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Adam ABERCROMBIE

Adam ABERCROMBIE

Male 1804 - 1849  (45 years)

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  • Name Adam ABERCROMBIE  [1
    Born 1804  Stirling Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • IMPORTANT NOTE: So the record is findable, family search has the spelling of his parents as ABERCROMBY
    Gender Male 
    Biography Notes South Australian Gazette and Mining Journal (Adelaide), 26th July 1849, p3
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    ASPHYXIA?Adam Abercrombie, wheelwright in Hindley-street, and two of his daughters, one aged seven and the other two years, were killed by inhaling the fumes of charcoal. The Coroner, Wm Wyatt, Esq., held an inquest on the bodies on Tuesday, when after an examination of the medical witnesses Dr Woodforde (who was called in), Dr Nash, the Colonial Surgeon, and Mr Philips, the jury returned a verdict of "Accidental death, caused by inhaling carbonic acid and carbonated gas". The following outline of the evidence in this most distressing case will be read with painful interest: Samuel Richardson, a person in the employment of Mr Abercrombie stated :?On Sunday night, between eleven and twelve, Mr Abercrombie called me up. and desired me to go for Dr Woodforde. I went and told him to come over. Some time elapsed, and Mr Abercrombie enquired if the doctor had come, as the children had fits: and I went to the doctor again, and he came directly. He went into the house, and Abercrombie desired me to accompany Dr Woodforde, from whom I received some medicine to be given to the little child, Mary; I know the medicine was for her, but I did not see it given. I gave it to Abercrombic. On Monday morning I got up at eight o'clock, I went to the shop, lighted a fire at the forge, and put on the kettle. When the water boiled, I went to the window and asked Mrs Abercrombie to give me some coffee. She answered, and tried to awaken Adam. I heard her speaking loudly io him, but finding she could not awaken her husband, she said, "I'll open the door, Sam, and you can come in and get what you want". Mrs Abercromby opened the door and withdrew, when I went into the sitting-room and got some coffee from the dresser. Mrs Abercrombie still continued to call loudly on her husband in vain; and, bidding me call him, I shouted pretty loudly, without arousing him. I then went to him, and rolled him by the shoulder, and tried to wake him, but could get no answer whatever. Mrs Abercrombie said she thought the children were dead, or dying, but on going to them I found them warm. At little Mary's mouth, however, there was a deal of froth, and I felt much alarmed, but did not think they were dead. I went again to Dr Woodforde's, and told him the children were in a very bad way. He said he would come over soon, but it might be three quarters of an hour or an hour before he came. I went again before he came. He was out then, but Mrs Woodorde said she would send for him immediately. Mrs Witherick had been sent for, and I was urged to go for the first doctor I could find. I went and brought Mr Phillips: I was present at all the deaths. I thought the little girl would have come round, but she went off again, aud died about eleven o'clock on Monday morning. Christina never rallied. Adam Abercrombie died at about half-past four on Monday afternoon. James Phillips, surgeon, North Terrace, accompanied the first witness to the house of Mr Abercrombie, at about half-past nine in the morning. Found the father and two children lying on the same bed. The father was foaming at the mouth, and his breathing was stertorous, his face in a livid state. The two children were apparently dead. . Dr. Woodforde and Dr Smith were present. Found a vessel containing charcoal, but the fire had gone out. The vessel was not more than four feet from the bed, on the brick floor. Two children were nearest the vessel which contained the charcoal. Took the father into the kitchen, and the two children into the room occupied by the witness Samuel Richardson The children were warm, but that is usually the case with carbonic-acid gas. They were dead. I could not detect any pulsation, although I tried the usual tests and remedies for ascertaining vitality or restoring it . .The use of such restoratives was persevered in with the children for an hour or an hour and a half. With reference to the father, similar remedies were used,, with the addition of cupping, bleeding, and the administration of stimulants and oxygen gas. He slightly rallied, but died at half-past four, about an hour after I last quitted him. Dr Nash was present, was consulted, and assisted in the applications. The whole appearance of the man indicated a congested state of the brain and of the lungs. In each case, death was evidently occasioned by the inhalation of carbonic acid gas. The child saved was envoloped in the bed clothes, but she was affected by the gas, being awakened with difficulty. J. G. Nash, Esq. colonial surgeon, gave evidence similar to that of Mr Phillips. One of the jury (Mr D. Fisher) regretted that Dr Woodforde was not examined. We believe that Dr W was called to the country on urgent professional business; and there appears no reason whatever tor any expression of regret or dissatisfaction at his absence, seeing that everything was done to save the unfortunate man and his children that humanity or professional skill could suggest.

