Person Index

Adams, Joseph Tyndall

Joseph Tyndall Adams
b: 1842
d: 21 DEC 1912
Biography
Christ Church''s Web Site
30 ADAMS Catherine Thomas
30 ADAMS Joseph Tyndall
30 SEALY Joseph William

215 ADAMS J.W.T.
215 ADAMS Maude Isabelle
215 TUSTIN Diana Raymond

216 DREWITT John Lloyd
216 DREWITT Mabel Oceana

NOTES FOR CHCH WEB SITE 2012
ADAMS JOSEPH TYNDALL 1842-1912
Account by his granddaughter Diana (Nan) Tustin, submitted to Christ Church archives in 2001

My grandfather, Captain Joseph Tyndall Adams was a Master Mariner and brought many immigrants to NZ in the 1870s and early 1880s.

He hurt his leg in an accident at sea and after the death of his mother and his wife, he brought his two young daughters to Taita to settle on a property he had brought on one of his earlier trips. They were accompanied by an elderly uncle and a housekeeper. The older boys in the family remained in England.

The property was at the end of what was then Cottles Lane (now Daysh St.) in Taita (now Avalon) and was situated in the vicinity of Nae Nae Intermidiate (sic) School about where the railway now runs.

My mother, Mabel, the elder daughter went to Wellington College, and my aunt, Maude, went to Taita Primary School. After a series of housekeepers, their father remarried and the new stepmother was not very much older than the girls. She had four sons, Leslie, Jack, Bill and Bob who were brought up in Taita and Taita Church played a big part in their lives.

My aunt recalled fondly the dances in Welch''s barn and how on New Year''s Eve, they would all go over and ring the Church Bell at midnight. She has so many tales to tell and I wish now that I had listened more closely when I was young because the tales were not quite so reliable in later years.

When Captain Adams died in 1911 (sic)(died 1912), the family moved to a property just south of Park Ave, bordered on the north side by Kilminster''s (sic) farm and on the south by the Blacksmith''s shop, I wonder how many people remember Mr Claughton and his roaring fires. It was just opposite an old house which is now part of a retirement village (was a Motel at one stage) and Mr. and Mrs. Hutcheson and their family lived there for many years.

See also DREWITT, SEALY, TUSTIN.



Listed under Taita
NZPO 1890 - 1900 Adams Joseph T, settler
NZPO 1905 Adams Jos. T, settler

From Christ Church''s Family Archives
A short History Of The Adams Family
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My grandfather, Captain Joseph Tyndall Adams was a Master Mariner and brought many immigrants to NZ in the 1870s and early 1880s. He hurt his leg in an accident at sea and after the death of his mother and his wife, he brought his two young daughters to Taita to settle on a property he had brought on one of earlier trips. They were accompanied by an elderly uncle and a housekeeper. The older boys in the family remained in England.
The property was at the end of what was then Cottles Lane (now Daysh St.) in Taita (now Avalon) and was situated in the vicinity of Nae Nae Intermidiate (sic) School about where the railway now runs.
My mother, Mabel, the elder daughter went to Wellington College, and my aunt, Maude, went to Taita Primary School. After a series of housekeepers, their father remarried and the new stepmother was not very much older than the girls. She had four sons, Leslie, Jack, Bill and Bob who were brought up in Taita and Taita Church played a big part in their lives.
My aunt recalled fondly the dances in Welch''s barn and how on New Year''s Eve, they would all go over and ring the Church Bell at midnight. She has so many tales to tell and I wish now that I had listened more closely when I was young because the tales were not quite so reliable in later years.
When Captain Adams died in 1911 (sic), the family moved to a property just south of Park Ave, bordered on the north side by Kilminster''s (sic) farm and on the south by the Blacksmith''s shop, I wonder how many people remember Mr. Claughton and his roaring fires. It was just opposite an old house which is now part of a retirement village (was a Motel at one stage) and Mr. and Mrs. Hutcheson and their family lived there for many years.
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(below written in pen at bottom of first page)
NB Captain Adams is buried on the north side of the Church, near the front. His uncle, William Sealy is buried alongside.
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(below is typed on second page)
Mr. Heggie leased the property and the family lived in the house known as Ashwell House and late 821 High St. My aunt had many stories of going eeling in the creek behind the house and having happy moonlight picnics.
After their stepmother''s death, my mother and father came to live with her but shortly after they came, my father died suddenly. My aunt and my mother continued to live in the old house till their deaths in 1964 and 1976 respectively. My mother was 90 and my aunt 98.
Every Staurday afternoon after my father''s death, we walked up to the Taita Church to tend the graves. That is how I met my husband. Strangely enough this young man was always cutting the hedge when we went by and my mother thought he was a nice lad as he left a bird''s nest intact. He was Charles Tustin and his father has a property next to the then Taita School (now Avalon I think). His mother Charlotte was a regular worshipper at the little Church and when her arthritis got so bad she could no longer walk to church. Canon Fry from St. James picked her up and brought her home. I still have vivid recollections of going to a Good Friday Service with her at Christ Church before we were married the next day in St. James.

