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Fredrick ( later recorded as Frederick) was the son of Miriam Adams and father unknown. He was baptised at Etwall on May 20 1832.
His mother married in 1838 to William Hardwick and was widowed within a short time. By the night of the 1841 census, Frederick and his half brother William Hardwick were living with their grandmother Sarah Henshaw at the far end of the village. His mother remarried to Charles Heaton in 1842.
Frederick took on a trade and worked as a shoemaker in Hilton, Derbyshire.
He left England on the ship 'Cresswell' arriving in Nelson, February 1858. Also on board were 3 of his friends from Derbyshire, John Rose, Joe Sherrett, and Mr Edward Dee. Frederick, John and Joe worked their passage while Edward travelled steerage. Edward Dee was the half brother of Eliza Hopkins who accompanied him on the voyage and whose Frederick would marry in 1860.
Frederick set up business right away with a bootmaking business on the beach. He later moved into the township and opened a boot selling and mending business alongside Messrs Jackson & Lightband. Frederick turned to farming and gave butchering a brief trial. He sold his Blenheim business and went to Hawera in the north island where he started a business on similar lines. The handsome gold watch presented to Frederick at a public farewell was testament to his popularity. Frederick hadn't intended to return to Blenheim but soon found Hawera was not to his liking and climate far too wet.
He returned to Blenheim and again started up his bootmaking business but without success. Like many others. he was drawn to the superior land in the Wairau and purchased a farm in the Wairau west district from Mr J Barleyman about 1860, naming it 'Greenfields'-( near rose's overflow )- by all accounts a 'splendid' property where he carried on a combined stock raising and butchering business which was very successful.
At the same time he met and married Eliza Hopkins from Gloucestershire who had arrived on the ship 'Golconda' . Their marriage took place at Nelson's baptist chapel with Joseph Webley and Edward Dee as witnesses.
Several months after he purchased his property the government decided to put the Blenheim-Awatere railway through via the Redwood Pass and Frederick found himself in the fortunate position of owning land which lay right beside the proposed railway. He immediately accepted the cash payment offered for the land which was sufficient to pay for the farm.
In later years, Frederick, along with his sons built up a butchering business under the name 'Adams & Sons'. Frederick and Eliza had 9 children during their marriage, 5 boys and 4 girls. The boys became successful businessmen in their own right, owning land, buildings for lease, shops and the Federal Hotel in Picton.
Frederick Adams was one of the oldest and most esteemed settlers in Blenheim and died at the age of 74 in 1907. He was buried at Omaka cemetery. In 1908, Frederick's farm of 148 acres was put up for sale by sons, George and Frank.
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