Further details of the children of William Adam and Elisabeth Nisbet

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Further details of the children of William Adam and Elisabeth Nisbet

William Adam and Elisabeth Nisbet had the following known children:


Jean Adam, born 24 February 1802, Dailly, Ayrshire

Jean was born on 24 February 1802 in Dailly, Ayrshire. Jean married John McMann, an engine keeper, on 9 July 1824 in St Quivox, Ayr, Ayrshire. Jean and John had the following known children  (NOTE: It would seem that the children dropped the Mc from McMann, and were known as Mann.):

For the census of 1841 Jean and John were living with their children at Campbell's Land, John Street, Glasgow with John working as an engineer.

1841 Census (7th June) Ayr (578) Book 2a. Page 18.

Mill Street, Ayr.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
John McMann 35 Engineer No
Jane McMann 25   No
William McMann 15 Machine Maker Apprentice No
Elisabeth McMann 15 Power Loom Weaver Cotton Yes
Matthew McMann 3   Yes
Mary McMann 10 months   Yes

 For the census of 1851 Jean and John were living with their younger children at what assumes is the same address as the 1841 census, 97 John Street, Glasgow.

1851 Census (31st March) Glasgow (622) Book 244. Page 19. 97

97 John Street, Glasgow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John McMann Head 47 Engineer Dalry, Ayrshire
Jean McMann Wife 49   Dalry, Ayrshire
Matthew McMann Son 13 Apprentice Smith Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Mary McMann Daughter 10 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John McMann Son 7 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Jean Clark Lodger 22 Cotton Mill Worker Glasgow, Lanarkshire

John McMann certaily died between 1851 and 1861 as Jane is recorded as a widow in the 1861 census. No ovious record of his demise can be found 1855-1861. However there is a record of the burial of a a John McMann, Engineer, in Glasgow who had died on 17 Feb 1854 in 15 Brown Street, Glasgow and was buried on 21 Feb 1854 in St Davids, Glasgow, which is probably "our" John McMann. Jane McMann, nee Adam, died on 12 May 1857 in Anderston, Glasgow.

Margaret Adam, born 19 January 1804, Dailly, Ayrshire

Margaret Adam born 19 Jan 1804 in Dailly, Ayrshire. Margaret married John Kemp, a blacksmith, on 29 Dec 1826 in Glasgow. The Kemp family history website on the internet proposes that John Kemp was born 18 Oct 1801 and baptised on 8 Nov 1801 in Penicuik, Midlothian, the son of Ebenezer Kemp, a Ploughman, and Isobel Younger, were married 7 Oct 1797, Penicuik, Midlothian.. (With Ebenezer Kemp born 3 Sep 1766, Lasswade, Midlothian, and Isobel Younger born 8 Nov 1778, Broughton, Peebles-shire.). I am unaware of any evidence that they may have to substantiate this prposal, however the fact the 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891 and 1901 census for Isabella, Margaret and John's youngest child give her place of birth as Penicuk, Midlothian and the fact that Margaret and John's first daughter was named Isabella and their first son Ebenezer would also fit with this theory .John and Margaret had the following known children:

For the census of 1841 John and Margaret were living with their children at Lyon Street, St Georges Field,, Glasgow with John working as a blacksmith.

1841 Census (7 June) Glasgow - St Gerges (644) Book 6. Page 16.

Lyon Street, St Georges Field,, Glasgow

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
John Kemp 30 Blacksmith  No
Ebenezer Kemp 9   Yes
William Kemp 7   Yes
John Kemp 3   Yes
Alexander Kemp 9 months   Yes
Isabella Kemp 13   Yes
Margaret Kemp 5   Yes
Margaret Kemp 30   No

For the census of 1851 Margaret is listed as a widow living with five of her children still in the St Georges area of Glasgow. John, her husband,  must have died between 1841 and 1851, and this means no 1851 census to give a more accurate birth date and place of birth and no statutory death record from which his parents names could be obtained. So far no obvious birth record has been discovered either, therefore the best we can say is that John Kemp was probably born circa 1808 and not in Lanarkshire. Could he have been a distant cousin of Margaret through her potential grandmother Jean Kemp??

