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Jonathan was born to Henry and Edith Squire Adams, about 1619, probably in Barton St. David, Somerset, England.
Jonathan remained in England when hs parents and siblings emigrated to Massachusetts Bay in 1638. He resided with his first wife Joane in Baltonsborough, Somerset, on a farm owned by his grandfather Henry Squire. He later emigrated, possibly accompanying his brother John who came back to England in 1650 on a matter of business concerning that farm and returned to Massachusetts Bay in 1651. Jonathan may have settled in Medfield soon afterward, perhaps in the household of his father or one of his brothers.
Jonathan first appears in the records of the town of Medfield in 1658: in a court case about a horse, Jonathan is identified as a brother of Peter Adams.. He had no grant of a house lot in Medfield. He may have lived with a relative until he soon settled on the west side of the Charles River. Jonathan drew, in 1659, 84 acres in the western part of town that later became Medway, a few rods north of his brother Edward's. His house was burned by the Indians in 1676, and his name appears among the petitioners for aid from the General Court on account of their losses. He evidently rebuilt on the same spot (in 1888, it was known as Joseph Adams' place, in Millis); and he appears to have been in reduced circumstances for some years, as he had his own town rates remitted in 1684-85. His estate was inventoried 1691, reporting land and buildings west of Charles river. 
Jonathan Adams married at least twice, possibly three times.
Jonathan and Joane Adams had, in Somersetshire:
Joane seems to have died, after 1647 and before 1665, either in England or in Massachusetts Bay. No record of her death has yet surfaced.
Jonathan perhaps married, second, ELIZABETH FUSSELL, m. 1665, Medfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony. Tilden in his History of Medfield argues that "His wife, Elizabeth, was in all probability, daugher of John Fussell, who had already built on Bridge Street and with whom he (Jonathan) lived for a number of years." That marriage, if it occurred, would have had an unusual feature: John Fussell married in 1651 Mrs. Elizabeth Rosamond Squire Adams, the widow of Henry Adams of Braintree, who was Jonathan's mother; therefore, in marrying Elizabeth Fussell he would have been marrying his step-sister, possibly a no-no in the mores of the time. As one well-researched account put it after reporting Tilden's conclusion, "No proof of Jonathan Adam's marriage to Elizabeth Fussell has been found."  Also, a RootsWeb site previously cited in this profile apparently included, in 2002, something supporting that marriage. However, viewed in 2019 after updates through August 31 2006, that site now reports only Jonathan's marriages to Joane Close and Elizabeth Holman. 
Jonathan married second or perhaps third ELIZABETH HOLMAN, b. 1614, m. 1666.   Strong evidence that Elizabeth Holman Adams was the mother of at least Jonathan's last child Lydia Adams Daniels is found in the settlement in February 1711-12 of the estate of her brother Abraham Holman, in which the interests of her descendants were represented by her son-in-law Joseph Daniels. Additional support is the listing by Torrey of only two marriages for this Jonathan Adams, first to Joan Close, second to Elizabeth Holman (1644 - ), m. by 1666.
Tentative conclusion: the weight of evidence supports a conclusion that Jonathan's second wife was Elizabeth Holman, and that he did not marry Elizabeth Fussell. But perhaps there is some evidence to the contrary not yet reported in this profile. Therefore, Elizabeth Fussell has not yet been disconnected as Jonathan's spouse, nor as the mother of three of his children.
Children of JONATHAN ADAMS and ELIZABETH HOLMAN or perhaps ELIZABETH FUSSELL, were:
Jonathan Adams died in Medfield, Suffolk, Massachusetts, on July 28, 1690. 
Research Note: Three overlapping and somewhat contradictory records of Jonathan Adams' marriages appear in the U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900. To summarize:
CAUTIONARY NOTE: There were two men named Jonathan Adams in or near Medfield in the same period. Both named two sons Jonathan. Their cousin Peter had a son Jonathan who died in infancy. It's confusing. The following, also born in Medfield, were children of Jonathan Adams, son of Edward, and his first wife Marie Ellis, not of the man profiled here:
Mackenzie, George Norbury, and Nelson Osgood Rhoades, editors. Colonial Families of the United States of America: in Which is Given the History, Genealogy and Armorial Bearings of Colonial Families Who Settled in the American Colonies From the Time of the Settlement of Jamestown, 13th May, 1607, to the Battle of Lexington, 19th April, 1775. 7 volumes. 1912. Reprinted, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1966, 1995.
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