Adams

 

My Adams ancestors
GENERATION 1

01. James Adams was born between 1630-1640 in Scotland (note: I have not seen any source material that gives a year for his birth.) 

"He was a believed to be a Scottish prisoner at the Battle of Dunbar at Dunbar, East Lothain, Scotland on September 3, 1650 arriving in Charlestown, Massachutts Bay Colony on the ketch "Unity" in late December, 1650."  He sold as a prisoner of war to Lynn Iron Work (source and prisoner list) and was one of Oliver Cromwell's Scot prisoners (source).

After arriving in New England, he worked with both John Gifford's & Daniel Salmon's teams carting for the Sougus Iron Works. In 1656, he sued Samuell Bennett for taking away his cart & wheels, & Nicholas Pinnion for debt. In 1658, he was a member of Scott's Charitable Society.  Source: vtandrew@erols.com

He married Priscilla Ramsdell (Ramsden) on May 7, 1662 in Lynn, Essex, MA daughter of John Ramsdell and Priscilla. They had 9 children. James died on December 3, 1707. 

Proof of James and Priscilla Ramsden's children is a deed of Jonathan Rude (Husband of Abigail Adams); sells for himself "John Adams and Richard Adams 100 acres of land formerly the property of our brother James Adams, late of Wells" dated Jan. 16, 1728/9.   Source: "And Then There Was You" - by Marjorie Eilene Wells-Cook (1979)

The 9 children of James and Priscilla listed in Marjorie's book are:
 

1 Priscilla Adams (Born on Feb 9, 1663 in Concord, MA)
2 Elizabeth Adams (Born on Feb 9, 1665 in Concord, MA - Died abt. 1710)
                                Married Joseph Lamson on Aug 18, 1686 in Concord, MA
3 James Adams (Born on Mar 29, 1668 in Concord, MA - Died on Dec 2, 1707)
                           Married Katherine Ford on Jan 5, 1696 in Charlestown, MA
4 Hannah Adams (Born on Jul 25, 1670)
5 John Adams (Born on Aug 30, 1672 in Concord, MA)
                        Married Esther Ford on Nov 11, 1696 in Concord, MA
6 Nathaniel Adams (Born on Feb 18, 1674 in Concord, MA)
7 Dorcas Adams (Born on Feb 17, 1677 in Concord, MA)
                             Married Benjamin Baybrook on Nov 16, 1732
8 Richard Adams (See Below)
9 Abigail Adams (Born on Jun 17, 1681 in Concord, MA)
                            Married Jonathan Rude
 
GENERATION 2

02. Richard Adams, son of James was born abt 1679 in Concord, MA.  In about 1704 he married Mercy Leonard, daughter of Samuel Leonard and Abigail Wood.  Mercy descends from Mayflower passenger James Chilton.  Richard died on December 24, 1749.  (Sources: Mayflower Families for 5 Generations" and "And Then There Was You".)

The children of Richard and Mercy are:
 

1 Richard Adams (See Below)
2 Sarah Adams (Born in 1710)
3 Abigail Adams (Born on Mar 22, 1717)
 
GENERATION 3

03. Richard Adams, son of Richard was born on June 3, 1708 in Preston, CT.    He married on December 26, 1732 to Susanna Preston, daughter of John Preston and Mary Haynes.  Richard resided in Preston, CT then to Sandisfield, MA. Land records in Sandisfield indicate he came from Preston, CT New London Co. Preston Church records show or mention some of the children's marriages, also mentioned in his will (see Hartford Times 4/14/1945 and Boston Transcript 9/16/1931).  Richard died on April 24, 1788.  (Sources:  "Ye Atte Wode Annals" and "And Then There Was You)."

The children of Richard and Susanna are:
 

1 Mary Adams (Born on Jul 22, 1734 in Norwich, CT) Married Benjamin Knight
2 William Adams (Born Jan 5, 1735)
3 Samuel Adams (See Below)
4 Ebenezer Adams (Born on Apr 2, 1740)
5 Susanna Adams (Born on Apr 26, 1741)
6 Mercy Adams (Born on Jan 30, 1742)
7 Richard Adams (Born on Sep 1, 1744)
8 John Adams (Born on Aug 30, 1746)
9 James Adams (Born on Sep 19, 1748 in Preston, CT - May 4, 1818 in Sandisfield, MA)
 
