Bernard Dwyer Adelsberger
Father: Daniel George Adelsberger
- Sex: M
- Born: 14 JAN 1866 in Emmitsburg, Maryland
- Died: 15 APR 1951 in Front Royal, Virginia
- CAUS: Suffered a stroke in the late 40s; died at the age of 85.
- Religion: in Catholic
- Buried: in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal, Virginia
- Baptized: 21 JAN 1867 in St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Emmitsburg, Maryland
- ADDR: 718 Pennsylvania Avenue
Bernard Dwyer Adelsberger lived a very comfortable life in Emmitsburg, Maryland. His father, Daniel was a very successful and upstanding citizen in that town, having served two terms as Burgess (Mayor); was the proprietor/manager of the Western Maryland Hotel; and was also a tinner.
When Bernard was eight years old, his mother, Mary, died. Daniel remarried sometime within the next five years. Census records indicate that Bernard moved to Baltimore, Maryland, with Daniel and his stepmother in 1885. By 1886, Bernard was working with his father, most likely as a plumber's apprentice. Their business was located at 314 West Franklin Street, but later moved to Biddle Steet. They resided at 908 Argyle Avenue.
Bernard worked and resided with his father until 1888, when he married Irene Emmart. Both Bernard and Irene were 22 years of age when they married on 18 January 1888. They had three sons.. Clarence D. (Clemens), born in 1889; George Thomas Jefferson, born in 1891; and William (may not be his "birth name"), born in December 1892. During this period, Bernard and his family resided at 718 Pennsylvania Avenue. Bernard, at this time, operated a Saloon/Billiards Parlor (according to the Baltimore City Directory).
On 5 March 1893, Irene died, suddenly and alone. According to her death certificate, she died of Angina Pectoris. On 9 March, five days after Irene's death, Bernard placed an ad in the Baltimore Sunpapers, in search of a couple to adopt his infant son, "William," (three months old at that time). The following day, John and Teresa Finn replied to the ad. (It is still not known at this time if indeed "William" was adopted or merely "raised" by the Finns.)
After finding a home for "William," Bernard placed his middle son, George, at Saint Vincent's Asylum (an orphanage). Within three months of that placement, George died of measles, at the age of two. Bernard kept his eldest son, Clarence, with him; possibly because Clarence was frail and sickly.
Sometime during this period, Bernard met Bessie Davey, whom he married on 8 October 1893, seven months after Irene's death. Bernard, Bessie, and Clarence resided at 512 Sharp Street where, on 1 May 1896, Clarence died of asthma at the age of seven. Following his death, Bernard and Bessie moved to 1840 North Collington Avenue. A little more than a year after Clarence's death, Bessie died, at the age of 27, of tuberculosis.
During the time between Irene's and Bessie's deaths, Bernard did keep in touch with the Finn's and his only remaining son, "William." "William" had been told that Bernard was his "Uncle Jake" during that period. In 1910, when "William's" adoptive/foster father was on his deathbed, he told "William" that Bernard was his real father. "William" was very bitter thereafter and would have nothing to do with Bernard.
In 1898, Bernard left Baltimore for Winchester, Virginia. Shortly thereafter, he met and married Sadie Stanley Johnston, a resident of Winchester. They were married on 11 September 1900, in Winchester. Bernard and Sadie had one son, James Irwin (they apparently called him "Irwin"), born exactly nine months later, on 11 June 1901. In early 1913, Irwin contracted Typhoid Fever, and died on 2 April of that year.
During the early 1900s, Bernard owned and operated his own Livery Stable, "Adelsberger's White Bus," which originated at the Afton Inn Hotel (which still stands today), and the Leesburg Inn. Bernard also owned and operated a grocery store at one time. It is known that in 1914, Bernard managed the "National Hotel" in Washington, DC.
In May 1919, Bernard purchased two lots in Front Royal, Virginia, where he and Sadie had a house built. Their address was 117 Virginia Avenue. (The house is believed to have been lost due to a fire sometime in the late 1970s.)
(NOTE: It is known that Bernard visited his son, "William" in 1922. "William" was at work at the time, but Bernard did visit with "William's" wife, Mary, and did get to see his grandson (also named William). He apparently had to leave by a certain time, and was therefore unable to wait for "William" to return home from work. It is believed that this visit was Bernard's last attempt to "make amends" with his son. There are no indications that he ever returned to Baltimore after that visit.)
Bernard returned to Front Royal and his loving wife, Sadie. Bernard and Sadie remained happily married for almost 51 years. After an early tragic life of losing two wifes and three sons by death, Bernard had finally found the happiness he sought and received from Sadie Johnston Adelsberger.
Bernard suffered a stroke in the late 1940s, and died on 15 April 1951, at the age of 85. His hand-written Last Will and Testament left all he possessed to his wife, Sadie.
Sadie Adelsberger continued to live in their house at 117 Virginia Avenue until the mid-1970s, when she was admitted to the Shawnee Springs Nursing Home in Winchester, Virginia. She died there in 1979, at the age of 102.
(NOTE: Upon talking to local residents of Front Royal in the 1980s, we learned that Bernard enjoyed smoking cigars and the racetrack -- as did his son, "William.")
, b. 25 DEC 1831 in Emmitsburg, Maryland
Mother: Margaret Mary Josephine (Ellen) Busby
, b. 2 JUL 1843 in Carroll County, Maryland
Family 1: Irene Emmart
, b. 18 JUN 1866 in Baltimore, Maryland
- Married: 18 JAN 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland
- Clarence Dwyer Adelsberger, b. 6 NOV 1888 in Baltimore, Maryland
- George Adelsberger, b. 1891 in Baltimore, Maryland
- William Raymond Finn, b. 18 DEC 1892 in Baltimore, Maryland
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