Below is the letter received and attached to Notes
66a Ashby Ave.,
St. Heliers,
Auckland, 5.
Ph. 09-521-3502
16th April 2001.
Dear Mrs Erwin
I was sorry there was a misunderstanding about the care of the gravestones. I took it to mean the headstones but I knew these were intact as my daughter had been there the day before. When they were vandalised some years ago, Beddies the stonemasons repaired them for me and put new scoria on the graves. They sent me photographs of the finished work and it was very satisfactory.
The reason they are not concreted over is that my Mother Mabel Drewitt was adamant that she didn''t want them covered in. I could never bring myself to go against her wishes even though circumstances had changed and it was the obvious thing to do. We will have to give it some serious thought in the near future.
I was also upset that it was thought our plot was neglected. It has always been tended faithfully till I came to Auckland in 1988 and since then I have every year sent a donation of $100 to include our subscription and a donation to the upkeep of the church.
After my father''s sudden death in 1930 my Mother was absolutely devastated, and for most of my teenage years, every Saturday afternoon we walked from just south of Park Avenue up to the Churchyard to put flowers on the grave. The entrance at that time was from the Main Road as it was then called. Gradually as my Mother became more frail my husband and I took over the task and made regular visits with the lawn mower and kept the graves and their vicinity as tidy as we could.
I was interested that you knew Stephen in Patanga Cres. - it is a small world is it not?
(signed in pen)
Yours sincerely
Diana (Nan) Tustin

Email to Anne Erwin 18 Dec 2011
Hi Anne

Hope all your plans to the run up to Christmas are going as planned.

I have been looking at the Adams Family and note in the book that it states that Captain Adams died in 1911, on page 74.
Captain Joseph Tyndall Adams actually died on the 21 Dec 1912 aged 70 years.

Regards
Elsa

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Free BMD Records show Date Birth Registered September 1842, District: Brentford, Name: Joseph Tyndall Adams, Volume: 3, Page 11
The district Brentford is in the county of Middlesex



1st Wife''s name is Anna from Will Documents which were signed in 1879
- unsure if below is correct death Record for 1st wife Anna
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Free BMD Records show Date Death Registered: June 1880, Distrct: Birmingham, Name: Anna Maria Adams, Aged: 0, Volume: 6d, Page: 117
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The district Birmingham is in the county of Warwickshire
- this person buried at Warstone Lane Cemetery, Warwickshire, England


1st Marriage
Free BMD Records shows Date Marriage Registered December 1869, District: Camberwell, Names: Joseph Tyndall Adams and , Volume: 1d, Page: 919
The district Camberwell spans the boundaries of the counties of Greater London, London and Surrey

