The following is an email I sent to Bryon Niemann, followed by his response regarding Nathaniel Adams.
I recently saw your posting regarding James Adams of Westerly, RI who married Honor Hall, and was wondering what proof you were able to locate for this relationship, as I have always believed his grandfather to be Nathaniel Adams who inhabited Newport, RI in 1639.
Below is information I obtained on my ancestor John Hall, please note that a Nathaniel Adams b. c1610 is listed as an inhabitant of Newport with John Hall in 1639 and it is my belief that their grandchildren, James Adams and Honor Hall married in Westerly, RI years later (also they named a son Nathaniel).It is known that the Hall's migrated from Newport to Westerly, RI as members of the Seventh Day Baptist Church and did not approved of their children marrying outside the faith, which kept these families close together and intermarrying often.
In the "Colonial Records of Rhode Island", by Bartlett, Vol. 1, 1636-1663, John Hall arrived in Newport, RI on April 28, 1639 and was admitted as an inhabitant, it states, “Inhabitants admitted at the towne of Nieu-Port since the 20th of the 3d, 1638. (20 May 1638) were:Marmaduke Ward, Robert Field, Thomas Stafford, Job Tyler, Thomas Sauorie, Hugh Durdall, William Baker, John Layton, Mr. William Foster, John Hall, Toby Knight, John Peckum, Michell Williamson, Mr. Robert Lintell, Richard Smith, James Rogers, John Smith, William Parker, John Grinman, Edward Rero, John Macummore, Robert Root, Ezekiah Meritt, James Burt, John Bartlett, Edward ____, Sampson Salter, Nicholas Cotterell, John Vaughan, John Smith, John Merchant, Jeremy Gould, Enoch Hunt, Nathaniel Adams, Samuel Allen, George Allen, Ralph Allen, Mr. Thomas Burton, Henry Bishop, John Hicks, Edward Browce, Mathew Gridell.
I look forward to your reply.
According to "Immigrants to America Before 1790" the Nathaniel Adams of Newport in 1639 removed to Weymouth, MA in 1642 and then to Boston in 1652.He died in Boston Oct1675. I have traced his line out and while he did have a grandson James (through his son Jonathan), that James was b. 1686 which would make him 12 years old in 1698, the year that James Adams of Westerly had his first child.
In my article on James Adams of Westerly, RI in "The CT Nutmegger" vol. 25 #4pgs. 573 - 575, I showed that James of Westerly was probably the same as the James Adams b. 29Mar1668 Concord, MA s/o James & Priscilla (Ramsden). This James sr. d. in Concord 1707. In the distribution of his estate is made mention of his dau. Priscilla, the
wife of William Hardy of "Narraganset".In the Westerly, RI land records, vol. 1, pg. 213 dated 28Sep1701, Henry Hall sold 40 acres of land to William Hardy.James Adams also had land adjoining William & Priscilla Hardy.A deed in the Middlesex Co. Land records vol. 12, pg. 392, dated 12 May 1698 refers to James Adams jr as "formerly of Concord".
> The deed also mentions William Hardy as having land bounding the property mentioned in the deed.Finally, James Adams jr of Concord also had a brother Nathaniel who died young, for whom he may have named one of his sons.
Hope this is of use to you.