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John Adamson

M, #95, b. 21 June 1834, d. 13 December 1897
  • Birth*: John Adamson was born on 21 June 1834 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland.1,2
  • He was the son of David Adamson and Janet Gardiner Neave.
  • Baptism: John Adamson was baptised on 29 July 1834 at Forfar, Scotland.2
  • (Groom) Marriage*: He married Isabella Moffat, daughter of John Moffat and Agnes Rae, on 24 August 1857 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1857 marriages in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 57; On the twenty-fourth day of August 1857 at Shellcroft Forfar marriage after banns was solemnized between us according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, signed John Adamson aged 23 residing South Street Forfar, occupation grocery salesman batchelor, parents David ADamson linen weaver & Janet Gardner Adamson maiden name Neave; signed Isabella Moffat aged 22 residing Shellcroft Forfar, spinster parents John Moffat linen yarn bleacher & Agnes Moffat maiden name Rea; signed Alexamder Campbell minister of St Ames Church Forfar, signed David Adamson & James Howie witnesses; the above marriage was registered by me at Forfar on the Twenty-fifth day of August 1857, signed John Webster registrar.1
  • (Informant) Death: John Adamson registered the death of Janet Gardiner Neave on 1 June 1880 at 163 East High Street, Forfar, Angus, Scotland; Janet Gardner Adamson (widow of David Adamson linen weaver) 1880 June 1st 2h 20m am 163 East High Street Forfar, f, 70 years, fath James Neave shoemaker & church officer (dec) moth Agnes Neave ms Dochty (dec), bronchitis with heart disease as cert by William F Murray FRCS Ed, inf John Adamson son, present, 40 West High Street Forfar, reg 1880 June 1st Forfar W H Thomson.3
  • (Informant) Death: John Adamson registered the death of Helen Adamson on 4 July 1882 at 143 East High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1882 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 115; Helen Forrest widow of John Forrest manager East Port Association 1882 July 4th 9h 30m pm 143 East High Street Forfar, female aged 80 years, parents David Adamson linen weaver (dec) & Janet Adamson ms Hall (dec) scishus mammoe 2 years debility as cert by A S ML Widderburn MD, signed John Adamson nephew 40 West High Street Forfar, reg 1882 July 5th Forfar signed W H Thomson.4
  • (Informant) Death: John Adamson registered the death of David Adamson on 30 November 1884 at Forfar Loch, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1884 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar; see Reg of Corr Entries Vol III /1 208 17th December 1884; ref 259; David Adamson grocer's apprentice single; 1884 November Thirtieth about 8h pm in Forfar Loch opposite Inch[garth] Farm; UR 44 West High Street, Forfar; m 17 years; John Adamson grocer master, Isabella Adamson ms Moffat; drowned in attempting to save a companion, ice accident, not certified; John Adamson father; 1884 December 1st at Forfar W H Thomson registrar.5
  • (Witness) Newspaper Article: John Adamson and Henry Rodger and Isabella Moffat was mentioned in a newspaper article about David Adamson on 1 December 1884. MELANCHOLY DROWNING ACCIDENT ON FORFAR LOCH
    Owing to the severe frost yesterday, Forfar Loch was partially frozen over, and about eight o'clock last night David Adamson (17), son of John Adamson, grocer, West High Street, and Henry Rodger (16), son of David Rodger, West High Street, went, along with a number of companions, to test the ice at St Margaret's Loch, on the north side of the loch. Rodger had gone over on the ice for the distance of nearly twenty yards, when it suddenly gave way, and he was precipitated into the water. Adamson, on observing this, attempted his rescue by thowing the end of his overcoat to Rodger, who had by this time risen to the surface. Rodger caught hold of it, but owning to his benumbed condition, he lost his grasp, and Adamson being thrown back, also fell through the ice. A companion, named James Mann, attempted their rescue, but his efforts were unavailing, as they had disappeared under the ice by that time. The alarm was immediately given, and a large crowd soon collected on the spot. The boat belonging to Lord Strathmore was conveyed with all despatch from the boathouse at the west-end of the loch, and the search for the bodies commenced forthwith. The were recovered at about 11 30pm, and conveyed to the homes of their bereaved parents.6
  • (Informant) Death: John Adamson registered the death of John Adamson on 25 January 1897 at 44 West High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1897 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of forfar; John Adamson junior grocer's assistant married to Maggie Ann Fraser, 1897 January twenty-fifth 9h 0m pm 44 West High Street Forfar, m, 26 years, John Adamson grocer master, Isabella Adamson ms Moffat, convulsions suddenly as cert by J Cable LRCP, John Adamson father; 1897 January 26th at Forfar W H Thomson registrar.7
  • (Deceased) Death*: John Adamson died on 13 December 1897 at 42 West High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, at age 63 1897 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar; John Adamson grocer and spirit merchant married to Isabella Moffat, died 1897 December thirteenth 0h 45m am 42 West High Street Forfar, male aged 63 years, parents David Adamson linen weaver (dec), Agnes (sic) Gardner Adamson ms Neave (dec), cause cirrhosis of the liver, heart failure as cert by G Peterkin MBT, signed Wm Adamson son present, registered 1897 December 14th at Forfar signed W H Thomson registrar.1,8
  • (Interred) Burial*: He was buried on 16 December 1897 at Forfar Cemetery, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland, Angus Council, Newmonthill, grave ref A/113/2.9,10
  • (Spouse) Death: His spouse Isabella Moffat died on 14 December 1912 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1912 deaths in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 170; Isabella Adamson widow of John Adamson wine and spirit merchant; died 1912 December twelfth 4h 30m am; female aged 78 years; parents John Moffat yarn bleacher master (dec) & Agnes Moffat ms Rae (dec); senile gangarene of leg, amputation, asthenia as cert by J Cable LRCP; signed Alexander Watterston son-in-law Orchard Bank House Forfar; registered 1912 December 12th at Forfar signed John F Craib registrar.11
  • (Erector) Memorial Inscription*: A Headstone was erected by John Adamson between 1885 and 1897 at Newmonthill Cemetery, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. Inscription reads stone reads: erected by John & Isabella Adamson in memory of their son David who ... November ... aged 17 years, and their son John who died ... January 1897 aged 25 years, and of the said John Adamson ... who died ... December 1897 aged 45 years, also their son William who died 10th July 1905 aged 48 years, and of the said Isabella Moffat Adamson who died ... aged 78 years, Margaret Cameron widow of William Adamson who died ... June 1916 aged ... years.12
    Forfar Newmonthill Cemetery - John Adamson & Isabella Moffat