Anna Maira Garrett

or Susan Streeter

as there are three men listed on matching but only two woman

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Evening Post 18 December 1878
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THE splendid iron clipper ship
WAIROA
100 A1, 1054 tons register, J. T. Adams, Commander
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Name: Adams, Joseph Tyndall
Flourished: 1879
Role: Master
Abstract: Master of the sailing ship WAIROA (73621) in 1879. The ''Watt Index'' should be consulted for fuller details.
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Source: Index to the NZ section of the register..1840-1950 Volume 5 Pages 177-193
Title: [Masters listed in ''Watt Index'']
Article Abstract: From a list of Masters of vessels appearing in the ''Index to the New Zealand Section of the Register of All British Ships 1840 - 1950'' inclusive, otherwise know as the ''Watt Index''. Entries in the ''Watt Index'' give a description and history of each listed vessel. Events such as marine accidents or the loss of a vessel usually include the master''s name. It is possible therefore to trace particular events in the career of a master through the histories of one or more such vessels. Preliminary entries extracted here have only the master''s last name and initial, indicating that there is something on them in the source index. Completed ones also note the vessel name, official number and the year. Fuller information may be obtained by consulting the vessels section of the ''Watt Index'', and thereafter, other sources such as newspapers, if relevant. (List includes the following names: Apera Pukenui, Hami Teira, K W Kanerara, A Moko Moko, H Ngaru, H Ngapaki, A Paora, M W Pirihi, and J W Temarama.)
from web site http://www.nzmaritimeindex.org.nz/izperson.php?personid=999990043&person=Adams, Joseph Tyndall&rid=0&db=&dm=&ds=&dh=&sh=&st=&sd=&svp=&tot=1&typ=&wds=&sourceid=&refid=&hit=1 accessed 16 Dec 2011

Evening Post 27 November 1883
The N.Z.C. Co''s ship Wanganui, Captain J. T. Adams, arrived at Lyttelton on Saturday evening after a passage of 96 days from London. She brought 85 passengers.

Evening Post 3 January 1889
The Lower Hutt Hotel Fracas.
More than ordinary local interest attached to yesterday''s sitting of the Lower Hutt Magistrate''s Court, in consequence of the hearing of the case in which Joseph Adams, a well-known settler at Taita, and formerly master mariner, was charged, on remand from Wellington, with having on the 28th ultimo inflicted grievous bodily harm upon John D. Pinkerton, licensee of the Railway Hotel, Lower Hutt. Tho little courthouse was crowded with listeners. Messrs. Dilnot Sladden and J. S. Manning were the presiding Justices. The prosecution was conducted by Mr. H. S. Fitzherbert, and accused was defended by Mr. R. K. Jackson.
Dr. Wilford deposed that he was called to attend the complainant between 7 and 8 p.m. on the 28th ult., and found him with a wound in the nose, which was bleeding. It was an incised wound about three-quarters of an inch long, formed by some sharp instrument, which had apparently penetrated the cartilage. He did not probe the wound, but he put in two sutures. The cut was about one and a half or two inches from the eye. He could not say that great force was used in inflicting the wound. There would be a slight scar when the wound healed. The injury might have been inflicted with the knife produced, but he did not consider the wound a dangerous one.
The complainant (J. D. Pinkerton) deposed he was a licensed victualler carrying on business at the Hutt. He saw the accused in his bar at 6.40 p.m. on the 28th ultimo with another man whom he did not know. Adams asked for two drinks and witness supplied them. Accused then spoke of a man in his employ whom witness had refused to supply with drink without payment. Adams said he had inquired into the matter. Without any answer from witness Adams continued the conversation, and witness inferred that the employe''s word was to be taken before his own. Messrs. Cooper and Mason then entered the bar. Accused stood in front of the counter and witness behind it. Cooper and Mason could see witness but not accused, a partition being between them. Accused wanted to continue his conversation about his man, and witness said, "I don''t want to hear any more about the affair," whereupon the accused asked, "Who are you" Witness replied, "As good as you at any time." Some further warm language was used on both sides, which accused followed up by saying, "There, take that," at the same time throwing the knife produced at witness, a distance of about six feet. The knife, which was open, stuck in witness on the nose, and dropped after about a second. The blood flowed freely. Witness picked up the knife, and subsequently gave it to Constable Harnett. Accused remained on the premises for some time after, and at first denied having thrown the knife. Accused remained at the door until arrested by Constable Harnett.
By Mr. Jackson — The knife was not fully open when witness picked it up. It must have come straight at him.
Frederick Cooper, nurseryman, of Wellington, proved that after both parties had roundly abused each other accused exclaimed "Take that," and instantly something struck Pinkerton, which came from Adams'' direction. Pinkerton was struck on the nose, the blood trickled down, but witness saw no weapon. Witness left hurriedly in order to catch the Wellington train, but before leaving he induced accused, who seemed to be more or less under the influence of liquor, to leave the house.
Mrs. Rose Pinkerton and Neils Jonson gave corroborative evidence. Constable Harnett stated that on his arrival at the hotel he found Pinkerton bleeding at the nose. Accused was standing in front of the hotel, a few paces from the door, and witness arrested him. Accused explained he had an altercation with Pinkerton, and having the knife in his hand, cutting tobacco, he let it fly at him.
By Mr. Jackson — There was no blood on the blade of the knife. The slight trace that he saw was on the handle.
Counsel having addressed the Court, the Chairman of the Bench said that he and his brother Magistrate had carefully considered the evidence, and were both of opinion that there was no case for a jury. An assault had, however, been committed, and one which they thought called for a severe penalty. The Court imposed a fine of £5, with £4 14s 6d costs half the fine to go to the prosecutor.

