Dec 28, 2009
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Adams, Matthew

Last Name:  Adams
First Name: Matthew
Date of Birth:  1800
Place of Birth:  Hackney, London, England
Parents – Father:  Matthew Adams
Parents – Mother:
Spouse:   1) Rhoda Byrne b. 1808 Lewes, Sussex, to Alex & Elizth. Byrne, d. 21 Aug 1839 age 31 Cape Town.  2) Jane Nicholson.
Marriage Date:  1825
Marriage Place:  Cape Town, Cape, South Africa
Date of Death:  3 Oct 1852
Place of Death:  Cape Town, Cape, South Africa

Notes:  Bailie’s party of 1820 settlers; listed in Bailie settler book and Cosser files.  DN 6/9/1852, father listed as Matthew Adams, watchmaker.  CO 1326 no. 54; CO 178, 9.9.1822.  Matthew left the party in August 1822 and established himself as a watch-and clock-maker in Cape Town.  He married Rhoda Byrne, eldest daughter of his fellow-emigrant Alexander Byrne, in 1825.  DN 3710/1839. After her death in 1839, he married Jane Nicholson.  His children were:

Elizabeth 1826 Cape Town;
Matthew 1828 Cape Town,
James 1830 Cape Town,
Rhoda 1832 Cape Town, and
Ellen 1834 Cape Town. 

He installed the tower clock in St. George’s Church, Cape Town, in 1834.

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