Census Events

Member of Household6 June 1841John Adamson was listed in the 1841 census at South Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. David Adamson, 40, lhlw, Angus; Janet Adamson, 35, outside census county; Alexander McIntosh, 45, lhlw, Angus & wife & 4 children; Margaret Wood 25 lhlw, Angus & 2 20 year old females; David Craig, 30 lhlw, Angus & wife & 3 children; John Adamson, 7, Angus.14
Member of Household30 March 1851They was listed as a member of the household of David Adamson in the 1851 census at South Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Adamson, son, unm, 16, shoemaker apprentice, Forfar; David Adamson, head, mar, 53, handloom weaver linen, Forfar; Janet Adamson, wife, mar, 44, Prestonpans.15
Head of Household7 April 1861He was listed as head of household, along with spouse Isabella Moffat in the 1861 census at 104-6 East High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Adamson, head, mar, 26, grocery salesman, Forfar; Isabella Adamson, wife, mar, 26, Forfar; also in the household were Agnes Adamson and Helen Eaton Adamson.16
Head of Household2 April 1871He was listed as head of household in the 1871 census at Healing of Kirkton, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. John, head, mar, age 36, Association Manager employing 11 men and 2 boys, Forfar; Isabella, wife, mar, 36, Forfar; also in the household were Isabella Moffat, Agnes Adamson, Helen Eaton Adamson, William Adamson, Isabella Adamson, David Adamson and John Adamson.17
Head of Household3 April 1881He was listed as head of household in the 1881 census at 42 West High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. John, head, mar, 46, Grocer Master ( 2 women, 1 man), Forfar; Isabella, wife, mar, 46, Forfar; also in the household were Isabella Moffat, Helen Eaton Adamson, William Adamson, Isabella Adamson, David Adamson and John Adamson.18
Head of Household5 April 1891He was listed as head of household in the 1891 census at 44 West High Street, Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland. John Adamson, head, mar, 57, licenced grocer, employer, Forfar; Isabella M Adamson, wife, mar, 56, Forfar; 5 rooms with windows; same address - different household, Jane Rea, head, widow, 76, private means, Ballater, 1 room with window - Isabella's mother?; also in the household were Isabella Moffat, Isabella Adamson and John Adamson.19
Last Edited: 10 Oct 2016