Evening Post 11 July 1900
FARM TO LET AT TAITA
12 1/2 acres with 6-roomed House and Scullery, bath, copper, &c., &c. The land is in first-class order and free from flood; fences practically new; immediate possession. Apply to Norman J. Daysh, care Captain Adams, Taita, or Frank P. Warnock, Clyde quay, Wellington

Evening Post 14 September 1901
Messrs. Macdonald, Wilson and Co.,
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On Monday, 30th September, at Captain Adam''s farm, Taita, adjoining the Mellow estate, the whole of his dairy stock,

etc., will be offered.
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MONDAY, 30th SEPTEMBER,
At 1 o''çlock.
20 Dairy Cows
MACDONALD, WILSON AND CO. have received instructions from Captain Adams, who has leased his farm and is giving up dairying, to sell on the farm adjoining the Mellow Estate, Taita -
15 good dairy cows, some in milk and some coming in later
They are a good lot and for positive sale.
A limited number of outside entries will be recieved for this sale, but must be made early.
Refreshments provided.
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Evening Post 9 August 1901
WANTED, a good Improver to the Carpentering Trade. Apply to J. O. Carlson, Mellow Estate, Blackbridge, Hutt

Evening Post 10 March 1902
Another claim (the fourth) under the Workers'' Compensation for Accidents Act. of 1900, has been filed for the consideration of the Arbitration Court at its next sitting in Wellington — that of David Harlot, a labourer at Lower Hutt, against Joseph Adams, of Taita. Plaintiff alleges that when engaged at work on respondent''s farm on New Year''s Day last he was harnessing a horse, when the animal kicked him on the knee, incapacitating him from work from 11th January to 22nd February, and that he was discharged by the respondent on 28th January. H« claims £15 as compensation.


Evening Post 14 March 1918
Cadet J. Adams, one of the fortunate survivors from the torpedoed Aparima, has wired from Auckland that he expects to reach his home at Taita by to-day''s express. He is the son of the late Captain J. T. Adams, of the New Zealand Shipping Company''s service.

Evening Post 27 February 1924
SALE OF THE BEST MARKET GARDEN IN THE HUTT DISTRICT
ON WEDNESDAY, 26th MARCH, 1924, At 2.30 o''clock.
AT OUR ROOMS, 105 CUSTOM-HOUSE QUAY.
MESSRS. GEORGE NATHAN AND CO. are favoured with instructions from the Trustee in the Estate of the late J. T. Adams (deceased) to sell by Public Public Auction as above —
ALL THAT PIECE OF LAND, containing 22 acres 2 roods (more or less), being part of Section numbered 50 on the Map of the Hutt District, and the whole of the land comprised in Certificate of Title, Volume 21 Folio 55, SUBJECT to a Right of Road, not exceeding 18 links wide, reserved through the said land by Crown Grant bearing the date of 10th August, 1853. TOGETHER with the buildings thereon, comprising large dwelling, hayshed, cow bails, fowlhouses, and toolshed.
This property has been used as a market garden for the past few years by Mr. Gorrie, and same is in excellent order, and no better marketable goods are produced anywhere in the Wellington District than have been got off this land, which is well watered. All produce can be landed by motor-lorry into the markets within 40 minutes from leaving this property in Cottle''s lane.
Further particulars and card to view of the Auctioneers.
S. GEORGE NATHAN AND CO.,
105, Customhouse quay.

