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Joseph Adams Jr. (1654 - 1736)

Deacon Joseph Adams Jr.
Born in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Husband of — married 1682 (to 14 Jun 1687) in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married 20 Feb 1688 in Braintree, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Husband of — married 1708 in Braintree, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Died at age 81 in Braintree, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Joseph Adams Jr. (1654-1736) was the paternal grandfather of John Adams, second president of the United States.

Joseph Adams was born 24 Dec 1654 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He was the son of Joseph Adams and Abigail Baxter.[1]

He married first 1682 Mary Chapin (1662-1687) daughter of Josiah and Mary (King) Chapin.[1]

He married second Hannah Bass 1688 (1667-1705) daughter of John and Ruth (Alden) Bass.[1]

He married third, about 1708, Elizabeth Hobart (1666-1738/9) daughter of Caleb and Mary (Eliot) Hobart.[1]

"He was elected selectman in 1699, constable 1700, surveyor of highways 1715, selectman 1716, 1717, surveyor 1720. He was in King Philips War in 1676 (Register Vol 43-268-71)."[1]
"Lived on the Captains Plain at North end near present Granite & Center Sts. Quincy, and left most of his homestead to son Ebenezer by will who also lived there and probably built a new house as at Ebenezer's death there were two houses on the place."[1]

Adams died 12 February 1736/7 in Braintree and was buried at Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk, Mass.[1] [2]

S.P. 33:83 Will of Joseph Adams Mar.1,1733/4 - Mar.22,1736(7)
"being through the decays of nature by reason of age but weak in body but of perfect mind". To wife Elizabeth £30 in bills of credit & the privilege of the 3 lower rooms in E. end of house & so much of the cellar as for her conveniency during life & 1 cow kept for her use & income of 1/3 of all rest & all moveables she brought to me & the Irish wheel to be disposed of as she shall please. To son Joseph £5 in bills of credit. To son John 70 a. meadow & upland in my homestead beginning at lower end of the brook & 1/4 of my wood lot in the 600 acres & £10 in bills of credit. To son Samuel half of salt meadow at Rock Island & a small piece of swampy land lying between the towns common & his own land, he paying £3 as directed. To son Josiah other half of salt meadow at Rock Island & a small piece of swampy land lying between the towns common & his own meadow he paying £3 as directed. To dau. Hannah Owen £20 in bills of credit & half of household moveables. To dau. Ruth Webb 40/ in bills of credit. To dau. Bethiah Adams £90 in bills of credit £6 to be paid by her brothers Samuel & Josiah & £84 by brother Ebenezer & half of moveables. To heirs of dau. Abigail Chaping £6 in bills of credit equally amongst the three. To son Ebenezer my dwelling house & barn, orchard & all lands & meadow & stock of cattle if any & he to be executor.
Witness: Thomas Baxter, Susanna Boylstone, Richard Thayer.
No Inventory in S.P.[1]

Children born in Braintree[1]

By 1st wife Mary
1. Mary b. 6 Feb 1682/3; m. Ephraim Jones
2. Abigail b. 17 Feb 1685/5 m. Seth Chapin of Mendon, her cousin
By 2nd wife Hannah
3. Joseph b. 4 Jan 1688/9. Grad of Harvard. Minister. Died Newington, New Hampshire 26 May 1783
4. John b. 8 Feb 1690/1
5. Samuel b. 28 Jan 1693/4
6. Josiah b. 18 Feb 1695/6
7. Hannah b. 21 Feb 1697/8; m. Benjamin Owen
8. Ruth b. 21 Mar 1699/700; m. Nathan Webb
9. Bethiah b. 13 June 1702; m. (1) Ebenezer Hunt; m. (2) Benjamin Bicknell; (3) Lt. Joshua Hayward
10. Ebenezer b. 30 Dec 1704
By 3rd wife Elizabeth
11. Caleb b. 26 May 1710; died 4 Jun 1710.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850 Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3... Pages 14, 15. (New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2001) Electronic Version
  2. Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed 13 May 2020), memorial page for Joseph Adams, Jr (24 Dec 1654–12 Feb 1736), Find A Grave: Memorial #3067, citing Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Plantagenet Princess (contributor 49922906).

See also:

  • Braintree, Massachusetts Published Town Records, including Vital Records. Samuel A. Bates. Higginson Book Co., Salem, MA, 2001 reprint.
  • American Genealogical-Biographical Index (AGBI). Godfrey Memorial Library, comp. Online : Operations Inc, 1999. Original data - Godfrey Memorial Library, Middletown, CT: Godfrey Memorial Library.
  • American Marriages Before 1699. Online Operations Inc, 1997.Original data - Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.
  • Colonial Families of the USA, 1607-1775
  • Mayflower Births and Deaths, Vol. 1 and 2
  • John Alden, Volume 16, Part One, A "Mayflower Families" GSMD Publication, part of the Silver Books., Compiled by Esther Littleford Woodworth - Barnes; edited by Alicia Crane Williams. (2002), page 142

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Here is the new findagrave memorial page for him:

posted by Becky Simmons
It is already included in the sources, was there something else that you thought was needed?
posted by Robin Lee
I doubt very much that he had a middle initial ?
posted by Anne B
Indeed, no. It looks like that middle initial originated on Findagrave.
posted by Ellen Smith
Adams-34634 and Adams-38 appear to represent the same person because: same parents and data
posted by Robin Lee
Adams-4501 and Adams-38 do not represent the same person because: Neither parents nor siblings align, so these are not duplicates despite same birthday.
posted by Sandy Culver
Adams-4501 and Adams-38 do not represent the same person because: My mistake, although they are almost the same but the parents are not even close.
posted by [Living Martin]
Adams-4501 and Adams-38 appear to represent the same person because: Although these profiles are a rejected match, I believe this needs to be reconsidered.

The profiles are nearly identical.

Cheers, Susan

posted by [Living Martin]