Further details of the children of James Adam and Jane Burns

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Further details of the children of James Adam and Jane Burns


Janet Burns Adam, born on 12 August 1835 in Newton on Ayr

With her father at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. for the 1861 census - no occupation given. No doubt with the death of her mother a year later Janet would have become housekeeper for her father and four brothers. However on 7 June 1866, James Adam (senior) remarried to an Anne Hossack.

This may have some significance as five months after her father's re-marriage (or Jessie as she would seem to have been known as) married William Russell, a widowed potato merchant, on 14 November 1866 at 89 Glassford Street, Glasgow. William was born in Mearns, Renfrewshire on 20 July 1829 and christened on 24 July, the son of George Russell, a farmer, and Ann Anderson. At the time of their marriage William's address was given as 88 Eglinton Street, and Janet's (or Jessie's as she was recorded) as 108 Hospital Street, Glasgow, the family home. Her parents were confirmed as James Adam, Coal Agent, and Jane Burns, deceased, and the witnesses were John ?Urie? and Jane Clarkson. 

William had originally been wed to Ann Craig, daughter of Robert Craig and Janet Harvie whom he had married on 16 July 1854 in Mearns, but sadly Ann had died on 21 December 1858 at 67 Surrey Street, Glasgow.

For the census of 1871 William and Janet were recorded at 97 North Frederick Street. Janet is once again recorded as Jessie and there is a daughter in the house, Janet Russell, aged 16, born in Glasgow. This I would assume was William's daughter from his first marriage to Ann Craig although no record of the birth has been found. 

1871 Census (3rd April) Glasgow (644/1) Book 025/1. Page 7.

97 North Frederick Street, Glasgow.

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Russell Head 41 Potato Merchant Mearns, Renfrewshire
Jessie Russell Wife 34   Ayr, Ayrshire
Janet Russell Daughter 16 Scholar Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Sadly Janet (again recorded as Jessie) died on 21 February 1878 at 6 Agnew Place, Crosshill, Glasgow. The informant was her husband William Russell who was present, and her parents were confirmed as James Adam, Church Officer, and Jane Burns, both deceased. 

For the 1881 census the widowed William was living at 84 North Hanover Street, Glasgow. Intriguingly the is a Janet Burns, niece, recorded as the only other member of the household. On the face of it it would seem likely that their would be a connection between this niece and his widow, Janet Burns Adam, daughter of William Adam and Jane Burns. However research would suggest that this was not the case as this Janet Burns was born 30 June 1853 in Mearns, Renfrewshire, the daughter of William's older sister Jean Russell, born 16 June 1816 in Mearns, Renfrewshire, and James Burns, a sometime carter\labourer, who was born 1 April 1805 in Mearns, Renfrewshire, the son of James Burns and Janet Wilson. His father James Senior was almost certainly born circa 1772 in Glasdrumman, Armagh at a time when "our" Burns were resident in Irvine, Ayrshire. However the strong links between Northern Ireland and Ayrshire do not rule out some form of family connection in the generations prior.

1881 Census (4th April) Glasgow (644/1) Book 025/1. Page 7.

84 North Hanover Street, Glasgow.

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
William Russell Head (Widow) 51 Potato Merchant Mearns, Renfrewshire
Janet Burns Niece 27   Mearns, Renfrewshire

William Russell died on 28 September 1881 at the Hydropathic Establishment in Moffat although his usual address was given as 84 North Hanover Street, Glasgow. The cause of death was given as "Epileptiform Convulsions - 5 weeks". I would assume that he was attending the Hydropathic Establishment in Moffat seeking treatment. He was identified as a Potato Merchant married to Jessie Burns Adam and previously Ann Craig, and as the son of George Russell and Ann Anderson.

William Adam, born about 1837 in Newton on Ayr

Next Generation in our family History.

Andrew Adam, born in 1839 in Largs.

With his father at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. For the 1861 census, working as ?sheet muslin designer?

Nothing further known. Despite some extensive searching no obvious later census, marriage or death records have been found. Emigrated????.

James Adam, born in 1842 in Largs

James died on 9 April 1872 in 257 Crown Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. The cause of death was Phthisis (Tuberculosis). At the time of his death he was single and working as a Commission Agent.

John Adam, born in 1847 in Largs

John died on 3 October 1872 in 257 Crown Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. The cause of death was Phthisis (Tuberculosis). At the time of his death he was single and working as an Iron Turner (journeyman).