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Death Details
1912/7548, Joseph Vyndall (sic) Adams, Aged: 71Y - Date of Death 21/12/1912 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Records Joseph Tyndall (sic) Adams, Date: 21/12/1912, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Monumental Inscriptions, Reference: 112
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Burial Records Joseph Tyndal (sic) Adams

Evening Post 21 December 1912
ADAMS. - On the 21st December, at his residence, Taita, Joseph Tyndall (sic) Adams, master mariner; aged 70 years
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Captain Joseph Tyndall (sic) Adams, in the earlier days well known in New Zealand shipping circles, died at the Taita this morning. Captain Adams, who was born in London in 1842, went to sea at an early age in the ship Norfolk, and after a few years at sea, while still a young man, he reached the position of chief officer of the s.s. Soukar — one of the last vessels to carry passengers Home from India round the Cape of Good Hope. Shortly after the Soukar left India on his first voyage the captain died, and Mr. Adams, who was then only about 23 years of age, navigated her to England, and on arrival was given the command. He served in the Indian trade for some years, and when the Soukar was purchased by the Shaw Savill Company Captain Adams came to New Zealand in her. That was in the early ''70s. He commanded the Soukar for ten years, and shortly after the New Zealand Shipping Company was formed he transferred his services and was given command of the Hurunui, on her second voyage, in 1876. He afterwards commanded the Wairoa, in which he made a number of voyages to Wellington, and the Wanganui. When the later vessel was sold, in 1888, Captain Adams settled down at the Taita, where he has lived quietly ever since. He was married twice. He leaves three sons (the eldest being Mr. E. C. Adams, of the Union Company, Wellington), and two daughters by his first wife, and four sons by his second wife, who survives him.

Probate Joseph Tyndall Adams, Place: Taita, Occ: Master Mariner, Date of Death: 21/12/1912, AAOM 6029 15134, Filed: 24/12/1912, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington
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Notes made from Will Documents
Will Signed and Dated 17 July 1879
Joseph Tyndall Adams of 39 Rye Hill Park, Peckham Rye, in the county of Surrey, Master Mariner.
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I appoint my Mother Anna Adams and my relative Mr Robert Allen, Trustees.
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My Uncle William Sealy an annuity of Twenty pounds per annum for his life to commence as from decease and to be paid to him quarterly.
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Cordial Dated 30 April 1884
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My dear wife Anna Adams
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Cordial Dated 1 January 1901
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I direct the house and land about 1 acre more or less P/sec 46 Belmont as a home for my daughters Mabel and Maud until married and also for Catherine Thomas Bacon and her children by me for her life as long as unmarried, and the property to finally pay to my son Eldest Son Edward Charles Adams.
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I direct that my residence and land Brooklyn Taita, P/sec 50 Belmont 22 acres more of less be retained and let to the best advantage, kept insured and repaired. The net proceeds from unto be directed to the Education and Maintenance of my children by Catherine Thomas Bacon (Katie) until the youngest attains the age of twenty one years. The property to be then sold and equally divided among all my children according to my wishes stated above.
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Should Uncle William Sealy survive me, he must be well looked after, all contributing to his maintenance.
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Signed and Dated 14 January 1901
Witnesses
Robt Jas Wilson, Farmer, Taita, Hutt
Violet A Wilson
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Death Details
1927/7077, Catherine Thomas Adams, Aged: 59Y - Date of Death 24/8/1927 from Death Registration

Hutt Valley Cemetery Records Catherine Thomas Adams, Date: 21/8/1927, Christ Church Anglican, Taita, Burial Records

Evening Post 22 August 1927
ADAMS. - On the 21st August, 1927, at her residence, "Ashwell House", Main road, Lower Hutt, Catherine Thomas, relict of the late Captain J. T. Adams; aged 59 years

