In the 1845 Will of Susanna Salter (formerly the widow Mills), the testator identifies five of her cousins: Francis Jones Adams, Alice Clark, Rosetta Adams, Mary Bolton and John Samuel Adams. Susanna made the Will in Margate, Kent.
Census records for 1851 indicate that Alice, Rosetta, Mary and John were all born in Southwark, Surrey. The 1841 census for Francis shows that he was born in Surrey.
Alice and Rosetta are known to have taught at a school in Hawley Square, Margate. Susanna Salter lived in Hawley Square in the 1840's and died there in 1850.
John is known to have been the resident engineer of the East and West India Dock Company in London. His Will in 1854 named his wife Jane and children Jane, John Henry and William, and also a nephew William John Adams. Son William is known to have been born in 1823 in Limehouse, London, which is near the East and West India Docks. William is known to have received his education in Margate.
In 1841 Francis and his family lived at Surrey Square in St. Mary's Newington, Surrey. Francis was the oldest of the five cousins.
I surmise that the father of the five cousins was the Francis Adams who used the services of the noted London architect Sir John Soane. There is a record showing that in 1782 Soane advised Francis Adams concerning "shops and tenements" in Adams Place, Southwark.
The question, dear readers: does anyone have access to parish registers for C of E churches in the Southwark area so that we may locate the christening dates of the five cousins, who from census record information would have been born between 1785 and 1800? The I.G.I. does not show the information.