Friday, 30 June 2017

David ADAMS - back to the drawing board

In my post last week on 'David ADAMS breakthrough - I hope' I was excited at finding mention of my great-grand-uncle David, living in Sydney, in the newspaper death notice of his sister Catherine McFadyen in 1946.

Up until then the last trace of him was a mention in the Will of his sister Margaret MANSFIELD in 1926 but that revealed no address for David.

I felt quietly confident that a David ADAMS who married Juanita Agnes ADAMS was the one.  He was a builder, as was his father.

But alas, on purchasing his marriage certificate this David ADAMS was aged 37 and born in Manchester, England about 1870 to parents David and Jane Ann nee Holloway or Halliday?
parents of David ADAMS and Juanita HERRICK
Our David was born in 1866 in Victoria, Australia to parents George ADAMS and Catherine BARRY.

The next David to look at is one who died in Narrabeen, NSW in April 1951.  He also was a builder.  In the electoral rolls in 1943 & 1949 a David and Evelyn Maude Adams were living at 56 Wimbledon Ave Warringah, Narrabeen.  

Family Notices (1951, April 27). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 20.
The only David Adams deaths listed in the NSW BDM website in 1951 are: DAVID ADAMS #8490/1951 father DAVID mother ANN registered at MANLY and EDWARD DAVID ADAMS #28008/1951 father EDWARD GEORGE mother DOROTHY MARY registered at PETERSHAM.

There are no NSW deaths for just a David Adams from 1946 onwards with father George nor even just a David Adams from 1946 with no father listed.  Sigh.


  1. Don't give up, Kerryn..he'll let you find him when he's good and ready..

    1. Thanks for the encouragement Chris. That is often the way isn't it. All of a sudden there they are. I think they play with us at times.

  2. How frustrating. I wonder if David moved on to Queensland or even Western Australia or New Zealand during the depression?

    1. It is frustrating Jen, I think we learn to expect any possiblity after a while.