Robert Adams

Robert Adams

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Robert Adams
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Contents

Unknown Origin

The following is from Andrew Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams and His Descendants (1900):

"He is believed by many to have come from Devonshire, and to have been a son of Robert Adams and Elizabeth Sharlon or Sharland, connected with the Ap Adam pedigree, and through that connection to have been a cousin of Henry Adams of Braintree (afterward Quincy, Mass.), the ancestor of the presidents, John and John Quincy Adams. This famous Welsh pedigree, beginning with Ap Adam in the time of Edward the First, about the close of the 13th century, and changing to the name of Adams in the eighth generation, runs through thirteen generations down to Nicholas, who married and had no issue. To this pedigree has been appended by a later hand, according to competent judges, a brother of Nicholas, named John, who married Margaret Squier, and had Richard, who married and had Robert, the father of Robert of Newbury. There is no evidence whatever to sustain this pleasing belief. His origin is not positively known.

"Dr. James Savage, in his Genealogical Dictionary of all the earliest or first-comers in New England says: "Robert Adams, tailor, in Salem, 1638, by one tradition came from Devonshire, by another of equal value was from Holderness, County of York." According to Joshua Coffin, the historian of Newbury (1845), Robert Adams "was two or three years in Ipswich, and had before coming over, two children, John and Joanna, and at Salem, Abraham, born 1639; he removed to Newbury 1640, and had Isaac, 1648, and youngest Archelaus." He is believed to have resided within a few rods of the spot where his descendants, Col. Daniel Adams and Robert Adams, afterward lived. Mr. Coffin was mistaken in naming Archelaus among his sons. The Archelaus who has been classed as such, was a son of Lieut. John Adams, who was a son of "William of Ipswich." That he was equally mistaken in assuming that Robert Adams came from Devonshire, there is fair ground for belief.

"If coming from Holderness it is not impossible that he was of Scotch origin and blood. There is a tradition among some of the descendants that he was a Scotchman."


Wife's Uncertain Maiden Name

According to Andrew Adams, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Mass. and His Descendants 1635-1900, the maiden name of Robert Adams may have been Wilmot. Nothing further is known of her origin.


from SAVAGE:

"ROBERT, Salem 1638, a tailor, by one tradit. brot. from DeFonsh. by ano. prob. of equal value, from the far distant Holderness in Co. York, had first liv. two or three yrs. at Ipswich, says Coffin, and had bef. com. over two ch. John and Joanna, and at Salem had Abraham, b. 1639, rem. to Newbury 1640, and had Isaac, a. 1648; Jacob, 23 Apr. 1649, wh. d. soon; and Hannah, 25 June 1650; Jacob, again, 13 Sept. 1651; beside, Elizabeth Mary, and youngest Archelaus, of wh. some were b. bef. 1648. His w. Elinor d. 12 June 1677; and he m. 6 Feb. 1678, Sarah, wid. of Henry Short, wh. surv. to 24 Oct. 1697, he d. 12 Oct. 1682, aged 80. Joanna m. 4 Jan. 1654, Launcelot Granger; Elizabeth m. Edward Phelps, of Andover; Mary m. 15 Nov. 1660, Jeremiah Goodrich; and Hannah m. 10 Feb. 1682, William Warham. His will of 7 Mar. 1681, with confirmat. of 27 June 1682, pro. 28 Nov. next, calls John eldest, but declares Abraham Excor. and names other ch. Isaac, Jacob, Hannah, Joanna, Elizabeth and Mary, the three last being m. beside the gr.ch. viz. three s. of Abraham, and his d. Mary. He left good est. See Geneal. Reg. IX. 126."


from ADAMS (1900):

"Born in England in 1602, Robert Adams came first to Ipswich in Massachusetts Bay in A. D. 1635, bringing with him his wife Eleanor (Wilmot?) and his first two children. He was a tailor by trade, resided in Salem in 1638-9 and removed to Newbury in 1640, where he acquired a large farm and valuable property, and died October 12, 1682, aged 81 years. His will was made at Newbury, March 7, 1680-1, and probated Nov. 27, 1682. His wife Eleanor died June 12, 1677, and he married 2nd, Feb. 6, 1678, Sarah (Glover) Short, the widow of Henry Short. She died in Newbury, Oct. 24, 1697.


from NEHGR Vol. 11, p. 1 (Jan 1857) "Descendants of Robert Adams" by Joshua Coffin

ROBERT ADAMS was, according to uniform tradition, a native of Devonshire, England. The Adams family in that County claims, according to Burke's Commoners, to be lineally descended "from John Ap Adam of Charlton Adam in Somersetshire, who married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress to John Lord Gourney of Beverston and Tidenham, County of Gloucester, and who was summoned to Parliament, as a Baron of the Realm, from 1296 to 1307. After residing for several generations at Charlton they subsequently removed to Devonshire." From the above mentioned John Ap Adam descended Richard Adams, who married Margaret, a daughter of ___ Armager. This Richard had two sons, viz. Robert, who married Elizabeth Shirland, and William, who married a daughter of ___ ___, Barrington. Henry, one of the sons of William, came to New England in 1630, and died in Braintree in 1646. Henry was the ancestor of John Adams, the second President of the United States. Robert and Elizabeth Adams had a son Robert, who is supposed [This supposition, if not well founded, does not affect the following pedigree, as far as the descendants of Robert Adams are concerned -- Editor], but not certainly known, to be the Robert Adams who came to Ipswich, New England, in 1635, with his wife Eleanor, thence to Salem as early as 1638, and finally settled in Newbury in 1640, on land still [i.e., in 1857] in possession of his descendants of the same name. He died, 12 Oct 1682, aged 81. Eleanor his widow [first wife], died, 12 Jun 1677. His second wife, Sara, widow of Henry Short, and whose maiden name was Glover, he married 6 Feb 1678. She died 24 Oct 1697.


