Nearly a century ago, we had a lot of Adams Family relations in the Macintyre River area on the border between NSW and Queensland, especially around Boggabilla and Goondiwindi. Before that they lived in a few places up north, including Boomi. Although many of our Adams family have since scattered south and north – there are still quite a few in Goondiwindi.
I always wondered what Boggabilla meant – one story has that it comes from the Gamilaraay “bagaaybila” ie literally “full of creeks”.
Family Tree details of the earlier generations of the Adams family of the Macintyre can be found here – later generations are incomplete in this listing – however if required they may be available on request or to suggestion corrections or additions – please email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Our branch of the Adams family descends from Arthur James Adams, eldest son of Charles Adams and his former wife, Anne (Nancy) Weatherstone who were married in Grafton in 1867. Charles is believed to have been born in America in 1841 however there are no details located as yet.
Of the 4 children born to Charles and Anne (Nancy) Adams, three survived- all were born in the Grafton area : Letitia J Adams (named for her Irish maternal grandmother Letitia Weatherstone nee Dougherty), Arthur James Adams and Charles William Adams – note Alfred Clarence Adams was in fact the son of Anne Nancy Weatherstone and William Burrows ( more information here ).
Arthur James Adams is seen in the photo (circa 1919) below with wife Matilda (nee Waters), and 9 of their 10 children, as well as their three eldest grandchildren – note one of their children, Lily (Lillian Florence Kellett), had died in childbirth in 1916.
Below is a photograph (circa 1914-15) of Matilda Adams nee Waters (in long dark dress) with seven of her children & her eldest grandchild – the older man at the left of the photograph is possibly her father Charles Waters. The woman to the left of Matilda is unknown.
Recently I was contacted by Alicia, a descendant of Matilda Adams nee Waters’ brother, Charles Waters Jnr and his wife Agnes Sweetman. Alica has been looking into the Waters Family history and must have spotted our Macintyre Adams Family web page – and hopefully we can share photos, information and stories. In the meantime click here for more information on the Waters side of our Macintyre Adams Family. And below is a photograph of Matilda’s brother Charles Waters Jnr on his wedding day in 1896. Thank you to the Williams descendants of Charles Waters Jnr for sharing !
More information on the Adams Family of the Macintyre can be found here – this is “a work in progress”. Other families that the Adams Family are inter-connected with our family include Weatherstone – Dougherty, Waters, Fleming, Green, Kellett, Makim, Barden, Maunder and McCosker – and of course many more.