McAdams Virtual Family Reunion

Robert McAdams, Co. D, 63rd Pennsylvania Volunteers

I have no proof that Tom is related to this branch of the McAdams family. However, as Joe McAdams of the McAdams Historical Society points out, all McAdams are related if you trace them back far enough. Joe also points out that frequently two McAdams families in the same vicinity were related. Robert McAdams and our James McAdams were both in Pittsburgh in the 1860. The first names in the first generation - Robert, William, and James are also similar, suggesting a similar area of origin in Ireland. I like to think that we are related to this branch of the McAdams family and that someday we will learn exactly how our two branches are related.

This particular Robert McAdams1 was born on June 19, 1819 in Ireland.

In 1860 Robert was a Shoemaker living at 50 Prospect in the 6th Ward of Pittsburgh with his wife, Mary Ann McCall McAdams.

In the 1864 City Directory, Robert McAdams Sr. was listed as "soldier, 19 Shingiss"

The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 has the following entry for Robert:

R McAdams, Sr
Residence not listed;
Enlisted on 8/1/61 as a Private.
On 8/1/61 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 63rd Infantry
He was discharged for disability on 10/10/62
On 2/1/64 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 63rd Infantry
He was transferred out on 9/9/64
On 9/9/64 he transferred into "D" Co. PA 99th Infantry
(date and method of discharge not given)
Sources: - History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5

Robert and Mary Ann McAdams had at least five children: James, Robert, Jr., William, Elizabeth, and another daughter noted in the census as "M."

  1. Robert and Mary Ann's son James2 was born October 15, 1842 in Ireland. James was wounded at 2nd Bull Run and died of his wounds on December 31, 1862. James enlisted in the Pennsylvania Infantry on the same day as his father.
    His entry in The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 reads as follows:
    James McAdams
    Residence not listed;
    Enlisted on 8/1/61 as a Private.
    On 8/1/61 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 63rd Infantry
    He died of wounds on 12/31/62
    He was listed as:* Wounded 8/29/62 2nd Bull Run, VA

  2. Robert McAdams2, Jr. was born on October 15, 1847 in Ireland. Like his father and his brother James, he enlisted in the Pennsylvania Infantry.

    His entry in The History of Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-5 reads as follows:
    Robert McAdams, Jr
    Residence not listed;
    Enlisted on 8/1/61 as a Private.
    On 8/1/61 he mustered into "D" Co. PA 63rd Infantry
    He was Mustered Out on 8/1/64

    Robert married Sarah Wright, daughter of William Wright and Nancy Nelson. Robert and Sarah had five children: William, Robert J., Edith, Albert P., and A. Lincoln. Dr. William J. McAdams, Courtesy of the Digital Research Library, University of 

    Robert and Sarah's oldest son was William J. McAdams3, MD [January 1871 - July 26, 1910]. William married Nellie Gray Jones in 1897. Their Marriage License is recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket. William and Nellie had four sons: Robert D. [March 1899 - November 19, 1901], premature twins Henry Richard [April 13, 1900 - June 13, 1900] and William J. McAdams, Jr. [June 16, 1900] and William G. [February 19, 1903 - August 13, 1975]. William G. married Frances Magill and had two sons, William G. Jr., and Jack F. McAdams. Dr. William J., Nellie and the twins are buried in Section 9-2 Lot 220 of Homewood Cemetery in Pittsburgh.

    William McAdams' picture appeared in the 1907 edition of "The Owl," as published The Historic Pittsburgh Web site. Courtesy of the Digital Research Library, University of Pittsburgh.

    Robert and Sarah's second son was Robert J. McAdams, M.D.3 [February 14, 1873 - 1932]. His wife was Miriam Snow [October 21, 1874 - 1932]. Their Marriage License is recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket. Robert and Miriam had four children:
    1.     Sarah Snow McAdams [March 10 - 12, 1900]
    2.     Sarah S. McAdams, who married Stannard Pfahl in 1929
    3.     Robert J. McAdams IV [April 2, 1908 - September 29, 1971], husband of Esther Fletcher
    4.     Andrew J. McAdams, M.D. [1912 - December 25, 1999].