from Cutter's NEW ENGLAND FAMILIES:

Robert Adams, immigrant ancestor of this branch of the family in America, was born in England in 1602. He came first to Ipswich, MA in 1635, with his wife and two children. He was a tailor by trade and resided in Salem, MA in 1638/39. He removed to Newbury in 1640, where he acquired a large farm and valuable property. He is believed by some to have come from Devonshire, England, and by others from Holderness, county York, England. There is a tradition, also, that he was of Scotch origin. The large, hand-made shears which he brought from England, and which he used in his trade, are now [1913] owned by Stephen P. Hale, of Newbury, a descendant. His will was dated 7 Mar 1680/81, proved 27 Nov 1682. He died 12 Oct 1682, aged eighty-one. He married (first) Eleanor Wilmot, who died 12 June 1677. He married (second) 6 Feb 1678, Sarah (Glover) Short, widow of Henry Short. She died in Newbury, 24 Oct 1697. Children: John, born in England; Joanna, England, about 1633-34; Sergeant Abraham, 1639; Elizabeth, Newbury, about 1641-42; Mary, about 1644-45; Isaac, 1647-48; Jacob, April 23, 1649, died August 12, 1649; Hannah, June 25, 1650; Jacob, Newbury, 1651.


from COLKET:

Adams, Robert. Born ca 1601. Ipswich, MA, 1635, Salem 1638, Newbury 1640. d. Newbury 12 Oct 1682. Tailor. Yeoman. Robert Adams and Descendants 1900; "Essex Antiquarian" 2:17 (descendants); Genealogical Magazine of New Jersey 11:50 (son John's descendants). Emigration: 1635 Devon, England, UK Immigration: 1635 Ipswich, Essex, MA U. S. A. Residence: AFT 1638 Salem, Essex, MA U. S. A. Residence: AFT 1640 Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, MA U. S. A. Will: 7 MAR 1679/80 Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, MA U. S. A. Note: At the time of his will he was living with his second wife, who was the widow of another early settler. He wishes the agreement made with her at the time of marriage carried out: - that she shall enjoy the annuity left her by her former husband without let or hinderance, as she always has done. He gives her certain rights in the house, giving her the exclusive right to the parlor for one year; also gives her all the money he leaves and she not to be accountable for it to anyone, also the great chest and the highest chair in the room where we live but these are to be restored at her death, or if she marries again, these go to a granddaughter. To son Jacob, he gives the house he lives in and land adjoining as now fenced, also salt marsh. To the three sons of my son Abraham, Robert, Abraham and Isaac, each a gun and to each of the two oldest a sword. They were at the time 2, 4, and six years old. He gives bequests to sons John and Isaac and an unmarried daughter. To each of his three married daughters, a cow and to one of them in addition, "my pewtr tankard and a pewter bowl." To Mary, daughter of son Abraham, a box with lock and key and six diaper napkins. All the rest of his effects go to his son Abraham, and after his death go to his oldest son Robert to be joint executors, son Abraham to have full power to act until his son be of age (he was six at date.) Care was taken that if this grandson [Robert] came into possession before the death of his mother she should not be debarred of her just rights (meaning dower, it is presumed) and also when coming into possession is to give his two brothers £20 each. He closed his will by appointing his "Loving friends" John Woodbridge and Nicholas Noyes, Overseers. His estate was appraised at £916 17s. Of this his real estate consisting of house, barn and orchard, 80 acres of upland, 80 acres of meadow and freehold was valued at £600: live stock at £90; furniture at £222 17s, which is rather out of proportion, but probably good furniture was disproportionately high and scarce and land plenty.


Abstract of the Will of Robert Adams of Newbury:

To be buried according to the disposing of Executors. Loving wife Sarah confirmed in the agreement I made with her before marriage, and having allowed her the annuity belonging to her by the will of her former husband [Henry Short] which she hath reserved to her own proper use, I do allow it to her, and her right not to be questioned; also I give her my great chest, and the highest chair in the room wherein we live; both which she is to restore again at her death, or if she shall marry again; also all the money I leave, and not to be accountable to any one; to live and dwell in the house, enjoying the parlor wholly for one year. To eldest son John Adams (besides what has been giuen him) ú20, to be paid by Executor within twelve months. To son Isaac Adams ú5 by the year during life, in good merchantable pay; as English corn, pork, beef and such like; also my wearing clothes, and the bed in the north garret, and all the furniture belonging to it, and the least brass pot and bothooks, and liberty to make use of the said garret during life, unless he marry, then he shall leave it. To son Jacob Adams the house he lives in and the land adjoining to it as now fenced in; also all my meadow in the Neck on the south side of Newbury river. To daughter Hannah Adams, ú20 within a year. To Joanna her child the bed and furniture to it in the parlor, and the bigger brass pot, and the chest and chair which is formerly mentioned, when returned-- to have said legacy when full eighteen years of age or be married. To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Edward Phelps, one cow. To daughter Joanna, wife of Launcelott Granger, one cow. To daughter Mary, wife of Jeremiah Goodridge, one cow. To the three sons of my son Abraham, viz.: Robert, Abraham and Isaac, each a gun, and to the two elder, each a sword. All the rest of effects to son Abraham Adams. Lands after his death to go to his eldest son Robert, also the great brass kettle, tables, andirons, and spit. Son Abraham and his son Robert to be joint Executors of will. Son Abraham to have full power to act alone as Executor till his son Robert be of age. And though I appoint Robt. Adams my heir after his father, Mary wife of said Abraham not t o be debarred any just claim if left a widow. Further: To daughter Joanna Granger my pewter tankard, and a pewter bowl. To Mary daughter of son Abraham, a box with a lock and key, and six diaper knapkins. If Robert, son of son Abraham come into possession by reversion of my lands, he shall giue to either of his two brothers now in being, viz: Abraham and Isaac, ú20 apiece. Loving friends Mr. John Woodbridge and Mr. Nicolas Noyes, both of Newbury to be overseers of this my will, and I give them two of the best wethers I have, to either of them one. Signed and sealed the 7th of March, 1680 ROBERT ADAMS In presence of John Woodbridge, Nicholas Noyes. On review of this my will, do ratify and confirm it, with that little addition in the article to my son Isaac. This 27th of June 1682. Witness Jno. Woodbridge, Nicholas Noyes. ROBERT ADAMS 19 20 Death: 12 OCT 1682 in Newbury, Newburyport, Essex, MA U. S. A. 21 16 11 19 1 13 17 Probate: 28 NOV 1682 Salem, Essex, MA U. S. A. Note: Proved at Salem, 28; 9mo. '82

Inventory:--Orchard, dwelling-house, barn, &c., with 80 acres upland, 60 acres meadow and freehold ú600. Live stock ú94. Furniture, &c., ú222, 17s. -- total ú916, 17s. 19

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Biography

Robert married Eleanor (possibly Wilmot) in England and they emigrated to Massachusetts with two children on the ship Fortune in 1635. They resided in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1635; Salem 1638-39; and moved to Newbury in 1640 where they acquired a large farm and valuable property.

They had at least ten children including their third child Abraham.

They were members of the First Congregational Church. However, "in 1658, Robert Adams, of Newbury, was indicted for attending a friends' meeting, in Salem, at the house of Nicholas Phelps, to hear William Brend and William Leddra."

After Eleanor passed away, Robert married Sarah Glover on February 6, 1678 in Newbury, Essex, Massachusetts.

Robert was a farmer with many estates in the area. The book, “Robert Adams of Newbury, MA” claims he was a tailor by trade. According to another article, Robert came to America as a rich man who invested in property and was never a tailor.

He died 12 October 1682 aged 81 years. His will was probated 27 November 1682.

Abstract of the will of Robert Adams of Newbury: "To be buried according to the disposing of executors. Loving wife Sarah confirmed in the agreement I made with her before marriage, and having allowed her the annuity belonging to her by the will of her former husband which she hath reserved to her own proper use, I do allow it to her, and her right not to be questioned; also I give her my great chest and the highest chair in the room wherein we live; both of which she is to restore again at her death or if she shall marry again; also all the money I leave, and not to be accountable to anyone; to live and dwell in the house, enjoying the parlor wholly for one year. To eldest son John Adams (besides what has been given him) £ 20 to be paid by executor within 12 months. To son Isaac Adams £ 5 by the year during life in good merchantable pay, as English corn, pork, beef, and such like; also my wearing clothes, and the bed in the north garret and all the furniture belonging to it, and the least brass pot and pot-hooks, and liberty to make use of said garret during life unless he marry, then he shall leave it. To son Jacob Adams the house he lives in and the land adjoining to it as now fenced in; also all my meadow in the neck on the south side of Newbury river. To daughter Hannah Adams £ 20 within a year. To Joanna her child, the bed and furniture to it in the parlor, and the bigger brass pot, and the chest, and the chair which is formerly mentioned when returned--to have said legacy when full eighteen years of age, or be married. To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Edward Phelps, one cow. To daughter Joanna, wife of Launcelot Granger, one cow. To daughter Mary, wife of Jeremiah Goodridge, one cow. To the three sons of my son Abraham, viz: Robert, Abraham and Isaac, each a gun, and to the two elder a sword. All the rest of effects to son Abraham Adams; lands after his death to go to his eldest son Robert, also the great brass kettle, tables, andirons and spit. Son Abraham and his son Robert to be joint executors of will. Son Abraham to have full power to act alone as executor till his son Robert be of age. And though I appoint Robert Adams my heir after his father, Mary, wife of said Abraham, not to be debarred any just claim if left a widow. Further: to daughter Joanna Granger my pewter tankard and pewter bowl. To Mary, daughter of son Abraham, a box with lock and key, and six diaper knapkins. If Robert, son of Abraham, come into possession by reversion of my lands, he shall give to either of his two brothers now in being viz: Abraham and Isaac, £ 20 apiece. Loving friends Mr. John Woodbridge and Mr. Nicholas Noyes both, of Newbury, to be overseers of this my will, and I give them two of the best wethers I have, to either of them one. Signed and sealed the 7th of March, 1680. ROBERT ADAMS.In presence of John Woodbridge, Nicholas Noyes.

