Jim was the second son of William Thom and Margaret Main (Thomson) Adam.
William Thom Adam was b. May 07, 1793 in Scotland and d. Jan. 05, 1875. Jim's mother, Margaret was born in 1821 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Scotland and died abt. 1900.
William Thom and Margaret Main Thomson married on Feb. 25, 1845 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Jim was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and was an infant when the family moved to California.
Jim never married. He lived for a long time with his mother after his father died, near Jolon, Monterey Co., Ca. His mother is quoted as saying that she got 'real tired of cooking for him'. Eventually, he moved in with his half-brother and nephew, Alexander and Bill.
James was the first Postmaster in the first Post Office of the Gem area. His nephew, William Zimry 'Bill' Adam, carried the mail by horse and cart in 1913. When the creeks were up because of the rain, he went by horseback, thereby still managing to ford them and get the mail through. At a future time, 1923, the mail was also carried by Bill's son-in-law, Clyde Dayton, who took it to Pleyto, Bryson and Bradley, all of which are in Monterey Co., Ca. Jim died in 1923. Source of most of the above information: Lusana Hubbard
In the 1860 U.S. census, 7 yr. old John Adam, b. abt. 1853 in Utah, was living in Pajaro, Santa Cruz, CA. (Post Office: Watsonville) with his 64 yr. old father, William T. Adam, a farmer, b. in Scotland 38 yr. old mother, Margret Adam, b. in Scotland 5 yr. old brother, James Adam 5 yr. old sister, Agnes Adam 23 yr. old William Adam, a farmer, b. in Scotland 20 yr. old Alexander Adam, a farm laborer, b. in Scotland
In the 1870 U.S. census, 16 yr. old John Adam, b. in Utah, was living in Pajaro, Santa Cruz, CA. (Post Office: Watsonville) with his 77 yr. old father, William Adam, no occupation, b. in Scotland 48 yr. old mother, Margaret Adam, b. in Scotland and 14 yr. old brother, James Adam, b. in CA.
By the 1900 U.S. census, 44 yr. old James R. Adam, a single man and farmer, b. Jul. 1855 in 'Ca.' (in actuality, Utah), was living in San Antonio, Monterey, CA. Both of James' parents were b. in Scotland. Living next door were William G. & Rosetta Adam, and beyond them were John T. and Mahala Adam and their two children, John and Ruby. Also living nearby were Alexander and William A. Adam. All the men listed above were farmers.
In the 1910 U.S. census, 54 yr. old James R. Adam, a single man and farmer doing general farming, b. in 'Ca.' (actually Utah) abt. 1856, was still living alone on Lynch & Pleyto Rds. in San Antonio Twp., Monterey, CA. Both of James' parents were b. in Scotland.
In the 1920 U.S. census, 64 yr. old James R. Adam, no occupation, b. in 'Ca.' (actually Utah), was living alone in Pleyto Precinct, District 25, Monterey Co., CA. Both of James' parents were b. in Scotland.
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SOURCE: California, Death Index, 1905-1939 about James R AdamName: James R AdamBirth Year: abt 1856Death Date: 5 Jan 1920Age at Death: 64Death Place: Monterey, California, USA -
KSL Added: Jun. 1, 2014