Joseph Adams sailed on the Hadlow in 1815.(1) He was described as a labourer, aged 25, and was accompanied by his wife Mary, aged 23. They were English emigrants and had boarded the vessel at Gravesend. Also on board the ship was George Adams, aged 19, labourer. The two men were possibly brothers. (2) This group reached Red River at the beginning of November 1815.
After the death of Semple and his men at Seven Oaks in June 1816, the colonists fled north to Jack River House. Most were persuaded to spend the winter at Jack River in hopes of re-establishing the settlement the following year. It was known that Lord Selkirk was in the country and on his way to Red River. In the summer of 1817, the settlers began the return journey to the Forks. During this journey, Joseph Adams fell overboard and was drowned.
The baptismal registers of St. John’s Cathedral record the baptisms of Maria and Joseph, children of Joseph Adams (deceased) and Mary. These baptisms took place on 24 Feb, 1822. There is no record of the births of these children, but the likelihood is that Maria was born about 1815 and Joseph about 1817. The St. John’s baptismal registers also show the baptisms on 24 Feb. 1822 of Eliza and Margarette Eustace, daughters of Henry Eustace and Mary Adams, residents of Pembina. St. John’s marriage registers contain the marriage of Mary Adams, widow of Joseph Adams, and Henry Eustace, HBC accountant. They were married at Pembina by John West on the same day as the children were baptised.
Mrs. Eustace and four children sailed to England on the Prince of Wales in 1823. (3) For whatever reason, Henry did not accompany them. Transactions under his name continued to appear in the settlement account books for the next two years. However, his account was written off in 1826.
(1) HBCA C.1/345 Passenger list of the Hadlowoutward bound 1815
(2) DNA testing by a descendant has shown that the two men were brothers.
(3) BCA C.1/800, passenger list of the Prince of Wales homeward bound 1823