INVENTORY: An inventory of the estate of Robert Adams of Newbury, who deceased the 12th Oct., 1682, taken the 3rd of Nov., 1682, by Tristram Coffin and Caleb Moody. Amount: £ 916 17s od returned into court 29, 9 mo. '82, by Abraham Adams, executor. Robert Adams was a tailor as well as farmer. The shears he used in his tailoring business are now (1885) in possession of Deborah Adams, wife of Rev. John Pike, of Rowley, and daughter of Col. Daniel Adams of Newbury. I saw and handled these shears at their house the 9th of Oct., 1873.--I. Smith Adams. Born in England in 1602, Robert Adams came first to Ipswich in Massachusetts Bay in 1635, bringing with him his wife Eleanor (Wilmot) and his first two children. He was a tailor by trade, resided in Salem in 1638-9 and removed to Newbury in 1640, where he acquired a large farm and valuable property, and died October 12, 1682, aged 81 years. His will was made at Newbury, March 7, 1680-1, and probated Nov. 27, 1682. His wife Eleanor died June 12, 1677, and he married 2nd, Feb. 6, 1687, Sarah (Glover) Short, widow of Henry Short. She died in Newbury, Oct. 24, 1697.


The shears with which Robert Adams wrought and which he brought with him from England - a large pair, hand-made - are now in the possession of his descendant, Stephen P. Hale of Newbury.

The will of Robert Adams alludes to and confirms an agreement made with his loving wife, Sarah, before marriage, - gives her "my great chest and the highest chair in the room wherein we live," both of which she is to restore at her death, or if she shall marry again, "also all the money I have," she not to be accountable to any one, and "to enjoy the parlor wholly for one year." To his eldest son, John, he gives 20 pounds to be paid by his executors within twelve months after his decease; to his son Isaac he bequeaths 5 pounds yearly during life "in English corn, pork, beef, and such like, also my wearing apparel, and the bed in the north garret and all the furniture belonging to it, and the least, brass pot and pot hooks, etc." To Jacob he gives the house he lives in and the land adjoining to it as now fenced in, and the meadow on the neck or south side of Newbury River. To his daughter Hannah he gives 20 pounds to be paid within one year; to Joanna, or her children, the bed and furniture belonging to it in the parlor, and the biggest brass pot, and the chest and chair previously mentioned when they are returned, to have them when 18 years of age or when she marries; to daughter Elizabeth, wife of Edward Phelps, he gives one cow; to daughter Joanna, wife of Launcelot Granger, one cow; to daughter Mary, wife of Jeremiah Goodrich, one cow. To the three sons of Abraham, then born - Robert, Abraham, Isaac -he gives each a gun, and to the two older each a sword. All the rest of his effects he gives to Abraham.

He provides that his lands shall go to Robert, the eldest son of Abraham, also the great brass kettle, table, and irons and spit; Abraham and his son Robert to be joint executors, but Abraham to have power to act alone till Robert should become of age. "And though I appoint Robert Adams my heir after his father, Mary, the wife of said Abraham, is not to be debarred of any just claim if left a widow." Further, to Joanna Granger he bequeaths his pewter tankard and a pewter bowl, and to Mary, daughter of Abraham, a box with lock and key and six diaper knapkins." If Robert come into possession of the lands by reversion he is to give to either of his two brothers "now in being" - Abraham and Isaac - 20 pounds a piece. His loving friends, Mr. John Woodbridge and Mr. Nichols Noyes, were to be overseers of the will, and to them, each one, was bequeathed one of his best wethers. Signed and sealed March 7, 1680.