GENERATION 4

04. Samuel Adams, son of Richard was born on April 18, 1737 in Preston, CT.  On March 28, 1759 He married Sarah Clark, daughter of Thomas Clark and Sarah Woodward.  He served in the Revolutionary War : Rev. War Record, from Mass. Soldiers and Sailors, Vol. 1 pg. 72-73. Pvt. in Capt. Enoch Noble's Co. Entered service Aug. 21, 1777 under a 3 month enlistment; served until Oct. 21, 1777 (60 days); His company marched to Manchester, VT. thence to Allington, thence to Stillwater, by order of General Lincoln. He joined Col. Ashley's (Berkshire Co.) Regt. and marched to Bolton Hills and there served until regularly discharged; also as Pvt. in Capt. John Collar's Co. Col. John Ashley's Regt., entered service July 19, 1779; discharged Aug. 27, 1779; service 1 mo, 9 days. Marched to Conn. under command of Lt. Col Powell.  He was buried at West Center Cemetery. Their children are  listed in vital records of Sandisfield, MA (Ruthland, VT. 1936) pg. 5-6 under the heading "Adams of Samuel".   (Source: "And Then There Was You)."

The 9 children of Samuel and Sarah are:
 

1 Darius Adams (Born on Feb 11, 1761 - Died Jul 13, 1778) age 17
2 Samuel Adams (Born on Oct 2, 1762 in Sandisfield, MA - Sep 20, 1817 in Geauga Co., OH)
     Married (1) Amy Bosworth (1760-1802)

          01. Darius Adams (Sep 25, 1787 in MA - Sep 10, 1869 in NY)
               Married (1) Esther Bradley (1788-1817)
             
     1. Reuben Pomeroy Adams (Apr 4, 1814 - Feb 4, 1815)
              
Married (2) Lue Bradley (1798-1873)
              
1855 Census , 1865 Census

                   1. Samuel Adams (Jul 9, 1821 in NY - Sep 22, 1883 in NY)
                   2. Darius Warren Adams (Oct 2, 1823 in NY - Feb 2, 1904 in NY)
                   3. John Jay Adams (Nov 1, 1826 - Jun 4, 1832)
                   4. Ellen M. Adams (Apr 4, 1831 - Mar 8, 1887 in NY) : 1855 Census
                   5. Harriet Augusta Adams (Dec 22, 1833 - Feb 11, 1867) : 1855 Census, 1865 Census
                   6. Bradley Adams (Oct 17, 1836 - Nov 6, 1841)
                   7. Ann B. Adams (Oct 14, 1839 - Mar 4, 1843)

     Married (2) Elinor Cutter (1764-1838)

          01. Augustus Adams (May 10, 1806 - Oct 10, 1892)
                 Married (1) Lydia A. Phelps (Dec 3, 1814 - Dec 14, 1867)
              1850 Census , 1860 Census
                   1. Darius Adams (Aug 26, 1834 in NY - Apr 16, 1872) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census
                   2. Joseph Phelps Adams (Sep 18, 1835 in NY - May 12, 1904) : 1850 Census
                   3. Henry Augustus Adams (Jan 21, 1837 in NY - Mar 10, 1917) : 1850 Census
                   4. Amy W Adams (May 29, 1844 in IL - Dec 11, 1844)
                   5. Oliver Ranney Adams (Sep 10, 1845 in IL - Dec 18, 1891 in IL) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census
                   6. Walter Grey Adams (Jul 12, 1848 in IL - Dec 6, 1919 in NY) : 1850 Census , 1860 Census
                   7. Charles Hawkins Adams (Feb 17, 1855 in IL - Sep 27, 1929) : 1860 Census
                 Married (2) Lucina Adams (- Apr 13, 1889)
3 Sarah Adams (Born on May 17, 1764) Married a Hutchinson
4 Amos Adams (Born on Oct 28, 1766 in Sandisfield, Berkshire, MA - Died Jun 19, 1836 in MA) 
     Married Huldah Wright (1773-1849)
on Nov. 29, 1792.
         01. Huldah Adams (Feb 15, 1796 in MA - Feb 3, 1885 in KS)
               Married Anon Beach (Jan 23, 1787 - Feb 8, 1860) on Nov 20, 1813
                     1. William Beach (Abt. 1815 - )
                     2. Orestus Orville Beach (Aug 27, 1816 - Aug 15, 1860)
                     3. Calbert Harvey Beach (Jun 24, 1818 - Oct 27, 1905) 1900 Census, age 82

