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Joseph McAdams and Jessie Ferree

In 1900, Joseph H. McAdams1 was living with his family on State Avenue in Coraopolis, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Joseph reported his birth date to be November 1859, and that he had been married for 19 years.. He stated that he and his parents were born in Ohio, and listed his occupation as "Telegrapher."

With Joseph was his wife, Jessie L. [Ferree], born in Pennsylvania in December 1865. She reported that she was the mother of four children, all four of whom were alive and were living in the household. The four sons, all born in Pennsylvania were:

  1. Royal F. McAdams,2 born in April, 1883, who listed his occupation as "Bookkeeper."
  2. Howard W. McAdams,2 born in April 1887
  3. Edgar L. McAdams,2 Howard's twin
  4. Joseph S. McAdams,2 born in March, 1900
Also in the home was Jessie's sister, Daisy C. Ferree, born in Pennsylvania in April, 1876.

1900 Census for Coraopolis, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania
Enumeration District 363
Sheet 18

Royal F. McAdams, Sr. married Ethel Heber in 1906. Their Marriage License was recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket.

In 1920, Royal F. McAdams was living with his family at 7224 McLurdy Place in Ben Avon. Royal and Ethel had 6 children:

  1. Royal and Ethel's oldest child was Jean H. McAdams,3 born about 1909.

  2. Royal and Ethel's second child was Royal F. McAdams, Jr.,3 born on November 4, 1910. Royal Jr. married Gladys Repine, born on December 12, 1910. Royal and Gladys has three children: Gaynell4, Betty Lou4, and Royal F. McAdams III4.
    Rob MacAdam-King5 is the grandson Royal F McAdams Jr 3. Son of Betty Lou McAdams4. He writes:
    My Mother is Betty Lou McAdams Born 2-5-39 in Allegheny County,Pa
    My Father (passed away 4-25-77) is Robert Edward King Born 4-10-30 in Cleveland, Ohio
    My Sister is Meghan MacAdam-King Born 9-24-65 in Cleveland, Oh
    My Brother is Scot MacAdam-King Born 12-15-66 in Cleveland, Oh
    I am Robert Bruce MacAdam-King Born 1-9-63 in Allegheny County,Pa
    Royal McAdams, Jr.3 died in 1988. His obituary appeared in the Post-Gazette:

    Royal F. Jr., on Sat., June 25, 1988; husband of the late Gladys Repine McAdams; beloved father of Gaynell M. Becket, Betty Lou King & Royal F. McAdams III; brother of William McAdams; also survived by six grandchildren. Friends may call SUN. 7-9 and MON. 2-4 and 7-9 at MAURICE L. KNEE, LTD., Center at South, Wilk. (Parking on premises). Services Tues. morning at 11 o'clock.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Monday, June 27, 1988
    page 10

    Royal and Gladys were buried in Section 4 of Woodlawn Cemetery, Penn Avenue, Wilkinsburg.

  3. Royal and Ethel's next child was Catherine McAdams,3 born about 1914.

  4. Royal and Ethel's next child was Betty H. McAdams,3 also born about 1914 who may have been Catherine's twin.

  5. Royal and Ethel's next child was Joseph McAdams,3 born about 1916.

  6. Royal and Ethel's sixth child was William F. McAdams,3 born about 1918.

    Tamara Leigh McAdams Patula5 is the daughter of David Laird McAdams4, born 3/11/47. She writes:

    My dad's dad is supposedly William (son or grandson of a Royal McAdams) He knew as little as me. My mom remembers seeing a photo of "William" in a military uniform with my grand-ma (Eleanor McFeely (either age 87, 84 or 85: Born definitely in Feb on a president's day or B-day, maybe 1922??-not sure). My dad, according to my mom, knew very little. His mom, Eleanor Mcfeely (maiden name) was very secretive with him as well (as my mom remembers ). I know my parents dated several years brfore marrying, from age 13, I think, till their early 20's).

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