William Adam and Jane Blane and brief details of their Descendents

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William Adam and Jane Blane and brief details of their Descendents

William was recorded in the family home for the census of 1841 but by the census of 1851 he  had started on a long and illustrious career in education and was recorded as a teacher of English at Blairlogie in Polmont, Stirlingshire.

1851 Census (31st March) Polmont (487) Book 5. Page 13.

Blairlodge, Polmont Stirlingshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Cunningham Head 51 Teacher Of Classic Mathematics Stranraer, Wigtonshire
Elizabeth Cunningham Wife 47   Edinburgh, Midlothian
E I Cunningham Daughter 7   Polmont, Stirlingshire
Agnes Cunningham Daughter 4   Polmont, Stirlingshire
Duncan C McLean Teacher 32 Teacher Of Writing Etc Invereillen, Argyllshire
John Thomson Teacher 26 Teacher Of Classics Edinburgh, Midlothian
William Adam Teacher 19 Teacher Of English Inverness, Inverness-shire
ET ALIA.......

In 1854 William moved back to his father's home county of Ayrshire and became headmaster of Newton on Ayr School. For the 1861 census he was lodging in the household of Robert Taylor, himself a retired teacher.

1861 Census (8th April) Ayr (578) Book 13 Page 3.

28 Fort Street, Ayr, Ayrshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Robert Taylor Head 83 Retired Teacher England
Jessie Taylor Daughter 52 Cotton Spinner Ayr, Ayrshire
Catherine Taylor Daughter 48 Private Teacher (General) Ayr, Ayrshire
William Adam Boarder 27 School Master Inverness, Inverness-shire
Janet Howatson Servant 28 Domestic Servant Wanlockhead, Dumfries-shire

5 years later William Adam married Jane Blane in Ayr on 19 April 1866. William and Jane had five children I am aware of....

At the time of their marriage William was identified as aged 33, a teacher, currently residing at 1 Ailsa Place, Ayr, with his parents being Matthew Adam, a Rector, deceased, and Helen Moffat Adam, maiden name Atkinson, also deceased. Jane was identified as aged 23, a teacher of music, currently residing at 16 Sandgate Street, Ayr, with her parents being Thomas Blane, a Factory Manager, deceased, and Margaret Blane, maiden name McConnell. The witnesses were ?N? Kennedy Muir and Thomas A. Mathieson. (For further details of Jane Blane and her ancestry - click here)

Around 1868 William moved to Glasgow and took up the appointment of Headmaster at the Day School at the Glasgow Mechanics' Institution. For the census of 1871 he was recorded as living at 134 Graham Street in Glasgow, along with his wife and their two young children, Margaret, born 1867, and Matthew, born 1870.

1871 Census (3 April) Blythswood - 644-6 Book 39, Page 12

134 West Graham Street, Glasgow

Name

Relationship

Age      

Occupation

Where Born

William Adam Head 37 Certified Schoolmaster Inverness, Invernesshire
Jane B. Adam Wife 27   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret B. Adam Daughter 4    Wallacetown, Ayr
Matthew A. Adam Son 1    Glasgow, Lanarkshire

In 1872 William moved on to Hampton Court Academy, Glasgow where he remained for 7 years. In 1879 William was recorded as graduating from Glasgow University with a Master of Arts degree and the following year in 1880 he moved on to become the headmaster of the Glasgow City Public. For the census of 1881 Matthew was recorded living at 2 Grafton Place in Glasgow with Jane and their children, now numbering four with the inclusion of sons Thomas, born 1874, and William born 1877. The Jane Blane aged 62, a dressmaker, was almost certainly the aunt of William's wife Jane - i.e. the younger sister of Thomas Blane, father of Jane Adam, nee Blane.

1881 Census (4 April) Blythswood - 644-6 Book 7, Page 8

2 Grafton Place, Glasgow

Name

Relationship

Age      

Occupation

Where Born

William Adam Head 47 Head Teacher City Boys School Inverness, Invernesshire
Jane Blane Adam Wife 36   Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret Blane Adam Daughter 14 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Matthew Aitkinson Adam Son 11 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Thomas Blane Adam Son 6 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Wakefield Adam Son 4 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jane Blane Visitor 62 Dressmaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Diana Masterton Servant 17 Domestic Servant Burnt Island, Fife

For the census of 1891 the family had moved again and were recorded at 415 Sauchiehall Street. The family had grown again with the inclusion of John Hunter Adam born in 1882.

