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Ursula (Adams) Crafts (abt. 1619 - 1679)

Ursula Crafts formerly Adams aka Streeter, Hosier, Robinson [uncertain]
Born about in Barton St David, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 5 Oct 1640 (to 14 Jul 1652) in Gloucester, Essex, Massachusettsmap
Wife of — married 13 Oct 1657 (to 29 Jul 1665) in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Wife of — married 21 Aug 1666 (to 1668) in Dorchester, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Wife of — married 15 Jul 1673 (to 20 Feb 1679) in Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Baymap
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Ursula may have been born (or baptized on 19 July 1619 in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. This date is from the "Streeter Bible," discredited by Ullman (see Research Notes)[1][2][3] She was the daughter of Henry Adams- Esquire[4] and Edith Squire.[5]

She, her parents, and brothers came to America in 1632/33. It is believed she and her mother and brother John returned to England to settle things in England before returning permanently to Dorchester by 1637/38.[5]


Ursula married four times.[6][7][8]

  • She married, as her first, on 5 October 1640 to Stephen Streeter.[1]Note: there may be no source for this marriage date (other than the "Streeter Bible" see Research Notes). Stephen Streeter was a shoemaker. They had seven children. On 24 July 1652 the inventory "of the Hous and goods of Steeven Streeter shoemaker: of Charitowne Inhabitant, late deceased" was taken by Ursula Adams, executrix.[1]
  • She married as "Urslin Streeter," as her second, on 13 October 1657 in Charlestown, to Samuel Hosier.[9] There were no children.
  • She married, as her third, on 21 August 1666 in Charlestown, to William Robinson.[1] He died on 6 July 1668. Note: there may be no source for this marriage date and also William Robinson's death date (other than the "Streeter Bible" see Research Notes). There were no children.
  • She married fourth and last, on 15 July 1673 in Charlestown, to Griffin Crafts.[1][6] "Widow Robison Married to Griffin Craft of Roxbury by Mr. Stoughton the 15th. (mo: 5) 1673."[10] There were no children, but Griffin had a previous marriage to Alice (Unknown); that marriage produced four Crafts children: John, Mary, Abigail and Samuel.[5] After Ursula died, Griffin married to Dorcas Unknown.[5]

Death and Legacy

She died 20 February 1678/9 in Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony.[1]


Children of Ursula and Stephen Streeter (Note: the specific birth and marriage dates are from the "Streeter Bible," discredited by Ullman (see Research Notes):[1]

  1. Stephen Streeter, b 9 Dec 1641; m 16 May 1666 Deborah Smith
  2. Sarah, b 2 Apr 1643; m 21 Jan 1666 Mary Horne
  3. Hannah Streeter, b 10 Nov 1644
  4. Samuel, b 16 Jun 1647
  5. Rebecca Streeter, b 4 Jun 1649; m 24 Dec 1698 Thomas Skillings
  6. John Streeter, b 21 Sep 1651; m 18 Apr 1671 Margaret Davis
  7. Mary Streeter, b 27 Dec 1652 (after her father's death)

Research Notes

Helen Ullman argues that the dates in NEHGR 85:382 purported to be from the Streeter Bible may not be genuine (and therefore not accurate).[3] Anderson appears to agree. In his feature on Samuel Hosier, Anderson reports Samuel Hosiers' birth date "by about 1610 based on freemanship." and, "(The "Streeter Bible" gives his birth as 1 June 1614, which seems too late NEHGR 85:383)."[4] Excerpts from the Ullman article (NEGHR 153:213-14) and the article on the "Streeter Bible" are online in a pdf.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Streeter, Milford, B., (1931) "Streeter-Adams Records From A Streeter Family Bible." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. NEHGS, (Vol 85, Page 382).
  2. Note: according to Ullman (and others), the specific birth (or baptism) date may not be genuine, but Anderson reports she was the daughter of Henry Adams (see Research Notes).
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ullman, Helen Schatvet, (1999) "Notes on A Line from Henry 1 Adams." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 153. NEHGS (Vol 153, Pages 213).
  4. 4.0 4.1 Anderson, Robert C., (1995) "Samuel Hosier," Featured name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. NEHGS (Volumes I-III, Pages 997-999).
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Streeter, Milford, B., (1896) A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Stephen and Ursula Streeter of Gloucester ... Salem, MA: E. Putnam (Pages 4-7).
  6. 6.0 6.1 James Monroe Crafts and William Francis Crafts, The Crafts Family : A Genealogical and Biographical History of the Descendants of Griffin and Alice Craft, of Roxbury, Mass.,1630-1890 (Northampton, Mass. : Gazette Printing Co., 1893), Vol. 1:23. "... widow of William Robinson of Dorchester, and who had been the widow of Samuel Hosier, as of Stephen Streeter."]
  7. Bartlett, Joseph Gardner, 91927) Henry Adams of Somersetshire, England, and Braintree ... New York: Priv. print., (Page 78).
  8. Anderson, Robert C., (1995) Great Migration Begins" to N.E. 1620-1633, Vol I-III. NEHGS (Vols. I-III, Pg 999) Marriage: Charlestown 13 October 1657 "Urslin Streeter" [ChVR 1:20], widow of Stephen Streeter. She was Ursula Adams, daughter of Henry Adams, and she married four times, to Stephern Streeter, Samuel Hosier, William Robinson and Griffin Crafts [NEHGR 85:382-85].
  9. Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850. NEHGS (Vol 1, Page 20).
  10. (1890) Dorchester Marriages: City Document 59: A Report of the Record Commissioners of the City Boston, containing Dorchester Births, Marriages and Deaths to the End of 1825. Boston, MA: Rockwell and Churchill, (Page 22).

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Adams-36124 and Adams-56 appear to represent the same person because: Same person. She was married 4 times. Streeter was her first husband. Craft was her fourth.


posted by Susan McNamee
The Crafts family genealogy book about Griffin Craft and Alice's descendants does mention that Ursula and Stephen Streeter had once been married.
posted by Krystle Calderwood
Thanks Krystle, I've added the source to list of marriages.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall
@Cheryl: some time ago, rootsweb was hacked and the entire site was taken down, pending a slow process of reestablishing security and re-posting pages. See explanation at
posted by Bruce Veazie
In Research Notes, the link provided to an online PDF (with article excerpts regarding the Streeter Bible) does not appear to be working. I tried several times, but the page fails to open.
Adams-34628 and Adams-56 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and parents
posted by Robin Lee
Location of death:

Was Charlestown ever in Norfolk County ???

posted by David Shannon
"Great Migration Begins" to N.E. 1620-1633, Vols. I-III, Pg 999

[NEHGR 85:382-85]

Thank you!

Ursula Adams married as her second husband Samuel Hosier on 13 October 1657 in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colony
posted by Al Adams
Adams-56 married Crafts-33 in 1673. Ursula's brother, Adams-60, married Griffin Craft's daughter Crafts-15, making Edward & Ursula son- & mother-in-law. Just a random observation.
posted by Bobbie (Madison) Hall