Adam Amos1

#58142, b. 1828, d. 1893
  • Father: John Amos1 b. 14 Feb 1777, d. 1848
  • Mother: Hannah (?)1 b. 1785, d. 1848

Individual's Timeline

Birth1828Adam Amos1
Death of Father1848John Amos2,3
Death of Mother1848Hannah (?)4
Marriage1855Adam Amos1
Marriage of Daughter19 February 1880Emile Vautin Amos5
Marriage of Son15 January 1890Ernest Randolph Ashton Amos6
Death1893Adam Amos1

Primary events

Brushes with the LAW


Sir In the early part of August last year there came on for trial at the Court of General Sessions, Swansea, two cases to which the above heading applied. In the first I was the plaintiff, and in the second my cousin, Mr Adam Amos. Mr. Carmichael Lyne, the son of Mr John Lyne, MHA , being the defendant in each case. These actions had their origin in a fire lighted by the defendant, which spread first to my property, and then to Mr Adam Amos, in each case subjecting us to very considerable loss and inconvenience. When my case was called 0n, the bench was occupied by Messrs John Lyne, John Meredith, Gill, and F Shaw. The solicitor representing my interests applied to Mr Lyne to leave the bench, but be declined doing so until he had obtained the-Attorney General's opinion as to the propriety or otherwise 0retaining his seat on a case in which his son was interested.

The service however on Mr Lynne of a subpoena as a witness, coupled with a request to the Magistrates to order all witnesses out of Court produced the desired effect, and the defendant's father left the bench. No sooner, however, had he retired than Messrs Frederick and Albert Lyne took their seats as magistrates. My Solicitor at once requested them to withdraw,* adding that it would surely be much more satisfactory for both parties that the case should be decided by magistrates unconnected, with either side. Notwithstanding this, Messrs F and A Lyne kept their seats, and after a lengthy trial a judgment was given against me, each side being ordered to pay their own costs. On this judgment being given, Mr Adam Amos case was withdrawn, and was subsequently removed to the small debts jurisdiction of the Supreme Court and on the trial of this action before His Honor the Acting Chief Justice on 29th ultimo upon precisely the same evidence as had been adduced in my case the jury, after an absence of ten minutes returned a verdict for the plaintiff, assessing damages at £35.

May I ask you to1 be good enough to give the above facts publicity. They may lead somewhat to the establishment of a Judge or Commissioner for the country districts, a reform which in the Municipality of Glamorgan is most urgently required. Doubtless, Mr John Lyne as an honest and honourable man, and holding the high and responsible positions of justice of the peace, warden, and coroner for the district, and its member in the House of Assembly, will now make good with as little delay as possible the loss and expense to which I have been subjected, and will forthwith raise his voice in Parliament, with a vow to bring about the establishment of a travelling Judge to discharge the important duties which are now left in the hands of country magistrates - Yours etc., ALFRED JNO. AMOS.7

Children of Adam Amos and Emilie Vautin

  • Julia Hanna Amos1 b. 1856, d. 1861
  • unnamed Amos1 b. 1858
  • Elvire Hooper Amos1 b. 1859, d. 12 Aug 1869
  • Emile Vautin Amos1 b. 1862, d. 1945
  • Henry Hilmer Fovey Amos1 b. 1864, d. 12 Jan 1941
  • Ernest Randolph Ashton Amos1 b. 1866, d. Oct 1946
  • Robert Peter Amos1 b. 1868, d. 10 May 1870
  • Henry Marsh Amos1 b. 1870
  • unnamed Amos1 b. 1876


  1. Tasmanian Family Link, online, various.
  2. Copyright 2006, updated continuously, ISSN 1833-7538 Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian Dictionery of Bigraphies online.
  3. Tasmanian Family Link, online
  4. Website ( "
    Australia Death Index, 1787-1985 about Hannah Amos
    Name:      Hannah Amos
    Death Date:      9 Jan 1848
    Death Place:      Tasmania
    Age:      63
    Mother's name:      John
    Registration Place:      Gt Swan Pt, Tasmania
    Registration Number:      1848
    Page Number:      1
    Estimated birth year:      abt 1785."
  5. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Saturday 22 March 1884 p 1 Family Notices.
  6. Trove Digitised Newspapers, On January 15, at Brighton, by the Rev. J. K. Wilmer, E. R. A. Amos, second son of Adam Amos, of Scottsdale, to Eva J. Munday, youngest daugthter of John Munday, of Black Brush.

    The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Friday 17 January 1890 p 1 Family Notices.
  7. Trove Digitised Newspapers, The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tuesday 25 November 1884 p 3 Article.