Event

...Robert Adams, tailor, in Salem, 1638, by 1 tradition came from Devonshire, by another of equal value was from Holderness, County of York.... ..The shears with which Robert Adams wrought and which he brought with him from England-a large pair, hand made- are now in the possession of his descendant, Stephen P. Hale of Newbury.
The will of Robert Adams alludes to and confirms an agreement made with his loving wife, Sarah, before marriage,.....gives to Joanna, or her children, the bed and furniture belonging in the parlor, and the biggest brass pot, and the chest and chair previously mentioned when they are returned, to have them when 18 years of age or when she marries;...;;[1]
Event:
Type: Descendant
Note: Descendants of Robert Adams (from Serj. Abraham)
Communicated by Joshua Coffin, A.M.
Robert Adams was, according to uniform tradition, a native of Devonshire, England. The Adams family in that County claims, according to Burke's Commoners, to be lineally descended "from John Ap Adam of Charlton Adam in Somersetshire, who married Elizabeth, daughter and heiress to John Lord Gourney of Beverston and Tidenham, County of Gloucester, and who was summoned to Parliament, as a Baron of the Realm, from 1296 to 1307. After residing for several generations at Charlton they subsequently removed to Devonshire." From the above mentioned John Ap Adam descended Richard Adams, who married Margaret, a daughter of ---- Armager. This Richard had two sons, viz. Robert, who married Elizabeth Shirland, and William, who married a daughter of --- ---, Barrington. Henry, one of the sons of Wiliam, came to New England in 1630, and died in Braintree in 1646. Henry was the ancestor of John Adams, the second President of the United States. Robert and Elizabeth Adams had a son Robert, who is supposed (This supposition, if not well founded, does not affect the following pedigree, as far as the descendants of Robert Adams are concerned - Editor NEHGR), but not certainly known, to be the Robert Adams who came to Ipswich, New England, in 1635, with his wife Eleanor, thence to Salem as early as 1638, and finally settled in Newbury in 1640, on land still in possession of his descendants of the same name. He died, 12 October, 1682, aged 81. Eleanor his widow, died, 12 June, 1677. His second wife, Sara, widow of Henry Short, and whose maiden name was Glover, he married 6 February, 1678. She died 24 October, 1697. Robert and Eleanor Adams had children:
Second Generation:
I.John, b. - , and m. - Woodman
II.Joanna, b. - 1634, and m. Launcelot Granger 4 Jan. 1654 (Granger mremoved to Suffield, Conn. with Jacob Adams, who died there, November 1717. Granger was ancestor of Gideon Granger, formerly Post-Master General of the United States.
III. Serj. Abraham, b. 1639, and m. Mary Pettingell, 10 Nov. 1670.
IV. Elizabeth, b. - and m. Edward Phelps of Andover.
V. Mary, b. - , and m. Jeremiah Goodridge, 15 Nov. 166?
VI. Isaac, b. - 1648, and died unmarried.
VII. Jacob, b. 23 April, 1649, and died young.
VIII.Hannah, b. 25 June, 1650, and m. William Warham, 10 Feb. 1682
IX.Jacob, b. 13 Sept. 1651, and m. Anna Ellen, 7 April, 1677.
X.Archelaus, b. -, m. Sarah, March, 1698, and Sarah Green of Salisbury in 1719.
Third generation:
(3).Serj. Abraham and Mary Adams had issue:
I.Mary, b. 16 Jan. 1672
II.Robert, b. 12 May, 1674, and m. Rebecca Knight, Aug. 1695
III.Abraham, b. 6 May, 1676, and m. Anne Longfellow in 1703.
IV.Isaac, b. 26 Feb. 1679, and m. Hannah Spofford, 1708.
V.Sarah, b. 13 April, 1681, and m. John Hutchinson, 28 Jan. 1715.
VI.John, b. 7 March, 1684, and m. Elizabeth Noyes, 22 Jan. 1707, and Sarah Pearson, 17 Nov. 1713.
VII.Dr. Matthew, b. 25 May, 1686, and m. Sarah Knight, 4 April 1707.
VIII.Israel, b. 25 Dec. 1688, and m. Rebecca Atkinson, 15 Oct. 1714. He died 12 Dec. 1714. His widow m. Ensign Joseph Hilton of Exeter, 10 Oct. 1716.
IX.Dorothy, b. 25 Oct 1691.
X.Richard, b. 22 Nov. 1693, and m. Susanna Pike, 12 Dec. 1717.
Serj. Abraham died 12 Dec. 1714. Mary his wife died 19 Sept. 1705.
(The rest of the article deals with further generations of descent from S
Event: erj. Abraham & Mary.)[2]
...Robert Adams b. 22 Oct 1602 at Otteray St. Mary, Devonshire England. Said to have married Eleanor Wilmot...[3]
Event:
Type: Estate/inv
Date: NOV 1682
Place: Newbury, Essex Co., MA
Note: Robert Adams, 9th mo., 1682. An Inventory of the estate of Robert Adams of Newbury, who deceased the 12th of October, 1682, taken the 3d of November, 1682, by Tristram Coffin and Caleb Moody. Amount L916 17s. Od, returned into court 29, 9, '82, by Abraham Adams, executor.[4]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: 30 SEP 1640
Place: MA
Note: More of 18th Quarter Court Continued 30th of 7 mo. 1640. ...Robt Adames not only being uncharitable to a poore man in distress (taking his Canooe), brings an acco- agt. him, contrary to order of general Court. but 2ly seems to cross two witnesses upon oath 3ly when ye Court spoke unto him, tooke ye words out of their mouth etc. 4ly he Layd injustice upon the Court & lastlie added these. That then lett all things be in Common. Court sentense That he should be sett in the stocks......[5]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: 29 JUN 1641
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: 21th Quarter Court: Robert Adams pl agt. George Haries deft. in an accon of the Case & in other accons Jury find the Complaint unjust 7 find for Geo: Harrys deft. twoe shillings ujd for himself & testes & fyve shillings Costs. COURT:
[6]
Event:
Type: Elected Of
Date: 20 APR 1646
Place: Salem, Essex Co., MA
Note: 20 2mo. 1646. Ordered that all swine above 8 weeks old that goe at libertie neere about the towne shall all sufficientlie ringed before the first of the third moneth, upon the penaltie of 12d for every tyme they shall be so taken the one halfe to be paid to the towne and the other halfe to him that shall impound them. And it shall be lawfull for any man to impound the said swine that shall be taken unringed: and the 7 men desire Robert Adams that hee will execute this law to the best of his skill.[7]
Event:
Type: Biography
