Charles Adams
Privacy Level: Open (White)

Charles Adams (1770 - 1800)

Charles Adams
Born in Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 29 Aug 1795 [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died at age 30 in New York City, New York, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 14 Dec 2008
This page has been accessed 13,600 times.
U.S. President Descendant
This person is a descendant of a US President/Vice President
Join: US Presidents Project
Discuss: Presidents
This profile is part of the Adams Name Study.


Born at Quincy, Province of Massachusetts Bay.

At the age of nine, Charles traveled with his father and older brother John Quincy to Europe. He briefly studied in Passy (an area of Paris, France), Amsterdam, and Leiden University in South Holland, where he graduated 29 January 1781. He returned home alone from Europe in December.

In 1789 he graduated from Harvard University to become an attorney and moved to New York City. Plans had been made for him to work at the legal office of Alexander Hamilton, but then Hamilton was named secretary of the treasury.

For a while, Charles resided with John Mulligan, son of the revolutionary war spy Hercules Mulligan. Then-Vice President John Adams was concerned about the intense "closeness" between his son and Mulligan and insisted that they separate. Baron von Steuben offered to take both men into his home where they lived for some time.

Charles Adams married Sarah "Sally" Smith in a double wedding ceremony with her sister at First Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, New York in 1795[1]. Her sister was Margaret Smith who married Felix Leblond de St. Hilaire[1]. Sally and Margaret Smith had a brother, William Stephens Smith, was married to Charles Adams' sister, Abigail Adams so in essence, Charles married his sister's sister-in-law.

He and Sally had two daughters, Susannah and Abigail.[1]

When Charles died, he was buried on 2 December 1800 in the cemetery at First Presbyterian Church at 5 Wall Street,New York, New York.[2]

There are many accounts of Charles's life, which was cut short by the disease of alcoholism as well as references to him in the television series on HBO called John Adams.

Research Notes

  • WikiTree profile Adams-4538 created through the import of Travis Family Tree.ged on Jun 22, 2011 by Roger Travis.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Massachusetts Historical Society
  2. By Peter Talbot.Find A Grave #20772235 ."An account of his death at the time [ W. W. (Wesley Washington) Pasko. Old New York : a journal relating to the history and antiquities of New York City] indicates that he was buried on 2 Dec 1800, with full military honors, in the Old Presbyterian Burial Ground. This is assumed to be the original location of the First Presbyterian Church at 5 Wall Street, NYC."

Also Review:

Sponsored Search

Is Charles your ancestor? Please don't go away!
 star icon Login to collaborate or comment, or
 star icon contact private message private message a profile manager, or
 star icon ask our community of genealogists a question.
Sponsored Search by

DNA Connections
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Charles by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA. Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree:

Have you taken a DNA test? If so, login to add it. If not, see our friends at Ancestry DNA.

Comments: 3

Leave a message for others who see this profile.
There are no comments yet.
Login to post a comment.
Adams-29855 and Adams-15 appear to represent the same person because: identical information
posted by Robin Lee
This profile needs multiple corrections. Charles Adams, son of Pres John Adams, was married ONCE and to Sarah Smith. They had 2 daughters--their only children--Susanna & Abigail. He's not a "Sr". The rest of the info----other wife, other children, "Sr", and picture "Charles Adams image one" belongs to Charles Francis Adams Sr.(1807-1886), son of John Quincey Adams.
posted by Michael Hatfield
John Quincy is my 4th Great Grandfather through his son, Charles Francis adams, through his son, Charles Jesse Adams, through his daughter Maggie Sierra Delia Adams. My Great GRandmother.MAggie married my Great GRandpa David Henry TOmlinson who had Hubert JEsse TOmlinson my grandpa, who had my Dad Hubert Jerry TOmlinson , I am Therese Tomlinson Hostetter 45 in Texas