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William Drenning Adamson

M, #10610, b. 29 April 1881, d. 12 September 1950
Last Edited: 17 Jun 2020
Spanish American War Volunteers


Father*: Archibald Renny Adamson b. 10 Mar 1839, d. 26 Jan 1923
Mother*: Elizabeth Chambling b. 30 Apr 1842, d. 2 Jun 1907
  • Birth*: William Drenning Adamson was born on 29 April 1881 at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, .2
  • He was the son of Archibald Renny Adamson and Elizabeth Chambling.
  • Death*: William Drenning Adamson died on 12 September 1950 at Los Angeles, California, USA, , at age 69.3
  • (Witness) Photograph: He is in this photograph taken circa 1900 at North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, , along with Archibald Renny Adamson, David Webster Adamson, Charles Alexander Adamson, Mary Adamson, George Dunlop Adamson, Jessie Adamson, Elizabeth Adamson, Archibald Rennie Adamson, Elizabeth Chambling and Hannah Mary Adamson Back L-R: David, William, Charles, Mary, George, Jessie, Archibald Jr.
    Front L-R: Elizabeth (Archibald's daughter), Archibald, Sr. (Archibald Renny, the author), Elizabeth (Archibald's wife), Hannah.4,5
    L-R,Top: David, William, Charles, Mary, George, Jessie, Archibald Jr. Bottom: Elizabeth (Archibald's daughter), Archibald, Sr., Elizabeth (Archibald's wife), Hannah.
  • (Witness) Event-Misc: William Drenning Adamson was mentioned in the book by Archibald Renny Adamson in 1910 at North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, ; published book "North Platte And Its Associations" published by The Evening Telegraph, North Platte, Nebraska; where it is also noted that he was author of other books "Rambles Through the Land of Burns" (1879, Kilmarnock), etc [which is not available online - further research reveals that a further book entiitled "Rambles round Kilmarnock; with an introductory sketch of the town" (1875, Kilmarnock) was also written by A R Adamson - also not available online].7

Census & Directory Entries

Resident9 June 1900William Drenning Adamson appeared on the census of 9 June 1900 in the household of Archibald Renny Adamson and Elizabeth Chambling at Eleventh Street, North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, , William Adamson, son, white, male, b Apr 1881 Scotland, age 19, single, ranchman, employed, can read, write, speak English; US census : dwelling 532, family 560; Adamson, Archibald, head, white, male, b Mar 1838, age 62, married 39 years, born Scotland, parents born Scotland, immigrated 1883, 17 years in US, naturalised, machinist, employed, can read, write, speak English, owns the property free of mortgage.8

Military Service

  • Military Service*: William Drenning Adamson served with the Nebraska Volunteer Infantry on 21 April 1898 at North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, , enlisted with Company E, second regiment, Nebraska Volunteer Infantry in response to President McKinley's call for 200,000 volunteers to help "settle our little difficulty with Spain".9
  • Military Service: William Drenning Adamson served with the Nebraska Volunteer Infantry on 24 October 1898 at North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, , Company E was mustered out, and the boys returned to their homes and occupations, not altogether without casualties ... William D. Adamson came back on crutches being seriously wounded. It seems he was taking his blouse off a peg in a tent when a revolver dropped from a pocket of a comrade's garment and exploding sent a bullet through the calf of his leg."9
  • Military Service*: William Drenning Adamson served with an Unknown Unit on 11 September 1918 at North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska, United States, .10


  1. almay.com [Jun 2020]
  2. [S1] International Genealogical Index (IGI) (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA: International Genealogical Index), LDS [Jul 2009].
  3. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=dmelliott&id=I166 and DE [Dec 2010].
  4. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/84378/person/-2129415206/photox/61e14421-c0b2-4d84-aa2b-d7e5a2b89445?src=search member LA [Nov 2014].
  5. [S40] CG [May 2017].
  6. from Pauline Reed collection, linadamson originally shared this on 23 Feb 2007 ; http://trees.ancestry.co.uk/tree/84378/person/-2129415206/photox/61e14421-c0b2-4d84-aa2b-d7e5a2b89445?src=search member LA [Nov 2014]
  7. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t9n306k47;view=1up;seq=6 [Nov 2014].
  8. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska; Roll: 932; Page: 28A; Enumeration District: 0153; FHL microfilm: 1240932. Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. [Nov 2014]
  9. [S49] Website Web Site online (www.) from A R Adamson's account in the Book North Platte and its Associations published in 1910 accessed via http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=loc.ark:/13960/t9n306k47;view=1up;seq=6 [Nov 2014].
  10. [S9] Website Ancestry.co.uk (www.ancestry.co.uk) Fold3 US World War 1 Draft Registration Cards [Jun 2020].