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Thomas Adams (bef. 1612 - 1688)

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Lieutenant Thomas Adams
Born before in Barton St David, Somerset, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1642 in Chelmsford, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusettsmap
Profile last modified 29 Aug 2019 | Created 14 Dec 2008 | Last significant change: 31 Aug 2019
13:11: Al Adams removed a match of Adams-57 and Adams-692. [Thank Al for this]
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Biography

Thomas Adams was born about 1612[1] in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. He was the son of Henry Adams, also of Barton St. David (and later, Braintree, MA), and Edith Squire, the progenitors of the same Adams family that produced Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

Thomas came to America with his parents in 1638. He married Mary Blackmore in 1642, in Charlestown, Massachusetts.[2] Mary was born in England in about 1613.

Thomas was active as a townsman in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was mentioned on May 10, 1643 as having been admitted as a Freeman. Thomas removed with his brothers Samuel and John from Braintree to Concord, Massachusetts in 1646.[3][4] John then went to West Cambridge (now Arlington), and Thomas and Samuel settled in the west part of the town of Chelmsford in 1650-4.[5] He was a landowner in Concord in 1646. Although there are no records regarding the building of the Town Meeting House, it was suggested that the bulk of expense was paid by Thomas and Samuel.[6] In 1655, he became one of the founders of Chelmsford MA, where he held several town offices. In 1660-1671 he was a Selectmen in Chelmsford.[7] Thomas was the deputy from Chelmsford to the Massachusetts General Court in 1673. He was appointed an Ensign in 1678, Lieutenant in May, 1682, of the Chelmsford Military Company.

Thomas died in Chelmsford on July 20, 1688 at the age of seventy-six.[8][9][10] His will, written the 28th of March 1688, was proved on the 7th of October 1690. His wife Mary survived him, living until the 23rd of March 1694/5.

Family

Husband: Thomas Adams
Wife: Mary Blackmore[11][12]
Married: 1642 Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts[2][13]
Children:[14]
  1. Mary b 24 Jul 1643 Braintree, Massachusetts
  2. Jonathan (twin) b 6 Jan 1646 Concord, Massachusetts[15]
  3. Pelatiah (twin) b 6 Jan 1646 Concord, Massachusetts[16]
  4. Timothy b 15 Apr 1648 Concord, Massachusetts[17]
  5. George b 29 Mar 1650 Concord, Massachusetts[18]
  6. Samuel b c 1652/3 Concord, Massachusetts
  7. Edith b 21 Feb 1655 Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  8. Rebecca b 18 Sep 1657 Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  9. Elizabeth b 21 Oct 1658/9 Chelmsford, Massachusetts
  10. Thomas b 30 Sep 1660 Chelmsford, Massachusetts[19]
  11. Mary b 29 Oct 1664 Chelmsford, Massachusetts
Note: Thomas and Mary had 11 children, of which only Jonathan, Pelatiah, Timothy, Samuel, and Mary survived childhood.

Military

Thomas was chosen chief Sergeant of the military company in 1659, but the County Court refused to confirm him on account of his religious views. He was confirmed in April, 1660 upon solemnly agreeing not to disseminate his principles or notions contrary to what the church doth confessedly own and practice.[8]
He was chosen Ensign in 1678, and Lieutenant in 1682, in the company of which his brother Samuel was Captain. He was Town Clerk, Selectman, Commissioner or Representative to the General Court. [8]
“In King Philip’s War.” [20]
In 1644, member[20] of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts[21]

Death & Legacy

Will Written: 28 Mar 1688[14]
Will Proved: 7 Oct 1690[14]
Legacies:[14]
  1. To my wife Mary, sons Pelatiah, Timothy and Samuel will provide for her
  2. To Jonathan 10 acres on the east end of my home lot
  3. All other land to be divided equally amongst my sons
  4. Samuel to pay £10 to my daughter Mary Cooper
Inventory: 11 Aug 1688

Research Notes

  • The biography states he had eleven children, but there are 13 attached.
  • Soldiers of King Philip's War, 1675" by George M. Bodge, Boston, 1906 lists a Thomas Adams How under the enlistment date of August 24, 1675. It's unknown if this is the same Thomas Adams.

