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William Laird Adam

William Laird Adam

Male 1836 - 1903  (67 years)

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  • Name William Laird Adam 
    Born 21 Aug 1836  Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Dec 1903  Santa Maria, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1849  My Genealogy
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2017 

    Father William Thom Adam,   b. 7 May 1793, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Jan 1875, Gilroy, Santa Clara, California, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Isobel Laird,   b. Abt 1795, not in Lanarkshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1844, Lanarkshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 21 Apr 1816  Old Monkland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F603  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth O'Conner,   b. 1839, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1898, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 29 Nov 1860  San Jose, California Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Conner Adam,   b. 16 Sep 1861, Watsonville, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1944, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     2. Mary Conner Adam,   b. 1862, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Isabel Adam,   b. 1864, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. James Eugene Adam,   b. Oct 1865, San Jose,CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1910, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)  [natural]
     5. Charles Augustus Adam,   b. Dec 1867, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1923, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)  [natural]
     6. Thomas Bernard Adam,   b. 20 Aug 1870, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Oct 1940, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     7. Anastasia Adam,   b. Dec 1871, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1954, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)  [natural]
     8. Kenneth Adam,   b. 1874, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Feb 1899, Santa Barbara Co, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
     9. Katherine Adam,   b. 1876, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1928, Los Angeles Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)  [natural]
     10. Carlyle Alexander Adam,   b. 5 Mar 1881, Santa Maria, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1952, Santa Barbara Co, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     11. unknown daughter Adam,   b. 1884,   d. 1884  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     12. Annie Elizabeth Adam,   b. 1886, Santa Maria, CA Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     13. Maggie Adam  [natural]
     14. unknown son Adam  [natural]
     15. Margaret Adam  [natural]
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2017 
    Family ID F678  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Aug 1836 - Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 29 Nov 1860 - San Jose, California Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Dec 1903 - Santa Maria, California Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Laird Adam
    William Laird Adam
    Photo courtesy Chloe Perdew, Findagrave
    William Laird Adam Family
    William Laird Adam Family
    William Laird Adam family photo, taken in 1888, which shows William Laird Adam and wife Elizabeth 'Bessie' (Connor) Adam and 11 of their 15 children. Top Row, left. to right: Kenneth, James, Anastacia ('Ness'), William Connor, Mary and Charles. Bottom Row: Isabelle, Elizabeth Connor Adam, Carlton, Annie (baby), William Laird Adam, Katherine and Tom. - Photo courtesy Chloe Perdew

    Headstones
    William Laird Adam 1836-1903
    William Laird Adam 1836-1903
    William Laird Adam (son of William Thom Adam and Isobel Laird) died on Dec 14, 1903, in Santa Barbara, California and is buried in the Santa Maria Cemetery. - from Find A Grave.

    Histories
    Memoirs of William Laird Adam, California Pioneer, 1836-1903
    Memoirs of William Laird Adam, California Pioneer, 1836-1903
    Memoirs of William Laird Adam, California Pioneer, 1836-1903 (33 MB pdf)
    Descendants of William Laird Adam and Elizabeth O'Conner
    Descendants of William Laird Adam and Elizabeth O'Conner
    Descendants of William Laird Adam and Elizabeth O'Conner by Donald M. Prentice (3.5 MB pdf)

  • Notes 
    • Birth: Old Swallow Hough near Calder Iron Works, Old Monkland. (source: Memoirs of William Laird Adam)

      From the history of Santa Barbara County:
      WILLIAM L. ADAM.

      W. L. Adam, a pioneer of 1854, eleven years a res-
      ident of this valley, and part owner of the Raiieho
      Guadalu|)e, is now a merchant and farmer near Cen-
      tral City. He was born in Lanarkshire, Scotland,
      August 7, 1836. When he was twelve years of age his
      parents emigrated to America, pushing onward to Salt
      Lake, they remained one year, thence to San Ber-
      nardino in 1849, making him one of the pioneers of
      California. Remaining in the soulhoni country but
      a single year he moved north, and for five j-ears was
      engaged in farming in Alameda County. In 1860 he
      removed to the Pajaro Valley, Santa Cruz County,
      in which fertile region he continued farming about
      eight years. Going from the Pajaro to Salinas Val-
      ley, in Monterey County, he resided there two years,
      and thence removed to Santa Barbara County,
      locating in the Santa Mai-ia Valley in 1869, not far
      from where he now resides. Mr. Adam established
      the fii-st store opened iu the valley, and has had a
      large and profitable business through all the years of
      his residence. Beside his mercantile business he has
      engaged extensively in farming and stock-raising, and
      in dealing in land. His home, which is located about
      one and a half miles west of Central City, contains
      1,300 acres. Here he has a store of general mer-
      chandise, and a finely improved and well located
      residence, as shown in an engraving in this book.
      Mr. Adam also owns two smaller farms in the same
      neighborhood, and one league of land in San Luis
      Obispo County, which is used as a stock ranch. He
      was married in 1861 to Miss Elizabeth Connor,
      daughter of James Connor, of Santa Clara County,
      from which marriage a happy family of eleven living
      children have sprung, of which seven are sons and
      four are daughters.

      1860 census: living with father, step-mother, and half-siblings in Pajaro, Santa Cruz Co, CA Occupation: farm laborer on father's farm.
      1870 census: Arroyo Grande, Santa Barbara, CA. Occupation: Dairyman.
      1880 census: Guadalupe, Santa Barbara Co, CA. Occupation stock keeper and farmer.
      1896 voter registration: physical description: 5'10", blue eyes, gray hair. Occupation: rancher.
      Naturalized citizen: December 5, 1887, Santa Barbara superior court, CA.