                               Married Sarah (1831 - Nov 6, 1918)
                              1. Johnathan Beach (May 1874 in WI- ) 1900 Census
5 Susanna Adams (Born on Mar 29, 1769 in Sandisfield, Berkshire, MA - Died Mar 15, 1824) 
     Married
John Hawley, Jr. (1765-1852) 1850 Census, age 85
         01. Aurelia Hawley (1789 - Feb 14, 1872)
         02. Asahel Hawley (Nov 25, 1791 in OH - Nov 5, 1866 in OH)
                   1. Asel C. Hawley (Dec 14, 1814 in MA - Apr 1, 1888 in OH)
                       Married Sarah M. Gross (1816-1874)
         03. Sally Hawley (Dec 9, 1793 in MA - Feb 14, 1863 in MA)
               Married Luster Cotton (1789 - Aug 10 1875)
         04. Rosana Hawley (Dec 18, 1795 in MA - Jan 8, 1864)
               Married David Morris
         05. Susanna Hawley (Dec 16, 1797 in MA -)
         06. Betsey Hawley (Aug 30, 1799 in MA - Oct 22, 1816 in MA)
         07. Amy Hawley (Apr 26, 1801 in NY - Aug 5, 1877 in MA)
         08. John Hawley (Mar 30, 1803 in MA - Sep 10, 1878 in WI)
         09. Amos Hawley (Oct 21, 1804 in MA - May 14, 1877 in OH)
               Married Mary Griswold in 1825.
         10. Miles J. Hawley (Jul 12, 1806 in MA - Dec 19, 1881 in MA)
         11. Esther Hawley (Dec 25, 1808 in MA - Aug 21, 1881 in OH)

                  Married Joseph Root Downs ( 1807-1901)
                     1. Julia E. Downs (1832-1897)  
6 Mehitable Adams (See Below)
7 Leonard Adams (Born on Apr 19, 1773 in Sandisfield, MA - Mar 3, 1856 in Washington, D.C.)
     Married a
Porter
8 Joseph Adams (Born on Feb 1, 1775 - Feb 24, 1843)  
     Married
Vashti
9 Elizabeth Adams (Born on Sep 8, 1777)
 
GENERATION 5

05. Mehitable Adams, daughter of Samuel was born on June 7, 1771 in Sandisfield, MA.  She married Revolutionary War soldier Miles Jones, son of Ebenezer Jones and Zerviah Loomis on November 26, 1792 in Sandisfield.  They had 11 children.  Mehitable died on May 7, 1812 in Otis, MA.  There is a double tombstone on the Grave which reads "In memory of Miles and Mehitable Jones, giving the dates of births and deaths, then the following inscription at the base "Friends and Physicians could not save these immortal bodies from the grave, nor can this day contain us here, when Christ shall call us to appear."  (Source: "And Then There Was You)."

I descend from their son Miles Jones who married Pamelia Ketchum Turner

 

Migration pattern of my Adams family
England -- MA -- CT -- MA

 

Surnames that married into my Adams family
CLARK JONES LEONARD
PRESTON RAMSDELL -

 

Battle of Dunbar

James Adams was a prisoner at the Battle of Dunbar.  I have found a lot of sites that describe this historic event.

blueball.gif (111 bytes) http://www.members.tripod.com/graytim/Saugus.htm (Interesting article on the Iron Works)
blueball.gif (111 bytes) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Dunbar_(1650)
blueball.gif (111 bytes) http://www.militaryhistoryonline.com/2ndenglishcivilwar/dunbar.aspx

 

My Descent From The Adams Line

Generation Father Mother
12 James Adams (1640-1707) Priscilla Ramsdell (1640-1717)
11 Richard Adams (1679-1749) Mercy Leonard (1673-1749)
10 Richard Adams (1708-1787) Susanna Preston (1711-1788)
9 Samuel Adams (1737-1809) Sarah Clark (1739-1818)
8 Miles Jones (1764-1812) Mehitable Adams (1771-1812)
7 Miles Jones (1794-1885) Pamelia Turner (1805-1883)
6 Darius Benjamin Jones (1834-1918) Marquerite Cowan (1835-1906)
5 Nathaniel Henry Hawk (1858-1944) Anna Irene Jones (1868-1936)
4 Ernest August Schwiening (1873-1944) Grace Myrtle Hawk (1885-1984)
3 William Edward Marshall (1901-1981) Irene Sophia Schwiening (1908-1992)
2 William Edward Marshall
1 Tod Howard Marshall

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