Parents:

Father*: David Adamson b. 21 Mar 1797, d. 20 Apr 1872
Mother*: Janet Gardiner Neave b. 29 Dec 1806, d. 1 Jun 1880

Family:

Isabella Moffat b. Sep 1834, d. 14 Dec 1912
  • (Groom) Marriage*: John Adamson married Isabella Moffat, daughter of John Moffat and Agnes Rae, on 24 August 1857 at Forfar, Forfarshire, Scotland; 1857 marriages in the district of Forfar in the county of Forfar, ref 57; On the twenty-fourth day of August 1857 at Shellcroft Forfar marriage after banns was solemnized between us according to the forms of the Church of Scotland, signed John Adamson aged 23 residing South Street Forfar, occupation grocery salesman batchelor, parents David ADamson linen weaver & Janet Gardner Adamson maiden name Neave; signed Isabella Moffat aged 22 residing Shellcroft Forfar, spinster parents John Moffat linen yarn bleacher & Agnes Moffat maiden name Rea; signed Alexamder Campbell minister of St Ames Church Forfar, signed David Adamson & James Howie witnesses; the above marriage was registered by me at Forfar on the Twenty-fifth day of August 1857, signed John Webster registrar.1

Children:

Agnes Adamson+ b. 26 Feb 1858, d. 16 Jul 1945
Helen Eaton Adamson+ b. 8 Apr 1860, d. 2 Nov 1927
William Adamson+ b. 13 May 1862, d. 10 Jul 1905
Isabella Adamson+ b. 22 Oct 1864, d. 5 Jul 1930
David Adamson b. 30 Oct 1867, d. 30 Nov 1884
John Adamson+ b. 13 Apr 1870, d. 25 Jan 1897

Citations

  1. [S40] RL [July 2005].
  2. [S56] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950, index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XB88-9BL : accessed 28 April 2015), John Adamson, 13 Jun 1834; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 993,432 [Apr 2015].
  3. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Statutory Death 1880 Forfar ref 153 [Jul 2005].
  4. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory Death 1882 Forfar ref 115, image held [Aug 2005].
  5. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS statutory deaths [Aug 2004].
  6. [S32] Newspaper Article, Aberdeen Journal 1 Dec 1884.
  7. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory Death 1897 Forfar, ref 18 [July 2008 (and from RL July 2005)].
  8. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory Deaths 1897 Forfar image held [Aug 2006].
  9. [S40] From Robert Langlands [July 2005].
  10. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) https://www.deceasedonline.com/servlet/GSDOSearch [Nov 2014].
  11. [S50] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS Statutory Death 1912 Forfar ref 288/A0 0170 image held [July 2008 and from RL July 2005].
  12. [S21] Headstone Photograph; , PCC Photographic Collection [May 2009].
  13. PCC Photographic Collection [May 2009]
  14. [S13] Website FreeCEN UK Census Online Project (http://www.freecen.org.uk/).
  15. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, online www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk, General Record Office for Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland), GROS Census 1851 Forfar image held [Aug 2006].
  16. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1861 image held [Aug 2006].
  17. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1871 image held [Aug 2005].
  18. [S30] LDS 1881 Census.
  19. [S17] General Record Office for Scotland, GROS census 1891 image held [Aug 2006].