1851 Census (31 March) Glasgow (644) Book 27. Page 21-22.
134 Garscube Road, Glasgow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Margaret Kemp Head - Widow 46 Dressmaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Isabella Kemp Daughter 23   Edinburgh, Midlothian
Ebenezer Kemp Son 19 Engineer Apprentice Glasgow, Lanarkshire
William Kemp Son 17 Engineer Apprentice Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Margaret Kemp Daughter 14 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Barbara Kemp Daughter 8 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

 
For the census of 1861 (derived from indexes) Margaret would seem to have been living with her youngest daughter Barbara still in the same St Georges area of Glasgow. This census gives her place of Margaret's birth as New Dailly, Ayrshire.

John certainly died in 1841/1851 and there is a Death / Burial recorded in the OPR on 26 February 1843 in the Gorbals cemetry in Glasgow, that may well be a record of his demise. Margaret Kemp nee Adam died on 23 Oct 1866 in 150 Garscube Road, Glasgow. The informant was her son William. Her father was confirmed as William Adam, shoemaker, but her mothers name is given erroneously (I believe) as Margaret Nisbet, and should be Elizabeth Nisbet.

James Adam, born 5 Jan 1806 in Newton-upon-Ayr, Ayrshire

Next generation in our Adam Family History

John Adam, born 6 Mar 1808 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

John Adam, born 6 March 1808, St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. John was a shoemaker like his father and other brothers. John firstly married Jean Lawson on 9 July 1830 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Jean was baptised 27 August 1806, the daughter of William Lawson, a cotton hand loom weaver, and Marion McCrae. John and Jean had two known children:

Sadly Jean Lawson died of consumption, on 5 Jan 1835 in Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire. She was buried in Newton Green Cemetry,

John secondly married Janet Lyon on 31 December 1835 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Janet was born about 1814, the daughter of John Lyon, a weaver, and Isabella Robb. John and Janet had the following children:

The 1855 birth certificate of William McMorland Adam identifies that his parents, John and Janet, had produced 10 previous children of which 2 girls and 2 boys had died and 6 boys were surviving. This means there is one girl unaccounted for. I have guessed that she probably fitted in between the birth of David Robb Adam born 2 December 1851 and William McNorland Adam born on 19 Feb 1855.

In the Ayrshire Directory of 1837 by Pigot & Co for the "Burgh of Newton, The Parish of St Quivox, & Monktown with Prestwick" there is a listing for John Adam, Allison St., Newton.

For the census of 1841 John is recorded at Mill Street, Ayr, with the occupation of shoemaker, with his "new" wife and their 3 young children. His son William born to himself and Jean Lawson is not in this census.

1841 Census (7th June) Ayr (578) Book 2a. Page 18.

Mill Street, Ayr.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
John Adam 30 Shoemaker Yes
Janet Adam 25   Yes
James Adam 4   Yes
John Adam 3   Yes
Mathew Adam 1   Yes

For the census of 1851 John had moved out of Ayr to Wallacetown on the north side of the River Ayr. For some inexplicable reason his wife's name is recorded as "Margreat" instead of "Janet" but there is little doubt that this is the same family as in the prior 1841 census and the later 1861 census. All his sons are working as shoemaker's following in father's footsteps.

1851 Census (31st March) St Quivox, Ayr (612) Book 9f. Page 26.

Cross Street, Wallacetown, St Quivox, Ayrshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Adam Head 43 Shoemaker Newton, Ayrshire
Margreat Adam Wife 38   Ayr, Ayrshire
James Adam Son 14 Shoemaker Newton, Ayrshire
John Adam Son 12 Shoemaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Matthew Adam Son 11 Shoemaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Henry Adam Son 9 Painter Ayr, Ayrshire
Hugh Adam Son 7 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire

By the census of 1861 the family were living at Garden Street, St Quivox on the outskirts of Ayr with John and two of his sons working as shoemakers.  Their son John aged 23 is also recorded in the household, listed as a widow. John had married Jane Pringle on 31 Dec 1858 in North Quay, Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire, but I believe that. Jane (and their daughter Jane) died in 1859. Whether Henry recorded as painter is a "house painter" or an "artist" is unclear. They are all recorded with the surname Adams but it is obviously the correct family.

