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Susannah (Boylston) Adams (abt. 1708 - 1797)

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Susannah Adams formerly Boylston
Born about in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 31 Oct 1734 in Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Wife of — married 17 Oct 1766 in Braintree, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesmap
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Susanna Adams nee Boylston was the mother of John Adams, second president of the United States. She was grandmother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth president.

Susanna Boylston was born March 5, 1708, in Brookline, Massachusetts, daughter of Peter Boylston and Ann White. She was an early-American socialite, who came from a prominent family of scientists and medical doctors. She is among the least well known of the famous Adams family, for her name appears infrequently in the large body of Adams writings. [1]

Susanna Boylston married the senior John Adams on November 23, 1734, and had three children:

  1. John Adams – Patriot, President, and Founding Father of the United States of America.
  2. Peter Boylston Adams – A farmer and militia captain of Braintree, Massachusetts.
  3. Elihu Adams – A company commander in the militia who died in the early days of the American Revolution.

Five years after the death of her first husband John Adams, Susanna married Lt. John Hall, who reportedly did not get along with her grown children. [2]

Susanna Boylston Adams died April 17, 1797 at Quincy, Massachusetts, at the age of 89, during the first year of the presidency of her son John Adams. [1] [3]

Research Notes

  • Her name is sometimes given as Susannah, with an h. Also her birth year may be 1708 or 1709 instead of 1699. [4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Women in History:
  3. Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 20 April 2018), memorial page for Susanna Boylston Adams (5 Mar 1708–17 Apr 1797), Find A Grave Memorial no. 6654842, citing Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA. Susannah Boylston Adams: Memorial ID: 6654842

See also:

  • Braintree, MA: Vital Records, 1643-1793, Births, Vol. 1, p. 202, Birth record for son John Adams, New England Historic Genealogical Society (Online Database).
  • Find A Grave, (accessed 05/31/2012).
  • New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 1982, Vol. 136, p. 308.
  • Brogan, Hugh and Charles Mosley, American Presidential Families, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company (1993), 132, 135.
  • Levin, Phyllis Lee, Abigail Adams: A Biography, New York: Thomas Dunne Books, An imprint of St. Martin's Press (2001), chart at front of book.
  • Lothrop, Thomas J., "John White of Watertown and Brookline, and Some of His Descendants", The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. 52 (1898), 422.
  • McCullough, David, John Adams, New York: Simon & Schuster (2001), 30.
  • Pope, Charles Henry, ed., Paine Ancestry: The Family of Robert Treat Paine, Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Including Maternal Lines, Boston: Printed for the Family (1912), 127.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, Notable Kin, Volume 1, Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 3rd (1998), 139.
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd and William Addams Reitwiesner, American Ancestors and Cousins of The Princess of Wales, Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. (1984), 34, (Online Database).
  • Roberts, Gary Boyd, comp., Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2009), 432, 465-466.
  • Seward, William H., Life and Public Services of John Quincy Adams, Sixth President of the United States, New York: Miller, Orton & Mulligan (1856), 18-19.
  • Williams, Alicia Crane, ed., Mayflower Families through Five Generations: Vol. 16, Part 1, Family of John Alden, Plymouth, Massachusetts: General Society of Mayflower Descendants (1999), 490.

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It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Susannah by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA. However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line. It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Susannah:

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On 19 Jul 2018 at 15:36 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boylston-80 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: same dates

On 19 Jul 2018 at 15:05 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boylston-94 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: identical information, same family

On 27 Mar 2018 at 22:28 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

Boylston-88 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: Another duplicate

On 27 Mar 2018 at 18:15 GMT Marj Adams wrote:

Boylston-89 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and spouse

Susannah is 17 degrees from Cari Starosta, 15 degrees from Marie-Antoinette d'Autriche and 12 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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