Adams of Newton -Meikle of Newton -Dunlops of Orminston and their Decendents
George Adams was born near Edinburgh in the Parish of Newton April 13, 1837. His father was Hugh Adam a miner living on Adamsroe, Dalkeith. His mother was Isabella Meikle of Adamsroe, Parish of Newton.
George Adams enlisted in military Service November 8th, 1865 when he was 19 1/2 years old. Private Adams was discharged from a battalion of Her Majesty's Royal Sappers and Miners on July 8, 1856.He served honorably and was discharged because in the opinion of the principal medical officer his examination and the 30-day hospitalization rendered him unfit for further service. He was discharged with a note indicating he had a sever curvature of the spine which must have existed prior to his enlistment. His record carries notation's attesting to his good character and his promotion.He evidently wanted to be a soldier but was unable.
Five years later on June 15, 1861he married Jane Dunlop at Orminston, County of Haddinton (now East Lothian) in the Church of Scotland by Geo. Lewis, Minister of Orminston. George was 24, a bachelor and a Butler (? barely legible) Jane 19, a spinster and Domestic Servant. The wedding was witnessed by James Adams and Ann Dunlop. These two families lived close together both around Edinboro (Edinburgh) and from the witness knew each other. They were all of Newton Parish. (James a brother to George and Ann a sister to Jane?) It appears they were all active church members in Newton Parish. Church of Scotland.
Jane Dunlop's father was Charles Dunlop (a Slater?) and her mother was Christian Fairbairn. (see these pages). Jane had five brothers, Peter b. 1833, John b. 1835, George b. 1837,Charles b. 1839. James b. 1843, AND sisters of which Jane (above) must have been one
George Adams and Jane Dunlop Adams had a total of 9 surviving children. 7 of their children were born in Scotland in and around Edinboro, Parish of Newton. Two,(Jane, aka Jenny, b.1876 and Mark b. 1880) must have been born in America for there are no Scottish birth records for them. Therefore George must have died in the America.
We know Jane and we assume George sailed for America sometime just after 1874 and before 1876. They may have been accompanied by relatives. (The family believes two brothers married two sisters but until the passenger lists are located we won't know)They made their way to Allegheny City, which is now part of Pittsburgh's North Side. They lived on Anderson Street .
Their second to youngest child, John R. Adams b. 1874 , Scotland, was father to Howard G. Adams Sr., grandfather to Howard G. Adams, Jr., Margaret Patricia Adams Kline and great grandfather to Elizabeth Adams Wester, Kathleen Adams Shrum and Howard Mark Adams, Evan Eble and Christian Eble
Some of the children of George Adams and Jane Dunlop moved to Cleveland, OH.Jenny the youngest and John stayed in Pittsburgh. George Adams death date is as yet uncertain. Jane Dunlop never saw Scotland again.She died in America; some believe PA, Sept. 26.1926.
There are many Adams births in Newton Parish alone during these times. No doubt many could be linked to our family with further research
Also the Adam/Adams name in this local is easily traced back to the early 1700's. It is linked as a Sept to the Gorden Clan.