Note: ...Richard Adams, who married Margaret, a daughter of ---Armager. This Richard had 2 sons, vis. Robert, who married Elizabeth Shirland,...Robert and Elizabeth Adams had a son Robert, who is supposed, but not certainly known, to be the Robert Adams who came to Ipswich, New England, in 1635, with his wife Eleanor, thence to Salem as early as 1638, and finally settled in Newbury in 1640, on land still in possession of his descendants of the same name. He died, 12 Oct 1682, aged 81.
[8]
Event:
Type: Elected Of
Date: 02 MAR 1667/68
Place: Newbury, Essex Co., MA
Note: ...March 2, 1667/8 - Robert Adams,... Surveyors of Highways.....[9]
Event:
Type: Biography
Note: Adams, Robert, tailor, from Devonshire, Salem 1638, Newbury 1640. His wife Eleanor d 12 June 1677. He d 12 Oct 1682 age 81. His 2nd wife Sara, widow of Henry Short he m 6 feb 1678. She d 24 Oct 1697. Ch- abraham, b 1639, Isaac, 1648, Jacob, 23 April 1649, another Jacob, 13 Dept 1651, Hannah, 26 June 1650, Robert, Elizabeth, Joanna, Mary, and John.[10]
Event:
Type: Biography
Note: signed letter with 'Lanslet Granger' to maintain Dr. Henry Greenland.[11]
Event:
Type: Biography
Note: Robert (Adams), yeoman, tailor, Salem, propr. 1638; employed to 'ring' the swine in 1646. Rem. to Newbury about 1649. Wife Eleanor d 12 June 1677. He m 2, Feb 6 1678, Sarah, widow of Henry Short. Ch. John, joanna, (m. Launcelog Granger), Abraham, Elizabet, (m. Edward Phelps), Mary (m. Jeremiah Goodridge), Issac, Jacob b. and d. 1649, Hannah b. 25 June 1650 (m. William Warham), Jacob b. 13 Sept 1651, Jacob b.14 Apr 1654....
[12]
Event:
Type: Biography
Note: ...Robert Adams, son of Robert Adams and Elizabeth Sharland (and grandson of Richard Adams, son of John Adams, who m. Margaret Squire), and a cousin it is said of Henry Adams, ancestor of the President, emigrated from Devonshire in 1635 and and settled in Ipswich, MA, removing in 1640 to Newbury, where he became a wealthy farmer; b. 1602; m. Eleanor Wilmod(d 1677), and d 12 Oct 1682, having had with 8 other children..[13]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: 1640
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: Robert Adames to be set by the heels in the stocks for being uncharitable to a poor man in distress, taking his canoe, for charging court with injustice, etc. [Ricr. Roots testified that he and Skudder took Adams' canoe on the Lord's day but did not take it over - Wast Boo,][14]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: JUN 1640
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: Robt. Adams v. George Haries. [Tho. Chub's wife said that defendant was not at home when the canoe was taken, and the kellek (killoci - a small anchor or weight for mooring a boat, sometimes consisting of a stone secured by pieces of wood.) was broken when he had the canoe, and the little boy said (the rest is stenographic). - Waste book.][15]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: 1645
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: John Kitchen v. Robert Adams. Defamation. Defendant fined 5s. for saying that the court ought to have thrown the case out. Elnor Downeing testified that Robert Adams called John Kitchen false fellow.[16]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: SEP 1651
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: Rich. Kent v. Robert Adams of Newbery. For denying him passage in a usual highway. Jury found for defendant.*
*Concerning the way in controversy, John Bartlet testified that it was never made use of until Goodman Goffe went to dwell there, but that it was through the marshes from Goodman Kent's island up to Goodman Hull's and Goodman Thurlay. Copy of record kept by commissioners of Newbury, per Anthony Somerby, cler.[17]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: SEP 1652
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: Rich. Kent v. Robert Adams. Appeal from the commissioners of Newbery. Kent promised not to use a certain way for fourteen days and to accept a new way if it be laid out in that time, otherwise to use the old way, only to go about the orchard.*
*Copy of Newbury town records about laying out a highway three rods wide from the island of Richard Kent over Robert Adams' marsh next Dole's into the common upland; and, in consideration, the town granted said Adams land adjoining northerly John Hull's eleven acres. Signed by Hen. Short, John Merrill and Thomas Hale, jr. Copy attested by Anthony Somerby.
Richard Browne testified that the townsmen went to Goodman Adams and told him they had come to lay out the way in controversy for Richard Kent, and that the latter would agree to anything that was reasonable; that said Adams would not yield, and they laid out the way for Richard Kent.
Mr. Woodman testified that Richard Kent, jr., coming home from Rowlye mill, complained to Henry Short, Thomas Hale and deponent that Goodman Adams molested him on the way that was laid out by his house, and attempting to go through a piece of land, Goody Adams forbade him and stood between him and the bars; then deponent knocked down the bars in two places and went through.
Copy of action entered before the commissioners of Newbury, Robert Adams v. Richard Kent, jr. For breaking down his orchard fence. Judgement for plaintiff. Signed by Anthony Somerby, clerk.[18]
Event:
Type: Ancestry
Note: Topographical Dictionary of 2885English Emigrants to New England; This article gives a baptism in Dec. 1602 as proof that Robert Adams came from Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, England. However, that baptismal record refers to 'Robert Adams the sone of Peter Adams', and all other references to the parents of Robert show him to be the son of Robert. **map**[19]
Event:
Type: Court Proc
Date: 30 SEP 1640
Place: Essex Co., MA
Note: Robt Adames not only being uncharitable to a poore man in distress (taking his Canooe), brings an ac- sgt him, contrary to order of the generall Court. but 2ly seems to cross two witnesses upon oath 3ly when ye Court spoke unto him, tooke ye fwords out of their mouth etc. 4ly he Layd injustice upon the Court & lastlie added these. That then lett all things be in Common.
Court sentense That he should be sett in the stocks.[20]

