George McAdams and Elizabeth Faith

George McAdams and Elizabeth Faith

George McAdams was born about 1800 in Ireland. According to Joe McAdams of the McAdams Historical Society, George may have been from County Monoghan. George married Elizabeth Faith, born about 1795. Elizabeth may have been the daughter of Abraham Faith, a soldier in the Revolution (pension #9982). In 1850, George McAdams and his family were living in Somerset Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania. Their children were:

  1. William C. McAdams, b. 1834, Pennsylvania; married Margaret Porter February 14, 1856 d. 1922, Braddock, PA.

  2. Isaac McAdams, b. Abt. 1835, Pennsylvania; d. December 13, 1862, at the Battle of Fredericksburg. He was the "Corporal Isaac McAdams, Company A 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry" whose records are in the National Archives.

  3. Frank McAdams, b. Abt. 1840, Pennsylvania who served in the 10th Pennsylvania Reserve Infantry with Isaac.

  4. Mary McAdams, b. Abt. 1844, Pennsylvania.

  5. George McAdams Jr., b. 1827.

  6. Abraham McAdams.

  7. John McAdams.
George and Elizabeth's son William was featured in the following article supplied by Mike McAdams. The article appeared in a local Braddock newspaper in 1916. Blue links are to entries on the The Allegheny River Family Archives Obituaries Page:


Who Today Celebrate Their Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary. This Is Their Most Recent Photograph.

Surrounded By Relatives and Children Mr. and Mrs. William McAdams Observe Culmination of More Than Half Century of Married Life.


Are Among Oldest Residents of Braddock, Having Lived Here Fifty Years
     The culmination of sixty years of wedded life is today being celebrated by Mr. and Mrs. William McAdams, Sr., of 813 Washington avenue, two of the oldest local residents. Mr. and Mrs. McAdams were the recipients of a shower of post cards today; this evening, surrounded by children and relatives, they will greet their friends in their home. A great wedding cake, bearing 60 candles will be cut as the crowning feature of the day.
     The aged couple are in excellent health although Mr. McAdams is totally blind. This morning, they were as happy and excited as children and took great interest in all the hurry and bustle which was evidenced throughout the house. The husband is 86 years old and the wife 83. William and Margaret McAdams
     William McAdams of Somerset and Miss Margaret Porter of Green Springs, Pa., were married at the home of the bride on Valentine Day, 1856. Nine years later they removed to Braddock, when this city was a thriving hamlet of five house, all located on what is now Washington avenue. The family homestead was erected at 809 Washington avenue, soon afterward; it is still standing and is one of the oldest houses in Braddock. Mr. McAdams was a carpenter and plied his trade here for many years; he was also a contractor and at times turned his head to building. He was acquainted with all the prominent rivermen of the early days and himself was known all along the Monongahela and Ohio rivers. His stories of river life have been enjoyed by many local residents. Mr. McAdams retired 12 years ago upon the failing of his sight. He is now totally blind. He and his wife are among the charter members of the First Christian Church of Braddock.
     All of their eight children will be guests at the home tonight, with 30 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Only one grandchild will be missing: Harry Grannis of Cheyenne, Wyoming, will not be present.
     The following children will be guests: Mrs. Elizabeth Shutterly, formerly Mrs. David Grannis of Washington avenue; Mrs. William P. Fowler of Lawrenceville, Mrs. Harry Lewis of Knoxville, Miss Blanche at home, Mrs. J. M. O'Donnovan of Summitt Street, William Jr., of Corey avenue, Dorsey of Bell avenue and Mark of Washington avenue. All of the 14 great-grandchildren will attend with the following grandchildren: Mrs. Vivian Dempsey and Raymond Shutterly of Braddock; Charles Grannis of North Braddock, William Grannis of Gary, Ind., Mrs. Margaret Hahn of Homestead; William P. Fowler, Jr., of Lawrenceville; Frank Lewis of South Side, Pittsburgh, Mrs. Mary Williams, Mrs. Margaret Rorich, Miss Jessie Lewis and Miss Ruth Lewis of Knoxville; John, Charles, Margaret, Laurabelle and Lois O'Donovan of Summit street; Lois and Virginia McAdams of Corey avenue, Mark Jr., William III, Elizabeth and Mary McAdams of Washington avenue and the seven children of Dorsey McAdams.

William's wife, Margaret died shortly after the anniversary celebration. Her death notice read: Mrs. William McAdams, Sr.

Mrs. Margaret Porter McAdams, aged 80, wife of William McAdams, Sr. died yesterday [August 17, 1916] at her home, 813 Washington avenue, Braddock, after a short illness. She was born at Old Green Springs Station, in Mifflin township, and was the daughter of James Porter, a pioneer coal operator of the lower Monongahela valley. She was married to William McAdams, a native of Somerset, Pa., in 1856, and the couple celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary last February. She was the oldest surviving charter member of the First Christian or Disciples Church of Braddock and was one of the organizers of the Women's Christian Church Board of Missions of the church. She leaves her husband; three sons, William, and Mark B. McAdams, Jr. [sic] of Braddock, and Dorsey McAdams of North Braddock; three daughters, Mrs. Emma Louis of Knoxville, Mrs. Laura O'Donovan of North Braddock, and Mrs. Blanche O'Donnell of Munhall; 33 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Source: The Pittsburgh Gazette Times Friday, August 18, 1916 page 3

Thanks to Mike McAdams and his father's cousin, James Francis McAdams for the information about their family.

George and Elizabeth's Son, William C. McAdams, Sr.

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