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 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 further details of the children of Jean Adam and John McMann - click here)

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 certainly died between 1851 and 1857 but no obvious record of his demise can be found 1855-1857. 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 aged 58 on 12 May 1857 at 111 Stobcross Street, Anderston, Glasgow. She was recorded on the death certificate as the widow of an Engine Keeper, and the daughter of William Adam, a Shoemaker, and Elisabeth Adam, maiden surname, Nisbet, both identified as deceased. She was buried in the Glasgow Necropolis and the informant was William Adam, her son, who was present.

Margaret Adam, born 19 January 1804, 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 proposal, 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 further details of the children of Margaret Adam and John Kemp - click here)

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. However there is a Death / Burial recorded in the OPR on 26 February 1843 in the Gorbals cemetry in Glasgow, but this John Kemp is aged 39 and identified as a Weaver. 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.

Margaret Kemp nee Adam died aged 62 on 23 Oct 1866 in 150 Garscube Road, Glasgow. She was recorded on the death certificate as the widow of John Kemp, a journeyman Blacksmith, and the daughter of William Adam, a Shoemaker, and Margaret Adam, maiden surname Nisbett, both identified as deceased. (Mother's forename wrong - should have been Elizabeth.) The informant was William Kemp, her son, of 25 ?Houston? Street, Glasgow. An announcement of her demise was carried in the Glasgow Herald two days later.

Margaret Kemp, nee Adam
Glasgow Herald 25 October 1866

James Adam, born 5 Jan 1806 in Newton-upon-Ayr, Ayrshire, - Next generation in our Family History

James, a shoemaker like his father, married Jane Burns, the daughter of Andrew Burns, a clothier, and Margaret Blackwood, on 28 June 1834 in Ayr, Ayrshire. For further details of James Adam, his wife, his children and his ancestry - Click here

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

John a shoemaker like his father, 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 Adam, nee Lawson, 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 9 May 1813, Ayr, Ayrshire, the daughter of John Lyon, a weaver, and Isabella Robb. John and Janet had the following children:

(For further details of the children of John Adam and Jean Lawson and latterly Janet Lyon - click here)

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
Matthew 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 Adam died aged 71 on 17 August 1879 at 236 Springburn Rd., Glasgow. He was recorded on the death certificate as a Shoemaker, married to firstly Jane Lawson and secondly to Janet Lyon, and the son of William Adam, a shoemaker, and Elisabeth Adam, maiden surname, Nisbet, both identified as deceased. The informant was Hugh Adam, his son, of 322 Parliamentary Road, Glasgow. An announcement of John's death was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

John Adam
Glasgow Herald 18 August 1879

For the census of 1881 the widowed Janet was recorded resident with her son David Robb Adam and his wife Marion Glen at 75 & 73 Durham Street, Elswick, Northumberland. The places of birth are somewhat awry as David was not born in N. Shields, nor was Janet. However that this is the correct family is without doubt.

1881 Census (4th April) Elswick Ref RG11 Piece 5055 Folio 142 Page 40

75 & 73 Durham Street, Elswick, Northumberland

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
David Adam Head 27 Foreman Blacksmith N Shields, Northumberland
Marion Adam Wife 27   Scotland
Annie F. P. Adam Daughter 2   Scotland
John D. R. Adam Son 0   Glasgow, Scotland
Janet Lyon Adam Widow 67   ????, Northumberland

For the census of 1891 Janet was back resident inb Glasgow, recorded along with her son John, at 238 Springburn Road in Galsgow.

1891 Census (6th April) Springburn (644/03) ED 101/00 page 1

238 Springburn Road, Springburn, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
John Adam Son 53 Shoe Maker Ayr, Ayrshire
Janet Adam Head 77   Ayr, Ayrshire

For the census of 1901 Janet was still recorded at 238 Springburn Road along with her son John.

1901 Census (1st April) Springburn (644/03) ED 100/03 page 12

238 Springburn Road, Springburn, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Janet Adam Head - Widow 88   Ayr, Ayrshire
John Adam Son - Widow 63   Ayr, Ayrshire

Janet Adam died aged 89 on 26 April 1902 at 238 Springburn Rd, Glasgow. She was recorded on the death certificate as the widow of John Adam, a Shoemaker, and the daughter of John Lyon, a Weaver, and Isabella Lyon, maiden surname Robb, both identified as deceased. The informant was John Adam, her son, who was present.

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

Elizabeth 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.

Elizabeth and David had the following known children : -

(For further details of the children of Elizabeth Adam and David Younger - click here)

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 born in the intervening 10 years.

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 Younger, nee Adam, died on 2 November 1851 in Glasgow.

After Elizabeth's death David married Jessie Provan on 19 March 1852, in Barony, Glasow. I believe that Jessie Provan was probably the daughter of John Provan and Agnes Espie, born about 1818 in Larbert, Stirlingshire. By her, David had another daughter, Agnes Elspie Younger, born 25 Jan 1853, Barony, Glasgow. For the 1861 census David, Janet and his children by Elizabeth, were recorded in Anderston, Glasgow.

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

Anderston, Glasgow.

