The two Thomas Mark Adams both born in Dover, Kent around 1795 have been really bugging me and I had a light bulb moment today and I think they are one and the same man who married twice...
Thomas Mark Adams born 19 Apr 1795 St. Mary's Dover, Kent son of Marks Adams and Ann Smith.
He marries 1st Elizabeth Kimber in 1822 in Kintbury, Berkshire. Children are -
1825 Thomas Marks Adams Jnr. born in Dover, Kent.
1828 Richard Kimber Adams born in Southwalk, Surrey.
Thomas Mark Adams Snr. was a Steamboat Steward in 1825 and a Mariner in 1828. Elizabeth must have died sometime between 1828 and 1832.
He marries 2nd Harriet Fanstone in 1832 in Hampshire. Children are -
1839 John Fanstone Adams born in Southhampton, Hampshire.
1840 Walter Marks Adams born in Southhampton, Hampshire.
1843 Ann Eliza Adams born Isle of Wright, Hampshire.
There is a big gap between the marriage with Harriet in 1832 to John's birth in 1839 but I'm not sure if there were more children. In the 1841 Census, Thomas Mark Adams Senior's occupation is listed as a Publican.
I've had a look at Harriet's family and I'm not sure if I'm right or not but I think she was born 11 Jan 1811 in Romsey, Hampshire daughter of Thomas Fanstone and Hannah. She had several brothers and sisters and one being John born in 1808 and christened 26 Feb 1809.
There is a John Fanstone aged 30 living in Bridge Street, Holy Rood, Southhampton in the 1841 Census with wife Lidia and daughter Roseni. His occupation is listed as a Baker and this is where it becomes interesting. Also living with him is a Richard Adams born in 1828 aged 13. His birth county is listed as Hampshire instead of Surrey but probably just a mistake. Richard Kimber Adams who came to Australia in 1864 was a pastry cook working on the steamship RMSS Kaikoura.
Have you researched the Fanstone family and do you know if the above John Fanstone was Harriet's brother?
Something else I've noticed is that this family's occupations are all very similiar. In the 1851 Census, Richard Kimber Adams is listed as a Mariner. In 1861 he is a Baker at the Royal Oak Inn at Southhampton. From 1864 - 1868 he is a pastry cook on the RMSS Kaikoura which sailed regularly from Sydney to Plymouth.
If we are looking at just one Thomas Mark Adams Snr, then he was a Steamboat Steward, Mariner and Publican. In 1861 he is the Innkeeper of the Clarence Hotel in Holy Rood, Southhampton and his son Walter is a Steamboat Steward. In 1871 Walter is a Publican/Ship Steward.
What do you think? Am I on the right track?