1861 Census (8th April) St Quivox, Ayr (578) Book 25. Page 21.

Garden Street, St Quivox, Ayrshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Adams Head 53 Shoemaker St. Quivox, Ayrshire
Jennet Adams Wife 47   Ayr, Ayrshire
John Adams  Son (Widow) 23 Shoemaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Henry Adams Son 18 Painter Ayr, Ayrshire
Hugh Adams Son 15 Shoemaker Ayr, Ayrshire
David Adams Son 8 Scholar St. Quivox, Ayrshire
William Adams Son 6 Scholar St. Quivox, Ayrshire
Charles Adams Son 3   St. Quivox, Ayrshire
Wiliam Heron Boarder 28 Shoemaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Ross? Servant 9 Domestic Servant Newton, Ayrshire

For the census of 1871 John Adam was living in Springburn, Glasgow, still a Boot and Shoe maker. The address on the census page is difficult to read but maybe 270 Marten? Buildings.

1871 Census (3rd April) Springburn (622/02) Book 7. Page 27.

270 Marten? Buildings, Springburn

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Adam Head 63 Boot & Shoe Maker Ayr, Ayrshire
Jennet Adam Wife 57   Ayr, Ayrshire
David Adam Son 19 Blacksmith Ayr, Ayrshire
William Adam Son 16 Blacksmith Ayr, Ayrshire
Charles Adam Son 13 Steam Hammermans Boy Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Granddaughter 8   Prestwick, Ayrshire
John Stirling Boarder 21 Blacksmith Kilsyth, Stirlingshire

John died on 17 August 1879 in 236 Springburn Rd., Glasgow. His wife Janet died on 26 April 1902 in Springburn Rd,

Elizabeth Adam, christened 7 Apr 1811 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Elizabeth was baptised on 7 April 1811, Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire. She married David Younger, a blacksmith, on 2 Jan 1837 in Glasgow. David was born 27 Apr 1814 in Cockpen, Midlothian, the son of. John Younger, a Paper Maker, and Mary\Marion Lourie. David Younger eventually had his own business, Ibrox Iron Foundry.

Elizabeth and David had the following known children : -

For the census of 1841 Elizabeth and her family were recorded at Cameron Place in Glasgow.

1841 Census (7th June) Barony (622) Book 9. Page 3.

Cameron Place, Barony, Glasgow.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
David Younger 25 Blacksmith No
Elizabeth Younger 25   No
Margaret Younger 3   Yes
Elizabeth Younger 1   Yes
Carolinia Younger 1week   Yes

 

The family were still in Barony for the 1851 census but now at 15 Cranston Place, and with the inclusion of John and David.

 

1851 Census (31st March) Barony (622) Book 24 Page 8.

15 Cranston Place, Anderston, Glasgow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
David Younger Head 37 Blacksmith Journeyman Cockpen Parish, Midlothian
Elizabeth Younger Wife 39   Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret Younger Daughter 13 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Elizabeth Younger Daughter 11 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
Carolinia Younger Daughter 9 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire
John Younger Son 2   Glasgow, Lanarkshire
David Younger Son 11 months   Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Elizabeth Adam/Younger died on 2 Nov 1851 in Glasgow. After Elizabeth's death David married for a second time to Jessie Provan. By her, he had another daughter, Agnes Elspie, born 25 Jan 1853, Barony, Glasgow.