1891 Census (6 April) Kelvin - 644-9 Book 44, Page 4

415 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Name

Relationship

Age      

Occupation

Where Born

William Adam Head 57 Schoolmaster Inverness, Invernesshire
Jane Blane Adam Wife 47   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret B. Adam Daughter 24 Art Student Wallacetown, Ayr
Matthew A. Adam Son 21 Engineer Fitter - Science Student Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Thomas B. Adam Son 16 Engineer Fitter - Apprentice Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William W. Adam Son 14 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John H. Adam Son 8 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Isabella Finlayson Servant 21 Domestic Servant Barve, Ross-shire

Fifteen years later he took up what was to be his final position as headmaster of the Henderson Street Public School from 1895 at least until 1898.

William died on 15 Mar 1899 in 235 Bath Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. His death certificate recorded him as a M.A. Teacher, aged 65, married to Jane Blane, and the son of Matthew Adam, M.A. Academy Rector, deceased, and Ellen Moffat Adam, maiden name Atkinson, deceased. The informant was Thomas B. Adam, his son..

An announcement of his demise was carried in the Glasgow Herald of the following day.

Glasgow Herald - 16 June 1899

For the census of 1901 the widowed Jane was living in  London at 145 Fordwych Road,  Hampstead, with her daughter and three of her sons.

1901 Census (1 April) Hampstead - 128 Book ?? Page 20

145 Fordwych Road,  Hampstead, London

Name

Relationship

Age      

Occupation

Where Born

Jane Adam Head - Widow 57   Scotland
Margaret B. Adam Daughter 34    Scotland
Matthew A. S. Adam Son 31 Consulting Engineer (Mechanical & Electrical & Chartered Patent Agent) Scotland
William W. Adam Son 24 Engineer - Mechanical Scotland
John H. Adam Son 18 Bank Clerk Scotland
Eliza Meek Servant N.K. Domestic Servant Nr Walsall, Staffordshire

Jane Adam, nee Blane, died on 20 June 1905 at Dudley Mansions, Abbey Road, London NW1. An announcement of her demise was carried in the Glasgow Herald of the 23 June along with the intimation of her burial in the Southern Necroplis in Glasgo to be held the following day. Strangely no actual statutory record of her demise can be found in either the English or Scottish indexes. There is however a record of the death of a Jane Blane Adam in Middlesborough in the April-June quarter of 1905. Not only would the location seem unlikely but this Jane Blane is recorded as aged 16, not 61, but............

Glasgow Herald - 23 June 1905

Margaret Blane Adam born 5 February 1867, Ayr, Ayrshire

Margaret Blane Adam died, a spinster, on 3 March 1936 in 33 Wilbury Gardens, Hove, Sussex.

Matthew Atkinson Adam born 17 March 1870 in Ayr, Ayrshire.

Graduated from Glasgow University with a B.Sc. in 1896

An engineer and inventor like his brother William with who he filed for a patent in 1902 "Application Number 21,274 - Improvements In And Relating To The Manufacture Of Incandescent Mantles And Burners Therefor by William Wakefield & Matthew Atkinson Adam".

Matthew married Madge Smith Cameron daughter of Angus Cameron and Annie Donald on 18 Dec 1907 in Blythswood, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Madge was born on 21 Apr 1872 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, the daughter of Angus Cameron and Annie Donald..

For the 1911 census the pair were recorded in London at 14 Neville Court, Abbey Road, aged 41 and 37 respectively with no children recorded.

1911 Census (2 April) London

14 Neville Court, Abbey Road, London

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Matthew Atkinson Adam Head 41 Consulting Engineer (Employer) Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mage Adam Wife - married 3 years No children 37   Cathcart, Renfrewshire
Ada Beadle Servant 25 Cook (Domestic) Limehouse, London
Esther Beadle Servant 23 Parlourmaid (Domestic) Limehouse, London

Initially apprenticed to A. & P. Steven, Provanside, his carrer progreesed through draughtsman with Turnbull & Co., Bishopbriggs, followed byManual Instructor in City Public School, Glasgow, and then a position on Electric Staff in Lord Kelvin's Standardizing Laboratory, Cambridge Street, Glasgow. After a time as an assistant to H. A. Mavor, Glasgow, Matthew was latterly associated with the late Dugald Clerk as a partner in the firm of Marks and Clerk, Patent Agents, and he specialized in matters connected with automobile patents. He had been a Member of the Institution of Automobile Engineers since its inception in 1907, and served on the Council from 1909 until 1919.

Matthew Atkinson Adam died on 16 Jan 1939 in The Outlook, Cliff Drive, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth. Madge died on 24 May 1954 also in The Outlook, Cliff Drive, Canford Cliffs, Bournemouth.

Thomas Blane Adam born 27 July 1874 in Blythswood, Glasgow.