Will

Will:
Date: 07 MAR 1680
Place: Newbury, Essex Co., MA
Note: Abstract of the Will of Robert Adams of Newbury
to be buried according to the disposing of Executors. Loving wife Sarah confirmed in the agreement I made with her before marriage, and having allowed her the annuity belonging to her by the will of her former husband which she hath reserved to her own proper use, I do allow it to her, and her right not to be questioned; also I give her my great chest, and the highest chair in the room wherein we live; both which she is to restore again at her death, or if she shall marry again; also all the money I leave, and not to be accountable to any one; to live andd well in the house, enjoying the parlor wholly for one year. To eldest son John Adams (besides what has been given him) L20, to be paid by Executor within twelve months. To son Isaac Adams L5 by the year during life, in good merchantable pay; as English corn, pork, beef and such like; also my wearing clothes, and the bed in the north garret, and all the furniture belonging to it, and the least brass pot and bothooks, and liberty to make use of the said garret during life, unless he marry, then he shall leave it. To son Jacob Adams the house he lives in and the land adjoining to it as now fenced in; also my meadow in the Neck on the south side of Newbury river. To daughter Hannah Adams, L20 within a year. To Joanna her child the bed and furniture to it in the parlor, and the bigger brass pot, and the chest and chair which is formerly mentioned, when returned - to have said legacy when full eighteen years of age or be married To daughter Elizabeth, wife of Edward Phelps, one cow. To daughter Joanna, wife of Launcelott Grnager, one cow. To daughter Mary, wife of Jeremiah Goodridge, one cow. To the three sons of my son Abraham, viz.: Robert, Abraham and Isaac, each a gun, and to the two elder, each a sword. All the rest of effects to son Abraham Adams. Lands after his death to go to his eldest son Robert, also the great brass kettle, tables, andirons, and spit. Son Abraham and his son Robert to be joint Executors of will. Son Abraham to have full power to act alone as Executor till his son Robert be of age. And though I appoint Robt. Adams my heir after his father, Mary wife of said Abraham not to be debarred any just claim if left a widow. Further: To daughter Joanna Granger my pewter tankard, and a pewter bowl. To Mary daughter of son Sbraham, a box with a lock and key, and six diaper knapkins. If Robert, son of son Abraham come into possession by reversion of my lands, he shall give to either of his two brothers now in being, viz: Abraham and Isaac, L20 apiece.
Loving friends Mr. John Woodbridge and Mr. Nicolas Noyes, both of Newbury to be overseers of this my will, and I give them two of the best wethers I have, to either of them one.
Signed and sealed the 7th of march, 1680. Robert Adams
In presence of John Woodbridge, Nicholas Noyes.
On review of this my will, do ratify and confirm it, with that little addition in the article to my son Isaac. This 27th of June 1682.
Witness Jno. Woodbridge, Nicholas Noyes. Robert Adams.
Proved at Salem, 28; 9mo. '82.
Inventory: Orchard, dwelling-house, barn &c., with 80 acres upland, 60 acres meadow and freehold L600. Lie stock L94. Furniture, &c., L222, 17s - total L916, 17s.[21]

Residence

Residence:
Note: 1640.....The number of new settlers in this and subsequent years was small. Among them may be mentioned Robert Adams.....[22]

Baptism

Baptism:
Date: 22 DEC 1602
Place: Ottery St. Mary, Co. Devonshire, England
Note: In the parochial records of baptisms at Ottery St. Mary, Devonshire, I found the following:
"1602 - December - Robert Adams the sone of Peter Adams was baptised the xxii th day".
This would agree with the probable date of his birth. Savage says he died Oct. 12, 1682, aged 80 years.[23]