    Robert and Sarah's next child was Edith3, born on June 8, 1875. Edith's husband was John W. Cristler, M.D. Edith and John's Marriage License appears in the Allegheny County Allegheny County Marriage License Docket Volume 31 page 405. The license states that John W. Cristler was born in Beaver County, Pennsylvania on Feb. 3 1858. He listed his residence as 708 5th Avenue, and his occupation as physician. Edith May McAdams listed her place of birth as Pittsburgh and her residence as 708 5th Avenue. Consent was given by Robert McAdams residing at 708 5th Avenue. The marriage was performed in December 1894 by Rev. George Shaffer.

    Robert and Sarah's third son was Albert3 [November 1878 - May 20, 1970] who married Katherine Farrell [1872 - 1938], a teacher in Bellefield public school, in 1904. Their Marriage License is recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket. Albert and Katherine had five children: Alberta [August 13, 1905 - January 1986], Albert F. McAdams, Robert A. McAdams, Margaret and Donald.

    Robert A. McAdams4 married Naomi Good, daughter of Charles H. Good [1884 - 1970] and Naomi Lee Good [1889 - 1973]. Robert was a partner in McAdams Brothers Physicians' Supply Company according to his 1964 obituary. Naomi Good McAdams died on June 24, 2000 and was interred in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh, PA.

    Katherine Farrell McAdams died on September 23, 1938. Her obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It read:

    Katherine Farrill McADAMS

    Services for Mrs. Katherine Farrill McAdams of 1133 Greenfield avenue, a former teacher in Bellefield public school, who died Friday [September 23, 1938] in West Penn Hospital after a brief illness, will be held tomorrow morning in the Samson funeral home, Neville street. Besides her husband, Albert P. McAdams, she leaves three sons, Robert A., Donald J., and Albert F. McAdams; a daughter Mrs. Margaret Antes, and a sister, Miss Margaret M. Farrill. Mrs. McAdams was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Pittsburgh. Burial will be held in Allegheny Cemetery.

    Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Monday, September 26, 1938, page 7.

    Katherine was buried with her husband, Albert, and her daughter Alberta in Sec. 27 Lot 175 of Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

    Robert and Sarah's fourth son was A. Lincoln3 [April 1881 - April 7, 1945]. A. Lincoln married Dale Geble about 1887. They had two daughters, Nancy Jane and Mrs. Allen C. Clark.

    In 1920, A. L. McAdams was 37 years old. He was living with his wife and daughter at 6631 Ridgeville Street in Pittsburgh. With them is 56 year old Rachel Gordon born in South Wales.

    A. Lincoln McAdams died in 1945. His obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It read:

    McADAMS - Suddenly on Saturday, April 7, 1945 at 5:00, A. Lincoln McAdams, husband of Dale G. McAdams; father of Nancy Jane McAdams and Mrs. Allen C. Clark; brother of Mrs. Edith May Cristler and Albert P. McAdams. Friends received H. Samson's, 537 Neville St., where services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

    Source: The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, April 9, 1945, page 16.

  3. William F. McAdamsRobert and Mary Ann's son William Frederick McAdams2 was born on January 5, 1849. Some records list his birthplace as Ireland, and others list his birthplace as England. William married his Annie Wright, his sister-in-law. William and Annie's Marriage License was recorded in the City of Pittsburgh Marriage License Docket. Annie's parents were William Wright and Nancy Nelson. Annie's sister, Sarah was married to William's brother Robert. Children of William and Annie were:

    1. Walter James McAdams3 , born on November 24, 1874, in Pittsburgh. He died on July 23, 1878 in Pittsburgh.
    2. Christopher Lyman McAdams3, born in January 1877
    3. Edgar L. McAdams3, born in March 1882
    4. Unknown Boy McAdams3, born on March 2, 1883 and died on March 2, 1883, both in Pittsburgh.
    5. Unknown Boy McAdams3, born on March 2, 1883 and died on March 2, 1883, both in Pittsburgh.
    6. Edward Calvin McAdams3, born on March 3, 1883 in Pittsburgh

    Kelly Selcher writes "I corrected my great-grandfather’s birth date as I had the incorrect one as 1888. I am not entire sure he was a triplet (his two other brothers were born a day before). However, I should know for sure soon as I sent for Edward Calvin McAdams’ birth certificate.

    In 1880, William was living in the 14th Ward and was working as a Constable, 5th Ave. Market. Living with him were his wife Annie, son, Christopher, 2, and mother, Mary Ann - 65 years old.

