about 5 Mar 1708
Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay
31 Oct 1734 in Norfolk, Massachusetts Bay
3 Dec 1766 (to 27 Sep 1780) in Braintree, Massachusetts
17 Apr 1797 at about age 89
Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
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Biography 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.
Susanna Boylston married the senior
John Adams on 23 November 1734, and had three children:
John Adams – Patriot, President, and Founding Father of the United States of America.
Peter Boylston Adams – A farmer and militia captain of Braintree, Massachusetts.
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.
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.
Her name is sometimes given as Susannah, with an h. Also her birth year may be 1708 or 1709 instead of 1699.
1.0 Women in History: 1.1 http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2011/05/susanna-boylston-adams.html
↑ Find A Grave, database and images ( https://www.findagrave.com : 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 ↑ http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/FGS/A/AdamsJohn-SusannaBoylston.shtml
Adams history in his own handwriting
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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, Ancestry.com (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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