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, and baptised on 20 September 1835 in Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire.

Recorded in her father's household at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. for the 1861 census - Janet Adam, Daughter, agd 25, no occupation given, born in Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire. 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. An announcement of her death was carried in the Glasgow Herald the following day.

Jessie Burns Adam, nee Russell
Glasgow Herald 22 February 1878

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, Ayrshire.

Recorded in his father's household at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow for the 1861 census - William Adam, Son, aged 23, eployed as an Engine fitter, born in Newton on Ayr, Ayrshire. William married Agnes Stewart, a domestic servant, the daughter of Robert Stewart, a cotton bleacher, and Janet Beith, on 31 August 1866 at the Herriet St. Church in Eastwood parish. Next Generation in our family History.

Andrew Burns Adam, born 5 April 1840 and baptised on 19 April 1840 in Largs, Ayrshire.

Recorded in his father's household at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow for the 1861 census - Andrew Burns Adam, Son, aged 21, working as a Sewed Muslin Designer, born in Largs, Ayrshire. There is a record of the death of an Andrew Burns Adam, a Merchant, on 1 October 1878 at 2 Clifton Terrace, Belfast, Co Antrim, aged 38. He died of as a result of a heart attack, and was identified as unmarried. From this information I believe this was one and the same as the Andrew Burns Adam, son of James Adam and Jane Burns. He was buried on 3 Oct 1878 in City Cemetry, Belfast, and the owner of the grave was listed as a William Adam, who I believe would have been his brother, who with Andrew being unmarried, their parents dead, and William the only surviving sibling, would have presumably had to oversee the funeral arrangements?

James Adam, baptised 26 March 1843 in Largs, Ayrshire.

Recorded in his father's household at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. for the 1871 census - James Adam, Son, aged 28, working as a Commission agent (chemical), born in Largs, Ayrshire.

James died on 9 April 1872 in 257 Crown Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. He was recorded as single, aged 29, employed as a Commision Agent, the son of James Adam, a Church Officer, and Janes Adam, maiden surname Burns. (Jame was listed as deceased). The informant was his father James Adam who was present, and the cause of death was Phthisis (Tuberculosis). An announcement of the death was carried in the Glasgow Herald.

James Adam
Glasgow Herald 10 April 1872

John Adam, baptised 25 July 1847 in Largs, Ayrshire.

Recorded in his father's household at 108 Hospital Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow, for the 1871 census - John Adam, Son, aged 23, working as a Shopman (spirits), born in Largs, Ayrshire.

John died on 3 October 1872 in 257 Crown Street, Hutchesontown, Glasgow. He was recorded as single, aged 25, employed as an Iron Turner (journeyman), the son of James Adam, a Church Officer and Coal Agent, and Janes Adam, maiden surname Burns. (Jame was listed as deceased). The informant was his father James Adam who was present, and the cause of death was Phthisis (Tuberculosis). An announcement of his death was carried in the Glasgow Herald.

John Adam
Glasgow Herald 4 October 1872