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William Adams

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William Adams
Born in Wem, Shropshire, Englandmap [uncertain]
Husband of — married in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, ENGLANDmap
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Died in Ipswich, Essex Co., Massachusettsmap
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William Adams, at Cambridge 1635, or earlier, Freeman 22 May 1639: rem. prob. bef. 1642, to Ipswich, but at Cambridge had William, Nathaniel, and Samuel; prob. b. in Eng. and he d. 1661.' The first certain knowledge we have of William Adams is as a commoner of Ipswich, where he is found 31 January, 1642; but he was very probably made Freeman of Mass. 22 May, 1639. He was a Selectman 1646, and died in 1661; his widow was living in 1681. He probably lived in or near what is now Hamilton.(p. 1)

Children : (p. 2)

William b. ___; married Elizabeth, daughter of Simon Stacy of Ipswich; died at Ipswich 18 January, 1659; she died in 1655. John, b. about 1631; married Rebecca ___ who died with her child 31 December, 1666; he married secondly Sarah ___ who died 31 May, 1676, and he married thirdly, 8 May, 1677, Dorothy (?) Dorcas Dewitt; was Lieutenant; died at Ipswich in 1703; she died 9 November, 1707, aged 68. Samuel b. ___; married 20 December 1664, Mehitable, probably daughter of George Norton of Ipswich. Hannah, b___ ; m. 6 December, 1659, Francis Muncy of Ipswich, and probably secondly John Kimball. Mary, b. ; m. 29 February, 1660, Thomas French of Ipswich. Nathaniel, born about 1641; married 30 June, 1668, Mercy, daughter of Thomas Dickinson of Rowley; he died at Ipswich 11 April, 1715; she died 12(?) December, 1735.[1]

Thomas Walford was born in England and settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1629, with his wife and children held to the Established Church and was banished from Massachusetts settled in Portsmouth; was a blacksmith by trade. Walford died in 1660; his will was dated November 15, 1660, and proved November 21, 1660; his wife Joan or Jane born 1598, was accused of witchcraft. Children: Mary, married William Adams. (p. 1309) [2]]

[Conflict: If Jane/Joan, wife of Thomas Walford was actually born abt 1598, it is uncertain that dau. Mary Walford was the wife of this William Adams.]

Ipswich Deaths

?? ADDAMS, William, Jan. 18, 1658. CTR (p. 477)

?? ADDAMS, William, ––– ––, 1661. CTR (p. 477) [Note:unknown if either is the correct William][3]



Note N262  ??? was our William Adams really from Shropshire?
migrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1628, then moved to Ipswich 1642
see Some of the Descendants of William Adams of Ipswich MA By W.S. Appleton 1881
see Adams database from Norman Wheeler for much more information!
  • Probate record of Ipswich, MA, 1659, case number 338 Essex County, MA: Probate File Papers, 1638-1840


  1. Some descendants of William Adams of Ipswich, Mass. by W.S. Appleton
  2. Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Boston and Eastern Massachusetts, Volume 3 by William Richard Cutter Lewis historical Publishing Company, 1908
  3. Vital Records of Ispwich Massachusetts to the Year 1850
  4. Entered by Chris Hoyt, 27 February 2012.


  • WikiTree profile Adams-6181 created through the import of Adele Schauman Skinner_2011-07-11.ged on Jul 11, 2011 by Adele Schauman.
  • WikiTree profile Adams-4856 created through the import of DeMarco-Gaffney Family Tree.ged on Jul 1, 2011 by Regina DeMarco.
  • Barbara M for additional sources
  • WikiTree profile Adams-7415 created through the import of Putnam2-1_2010-01-02_2011-02-16_2011-10-11.ged on Oct 12, 2011 by John Putnam.

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On November 22, 2013 Roger Travis wrote:

This may be an OS/NS problem, with the difference in new year's reckoning. I have a probate record dated January 1659. I can't find anything on birth, and can't see where Millennium would have gotten that date (don't see any reason to pick Shropshire as the place, either).

On November 22, 2013 Sandy Culver wrote:


Can you help sort the certainty of the death dates for father and son William?

Millennium file shows 2-Jan-1659 for the eldest (also an earlier birth year 1591) Of course, these are fraught with transcription errors.

This message can disappear, if we like, once some details emerge.


On August 14, 2013 Jillaine Smith wrote:

Is he the same as Adams-3478?

On August 14, 2013 Jillaine Smith wrote:

Detached as son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire as there is no proof he was their son. (He was not listed among their known sons in various documents of that time period.)

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