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

David Younger died aged 58 on 1 November 1876 at Vulcan Street, Springburn, Glasgow. He was recorded on the death certificate as a Foreman Blacksmith, firstly married to Elizabeth Adam, and secondly to Jessie Espie Provan. He was identified as the son of John Younger, a paper Maker, and Marion Younger, maiden surname Lourie, both identified as deceased, and the informant was John Younger, his son, of 30 Paterson Street, (South). He was identified in the Index of Wills as David Younger - Sometime Foreman Blacksmith at Hydepark Locomotive Works, Residing at Springburn D. 01/11/1876 at Springburn, Testate. In his will he left £6,781:16/1.An announcement of the death was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

David Younger
Glasgow Herald 2 November 1876

There is a headstone in Glasgow's Cathcart cemetery, recording not only the death of David Younger and Elizabeth Adam, but also their son John Younger, his wife Georgina Torrance Woodburn, and their 5 grandchildren by John and Georgina.

Transcript of the detail from the Younger Headstone in Cathcart cemetery

David Younger, Foreman Blacksmith at Hyde Park Locomotive Works.
Born April 27th 1814 died Nov 1 1876.
Elizabeth Adam, wife of David Young.
Born April 5th 1811 died Nov 3rd 1861.
Interred at Anderston, Glasgow.
John Younger, husband of Georgina T. Woodburn.
Died Dec 8th 1904 age 56 yrs.
Georgina Torrance Woodburn - Died Dec 9th 1926.
David George Younger - Killed July 1st 1916.
Robert Govan Younger- Died April 3rd 1918.
Agnes Govan Younger - Died Nov 7th 1961.
Margaret Govan Younger - Died June 19th 1972.
John Woodburn Younger - Died Aug 1st 1978.

Jessie Provan, David's second wife, died on 21 May 1904 at 133 Allison Street, Glasgow. She was not recorded on the headstone in Cathcart, although an announcement of her demise was carried in the Glasgow Herald two days later.

Jessie Provan Younger
Glasgow Herald 23 May 1904

Her daughter Agnes Espie Younger married John Stephen Miller, an Iron Merchant, on 26 Nov 1873 in Springburn, Glasgow. John was born on 7 May 1850 and baptised on 4 Jun 1850, in Dunoon and Kilmun, Argyll, son of John Miller, a builder, and Jane Jack. Agnes and John had four known children:

John Stephen Miller died on 14 Aug 1891 in 12 Rupert Street, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. This was the home of his married sister Jane Miller who had married John B. Somerville on 7 October 1873, Blythswood, Glasgow, Lanarkshire. John's usual address was Millfield Cottage, Dunoon, Argyll. Agnes Espie Younger died 7 May 1940 at 133 Allison Street, Crosshill. Glasgow. Announcements of their deaths were carried in the Glasgow Herald.

John Stephen Miller
Glasgow Herald 15 August 1891

Agnes Espie Miller, nee Younger
Glasgow Herald 8 May 1940

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

Matthew a shoemaker like his father firstly married Margaret Andrew on 22 June 1832 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Matthew and Margaret had the following children:

Margaret Adam, nee Anderw, died shortly after the birth of their second child Elizabeth in January 1835. She is commerated on the Adam headstone in Newton Green Cemetery, Ayr.

Matthew secondly married Mary Ferrie on 22 September 1837 in St Quivox and Newton, Ayrshire. Mary was born\baptised 11 Feb 1810 in Ayr, the daughter of John Fairie, a carrier, and Marion Nisbet. Matthew and Mary had the following known children:

(For further details of the children of Matthew Adam and Margaret Andrew, and latterly Mary Ferrie - click here)

For the census of 1841 Matthew 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
Matthew 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
Matthew 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
Matthew 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 Matthew'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
Matthew 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
Matthew 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 Matthew'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 Edenhall, a house with 4 rooms with one or more windows. The residences either side of Edenhall are identified as "Prestwick Road, Adam's Land". Whether this has any connection or significance to "our" Adam family is unknown. It would seem also that Matthew had a seat on the town council.

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

Edenhall, Prestwick Road, Newton on Ayr

Name

Relationship Age Occupation Where Born
Matthew Adam Head 57 Councillor - Boot & Shoe Maker employing 6 men, 1 woman, & 4 boys Newton, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 61   Ayr, Ayrshire
Matthew 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 Matthew was still working as a shoemaker but now back living in Ayr, at 1 Bruce Crescent, Fort, Ayr. His youngest son Matthew 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
Matthew Adam (snr) Head 67 Boot & Shoe Maker Prestwick, Ayrshire
Mary Adam Wife 71   Ayr, Ayrshire
Matthew (Jr) Adam Son 35 Master Shoemaker Newton Ayr, Ayrshire
Mary Cadden Servant 18 General Servant Domestic Maybole, Ayrshire

Matthew Adam died three years after this census aged 70 on 1 April 1884 in 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. Announcements of their deaths were carried in the Glasgow Herald.

Matthew Adam
Glasgow Herald 3 April 1884

Mary Adam, nee Ferrie
Glasgow Herald 23 November 1887

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

Mary married John Cuthbert, a merchant seaman, on 31 August 1841 in St Quivox, Ayr, Ayrshire. Mary and John had the following known children:

(For further details of the children of Mary Adam and John Cuthbert - click here)

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 aged 49 on 16 Jan 1865 at 45 King Street, Glasgow. He was recorded on the death certificate as a Ship Rigger, married to Mary Adam, and the son of Arthur Cuthbert, a Fisherman, and Rachel Cuthbert, maiden surname Law, both identified as deceased. The informant was Arthur Cuthbert, his son, of 48 South Coburg Street, Glasgow.

Mary Cuthbert, nee Adam, died the following year aged 44 on 14 March 1866 also at 45 King Street, Glasgow. She was recorded on the death certificate as the widow of John Cuthbert, a Seaman in the Merchant Service, and the daughter of William Adam, a Shoemaker, and Elisabeth Adam, maiden surname Nisbet, both identified as deceased. 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.