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) She was the daughter of Henry Adams- Esquire and Edith Squire.
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.
She married, as her first, on 5 October 1640 to Stephen Streeter.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.
She married as "Urslin Streeter," as her second, on 13 October 1657 in Charlestown, to Samuel Hosier. There were no children.
She married, as her third, on 21 August 1666 in Charlestown, to William Robinson. 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. "Widow Robison Married to Griffin Craft of Roxbury by Mr. Stoughton the 15th. (mo: 5) 1673." There were no children, but Griffin had a previous marriage to Alice (Unknown); that marriage produced four Crafts children: John, Mary, Abigail and Samuel. After Ursula died, Griffin married to Dorcas Unknown.
Death and Legacy
She died 20 February 1678/9 in Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Children of Ursula and Stephen Streeter (Note: the specific birth and marriage dates are from the "Streeter Bible," discredited by Ullman (see Research Notes):
Rebecca Streeter, b 4 Jun 1649; m 24 Dec 1698 Thomas Skillings
John Streeter, b 21 Sep 1651; m 18 Apr 1671 Margaret Davis
Mary Streeter, b 27 Dec 1652 (after her father's death)
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). 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)." Excerpts from the Ullman article (NEGHR 153:213-14) and the article on the "Streeter Bible" are online in a pdf.
↑ 1.01.11.21.220.127.116.11 Streeter, Milford, B., (1931) "Streeter-Adams Records From A Streeter Family Bible." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. NEHGS,AmericanAncestors.org (Vol 85, Page 382).
↑ 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).
↑ 3.03.1 Ullman, Helen Schatvet, (1999) "Notes on A Line from Henry 1 Adams." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol 153. NEHGS AmericanAncestors.org (Vol 153, Pages 213).
↑ 4.04.1 Anderson, Robert C., (1995) "Samuel Hosier," Featured name. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III.AmericanAncestors.org NEHGS (Volumes I-III, Pages 997-999).
↑ 5.05.15.25.3 Streeter, Milford, B., (1896) A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Stephen and Ursula Streeter of Gloucester ... Salem, MA: E. Putnam Archive.org (Pages 4-7).
↑ Bartlett, Joseph Gardner, 91927) Henry Adams of Somersetshire, England, and Braintree ... New York: Priv. print.,HathiTrust.org (Page 78).
↑ Anderson, Robert C., (1995) Great Migration Begins" to N.E. 1620-1633, Vol I-III. NEHGS AmericanAncestors.org (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].
↑ (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, Archive.org (Page 22).
Adams, Andrew N., (1898) A Genealogical History of Henry Adams of Braintree, Massachusetts, and his Descendants; also John Adams of Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1632-1897. Rutland, VT: According to Ullman, "This book contains many dates not in vital records, obtained probably by correspondence in the 1880s and 1890s. But places, when given, may not be accurate."