     
    Biography Notes 1839  Troubridge Island SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Adam Abercrombie an old colonist, a passenger on the sinking "Parsee", which was lost on the Troubridge Shoal at nearby Troubridge Island in 1839. He was the last to leave the wreck, having bullocks on board. 
    • Source: 23 Apr 2019 Lorna McLean-google search= Troubridge Island Lighthouse was a decommissioned lighthouse located on Troubridge Island in Gulf St Vincent, South Australia about 8 kilometres (5.0 miLES) southeast by east of Edithburgh in South Australia and about 74 kilometres (46 miles) SW of Adelaide. The Lighthouse was commissioned in 1856 as a means to reduce losses caused by the stranding of ships on the Troubridge Shoals. The list of shipwrecks in November 1838(137 that year) includes ships sunk, foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during November 1838. Adam Abercrombes ship the Parsee sunk on the 20th November 1856 with seven other ships that day. The barque was wrecked on the Troubridge Shoals. She was on a voyage from Hobart, Van Diemen's Land to Adelaide, South Australia. Ships in total in that November were sunk 379 ships. 11 the day before the Parsee sank and the following day 19 sunk. The highest number of ships sunk in one day was on eight days later on the 28th November with 53 ships sunk. The lighthouse was decommissioned that same year 1856.

    Died 23 Jul 1849  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5, 6
    Cause of death 25 Jul 1849  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    On this Page 2 South Australian (Adelaide, SA : 1844 - 1851) Tue 24 Jul 1849 Page 2 LOCAL NEWS. DREADFUL OCCURRENCE IN HINDLEY STREET. YESTERDAY morning the city was thrown into intense excitement, by the rumour, which was rapidly circulated, that Mr Adam Abercrombie, wheelwright, with his children, had been poisoned. We regret much to have the painful duty of stating that there was too much foundation for this distressing report. It appears that on Sunday night, Dr Woodforde was sent for to attend Mrs Abercrombie for a complaint in the face, and left about twelve o'clock. At this time Mr and Mrs Abercrombie, who usually slept with their three children in an apartment adjoining the usual dining room, retired to bed, having first been induced, by the coldness of the night air, to light a charcoal fire in an iron pot, and place it in the room. Yesterday morning, Mrs Abercrombie awoke at a quarter past eight, called one of the children, who also dressed; she could not succeed in arousing her husband, but felt no alarm at the circumstance. Supposing the other two children to be asleep, breakfast was prepared in, was requested by Mrs A. to try to awaken him. The melancholy truth soon flashed upon the unhappy woman, and the best medical attendance was immediately procured. Dr Woodforde, Dr Smith, and Mr Phillips were quickly on the spot, and all that energy and human skill could effect was tried, but without any success on the two children, one aged eight years and the other fifteen months, both fine children. The father's habit of body was much against his recovery, and the most vigorous measures were resorted to; he was placed in a hot bath, the jugular vein opened, hot flannels, &c., employed freely, and, at twelve o'clock, there were some faint hopes of recovery. There is no chimney in the room where the family slept, and, of course, the carbonic acid gas evolved from the burning charcoal would be highly detrimental to human life. It is astonishing that anybody should be ignorant of so notorious a fact. Mr Abercrombie expired at 4 P.M. He had been gradually sinking since themorning, and was attended by Dr Smith up to the time of his decease. The unhappy widow is in a distracted state, and has now but one child left of her little family. She lost a boy some time time since by accident.The Coroner has been apprised, and will hold an inquest on the three victims of this fatal casualty to-day. The deceased was an old colonist, having been a passenger by the "Parsee", which was lost on the Troubridge Shoal In 1839. He was the last to leave the wreck, having bullocks on board. Mrs Abercrombie is the daughter of a still older colonist, Mr McLean, formerly of the Black Forest; now residing at Strathalbyn. 
    Occupation 1840's  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Wheelright:Timber dealer since arrival in Australia. Worked at Hindley Street in Adelaide South Australia
     
    Residence 1840's  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Hindley Street Adelaide 
    Buried 25 Jul 1849  West Terrace Cemetery SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Person ID I-3895  Christina and Donald McLean | Mary McLean's descendants
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2020 

    Father John ABERCROMBY,   b. 1788, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1871, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Relationship -3052 
    Mother Janet MCAULEY,   b. 1791, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Relationship -3052 
    Married 8 Mar 1804  Stirling Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Family ID F-3052  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary b. 1818 MCLEAN,   b. 2 Apr 1818, Duisky Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1889, Strathalbyn SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Married 29 Sep 1840  Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  [10, 11
    • MARRIED Holy Trinity Church Adelaide SA
    Children 
     1. Christina ABERCROMBIE,   b. 1841, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1849, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 8 years)  []
    +2. Rachel ABERCROMBIE,   b. 1844, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1908, Wokurna SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years)  []
     3. Adam ABERCROMBIE,   b. 9 Mar 1846, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Mar 1848, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 2 years)  []
     4. Mary ABERCROMBIE,   b. 24 Apr 1848, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1849, Adelaide SA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 1 years)  []
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 14:02:20 
    Family ID F-1257  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Documents
    SRO online MARRIAGE REGISTER:Adam Abercrombie m1840 Mary MCLEAN
    SRO online MARRIAGE REGISTER:Adam Abercrombie m1840 Mary MCLEAN
    BDM 1840 Marriage Adam Abercrombie of Adelaide, late of St Ninians, Stirlingshire, Scotland & Mary McLean on 29th September 1840 in Adelaide SA Section 52, Late of Lochaber, Argyllshire, Scotland. Source family search.org

