NAOMI MARTIN (1853 - 1937) and NEWMAN ADAMS (Abt 1850 - 1932)

Naomi, born on the 20 March 1853, the second child and first daughter of John Blackwell and Elizabeth Goodwin married Newman Adams, carpenter of Moulton at the Brixworth Parish Church on the 7th of May 1874, the marriage was witnessed by J.B.Martin and Martha R. Gardner. They later lived at 33 St. Michaels Mount, Northampton. Naomi died on the 31 July 1937 preceded by Newman on the 8 October 1932 and are buried together at the Billing Road Cemetery, Northampton. There were two children, Arthur Martin Adams and Francis Newman Adams

1861 census at Deanshanger, Pasenham gives John B Martin as Police Constable, Elizabeth as Police Constables wife and son William, aged 10, Naomi, aged 8, born Falcott and Emma, aged 5, born Helmdon and son Frederick, aged 2, born Helmdon.
1871 census at Brixworth, Naomi was working as a Cook, aged 18, for William Elsworth, a farmer of 65 acres, employing 8 men and 5 boys. The rest of the family were living in Brixworth at that time.

1881 census shows her to be married to Newman Adams, aged 31, a Carpenter & Joiner, born Moulton, Northants. she did not have any occupation given, aged 28, born Helmdon and also son, Arthur, aged 5, a Scholar and daughter, Francis, aged 3, also a Scholar, both born New Duston. They were recorded as living in Somerset Street, Northampton, Parish of St. Andrew.

1891 census
ADAMS, Newman Head Married M 41 1850 Foreman Joiner
b. Moulton, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Naomi Wife Married F 38 1853
b. Falcott, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Arthur M Son M 15 1876 Joiners Apprentice
b. New Duston, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Francis N Son M 13 1878 Shoe Room Boy Shoe Shop
b. New Duston, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Leonard E Son M 8 1883 Scholar b. Northampton

Elizabeth, Naomi, J B & Emma


1901 census

ADAMS, Newman Head Married M 51 1850 Clerk (Building Trade)
b. Moulton, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Naomi Wife Married F 48 1853
b. Falcutt, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Leonard E Son Single M 18 1883 Carpenter & Joiner
b. Northampton


J B & Elizabeth with Naomi, Laura, J B (Jun) & William

1911 Census Household Transcript

Name: Relationship to head: Marital Status: Years married: Sex: Age in 1911: Occupation: Where born:



ADAMS NAOMI (RG14PN8417 RG78PN433 RD163 SD1 ED29 SN212)

Address 2 ALLEN RD NORTHAMPTON County Northamptonshire

District Northampton Sub district St Giles

Enumeration District 29 Parish Northampton

They later lived at 33 St. Michaels Mount, Northampton and are buried together at the Billing Road Cemetery, Northampton. There appear to be only three children, Arthur Martin,  Francis Newman and  Leonard Edward Adams.


Arthur Martin Adams, the first child of Naomi Martin and Newman Adams, was christened on the 7 November 1875 at New Duston. After his marriage to Kate E Manton on the 10th March 1900 at St. Sepulchre Church, Northampton they later lived in Ireland for about 30 years. Apparently the parents refused to attend the wedding. He (they?) changed religion to Roman Catholic . He was a talented pianist and skilled shop fitter and cabinet maker. There were three children, Marie Adams, Bernard Dominic Martin Adams and Joan Adams.

From information received : "Arthur Martin Adams was the first son of Naomi Martin and Newman Adams. As a family we are aware of some conflicting information re Naomi and her family of birth. My mother was a very staunch Roman Catholic. Her story was that Naomi was one of 13 /15 children and that as they lived in a village with no Catholic Church, Naomi's parents sent their children to the local C of E church instead. When my grandfather (Arthur Martin Adams) converted to Catholicism, my mother believed it was like a sort of homecoming. However, I don't think that there is much truth in that, as I am sure my sister has found that the children were all, in fact, christened in the local church. My grandfather's conversion is an unknown reason.