1861 Census (8th April) Anderston (644) Folio 8 Page 19.

Catherine Street, Anderston, Glasgowe

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

David Younger

Head

45

Blacksmith

Cockpen Parish, Midlothian

Janet Younger

Wife

46

 

Ayr, Ayrshire

Margaret Younger

Daughter

23

Cotton Weaver

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Elizabeth Younger

Daughter

21

Cotton Weaver

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Carolinia Younger

Daughter

19

Boot Binder

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

John Younger

Son

12

Scholar

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

David Younger

Son

10

Scholar

Glasgow, Lanarkshire

 

David and Janet's daughter Agnes, missing from the family household for this census, was resident with her maternal grandmother, Agnes Provan in nearby North Street.

 

1861 Census (8th April) Anderston (644) Folio 8 Page 14.

North Street, Anderston, Glasgowe

Name

Relationship

Age

Occupation

Where Born

Agnes Younger

Head

70

Ladies Nurse

Carron Iron Works, Larbert

Agnes Younger

Granddaughter

7

Scholar

Carron Iron Works, Larbert

Younger died on 1 Nov 1876 in Glasgow, leaving £6,781:16/1 in his will

Mathew Adam, born  8 Aug 1813 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Mathew was born 8 August 1813, St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. A shoemaker like his father and other brothers 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 a headstone in Newton Green Cemetery, Ayr.. (For further details of the headstone in Newton Green Cemetry - click here) Mathew and Margaret had the following 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 Mathew, 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 Mathewson). 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.

Mathew secondly married Mary Ferrie on 22 September 1837 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Mathew and Mary had the following known children:

For the census of 1881 the family were living at 5 Afton Crescent, Govan, Lanarkshire. Margaret probably died in Kelvin, Glasgow in 1902?

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, Mathew 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: -Mathew 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: -Mathew, 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 Mathew aged 53 and her daughter Isabelle aged 38. On this occasion Mathew 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.

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.

James Burns died on 13 Dec 1921 at Park Circus, Ayr, followed 4 years later by Mary Adam who died on 31 Aug 1925 in 48 Park Circus, Ayr.

For the census of 1841 Mathew was working as a shoemaker in New Bridge Street, Ayr.

1841 Census (7th June) Ayr (578) Book 2b. Page 5.

New Bridge Street, Ayr.

Name

Age Occupation Where Born
Mathew Adam 25 Shoemaker Yes
Mary Adam 25   Yes
Margaret Adam 3   Yes
John Adam 1   Yes
William Underwood 12 Shoemaker's apprentice Yes
Mary Richmond 12 Female Servant Yes

Matthew and his family were still in Ayr for the 1851 census.

1851 Census (31st March) Ayr (578) Book 10. Page 18.

20 Bridge Street, Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mathew Adam Head 37 Master shoemaker employing 12 men Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 37 Housekeeper Ayr, Ayrshire
Jane Adam Daughter 18 Dressmaker Ayr, Ayrshire
Margaret Adam Daughter 12 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
John Adam Son 11 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Marion Adam Daughter 7 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Mathew Adam Son 5 At Home Newton, Ayrshire
William Adam Son 4 At Home Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Daughter 2 At Home Newton, Ayrshire

For the census of 1861 it would seem that Mathew's business was not insubstantial employing 6 men, 7 boys and 5 woman. Their place of residence is recorded as having 7 rooms with one or more windows.

1861 Census (8th April) Ayr (578) Book 10. Page 6.

45 High Street, Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mathew Adam Head 47 Boot & Shoe Maker employing 6 men, 7 boys and 5 woman Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 51   Ayr, Ayrshire
John Adam Son 21 Grocer Ayr, Ayrshire
Marion Adam Daughter 17 Assistant Shopkeeper Ayr, Ayrshire
Mathew Adam Son 15 Shoemaker Newton, Ayrshire
William Adam Son 14 Scholar Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Daughter 12 Scholar Newton, Ayrshire
Isabella Adam Daughter 9 Scholar Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Gibson Servant 15 Domestic Servant St Quivox, Ayrshire

 

For the census of 1871 it would seem that Mathew's workforce had shrunk slightly have gone down to employing 6 men, 1 woman and 4 boys. The family seem to have moved out of Ayr to Edonhall, a house with 4 rooms with one or more windows. The residences either side of Edonhall are identified as "Prestwick Road, Adam's Land". Whether this has any connection or significance to "our" Adam family is unknown.