    Stories
    5082 - Mary McLean & Adam Abercrombie & Duncan McRae
    5082 - Mary McLean & Adam Abercrombie & Duncan McRae
    Mary's descendants - biography as published in the BRB in 1995.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. .

    2. [S-137] My Heritage Mark Brabant, https://www.myheritage.com/research/record-1-138660741-1-38690/adam-abercrombie-in-myheritage-family-trees?s=182592662, 5 Mar 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.

    3. [S-121] Family Search.org -------C & D McLean, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:3F9H-MZ4 login required, 5 Mar 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      pedigree chart of adams marriage, children. Plus adams parents years of birth and death only no location.

    4. [S-75] http://www.genealogysa.org.au requires login, Reg No 1/178, 20 Jan 2017 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      DEATH:1849 RegNo;1/178

      ABERCROMBIE Adam at Adelaide SA
      Adam ABERCROMBIE Death Date: 23 Jul 1849 Gender: M Age: 45y Approx. Birth Year: 1804 Marital Status: N Residence: Adelaide Death Place:Adelaide Book/Page: 1/178
      No other evidenced information available. Requires followup to ensure generalisation and validity.

      Adam and Mary's 2yoa son Adam and daughter Mary 2moa died the year before.

    5. [S-98] CEMETERY ACA ENFIELD, WEST & SOUTH TCE, CHELTENHAM, http://www.aca.sa.gov.au/Records, 22 Apr 2019 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Abercrombie Adam 25/07/1849 45 Years West Terrace Cemetery Road 2, Path Number 18, E/W/-Count W, Site number 31 (Interment Right is expired)

    6. [S-52] http://ancestry.com.au, https://search.ancestrylibrary.com.au/cgi-bin/sse.dll?_phsrc=ADa51&_phstart=successSource&usePUBJs=true&qh=BHngRCod8BykTiuK6ODt4Q%3D%3D&gss=angs-g&new=1&rank=1&gsln=abercromb*&gsln_x=NP_NN_NS&msbdy_x=1&msbdy=1804&catbucket=rstp&MSAV=0&uidh=pi3&pcat=ROOT_CATEGORY&h=5826097&dbid=1779&indiv=1&queryId=85104172b72545debe8dc7bc495a1673&ml_rpos=2, 6 Mar 2020 Researcher Lorna McLean.
      Ancestry Library Version: Name: Adam Abercrombie Birth Year: abt 1804 Age:45 Death Date:23 Jul 1849 Residence Place: Adelaide Registration Place:Adelaide, South Australia
      Page Number:178 Volume Number:1
      Source Information
      Ancestry.com. Australia, Death Index, 1787-1985 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

    7. [S-3] FS BRB - 'Donald & Christina McLean & Their Descendants', 1995, The BRB has a good index for each individual. Copies of the BRB available Strathalbyn National Trust Museum & Library, several libraries around Australia including State Library SA, and Western Australian Genealogical Society Bayswater WA Request assistance for locating a copy through 'Contact us' on this website. , Page 17.

    8. [S-98] CEMETERY ACA ENFIELD, WEST & SOUTH TCE, CHELTENHAM, West Tce printout at gate, 9 Apr 2020 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      Print out at cemetery for HS PHOTO.Adam Abercrombie buried with his entire family in section R2, Path No.18, West, Site No31 burial on 14th March 1848


    9. [S-87] BDM SCOTLANDS PEOPLE requires own log in, 9 Jul 2019 Researcher Lorna Mclean.
      OPR Marriage of John Abercrombie and Janet Mcauley at St Ninians Stirling Scotland

    10. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, page 1.
      Adam Abercrombie married Mary McLean date provided and added by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016
      MCRAE Duncan, Mary ABERCROMBIE nee MCLEAN married 1852-02-25 at Trinity, Adelaide SA, aged 25=Duncan b1827, 32 (w)=Mary b1820

      Confirmed by the said website and NO alterations were made with citations from Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016

    11. [S-59] http://www.familyhistorysa.info/colonists.html, Barry Leadbetter, 4.
      MCRAE Duncan and Mary McLean (nee Abercrombie)
      Confirmed "married on 25.02.1852 at Trinity church Adelaide SA, Aged 25, 32" by the said website and nothing altered.
      Website by Barry Leadbetter found by researcher Lorna McLean 05/12/2016