Sources

  1. Adams, Herbert, 26
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Town Records : accessed 29 March 2018), Thos. Addams and Mary Blackmore, 28 Apr 1680; citing Marriage, Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
  3. Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1999), 525.
  4. Shattuck [History of Concord]
  5. Shattuck [History of Concord]
  6. Waters, 20.
  7. Waters, Wilson. History of Chelmsford, Massachusetts (Salem MA: Higginson Book Co, 1987), 794.
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 The Essex Institute, Vital Records of Chelmsford, Massachusetts to the End of the Year 1849 (Salem, Mass. 1914)(Free e-book) (Records are also available at ma-vitalrecords.org) p. 359
  9. "Massachusetts, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1626-2001," database with images, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Town Records : accessed 29 March 2018), Thomas Adams, 20 Jul 1688; citing Death, Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States, , town clerk offices, Massachusetts; FHL microfilm 892,249.
  10. Find A Grave, database and images (findagrave.com : accessed 29 March 2018), memorial page for LT Thomas Adams (25 Mar 1612–20 Jul 1688), Find A Grave: Memorial #39387590 ; Maintained by Harlene Soper-Brown (contributor 46880650) Unknown.
  11. Adams, Andrew, 253.
  12. Adams, Herbert, 26
  13. Adams, Andrew, 253.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 Adams, Andrew N. A Genealogical History of Henry Adams, (Rutland, VT: The Tuttle Company Printers, 1898), 87.
  15. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Births : accessed 29 March 2018), Tho. Addams in entry for Jonathan Addams, 06 Mar 1646; citing CONCORD,MIDDLESEX,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0823762 IT 1.
  16. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Births : accessed 29 March 2018), Tho. Addams in entry for Pelatia Addams, 06 Mar 1646; citing CONCORD,MIDDLESEX,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0823762 IT 1.
  17. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Births : accessed 29 March 2018), Tho. Addams in entry for Timothy Addams, 15 Apr 1648; citing CONCORD,MIDDLESEX,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0823762 IT 1.
  18. "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915," database, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Births : accessed 29 March 2018), Tho. Addams in entry for George Addams, 29 May 1650; citing CONCORD,MIDDLESEX,MASSACHUSETTS, ; FHL microfilm 0823762 IT 1.
  19. "Massachusetts Deaths and Burials, 1795-1910," database, FamilySearch (Massachusetts Deaths : accessed 29 March 2018), Thomas Adams in entry for Thomas Adams, 30 Sep 1660; citing Chelmsford, Middlesex, Massachusetts, reference P 20; FHL microfilm 868,435.
  20. 20.0 20.1 General register of the Society of colonial wars, 1899-1902; Society of colonial wars. New York: H. K. Brewer & co. 1902. p. 546.
  21. http://www.ahac.us.com/pdf/Roll_of_Members_Roster_of_Officers_1637_1894.pdf
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Collaboration

On 25 Apr 2018 at 13:51 GMT Anne B wrote:

Regarding Susanna. She allegedly born 1660 would not be possible considering a brother with a verified birth in 1660 four months later. I am disconnecting her. She will be merged into some appropriate profile.

On 30 Mar 2018 at 21:28 GMT Al Adams wrote:

The second marriage date is obviously wrong due to the birth dates of the children

On 29 Mar 2018 at 19:26 GMT Ellen Smith wrote:

Paradoxical marriage info? He is said to have married Mary Blackmore on 28 April 1642 (when she was 29 years old), and their babies arrived between 1643 and 1664 (when she was age 52!). And this is supported by a record of the marriage of Thos Addams and Mary Blackmore on 28 April 1680. These details don't stack up!!

On 29 Mar 2018 at 16:18 GMT Mindy Silva wrote:

Thank you Bob, this profile has now been worked on. The two children that are not listed in the sources are the first Thomas and Susannah. I believe that the 1641 Thomas born in Connecticut, as well as Susannah, should be detached.

On 29 Mar 2018 at 00:39 GMT Bob Keniston Jr. wrote:

This bio needs to be cleaned up and/or consolidated.

On 28 Mar 2018 at 20:52 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Adams-34625 and Adams-57 appear to represent the same person because: same parents and dates




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