    Christopher Lyman McAdams3 was born on January 1877. He worked as a plumber and married German-born Carrie Hein 1902. Their Marriage License was recorded in the Allegheny County Marriage License Docket, and was announced in the Pittsburgh Gazette:


    Miss Carrie Hein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Hein, and Christopher Lyman McAdams, son of Mr. and Mrs. William McAdams were married yesterday afternoon at the home of the bride's parents. After the wedding supper Mr. and Mrs. McAdams left for the east on their wedding trip. They will be at home at No 2015 Sarah Street, South Side, after January 15.

    Source: The Pittsburgh Gazette
    Friday, January 2, 1903
    Page 4

    Christopher3 and Carrie had three children:
    1. Edward Lyman McAdams4 (1904 - 1970) OBIT
    2. Evelyn McAdams4 (May 28, 1907 - May 1979)
    3. William Frederick McAdams4 (1910-) who married Ida Ruth Schuyler. Kelly Selcher writes that William and Ida had two children:
      1. Marjorie McAdams5, born in 1942 married Mahlon Timothy Easton. They have two children: Edward Timothy Easton born in 1973 and Daniel Christian Easton, born in 1980. My grandfather recently made a trip to Pittsburgh a week ago and he was going to meet Marjorie, but something came up and hopefully he'll be able to see her in the spring.
      2. William Frederick "Bill" McAdams5, born on June 12, 1945 in Pittsburgh. He married Alice I. Pierce. His death in 2004 was a result of a complication during a surgery. Alice had died previously in 1998. Bill and Alice McAdams had two children: William Frederick McAdams, born in 1972 and Christy Lynn McAdams, born about 1981. William Frederick McAdams recently married Kate Daly and they have a son, Stuart William McAdams, born in February 2000. When my sister and I visited our grandparents in Pittsburgh, Krista and Christy used to play with each other, as they are of a similar age.
      Ida died in 1995. Her obituary appeared in the Post-Gazette:
      Ida Ruth McAdams

      On Monday December 11, 1995, wife of the late William F. McAdams; beloved mother of Marjorie Easton of Wheeling WV and William F. II of Ohio Twp., sister of the late James L. Schuler and Leslie Schuler; also survived by four grandchildren. Friends received Wednesday and Thursday 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at the H. P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc. 1032 Perry Hwy, Perrysville where services will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. Mrs. McAdams was a registered nurse for 42 years at Suburban Gen. Hosp., Bellevue, a life member of Mt. Nebo Presbyterian Church, life member of the Order of the Eastern Star, member of Mt. Nebo Grange and past President of the Avalon Women's Club.


      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      December 13, 1995
      pg B-6

      Ida and William F. McAdams are buried in Mt. Nebo United Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Nebo Rd., PA

      Ida and William's son, William F. McAdams5 was born in 1945. He married Alice Pearce. Alice died in 1988. Her obituary read:

      McAdams, Alice I. Pearce

      Age 48 of Ohio Twp., on Wednesday, June 10, 1998, wife of William F. II, mother of William F. II & Christy Lynn; daughter of the late Walter and Belle Pearce; sister of Joyce Hegginbottham & Charles Pearce. Friends received on Thursday & Friday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. at the H. P. Brandt Funeral Home, Inc. 1032 Perry Hwy, Perrysville where services will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m.


      Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
      June 11, 1998
      Page B-6

      William died in 2004. His obituary read:
      WILLIAM F.
      58 of Pgh, on Sunday, March 28, 2004. Born June 12, 1945 in Pittsburgh. He was the son of the late William F. and Ida (Shuler) McAdams; husband of the late Alice (Pearce); father of William F. McAdams (Kathryn Daly) of Pgh., Christy McAdams of Pgh. and sister Marjorie (Timothy) Easton of Wheeling WV. Mr. McAdams was a member of the Mt. Nebo U.P. Church. He was retired from AT&T. Friends received Wed., 2-4 & 7-9pm at the H.P. BRANDT FUNERAL HOME, INC., 1032 Perry Highway, Perrysville Pgh, PA. Service will be Thurs. 11 am at the funeral home. Interment at Mt. Nebo Cemetery.

