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

Susannah Hall formerly Boylston aka Adams
Born about in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Ancestors ancestors
Wife of — married 31 Oct 1734 in Norfolk, Massachusetts Baymap
Wife of — married 3 Dec 1766 (to 27 Sep 1780) in Braintree, Massachusettsmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 89 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 05 March 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 23 November 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 17 April 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:
  2. Susanna_Boylston
  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 #6654842, citing Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA.
  4. Roberts GB Child CC Otto JH New England Historic Genealogical Society. Ancestors of American Presidents. Boston Mass: New England Historic Genealogical Society; 2012.

See also:

  • Adams history in his own handwriting
  • Braintree, MA: Vital Records, 1643-1793, Births, Vol. 1, p. 202, Birth record for son John Adams, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • 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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Hancock Cemetery has two gates. The inscription on the other is more sobering: Dust thou art & unto dust thou shalt return.; Home of John and Susannah Adams; table monument inscription in Hancock Cemetery You are welcome to use my photos in Wikitree profiles and freespace pages.
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Boylston-80 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: same dates
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Boylston-94 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: identical information, same family
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Boylston-88 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: Another duplicate
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Boylston-89 and Boylston-1 appear to represent the same person because: same dates and spouse
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