Arthur Martin Adams was born in September 1875 and died on Candlemas Day, 2nd February 1961 in Northampton. I am not sure what he died of but it may have been prostate or bladder related. I only met him a couple of times. Once was on a visit to Northampton, where he still lived in Allen Road. My mother had been told that he had had a fall and all I remember is travelling on the train from London to a small terraced house, a bit dark and gloomy at the back, where the 'scullery' was and an old man, wearing long johns (underpants that stretched down to his ankles). He pulled those up from the ankle so that we could see the long gashes he had sustained on his pale and bony legs.

The other time was when he came and stayed with us in Ealing for a few days one summer. I remember going shopping with him to buy him a new panama hat; seeing with fascination that he had a lot of hairs in his ears; listening to him playing the piano - his favourite hymn was 'Jesu, joy of man's desiring'. Yes, he was a talented pianist and organist. He could also sketch extremely well. He used to send my mother, Joan, a copy of the Northampton Times, with one of those brown paper wraparounds that you could use to send the papers in. He would always draw a picture or caricature inside that, usually in pen and ink. He was talented artistically."

1901 census
ADAMS, Arthur M Head Married M 25 1876 Carpenter & Joiner
b. New Duston, Northamptonshire
ADAMS, Kate E Wife Married F 26 1875
b. Northampton
ADAMS, Bernard D M Son Single M 0 (8 MO) 1901
b. Northampton


Apparently Kate died after being scratched by a cat in 1923 - she was dressmaker
Anne rider says: Arthur and Kate never lived in Ireland. I know that my grandfather Arthur, did go to Ireland on business at the time of the Black and Tans, I believe. But only for days. There is a story that hotel accommodation was so sparse that he had to sleep in a bath on one occasion.

Just before he went on one of his business trips, he and my grandmother had tried to round up a stray cat that was hanging around their house. They managed to get it into a sack. As it went in, it scratched Kate on the thumb. She thought no more about it. While Arthur was away her arm became very sore and she did something that she had never done. She took to her bed. Arthur, on his return was horrified and called the doctor asking for no stops to be taken, no cost taken, but that they should do whatever they could for her. It was before the days of penicillin and antibiotics. She died of septicaemia in January 1923 at the age of 47.






MARIE ADAMS (9 Nov 1902 - 17 May 1980), married Sam Harpham on 1st June 1935 at Northampton, their were two children Josie and Martin..

From information received:

Marie Agnes Adams was born on 9th November 1902. She was a dab hand at multitasking. I only remember meeting her once when she came on a visit. What I do remember is that she smoked. And that she could sit and hold a conversation, knit, do a crossword and smoke all at the same time. She had a good head for figures. Marie died on 17th May 1980 just two days before the birth of our first child, Lucy. She had been poorly for many years with undiagnosed diabetes. She was almost blind before it was diagnosed. Eventually, she was taken into hospital and was due to have both feet amputated. I feel it was a blessing that she died before they had to do this.


Bernard Dominic, born on the 15 June 1900, the second child, married Hylda Rose at the Catholic Church, Northampton in 1922 and re-married on the 2nd April 1923 at Christ Church, Northampton having changed religion from Roman Catholic to Church of England. He died on the 22 November 1970. There were two children, Rosemary Adams and Martin Macritchie Adams
There were two children, Rosemary Adams and Martin Macritchie Adams

From information received:
About Bernard Adams and his family I don't know much for certain.  What I do know is that we were brought up to consider him a very black sheep, in that he had married in a non-Catholic church. We are all a bit hazy on this - on their marriage, Hilda was Hilda R Adams. One of my sisters seems to think that she had been married before. Somewhere in my mind is the name Bunthorne, but my sisters don't recognise this and I haven't been able to sort it out! She may have been Hilda Adam - without the s.
I met Uncle Bernard and his wife Hilda (Hylda?) once or maybe twice. I knew he had a son, Martin - I met him when I was five, when he made a very brief visit with his father to our house. All I remember is that Martin taught me how to jive! He was a solicitor and he and his family moved to the West Country, where as far as I know they are still. I didn't know that I had another cousin called Rosemary until I was twenty. Recently, one of my sisters has also told me that they, Bernard and Hilda, adopted another daughter called 'Bubbles'.


