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Thomas McAdams and Ann Curran

Thomas McAdams was the oldest son of William and Isabella McAdams. His brother James immigrated to the United States in 1822. Thomas followed with his wife Ann Curran McAdams. They departed from the port of Belfast and arrived in Philadelphia on June 20, 1825. Thomas and Ann were both 20 years old at the time. A 12 year old was traveling with them by the name of James, who died shortly after arrival. According to Gerri McAdams, James was probably a brother as they named their first child James.

Thomas' parents, William and Isabella, followed in 1828 with Robert, 20, Ann, 18, John, 17 and William Joseph, 11 years 6 months. They left the port of Belfast and arrived in Philadelphia on May 19, 1828.

Thomas disappeared from the City Directories in 1857 and it appears that Ann lived with her children until her death in 1873. In the 1860 Census the address was 209 Thompson Street and Gerri's sources indicated that most of the family lived there for a great many years. The house still exists and he has seen it. Records are on page 232, 3rd Ward of Kensington.

Children of Thomas and Ann Curran McAdams - born in Philadelphia:

  1. James, 1825, wheelwright in 1864 city directory. James married Margaret, last name unknown. She was born about 1834. They were the parents of Elizabeth 1850, James Jr. 1852, Clara 1856, Ida 1859, Mary 1862, Anna 1864, and Ann 1868. James was a wheelwright, James Jr. a laborer, and Clara a spooler, according to the 1870 census.

  2. William, 1826, brickmaker in 1864 city directory

  3. Robert, 1830, plasterer in 1865 city directory who later married Margaret Scott Craig

  4. Hugh, 1832, brickmaker in 1869 city directory

  5. Thomas, 1834, smith in 1869 city directory. In the 1880 Census, Thomas McAdams, Jr. was living in the 21st Ward of Pittsburgh with his wife Mary Jane born in Pennsylvania Abt. 1842 and their children, both born in Pennsylvania: Anna S. born Abt. 1869 and Thomas born Abt. 1872 . His occupation is listed as plasterer. In the City Directory, he was listed as living on Centre.

    In 1900, Thomas Jr. was living with his son-in-law, Charles V. Herb at 5136 Friendship in Pittsburgh. Source: 1900 Census for Pittsburgh, Allegheny County Enumeration District # 232 Sheet 6

  6. Alexander, 1838, plasterer in 1869 city directory, who married Anna Elizabeth McKinney on October 12, 1863.
    More information on Alexander and Anna's family can be found at Freeds Genealogy Home Page.

  7. John, 1840, wheelwright in 1864 city directory

  8. Edward, 1842, wheelwright in 1864 city directory

  9. Mary, 1844, seamstress in 1864 city directory, listed in her brother Robert's obituary as "Mrs. Mary A. Bournman, of Philadelphia." Source: Pittsburgh Gazette Times Sunday, April 23, 1916 page 8
Thomas and Ann's second son, William married Elizabeth H. ? , born 1831 in Ireland

Children of William and Elizabeth as of the 1880 census - all children listed as born in Philadelphia:

  1. Mary, 1852
  2. William, 1855
  3. Elizabeth, 1857
  4. Isabel, 1859
  5. Edward, 1861
  6. John, 1863
  7. Robert 1865
  8. Alexander, 1868 or 1869
  9. Emma, 1872
  10. Also listed an Albert Flou or Flow, age 7, living in the household in 1880
Alexander McAdams, William and Elizabeth's son, married Elizabeth McCloud, born 1-26-75 PA, died 8-12-52, PA.

Children of Alexander and Elizabeth McCloud McAdams, born in Philadelphia were:

  1. Alexander
  2. Joseph
  3. David
  4. Harry, born October 10, 1894, died April 1974, Philadelphia - husband of Elise Matchett, and grandfather of Sandie (Paskill) Brack
  5. Frank, born June 1896, died May 1963 - husband of Marie Trimback, father of George Henning McAdams, and grandfather of Joseph G. McAdams and Gerri McAdams
    Frank and Marie's daughter, Marie, was the mother of Curt W. Anderson
  6. William, born 1894, died 1925
  7. Elmer, born abt 1901, died 1916
  8. Wesley, born ??, died 1907
  9. Leonard, born 1912
  10. Edna, born 1913
My thanks to Gerri McAdams, Sandie (Paskill) Brack, Rick Freed, and Barbara S. Herring for the information on this branch of the McAdams family.


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