Joseph Adams Sr.
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Joseph Adams Sr. (1626 - 1694)

Joseph Adams Sr.
Born in Kingweston, Somerset, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 2 Nov 1650 in Massachusettsmap
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Died at age 68 in Braintree, Suffolk, Province of Massachusetts Baymap
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Joseph Adams Sr. (1625-1694) was the great-grandfather of John Adams Jr., 2nd President of the United States, and the great-great-grandfather of President John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States,


Joseph Adams Sr. immigrated to New England as a child during the Puritan Great Migration (1621-1640).
This profile is part of the Adams Name Study.

Joseph Adams was born in 1626 in England.[1] son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire. [2] [1]

He married Abigail Baxter, daughter of Gregory and Margaret (Paddy) Baxter on 26 November 1650 at Braintee, Massachusetts.[1] [3]

He was a maltster by trade, made a Freeman of the Colony on 18 May 1653 at Boston, Massachusetts Bay Colony and one of the Selectman in 1673.[1]

Joseph Adams died on 6 December 1694 in Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony[1] [4]

He was the father of twelve children with one wife Abigail Baxter. John Adams and Mary Adams died young. (Two later children who lived were named for John and Mary.)[5]

NEHGR, Vol. 12/349 "Early Records of Boston" by Wm. Trask Joseph Adams & Abigail Baxter m. 26:9:50 18 p. 48 John Adams of Joseph & Abigail d. 27:11:56 vol. 13/213 Abigail of Joseph & Abigail b. 27:11'56 vol 36/48 Henry Adams of Joseph & Abigail 13th, 9 mo. 1652 p.49 Other children of above Joseph - 24(10)1654 John - 11 mo (12) 1656


Joseph Adams inherited his father's homestead, as after about 1651 all the children had left Braintree. He was constable about 1689, and surveyor of highways 1693. The Joseph Adams who made Freeman of the Colony 18 May 1653 at Boston, seems to be this John Adams[6]
S.P. 13-528 also Pilgrim Notes & Queries Vol.2, p.51
Will of Joseph Adams Senear 18 July 1694 - 10 January 1694/5
"being grown aged"
To eldest son Joseph Adams 1 a. salt meadow at Hough's Neck.
To son John Adams £40 sterling. To son Peter Adams all my dwelling house & malt house & tools & vessels & my barn, orchard & meadow adjoining, being the homestead about 4 acres on both sides the way together with that land as be yet in my possession at Manaticut that was bought part of John Cleverly & part of Joseph Crosbe about 26 acres & all my land at feere field being three lots of 2 acres, 5 acres & 6 acres, also 4 a. salt meadow by that as was Mr. Flints meadow called Wash meadow & my island of meadow near the town ground. To dau. Mehitable Adams £20 sterling & 1 feather bed that now standeth in my parlor chamber. Rest of my estate in moveables to my five daughters equally Hannah Sables, Abegal Bass. Bethyah Web, Mary Bass & Mehitable Adams. Son Peter sole executor. Six shillings apiece to all my grandchildren living at my decease. Peter to let son John have 10 bushels of apples yearly so long as he shall fetch them. Mehitable to live in the house as long as she live a maide.
Wit: Hannah Baxter, Hannah Dyer, Joseph Dyer.[6]
13-529 Inventory Dec.20,1694 by Samuel Tompson Sr., John Ruggles, & Samuel Penniman: Dwelling house, malt house, barne, orchard, fresh meadow with all the homestead £100; 26 a. at Monotoquad £65, 13 a. in the great fenced field £54; 6 a. salt marsh & crick that ch thereunto belonging £53 : £349/4/[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Andrew N. Adams. A Genealogical History of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Massachusetts And His Descendants, also, John Adams, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1632-1897. 1898. The Tuttle company printers in Rutland, Vermont. p. 7, 393. ANAdams
  2. North America, Family Histories, 1500-2000, p viii
  3. Sprague: Page: 16, 434
  5. Cutter: Pg.2167
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain. Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts 1640-1850. Including the ymodern 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

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I've posted my photos of Joseph Adams Sr. & Abigail Baxter burial in Hancock Cemetery to my . ; You are welcome to use my photos in Wikitree profiles and freespace pages.
posted by Anonymous Reed
Adams-34632 and Adams-39 appear to represent the same person because: Adams 39 is the correct ID
posted by Marj Adams
For all managers, please merge Joseph Adams Sr.'s children and siblings. Thanks.
posted by Arik Russell