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Peter Boylston (1673 - 1743)

Peter Boylston
Born in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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Husband of — married 1704 in Uncertwainmap
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Died at about age 70 in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusettsmap
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Peter Boylston (1673-1743) was the maternal grandfather of the second U.S. president, John Adams and the great-grandfather of sixth president, John Quincy Adams.



Peter Boylston married[1] before 1705, Ann ---.

Peter died[2] Sep 10, 1743, in Brookline, Massachusetts.

[see details of references below for further research]

Abstract of the Will of Peter Boylston

[Abstract, from the images, 14 Jul 2018, Bruce J Veazie. See citation "Suffolk County, MA: Probates File Papers."]

Summary: Will of Peter Boylston. Signed 30 Aug 1743. Proved Sep 27, 1743.

In the Name of God amen, the thirtyeth day of august in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and fourty three, I Peter Boylston of Boston Shopkeeper ... to be buried in decent Christien Burial at the discretion of My Executors ...
Item: [payment of] just debts and funeral charges be made
Item: to beloved son Benjamin Boylston all my land in Mendon[?]
Item: to son Benjamin Boylston all my wearing apparel.
Item: to Ann my Beloved Wife all my Money, Bills Bonds and all my Debts during her life
Item: to [A]nn my Beloved Wife my Negro, hous[e]hold movably, and my shop goods
Further: after my Wifes decease, an equal share of the estate given to my wife, [to be] divided amongst my six daughters, viz: daughter ann Adams, daughter Susanna Adams, daughter Mary[? blurred] Simpson, daughter Elizabeth Coningham, daughter Jerusha, daughter Sarah.
Further: appoint my wife and my "Son" John Adams Execut'r
Signed Peter Boylston.
[subscribed by]
James Day
Daniel McKean
David Allen

Suffolk: proved Boston, Sep 27, 1743, G William.

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Date: 1673


  1. MVR Brookline-V1:89. Brookline Marriages. BOYLSTON, Peter, and Ann ---, [bef. 1705] [* Intention not recorded]
  2. MVR Brookline-V1:183. Brookline Deaths. BOYLSTON, Peter, Sept. 10, 1743. C. R. 1.

  • MVR Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016). Accessed 14 Jul 2018 bjv
  • Boston Inhabitants Boston, MA: Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630-1822 (Thwing Collection). Inhabitants and Estates of the Town of Boston, 1630–1800 and The Crooked and Narrow Streets of Boston, 1630–1822. CD-ROM. Boston, Mass.: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001. (Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2014.) Accessed 14 Jul 2018 bjv See details below.
  • Suffolk County, MA: Probate File Papers.Online database. New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2017. (From records supplied by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Archives. Digitized mages provided by Accessed 14 Jul 2018 bjv Suffolk Cases 6000-7999. Case 7961. pp 7961:1, 5. Will of Peter Boylston. Signed 30 Aug 1743. Proved Sep 27, 1743.
  • NEHGR The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.) v52, pp 421, 422. John White of Watertown and Brookline, and Some of his Descendants. By Hon. Thomas J Lothrop, of Brookline. Unsourced genealogy. Accessed 14 Jul 2018 bjv See details below
  • Source: S16 Title: Ancestral File (R) Abbreviation: Ancestral File (R) Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: Copyright (c) 1987, June 1998, data as of 5 January 1998

Details of References

Boston Inhabitants - unsourced unless citation indicated
pp 3533, 3534
Boylston / Boylestone, Peter
Refcode: 6719
Parents: Thomas Boylston of Brookline Mary Gardner
Spouse: Ann White, dau of Benj. White and Susanna Cogswell
Children: Benjamin, Ann m John Adams, Susannah m Adams, Mary m1740 Nathan Simpson, Elizabeth m1742 James Cunningham, Jerusha m1743 Joseph Veazie, Sarah m1st 1743 Edward Robinson, m2nd 1752 John Potter
Occ: Merchant shopkeeper
Deed: Feb 9, 1738 Peter Boylston (merchant) buys house and land of Peter Faneuil. (SD 57:156) E. side of Washington St., S of Boylston St.

NEHGR v52:422.
Abstract of Family of Benjamin White (fath: John)
[additional details available in the citation. Extracted information in support of this profile]
Benjamin White "of Brookline," died Jan 9, 1723; md Susannah, dau of William and Susanna (Hawkes) Cogswell of Ipswich.

  1. Susanna
  2. Ann, b Jul 4, 1685; m. Peter Boylston of Boston. Their children:
    1. Benjamin Boylston, b Apr 29, 1705.
    2. Ann Boylston, b Nov 1, 1706.
    3. Susanna Boylston, b Mar 5, 1709; m Nov 23, 1734, John Adams. Mother of Pres John Adams.
    4. Mary Boylston, b Sep 15, 1714.
    5. Elizabeth Boylston, b Jun 29, 1717.
    6. Jerusha Boylston, b Feb 3, 1719.
    7. Sarah Boylston, b Mar 16, 1723
  3. Mary
  4. Susanna
  5. Edward
  6. Elizabeth
  7. Joanna

See Also

  1. New England Historical and Genealogical Register, (New England Historic and Genealogical Society), 1982, Vol. 136, p. 308.
  2. Brogan, Hugh and Charles Mosley, American Presidential Families, New York: Macmillan Publishing Company (1993), 132.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Roberts, Gary Boyd, Notable Kin, Volume 1, Santa Clarita, California: Carl Boyer, 3rd (1998), 139.
  6. 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).
  7. Roberts, Gary Boyd, comp., Ancestors of American Presidents, Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society (2009), 466.
  8. Vinton, John Adams, The Vinton Memorial Comprising A Genealogy of the Descendants of John Vinton of Lynn, 1648, Boston: S.K. Whipple and Company (1858), 309, Google Books (Digital Library).
  9. 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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Boylston-103 and Boylston-2 do not represent the same person because: correct name to match birth with parents
posted by Robin Lee
Boylston-103 and Boylston-2 appear to represent the same person because: Kindly review
Boylston-93 and Boylston-2 appear to represent the same person because: while dates are different and no clear sources, the person is intended to be the same person based on family members
posted by Robin Lee

Rejected matches › Richard Boylston (bef.1670-1752)

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