JOAN WINEFRIDE ADAMS (21 Dec 1909 - 20 July 1996) married Philip Herbert  Brigstock Trasler on 20th July 1935 at Northampton.

From information received: Joan Winefride Adams who was born on 21st December 1909, the shortest day of the year and the feast of St Thomas. She died on 20 July 1996 in Ealing Hospital on what would have been her 61st wedding anniversary.

Philip was an exhibitioner at Cambridge and achieved a Masters Degree in Geology at Peterhouse. It was the only exhibition awarded that year. He had gone to Northampton Grammar School. His sister Norah, was the Latin teacher at Joan's school, Notre Dame Convent in Northampton. (She also gained a degree, and at the time was the youngest female BA in the country). And that is how Joan and Philip met. Joan would carry her teacher's books home and Philip would open the front door. He would then ride out on his bicycle to meet her from school. He was 18, she was 16. He was her only boyfriend. They would ride their bikes out into the Northamptonshire Countryside - places which are now largely part of the town itself. Apart from having a car in Trinidad, they never did have a car. They were well known in Ealing on their bicycles. My mother did all her shopping on one, laden back and front.
After Cambridge, Philip was employed by Trinidad Leaseholds and went out to Trinidad to work. He was out there for six years, before he came home and married Joan. After their marriage they went out to Trinidad to live. Their first child, Cecilia Mary was born out there. Of the trip out there on a ship called the Krynsen (not sure of the spelling) I know that Joan was very seasick. And that the dumplings in the stew were so delicious that they were asked about. The reply was a trip to the galley to see the chef at work. The chef duly took up a handful of dumpling dough, shaped it into a ball in his hands and then rolled it on his hairy chest to a nice round shape, before dropping it in the stew!

Joan hated it in Trinidad. She hated the heat and hated having to use servants. She hated the Creole lifestyle. I don't think there was much discussion about returning to this country when Philip had problems with his boss. The boss had wanted a position for his own son, so placed him in a post senior to Philip. When Philip was approached repeatedly by the son asking how to do the work and Philip having to do it for him, he resigned.
Back in this country, he was unemployed for a while. When a post in Trinidad Leaseholds became available again, he was advised to try for it, even though it was company policy not to re-employ staff. They re-employed Philip in this country. Trinidad Leaseholds became the Regent Oil Company, which was then taken over by Texaco. When Philip was forced to take early retirement in 1962, he was Manager of Technical Services and was working at their offices in Park Lane in London. During his time with them, at the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis, he was seconded by the Admiralty and flown over to Toronto to use his expertise in the petrochemical industry. We were unaware of his work for the admiralty until his funeral in 1989. He died on 12th February that year, the day after his 83rd birthday. A heart attack.

Joan and Philip's six children are:
Cecilia Mary born 6th November 1936
Angela Mary born 25th February 1940
Veronica Mary born 1st May 1943
Paul Vincent Marie born 3rd August 1945 (two days before they dropped the bomb on Hiroshima)
Mary Antonia born 27th April 1949
Anne Marie born 19th February 1952


Rosemary, the first child of Bernard Dominic Adams and Hylda Rose , was born on the 20 October 1926, married Gerald E Sanders and there were three children, Rosemary Jane, born 19 May 1953, Thomas William, born 11 July 1957 and Henry Bernard born, 31 October 1963.


Martin Macritchie, the second child of Bernard Dominic Adams and Hylda Rose was born on the 30 September 1934, married Dianna Summerfield and there were three children from this marriage, Thomas Martin, born 30 October 1969, Kate, born 30 March 1972 and Sophie Jane, born 30 November 1973.

JOAN ADAMS, the third child, nothing recorded.

FRANCIS NEWMAN ADAMS (1877 - ??) Francis Newman, the second child of Naomi Martin and Newman Adams, was born in the Dec Qtr, at Moulton, Northampton and christened on the 25 December 1877 at New Duston, nothing else recorded.