Ralph F. Adams- Mildred Adams McAllen’s father.Ralph was born on Islesboro.(B. 1871 noted on Islesboro in 1880 census- ed.) He went to NYC and worked as an engineer on millionaire’s yachts.He was brilliant at math, and could do logs without the book.He invested his wages and became wealthy with a nice home on 556 Grand Ave, Astoria, Long Island, but lost all in the crash.He was not an alcoholic.“I never saw him in his cups.”My family would go up to NYC to visit my grandparents. All the kids and cousins would be there, and would bring a portion of their salary at least once a month.He would command the entire house from his chair.He played pinochle with me and would have a fit if I played the wrong card. Ralph was born on the north end of the island, son of Franklin Adams. (aka. Francis, aka. Frank W Adams b. 1845 in Morrill, Waldo Co., ME occupation in 1880- fisherman- ed. The book ‘Brian Pendleton and his Descendants’ identifies his wives as 1.Susie Keller and 2. Lydia Estelle Sprague, who I believe, but cannot confirm, was Ralph’s mother.Lydia’s parents were listed as Simon Dodge and Elizabeth Pendleton Sprague, although this information has her assuming her mother’s last name.Franklin’s parents were William Adams and Ronna Pendleton, b. Islesboro 31 May 1834, d. 4 Dec. 1862. Ronna was in the 8th generation from Brian Pendleton, Elizabeth in the 9th. Ed.) (Franklin had two wives, one of whom was Rose.)The first Islesboro Adams, Mil and Jean’s 5X great-grandfather came from Mass. near Boston in the 1700’s.He is buried in a cemetery now in the golf course rough.As a young man, Ralph was island postmaster, and would row daily from Saturday Cove to Smith Cove in Northport for mail.J.P. Morgan had a boat at the Taratine Yacht Club in Islesboro, and picked him up to work as nautical engineer.There he met Mary.When they married without their boss’s permission they were both fired immediately.He later went on to work on the Grand central Station and the Empire State Building.He did well, and bought his wife jewelry with sapphires but lost everything in the crash.They later bought a grocery store and home in Astoria, Long Island, perhaps 622 38th St. There they rented out rooms to lodgers, especially immigrant Scotch friends and relatives.He was a 32 degree Mason in the Lone Star Chapter in Long Island and was also active in Maine.He smoked cigars with one of his 6 pipes after dinner.(Cigarettes were a “ladies Smoke”).We would pick him up in NY on the way to Maine; two parents, three kids and a cigar smoker made for a miserable trip.Both he and Mary were alcoholics; I remember finding a fifth of whiskey in the washer as a kid.He had big hands and was nearly deaf when I knew him.
Mary Kerr Adams- Mildred Adams McAllen’s mother. She was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and worked as a cook. In Scotland, Mary’s father deserted the family to emigrate to America and her mother died of consumption.Mary lived with her cousins and was trained in service.Her treatment for anything was milk and whiskey.She would bring a cousin over from Scotland to live with her family and learn a trade.When one was independent they would help bring the next cousin over. Mary was actually from Kilseth, north of Glascow.She would be quick to tell you that she was not a Glaswegian.Her side of the family fought for Bonnie Prince Charlie, and her mother was a Catholic who became a Presbyterian. Her cousins Bob, Alex, Jim, Helen and Janet Crawford also came over and made careers in customs and plumbing.All except Alex and Jim went back.Mary never talked much about her home- there was something unspeakable in her background.She had no formal education but learned French cooking growing up in Scotland and so was able to get a job as assistant cook for J.P. Morgan.She was a descendant of Robert R. Livingston, a drafter of the Declaration of Independence.He was Scotch-Catholic and fought for the revolution and then went back to Scotland.[Livingston lived and died in New York.- ed]Mary would go back to Scotland to visit, and brought back furniture and other items, including the 1730 Staffordshire souptourine that Mil still has.She never cared much for the English or Irish.There was always music and singing in our house.She loved going to Opera or to Broadway musicals.She had a huge mahogany Victrola and loved to play Carouso, Gluck or Nellie Melba.Someone was always playing piano.Everyone played, everyone sang in choir at church. As soon as a show opened on Broadway, they’d get the sheet music and learn all the songs.She would get teary as she sang Bluebells of Scotland, Annie Laurie or Loch Lomond.
Adams Family- The Adams family first homesteaded on Islesboro as part of a land grant during the French and Indian Wars.Originally from Union Maine, he came out with sheep to homestead near the current location of the Dark Harbor Inn.He then moved north to Meadow Pond and the land west of there.In the early 1900’s ice was harvested from the pond and slid to the shore and shipped to Boston.