Marriage

Husband: Robert Adams
Wife: Sarah Glover
Marriage:
6 Feb 1677/78

Sources

  • Source: S2 Title: History of Newbury MA 1635-1845 Abbreviation: Newbury, MA, History Author: Joshua Coffin Publication: 1845
  • Source: S496 Title: Records and Files of the Quarterly Courts of Essex County Massachusetts Abbreviation: Essex Co. Quarterly Court Rec Author: Essex Institute Publication: Essex Institute, Salem, MA, 1911
  • Source: S505 Title: Essex Antiquarian, The Abbreviation: Essex Antiquarian Author: Essex Institute Publication: Essex Institute, Salem, MA, various
  • Source: S510 Title: History of Newbury MA 1635-1845 Abbreviation: History of Newbury MA Author: Joshua Coffin Publication: 1845
  • Source: S511 Title: Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England Abbreviation: 2885 English Emigrants Author: Banks, Charles Edward Publication: Southern Book Co, Baltimore, 1957 Repository: #R39 Call Number: 929.1 B218T
  • Repository: R39 Name: Duke University, Perkins Library Address: City: Durham State: NC
  • Source: S54 Title: New England Historical and Genealogical Register Abbreviation: NEHGR Publication: Boston, MA
  • Source: S58 Title: Genealogical History of Robert Adams & His Descendants 1635-1900 Abbreviation: Genealogical History of Robert Adams Author: Adams, Andrew N. Publication: The Tuttle co., printers, Rutland, Vt, 1900, Second Date, 1635-1900 Repository: #R18
  • Repository: R18 Name: Allen County Public Library Address: City: Ft Wayne State: IN
  • Source: S62 Title: Essex Institute Historical Collections Abbreviation: Essex Institute Author: Essex Institute Publication: Salem, MA, various
  • Source: S63 Title: Adams Addenda, Series: family newsletter Abbreviation: Adams Addenda Publication: Ruth Robinson Seibel & Dorothy Amburgey Griffith., New YorkSt. Louis, Mo, Semiannual Repository: #R41
  • Repository: R41 Name: North Carolina State Library Address: Jones St. City: Raleigh State: NC
  • Source: S64 Title: Pioneers of Massachusetts Abbreviation: MA, Pioneers of Author: Pope Publication: 1900
  • Source: S65 Title: Burke's genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry, including American families with British ancestry Abbreviation: Burke's Landed Gentry Author: Burke, Sir Bernard Publication: Burke's Peerage, limited, London, England, 1939 Repository: #R62
  • Repository: R62 Name: Family History Library Address: 35 W Temple City: Salt Lake City State: UT
  • Source: S76 Title: Founders of Early American Families - Emigrants from Europe 1607-1657 Abbreviation: Founders of Early Am. Families Author: Colket, Meredith B Publication: General Court of the Order of Founders and Patriots of America, Cleveland, OH, 1975 Repository: #R62

Find A Grave Memorial# 6881617

Footnotes

  1. Source: #S58 Page: pp 1-7
  2. Source: #S54 Page: v.11; January 1857; p53-55
  3. Source: #S63 Page: pp.1-5 of pedigree
  4. Source: #S62 Page: v.3 p.229
  5. Source: #S62 Page: v.7 p.279
  6. Source: #S62 Page: 1866; v.8; p.190
  7. Source: #S62 Page: v.9 p.143
  8. Source: #S54 Page: "Descendants of Robert Adams"; Joshua Coffin; Jan 1857, pp.53-55
  9. Source: #S510 Page: p. 110
  10. Source: #S510 Page: p. 293
  11. Source: #S510 Page: p. 293
  12. Source: #S64 Page: p.11
  13. Source: #S65
  14. Source: #S496 Page: v.1, p.21
  15. Source: #S496 Page: v.1, p.28
  16. Source: #S496 Page: v.1, p.89
  17. Source: #S496 Page: v.1, p.232-233
  18. Source: #S496 Page: v.1, p.300
  19. Source: #S511
  20. Source: #S62 Page: 1865; v. 7; p. 279
  21. Source: #S54 Page: vol. 9, #2; April, 1855; p. 126
  22. Source: #S510 Page: p. 32
  23. Source: #S54 Page: v. 59; July 1905; p. 322

Acknowledgments

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On June 28, 2014 at 04:25GMT Darlene Kerr wrote:

I have removed the children who do not belong to this couple. There is one book, I believe it's Savage, who got things quite confused.


On June 17, 2014 at 03:20GMT John Schmeeckle wrote:

I have no problem with changing Eleanor's maiden name to "Unknown."


On June 16, 2014 at 22:29GMT Darlene Kerr wrote:

It has been my understanding that there is no proof of his wife's maiden name. Why isn't she Eleanor Unknown since it's purely speculation just like his parentage by some people is purely speculation? Wouldn't we be better off not guessing instead of reinforcing a guess? Just a thought.


On April 26, 2014 at 13:56GMT Al Adams wrote:

ANCESTORS and DESCENDANTS of

Elias Adams : The Pioneer 600-1930 Compiled and Edited by

Frank D. Adams (His Grandson)


On April 17, 2014 at 23:01GMT Merry Ann Palmer wrote:

Sorry, Al, but not all records are created equal. We can speculate all we want, BUT in over 150 years, no one has found proof of his parentage. It just may not exist.




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