1871 Census (3rd April) Ayr (612) Book 5. Page 2.

Edonhall, Prestwick Road, Newton on Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mathew Adam Head 57 Councillor - Boot & Shoe Maker employing 6 men, 1 woman, & 4 boys Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 61   Ayr, Ayrshire
Mathew Adam Son 25 Shopman, Boot & Shoemaker Newton, Ayrshire
William Adam Son 24 Commercial Clerk - Shipbroker &  Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Daughter 22 Boot & Shoemanufacturer's daughter Newton, Ayrshire
Isabella Adam Daughter 19 Boot & Shoemanufacturer's daughter Newton, Ayrshire

For the census of 1881 Mathew was still working as a shoemaker but now back living in Ayr, at 1 Bruce Crescent, Fort, Ayr. His youngest son Mathew is still living at home a master shoemaker presumably involved in the family business..

1881 Census (4th April) Ayr (578) Book 11. Page 8.

1 Bruce Crescent Fort, Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Mathew Adam (snr) Head 67 Boot & Shoe Maker Prestwick, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 71   Ayr, Ayrshire
Mathew (Jr) Adam Son 35 Master Shoemaker Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Cadden Servant 18 General Servant Domestic Maybole, Ayrshire

Mathew Adam died three years after this census on 1 April 1884 in 45 High Street, Ayr. His death is recorded on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry. (For further details of the headstone in Holmston Rd Cemetry - click here) 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. Mathew's wife Mary follwed three years later on 20 November 1887. Her death is also recorded on the Adam headstone in Holmston Rd cemetry.

Mary Adam, christened 26 Jul 1818 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire.

Mary was christened on 26 July 1818 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Mary married John Cuthbert, a merchant seaman, on 31 August 1841 in St Quivox, Ayr, Ayrshire. They moved to Glasgow circa 1851. Mary and John had the following known children:

Mary, John and their family would seem to have moved from Ayr to Glasgow circa 1850 as they were recorded in Gorbals, Glasgow for the 1851 census.

1851 Census (31st March) Glasgow (644) Book 8. Page 17.

4 Reform Court, Tradeston, Glasow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Cuthbert Head 36 Seaman Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Cuthbert Wife 32   Ayr, Ayrshire
Arthur Cuthbert Son 8 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Elizabeth Cuthbert Daughter 6 Scholar Ayr, Ayrshire
Rachel Cuthbert Daughter 4   Ayr, Ayrshire
John Cuthbert Son 1   Ayr, Ayrshire
John Stewart  - 19 Baker Perth, Perthshire
Andrew Lees  - 19 Baker Paisley, Renfrewshire
Duncan Miller  - 16 Printer's Apprentice Edinburgh, Midlothian

For the census of 1861 Mary, her husband John, and their children were recorded at 45 King Street, Glasgow.

1861 Census (8th April) Glasgow (644/09) Book 40. Page 2.

45 King St, Glasgow

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Cuthbert Head 44 Rigger of Ships Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Cuthbert Wife 40   Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Arthur Cuthbert Son 18 Iron Moulder Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Elizabeth Cuthbert Daughter 17 Power Loom Cotton Weaver Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Rachel Cuthbert Daughter 14 Cotton Winder Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
John Cuthbert Son 11 Scholar Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
William Cuthbert Son 6 Scholar Newton Ayr, Ayrshire

John Cuthbert died on 16 Jan 1865 in 45 King Street, Glasgow. Mary Cuthber, nee Adam, died the following year on 14 March 1866 in 45 King St., Glasgow. The informant was identified as "James Adam - brother" with an address of 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown. This is the confirmation that "our" James Adam who we know had been living at this address at least from the census of 1861 and was to get married there four months later was the son of William Adam and Elizabeth Nisbet.