Probate Catherine Thomas Adams, Place: Lower Hutt, Occ: Settler, AAOM 6029 41077, Filed: 26/8/1927, Will, Archives NZ, Wellington

Christ Church Cemetery Headstone Reads
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
JOSEPH TYNDALL ADAMS
DIED DEC 21st 1912
AGED 70 YEARS
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Headstone to Right Side
Catherine Thomas Adams
(nee Bacon)
Died Aug. 21st 1927 aged 59 years
Loving mother of
Leslie Gainsford Sealy
Joseph William Tyndall (Bill)
John Lewin (Jack)
Robert Peers
Facts
  • 1842 - Birth - ; Brentford, Middlesex
  • 21 DEC 1912 - Death -
Ancestors
   
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Joseph Tyndall Adams
1842 - 21 DEC 1912
  
 
  
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Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Adams
Birth
Death
Marriageto Anna Unknown
Father?
Mother?
PARENT (F) Anna Unknown
Birth
Death
Marriageto Adams
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MJoseph Tyndall Adams
Birth1842Brentford, Middlesex
Death21 DEC 1912
Marriageto Catherine Thomas Bacon
Marriageto Anna Unknown
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Joseph Tyndall Adams
Birth1842Brentford, Middlesex
Death21 DEC 1912
Marriageto Catherine Thomas Bacon
Marriageto Anna Unknown
FatherAdams
MotherAnna Unknown
PARENT (F) Catherine Thomas Bacon
Birth1868
Death21 AUG 1927
Marriageto Joseph Tyndall Adams
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MJoseph William Tyndall Known As Bill Adams
Birth1898
Death14 APR 1980
MJohn Lewin Known Jack Adams
Birth23 MAR 1900
Death
MRobert Peers Adams
Birth1 MAR 1903
Death26 NOV 1967
Marriage20 JUL 1927to Lelia Maud Arita Howe at Kent Terrace Presbyterian Church, Wellington
MLeslie Gainsford Adams
Birth29 JUL 1894Brooklyn, Taita
Death25 JUL 1977
Marriage19 APR 1916to Olive Evelyn Gaskin at St Mary Church, Carterton
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Joseph Tyndall Adams
Birth1842Brentford, Middlesex
Death21 DEC 1912
Marriageto Catherine Thomas Bacon
Marriageto Anna Unknown
FatherAdams
MotherAnna Unknown
PARENT (F) Anna Unknown
Birth
Death
Marriageto Joseph Tyndall Adams
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
FMaude Isabelle Adams
Birth5 MAY 1878Camberwell, London
Death16 FEB 1976
FMabel Oceana Adams
Birth1874
Death13 SEP 1964
Marriage5 JUN 1909to John Lloyd DREWITT
MEdward Charles Adams
Birth1870
Death
MA H Adams
Birth
Death
MSon Adams
Birth
Death
Descendancy Chart
Joseph Tyndall Adams b: 1842 d: 21 DEC 1912
Catherine Thomas Bacon b: 1868 d: 21 AUG 1927
John Lewin Known Jack Adams b: 23 MAR 1900
Robert Peers Adams b: 1 MAR 1903 d: 26 NOV 1967
Lelia Maud Arita Howe b: 1904 d: 6 JUL 1982
Leslie Gainsford Adams b: 29 JUL 1894 d: 25 JUL 1977
Olive Evelyn Gaskin b: 1895 d: 2 OCT 1947
Leslie George Tyndall Adams b: 7 JAN 1918 d: 6 JUL 2003
Winifred Maud Adams b: 1920 d: 29 SEP 2012
Elizabeth Olive Adams b: 1924 d: 2 JAN 2002
Timothy Patrick Snee b: 1923 d: 27 OCT 1993
David Lawrence Adams b: 1928 d: 2001
Maude Isabelle Adams b: 5 MAY 1878 d: 16 FEB 1976
Mabel Oceana Adams b: 1874 d: 13 SEP 1964
John Lloyd DREWITT b: 1878 d: 23 SEP 1930
Diana Raymond DREWITT b: 6 AUG 1916 d: 6 SEP 2005
Charles Joseph TUSTIN b: 1913 d: 19 SEP 1976
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