Thomas Blane Adam born on 27 Jul 1874, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Thomas, a Doctor, married Mary Moodie Cochrane daughter of James Cochrane and Helen Gaff on 23 Jun 1905 in Denniston, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. Mary was born on 13 May 1880 in 20 Glebe Street, Glasgow.

Thomas and Mary had two known children - William Blane Adam born in 1906 and Helen Jane Adam born in 1910. Both were born in Glasgow, Lanarkshire.

Thomas's obituary from the Glasgow Herald below outlines his career.

Obituary from the Glasgow Herald 2 March 1943

Dr Thomas Blane Adam

Dr Thomas Blane Adam who has died at Harrow, studied at St. Mungo's and Anderson Colleges, Glasgow, and the University of Glasgow, was admitted a licentate of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow in 1900. Dr Adam served in the Nigerian Medical Service for 24 years, retiring in 1928 when he was the Deputy Director of Medical Services. He was also on the Legislative Council of Nigeria. He helped and was well known to missionaries in the Territory, including Mary Slessor. In the last war Dr Adam served as a Major, R.A.M.C., in the Cameroons expedition. After retiring from Government service he worked for the Baptist Missionary Society, and on their behalf he visited the Congo to report on their stations there and chose the site for a new hospital. His work for the Government included the planning of many new hospitals in Nigeria, and he was responsible for starting the first leper colony there. A son, Dr. W. Blane Adam, lives in Crowborough, Sussex

Thomas died on 27 Feb 1943 in The Crossways, 1 Northwick Avenue, Kenton, Middlesex. Mary died in Jan 1968 in Sussex.

William Wakefield Adam born 11 March 1877 in 296 Renfrew Street, Glasgow.

William married Gilda Gervasia Epifani about 1910. Gilda was born about 1886 in Italy.

An engineer and inventor like his brother Matthew with who he filed for a patent in 1902 "Application Number 21,274 - Improvements In And Relating To The Manufacture Of Incandescent Mantles And Burners Therefor by William Wakefield & Matthew Atkinson Adam". Published a number of papers at the end of the war on the conservation and better use of coal.

For the census of 1911 Gilda was recorded at the home of Stanley Jackes at 52 Ashen Grove, Wimbledon Park, London SW1. I have been unable to find a record of William in the UK, although Gilda was to have their first child just over a month after this census was taken.

1911 Census (2 April) Wimbledon Park, London

52 Ashen Grove, Wimbledon Park, London SW1

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Stanley Howard Jackes Head 27 Commercial Traveller Drapery - Ladies Milinery Newcross, London
Maud Rose Jackes Wife - married 2 years - 1 child 31   Walston, London
Alexandra Howard Jackes Son 8 months   Wimbledon Park, London
Gilda Adam Visitor - married 1 year - 0 children 25 School Italy - Italian
Augene Epifana Visitor 21   Italy - Italian

William and Gilda had two known children: Henry Matthew Baldaccini Adam born on 11 May 1911 in Kingston, Middlesex\Surrey and William A Adam was born in Apr-Jun 1920, in Lincoln, Lincolnshire. It is believed there may have been a daughter ?Kay? Adam who died in 2010 in South of France.

William died on 20 Nov 1964. Gilda died on 8 Jun 1965 in 19 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh - Usual Address Heatherdene Mansions, Cambridge Road, East Twickenham.

The pair were commemorated on a headstone in Dean Cemetery in Edinburgh.

Adam Headstone

Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh

John Hunter Adam born 1 June 1882 in Glasgow.

John married Mary Dorothy Burman. Mary was born about 1882.

Educated in Glasgow, he joined the Indian Police Service on 22 November 1902 and was appointed Superintendent, N.W. Frontier Province, in November 1912. Two years later in the November of 1914 he was promoted to Assistant to the Inspector General of Police, N.W. Frontier Province. In December 1919 he was on special duty in charge of Intelligence Bureau at Peshawar, 1919; He was Inspector General of Police, North West Frontier Province from 1930 until 1935. At the out break of war he was appointed to the General Staff with a rank of Lieutenant-Colonel, latterly Colonel in 1943. He retired in 1945. Appointed O.B.E. in 1918; C.B.E. 1946; C.I.E. 1933.

John and Mary had tw known children: Ian Burman Adam was born on 21 Nov 1910 in Dera Ismail Khan, Bengal and Dorothea Elizabeth Adam was born on 30 Aug 1912 in Abbottabad, Bengal.

John died on 9 Jul 1958 in 43 Cadogan Place, London S.W.1. Mary died on 6 Feb 1959 in 43 Cadogan Place, London S.W.1.