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John James Jeremiah ADAMS

Burial Location:Kookynie  (details...)
Place of Death: Cosmo Street, Kookynie
Date of Death: 06 October 1903
Age:9 months
Cause of Death:Dentition Collapse
OGM Ref#: 1643
Headstone:OGM Aluminium


This little boy's father, George Anderson Adams, was born 15 May 1862 at Forfar, Angus, Scotland. He emigrated to Australia, arriving in Brisbane on 29 December 1883. There he met and married Norah Regan on 10 August 1889 (Marriage Registration 1889/C/329). She was born 29 November 1862 at Drinagh, County Cork, Ireland. The deceased little chap was the youngest of their children. The other children included Mary Isabella born 22 October 1889; Catherine Anderson born 3 March 1892; Grace born 17 April 1895; Norah born 21 May 1897; Charles George born 29 September 1900.

By 1919, the family were back living in Cairns, Queensland, and in Innisfail in 1923. It is believed Norah died 21 September 1939 in Queensland. Her husband, George Anderson Adams, died 22 April 1923 at Innisfail. The little boy died of a quite unusual ailment called dentition collapse, often called Facial Collapse, which is when the jaw bone begins to shrink after a tooth is lost. Chewing forces are transmitted down the teeth into the bone. The chewing forces stimulate and preserve bone levels. When teeth are missing the bone is no longer needed to support the teeth. Therefore, the bone will start to disappear.  The details of this little boy's case are not known but, given his age, the cause of death certainly seems unusual.

His older sister, Grace, died in 1908 and is buried in the Malcolm Cemetery, Shire of Leonora. Her story also appears in this website.

Parents:Norah (nee REGAN) and George Anderson ADAMS (Sawyer)
Birth Details:18 December 1902, Redlynch, Cairns, Queensland; Birth Registration 1903/C/1145 (Mother's maiden name listed as RYAN)
Death Certificate:780/1903

Relatives click name for details:
Sister Grace ADAMS