August 1845, Cathcart Street, Ayr.

There is the death of an infant Matthew Adam aged two and a half years old, illegitimate son of a Matthew Adam, shoemaker, and Annie McWhirter, housekeeper, recorded on 7 Septemeber 1873 in St Quivox and Newton. I suspect that this was a natural son of this Matthew.

Matthew latterly married Mary Campbell Cree on 20 Aug 1890 in Ayr, Ayrshire. Mary was born on 19 Apr 1866 in Wallacetown, Ayr, the daughter of William Cree and Mary Campbell. An announcement of their marriage was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

Matthew Adam marriage to Mary Cree
Glasgow Herald 22 August 1890

Matthew and Mary had the following known children:

Mary Campbell Cree died aged only 26 on 2 Jan 1893 in 9 Dalblair Road, Ayr, as a result of puerperal Peritonitis following the birth of their son Matthew. She was recorded on the death certificate as married to Matthew Adam, a Master Bootmaker, the daughter of William Cree, a Carpet Weaver, and Mary Cree, maiden surname Campbell. The informant was the widowed Matthew, who was present.

Eight years later at the time of the 1901 census the widowed Matthew was living with his son Matthew and daughter Mary E. at 16 Miller Road, in Ayr. Also in the household on the day in question was his sister Marion Nisbet Adam and two servants, Isabella Tait Anderson and Grace Johnston.

Matthew Adam died aged 73 on 8 Dec 1918 in 26 Montgomerie Terrace, Ayr. He was recorded on the death certificate as a Boot and Shoe Merchant, widower of Mary Campbell Cree, the son of Matthew Adam, a Boot and Shoe Merchant, and Mary Adam, maiden surname Ferrie, both identified as deceased. The informant was Mary E. Adam, his Daughter, of 28 York Avenue, Jordanhill, Glasgow. The deaths of Matthew, his wife, Mary Cree, and his son Matthew are recorded on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetery.An announcement of his death was carried in the Glasgow Herald newspaper.

William Adam
Glasgow Herald 9 December 1918

William Adam was born 30 March 1847 and baptised 18 April 1847, Cathcart Street, Ayr.

William died 12 August 1875 in Ayr, a shipbroker in Glasgow. He was recorded on the death certificate as single, a Ship Broker, and the son of Matthew Adam, a Boot and Shoemaker, and Mary Adam, maiden surname Ferrie. The informant was Matthew Adam, his father, who was present. The death is recorded on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetryAn announcement of his death was carried in the Glasgow Herald newspaper.

William Adam
Glasgow Herald 14 August 1875

Mary Adam born 19 January 1849 and baptised 14 February 1849, Cathcart Street, Ayr.

Mary married James Burns, on 22 Jul 1875 in Edenhall, St Quivox and Newton. Mary was recorded on the marriage certificate as aged 26, resident at Edenhall, Newton parish, Ayrshire, the daughter of Matthew Adam, a Boot and Shoe maker, and Mary Adam, maiden surname Ferrie. James was recorded as aged 25, a Commercial Traveller, also resident at Edenhall, Newton parish, Ayrshire, the son of Samuel Burns, an Engine Driver, and Margaret Burns, maiden surname Wheelan. The witnesses were Isabella Adam and Andrew B. Adam. James was born about 1850 in Bothwell, Lanarkshire. An announcement of their marriage was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

Mary Adam marriage to James Burns
Glasgow Herald 24 July 1875

Mary and James had the following children:

James Burns died on 30 December 1921 at Viewpark, 48 Park Circus, Ayr. He was identified in the Index of Wills as "James Burns - Commercial traveller, 48 Park Circus, Ayr, d. 30/12/1921 at Ayr, testate."

Mary Burns, nee Adam died on 31 August 1925 at the same address. She was recorded on the death certificate as the widow of James Burns, a Commercial traveller, and the daughter of Matthew Adam, a Boot and Shoe Maker, and Mary Adam, maiden surname Ferrie, both identified as deceased. The informant was Mary E. Burns, her daughter, who was present.

Announcements of both deaths were carried in the Glasgow Herald newspaper.

James Burns
Glasgow Herald 2 January 1922

Mary Burns, nee Adam
Glasgow Herald 2 September 1925

Isabella born on 28 May 1851 and christened on 15 June 1851 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Isabella died aged 27 on 20 August 1878 at Edenhall, Newton parish, Ayr. She was recorded on the death certificate as single, the daughter of Matthew Adam, a Boot and Shoemaker, and Mary Adam, maiden surname Ferrie. The informant was Matthew Adam, her father, who was present. Her death is recorded on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry. An announcement of her death was carried in the Glasgow Herald newspaper.

Isabella Adam
Glasgow Herald 22 August 1878