    Christopher died on November 7, 1911 as described in his obituary. Christopher and Carrie were buried in Section N of Union Dale Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

    William and Annie's second son was Edgar L. McAdams3. Edgar married Lucy Hunt. Edgar and Lucy's daughter was Norma C. McAdams.

    William and Annie's third son was Edward Calvin McAdams3, M. D. In 1914, Edward married Lydia McClain, who had born in July 1879 in Pennsylvania. Edward and Lydia had one son, Edward C. McAdams, Jr. Edward C. McAdams, Jr. was married to Louise Owens. His second wife was Veronica Phillips [June 29, 1913 - May 17, 1995]. Edward C. McAdams, Jr.'s children are Sandy, Doug, and Steve McAdams. Lydia died on February 25, 1917 and was buried in the McClain plot in Allegheny Cemetery, Pittsburgh.

    On January 11, 1921, Dr. Edward Calvin McAdams married his second wife, Ida Mae Kidd [December 9, 1888 - December 27, 1969]. For more information about Ida's family, visit Kidds of West Riding Yorkshire and Pittsburgh, PA.

    Ida was the twelfth of thirteen children of Edwin Kidd and Margaret Gurry. Edwin Kidd founded the "Kidd Steel" mill at the turn of the century. According Ida Kidd McAdams with  Dr. Edward and Joseph Kidd McAdamsto Kelly Selcher, Edwin "sold it because he was a pacifist and he didn't want to support the war." The company is still in existence but is now called Precision Kidd Steel Co.

    Edward McAdams' and Ida Kidd had one son, Joseph Kidd McAdams4 who married Joan Ruth Johnson.

    Dr. Edward C. McAdams died on March 12, 1951. According to his obituary, Edward was living at 9104 Frankstown Rd. at the time.

    Edward's father, William P. McAdams was the Superintendent of Pittsburgh market (fish) at the turn of the century. He retired at age 55. He is shown in the upper picture, supplied by his 2nd great- granddaughter, Kelly Selcher. Kelly also supplied the lower picture which shows William's daughter-in-law, Ida Kidd McAdams with her husband, Dr. Edward and her son Joseph Kidd McAdams.

    According to William P. McAdams' obituary, he was living at 17 Calhoun Ave. when he died on Thursday, April 21, 1938.

  4. A daughter of Mary Ann and Robert McAdams, Sr., listed as "M2." appears only in the 1860 census when the family was living in Pittsburgh's 6th Ward. "M" was 9 years old at the time. Source - 1860 Federal Census Tables for Allegheny County, Pittsburgh Ward 6, written page 664, printed page 902. Kelly Selcher writes that "is really Margaret McAdams. She was born about 1857 in Pennsylvania and wed James Sloan, who was born about 1854 in Pennsylvania. After Margaret was widowed, she moved in with her brother, William Frederick McAdams."

  5. Elizabeth2, daughter of Mary Ann and Robert McAdams, Sr. was born in Pennsylvania. In the 1860 census, her age is listed as 7.
Robert Sr's obituary was published in the December 28, 1872 Post Gazette: McAdams Monument in Union Dale Cemetery
McADAMS-Wednesday [December 25, 1872] Afternoon, at half past 5 o'clock. ROBERT McADAMS, late Alderman in the Fourteenth Ward, in the 52nd year of his age.

The funeral will take place at his late residence, corner of Fifth avenue and Madison street THIS AFTERNOON at 2 o'clock. The friends of the family are respectfully invited to attend.
Robert McAdams Junior's obituary was published in the November 25, 1939 Post Gazette: Robert McAdams Monument in Union Dale Cemetery
McAdams - On Friday, Nov. 24, 2939 at 4:50 a. m., Robert McAdams, father of Mrs.. Edith McAdams Cristler, Albert P. and A. Lincoln McAdams. Friends received at H. Sampson's, 537 Neville St., where services will be held Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock.
Robert and his family are interred in Union Dale Cemetery, Section N.

Click on the images to the right to see the larger pictures of the McAdams monument in Union Dale Cemetery.

My thanks to Kelly Selcher for the information on this fascinating family.

McAdams Home Page

Copyright © 2000 Nancy McAdams
April 29, 2000
Last update April 7, 2007

A Faithful Friend at Sea Background Set by:

Cottonwood Designs

Made with 1st Page 2000 - Professional tools for real minds.