Sometimes I think that genealogy is not for the faint-hearted. Take, for example, the obituary of Jack McAdams, James Dorsey's grandson:
McADAMS Jack, age 66, Jefferson, Feb. 11, 1993; father of Jacqueline Schade, Norman, Jeffery McAdams; step-father of Rowland, Henry Crookham, Albert Divirgilio, Denise Chornak, Mary Dayton, Linda Borriggine, Nancy Hunnel, Faith Murphy; brother of James, Anna Mae; step-brother of Harry Bon; 33 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren, half-brother of George, Al Colbert, Robert, Eugene McAdams. Friends received HUNTER-EDMUNDSON-STRIFFLER, McKEESPORT Sat. 7-9; Sun. 2-4. 7-9. Service Mon 9:30 a.m.Brothers? Step-brothers? Half brothers? I wasn't going to try to unravel this one. Mike McAdams, who would be Jack's second cousin once removed, has been wonderfully generous with his information. Mike and I have had several telephone conversations trying to figure out the descendants of James Dorsey McAdams, the seventh child of William C. McAdams Sr. and Margaret Porter. When Mike told me that he could figure out these relationships I thought to myself, [or maybe I said aloud,] "Well, God bless you!" In a later conversation, Mike had unwound a complicated knot of family history. For these reasons, James Dorsey's descendants deserve their own page.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette, February 12, 1993, Page B-6
James Dorsey McAdams [May 1873 - March 18, 1947] was married to Carrie McMillen who was born in Pennsylvania in March 1873. Dorsey and Carrie had eight children.
Otto's children by Sadie were:
In Dec. 1956 Otto McAdams Jr. died in the crash of a KB-29 in Alaska, along with SSgt. John B. Pylant and six other members of the crew. There is to be a memorial dedicated in Aug. 2006 in Alaska to this crew.
John B. Pylant Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org, is interested in locating Otto's descendants.
George died in 2002. His obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
George E. "Red" Colbert, 95, on Saturday, June 29, 2002. He was a retired milk man for the former Menzie Dairy Co. in McKeesport. Husband of the late Ann (Koluezez) Colbert. Father of Joseph B. Colbert of Connecticut and Carol C. Odrey of Penn Twp. Grandfather of Joseph G. Colbert of Connecticut. Great-grandfather of Alyssa and Christopher. Brother of James McAdams of Glenshaw. Also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Tuesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. in the PATRICK T. LANIGAN FUNERAL HOME, Turtle Creek/Monroeville Chapel, 1111 Monroeville Ave., Turtle Creek (412-823-9350). A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday at 10 a.m. in St. Colman's Church. Interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Penn Hills. www.laniganfuneralhome.com.The Allegheny County Marriage License Docket lists Virginia Haube's 1925 marriage to Jacob J. Bon in Volume 114, page 764. Virginia and Jacob had two sons, Harry and Jacob Bon, Jr.
McADAMSOtto was buried in Section 8 of Monongahela Cemetery, North Braddock. His marker lists his military service as "PVT CO B 1 BN CWS, WWI."
On Monday, March 6, 1972, Otto D. of Rankin, husband of Virginia Haube; father of James, Jack, Robert, Eugene and Anna Mae McAdams, Stepfather of Jacob and Harry Bon; brother of Twila Gordon, Clarence and Ralph McAdams; sixteen grandchildren; four great-grandchildren. Friends received at the ZORN-LUCAS FUNERAL HOME, 445 Fourth St. Braddock where services will be held on Thursday, March 9, at 11 a.m.
Source: Pittsburgh Press Tuesday, March 7, 1972 Page 37
Virginia died in 1979, Her obituary appeared in the Pittsburgh Press:
On Tuesday, Dec. 11, 1979, Virginia Haube, of Rankin; wife of the late Otto D.; mother of Jacob and Harry Bon, Robert, Eugene, James, Jack, and Anna Mae McAdams; sister of Martha Beckler; also 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends received 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. at the RONALD V. LUCAS FUNERAL HOME, 445 Forth St., Braddock, where services will be held on Friday at 10 a.m.
Source: Pittsburgh Press, December 12, 1979 Page D-6
CLARENCE E. McADAMSSusan Sabol McAdams died in June, 2000. Her obituary read:
On Tuesday, Jan. 21, 1997, husband of Susan D. (Sabol); brother of Ralph; brother-in-law of Edna; also survived by nieces and nephews. Friends may call Wednesday 2-4 & 7-9 pm at MAURICE L. KNEE LTC., 7663 Saltsburg Rd., Plum, (across from People's Bank). Graveside service Thurs. 12:30 pm in Plum Creek Cemetery.
Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette Wednesday, January 22, 1997.
SUSAN D. (SABOL)
Age 89, of Plum on Friday, June 9, 2000; wife of the late Clarence E. MCADAMS. Friends received on Monday from noon till time of Blessing Service at 1 pm in MAURICE L. KNEE LTD., FUNERAL HOME, 7663 Saltsburg Rd., (Across from S & T Bank) Plum. Interment at Plum Creek Cemetery.
McADAMS - On Tuesday, March 18 at 12:05 a.m., James Dorsey, father of Otto, Mrs. Paul Gordon and Thomas, all of Braddock, John and Clarence, both of Murrysville and brother of Mrs. Emma Lewis of Mt Lebanon, Mrs. Elizabeth Shutterly of Lincoln. Funeral services at the Zorn Funeral Home 445 4th St. in Braddock on Friday at 2 p.m. Friends invited.
Source: The Pittsburgh Press, Wednesday, March 19, 1947, Page 27