Descendants of Israel Adams (about 1750- 1800)
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Thomas Adams (1845-1925) - son of James Andrew Adams (1810-1886) - son of James Adams (1775-after 1851) - son of Israel Adams (about 1850-1800)
Thomas Adams was born on 21 December 1845 in Chelsea, Middlesex.8 Civil Registration of Birth Certificate states:
Thomas Adams, Boy, born 21st
December 1845, son of James Andrew Adams, BrickLayer, and Catherine Adams,
formerly Shelley, of 30 Cumberland Street, Chelsea, Middx.
Civil Registration of Births reference is Mar 1846, Vol 3, p 39 - in Chelsea, Middlesex16
In the 1851 Census he was living with his parents in Chelsea. In 1854 his mother died and he and his brother Julius are with their father in the 1861 Census.
We believe that we have found Thomas Adams in the 1871 Census living in Aylesbury.
Lily Bond (grand-daughter) said that Ellen Rosina Rowe was Thomas Adams' second wife., and we have now proved this to be so. However, we have not been able to find this first marriage of Thomas Adams.
The first record we have found of Thomas and Ellen Rosina Rowe's relationship is at the baptism of their first son Thomas James (always referred to as James Adams) in 1873 (see below). At this time Ellen Rosina was 17 years old and they were not married. They did not marry for another 20 years, in 1893.
The Marriage register at St Saviour, Southwark 42 states:
Thomas Adams, aged 46, Bricklayer, Widower of 116 BroadWall, Southwark, and
The fathers were James Andrew Adams, Bricklayer (Deceased) and Samuel Rowe, Coach Maker (deceased).
Witnesses were James Meeke (official) who signed and Charles Fielder (who signed with an 'X').
It would seem that the first wife of Thomas probably died just prior to the above marriage, thus freeing him up to marry Ellen Rosina Rowe.
It seems strange that they were said to have different addresses when they married. The 1891Census shows that two families of bricklayers were living at 122 Broadwall, and at 116 was a widow . Between the two houses was Mary Rowe, a widow dressmaker. It is uncertain who was living at these addresses 3 years later when the marriage took place. But there is a possibility that our couple knew the occupants and used their addresses for convenience and propriety.
Young James seems to have been deposited onto Ellen Rosina's parents (Samuel James and Ellen Rowe). He appears with them as an 8 year old 'adopted son' in the 1881 Census. Lily Bond (grand-daughter) reported that James Adams was a half brother to the other Adams children. Strictly that was not the case, but having been brought up by the grand-parents, it might have appeared that he was not part of Thomas and Ellen Rosina Adams family in later life.
Whilst son James was with her parents, we have been told 214 that Thomas and Rosina Adams were travelling through England and Scotland for Thomas to find work as a bricklayer during the late 1870s and early 1880s. Their son, Samuel, was born in Sunderland, which seems to bear this out story.
We have been unable to locate them in the 1881 Census, but this may be a result of them being on the move. However, by 1891 they have settled in Battersea and appear together in the 1891 and 1901 Census returns.14,15 Even then, they were constantly on the move. Nearly every child was born at a different address.
In the Register of Electors in Battersea, Polling District 4, in 1901 is:
Thomas Adams of 11 Orville Road, Battersea.
This is the same address as in the 1901 Census. However, in the 1903 Register of Electors for Battersea he is at 48 Latchmere Grove. It is from this address that his daughter Annie married in 1906.
The Register of Electors in 1911 shows that he was still resident at 48 Latchmere Grove, together with his daughter Annie and his son-in-law, Joseph Frederick Bond and family. Thomas Adams jr. rented a room in the top of the house from his father. This suggests that Thomas Adams snr. was the main tenant of the house.
It is said that Thomas Adams was a Master bricklayer, and has his name on a plaque at Salesian College in Battersea High Street, but we have not proved that this is so.
Thomas Adams and Ellen Rosina Rowe had the following children:
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