The Vinton Memorial
Author: John Adams Vinton
Call Number: R929.2 V79
Boston, Massachusetts:S.K. Whipple and Company,1858.
HENRY ADAMS came from England to this country in 1634. The inscription on the granite column erected to his memory by his descendant, President John Adams, states, that he came from Devonshire. What authority there was for this statement does not appear. President John Quincy Adams said, in 1846, to the present writer, that there was "very strong reason to believe that Henry Adams came from Braintree, in Essex; and not from Devonshire, as had been stated by [the speaker's] father." The latter supposition [the Braintree origin] has, in the writer's opinion, the superior probability. There can be little doubt that some of the settlers of Braintree were from Braintree in Essex, and that the name was given to the settlement at Mount Wollaston out of respect to them. See Rev. Dr. Lunt's Centennial Discourses, delivered, Sept. 29, 1839. Forty acres of land at Mount Wollaston were granted by the Town of Boston, Feb. 24, 1639-40, to Henry Adams, for the ten persons in his family. Henry Adams d. at Braintree, Oct. 6, 1646, and was buried Oct. 8. In his will, proved June 8, 1647, he mentions his sons Samuel, Peter, John, Joseph, Edward, and dau. Ursula. Joseph and Edward are twice named, and in this order; whence it would appear that Edward was younger than Joseph; although Thayer's "Memorial" names Joseph last. Henry Adams's wife is mentioned in the will as living, but her name is not given. See abstract of will in Geneal. Reg., vol. vii., p. 35. There were other children of Henry Adams, and they may be arranged in the following order: all b. in England--2.Henry, b. 1604; m. Elizabeth Paine, Nov. 17, 1643, dau. of Moses Paine.
In 1650, he removed to Medfield, where he was town clerk, (as he had been in Braintree), and Representative, 1659, 1665, 1674, 1675. He was a Lieut. in "Philip's War," and was killed at his own door by the Indians, Feb. 21, 1675-6, a. 72. His wife was shot in Rev. Mr. Wilson's house the same night by the accidental discharge of a musket by one of our own people; of which injury she d. Feb. 29, 1675-6. Their sixth
son was Henry,3 b. in Medfield, Nov. 19, 1657; m. April 15, 1684, Lydia Whitney. They had Thomas,4 b. 1688, who was father of Thomas,5 b. 1725; d. July 13, 1811, a. 86, father of Hannah Adams,6 the authoress of a "History of New England," and a "History of the Jews;" and the first person interred in Mount Auburn Cemetery.
3.Thomas, b. 1612; m. Mary (???). He was a Lieut; accompanied his brother Samuel to Concord and Chelmsford, where he lived till his death, July 20, 1688, a. 76. He and his brother built mills on the present site of the city of Lowell. He was town clerk of Chelmsford, and Representative, 1673. His will is recorded Midd. Prob. 7: 101. He had seven children, of whom Jonathan,3 Pelatiah,3 and Timothy,3 m.
and had families.
4.Samuel, b. 1617; m. 1, Rebecca Graves of Charlestown; she d. Oct. 1664.
2, Esther Sparhawk of Cambridge, May 7, 1668. He was a captain; freeman, 1643; lived a while in Charlestown and Concord, but removed to. Chelmsford, 1654, where he d. Jan. 24, 1688-9, ‘. 72. He had fourteen children, several of whom d. young. Thomas,3 his son, mariner, prob. sea captain; d. in Barbadoes, March 19, 1686, a. 32. See his will, dated Feb. 28, 1683-4. [Suff. Prob., 11: 2.
5.Jonathan, b. 1619; m. 1, Elizabeth (???). 2. Mary (???). He settled in
Medfield, where he d. abt. 1691, a. 71. Inventory, Feb. 15, 1691-2. [Ib. 8 : 216.
6.Peter, b. 1622; m. Rachel (???). Settled in Medfield, where he d. intestate,
about 1690, a. 68. See Inventory (œ234 2s. 6d.) taken Oct. 23, 1690. [Suff. Prob., 8 : 179.] His son Peter,3 b. July 20, 1653; lived in Medway; was a physician. His son Samuel,3 b. April 2, 1671, was of Medfield, a deacon. He had seven other children of whom four were daus.
7.John, b. 1624; m. Ann (???). Some have supposed that he returned to England; but of this there appears no evidence; while there is evidence that he went from Braintree, (where he certainly was at the date of his father's will, 1646,) to Concord about 1650, where he and his brothers Thomas and Samuel bought lands. While there, they petitioned for a new town, which they obtained and called Chelmsford. They sold out their lands in Concord, 1654, to Samuel Stratton; and while Thomas
and Samuel Adams removed and settled on the present site of Lowell, John Adams, a millwright, went to that part of Cambridge, now known as West Cambridge, where he built a mill on the small stream which runs from Lexington to West Cambridge, and empties into Mystic Pond; and there he spent the remainder of his life. His will is dated June 1, 1706. His children were Rebecca,3 Mary,3 b. Oct. 25, 1652; John,3 b. May 1, 1654, d. soon; John,3 b. 1655; Joseph,3 m. Margaret Eames, Feb. 21, 1687-8; and 3 others d. young. Joseph,3 was father of Capt. Daniel Adams,4 of Lincoln, b. Jan. 3, 1690; m. Elizabeth Minot, April 23, 1715. He d. Feb. 9, 1780, a. 90. Their eldest son, Capt. Daniel,5 b. Oct. 15, 1720, was grandfather to Dr. Daniel Adams,7 of Mont Vernon, N. H., the author of a valuable Arithmetic and other school books.(*)
8. (+)Joseph, b. 1626; m. Abigail Baxter, Nov. 26, 1650. Settled in Braintree.
9.Edward, b. 1630; m. Lydia (???). She d. March 3, 1675-6. Lived in Medfield; d. about 1715. His will, dated May 19, 1715, is recorded Suff. Prob., 19: 225. He had fourteen children; of whom eight became head, of families.
10.Ursula, named in father's will; it does not appear whether she was married.
The descendants of this family are exceedingly numerous.
JOSEPH ADAMS,2 seventh son of Henry Adams,1 is stated on the column erected to the memory of the latter, to have been the only, son of the family who remained in Braintree. He was b. in England, 1626, as appears from his grave stone, still in being, which informs us that he d. Dec. 6, 1694, a. 68. He was admitted freeman, 1653. It is also stated on the aforesaid column, that he was "an original proprietor in the township of Braintree." This is scarcely probable. He was a maltster, as was his father. Of Braintree, he was selectman for several years. His wife, m. Nov. 26, 1650, was ABIGAIL BAXTER, dau. of Gregory Baxter,?? by his wife Margaret Paddy, sister of Dea. William Paddy of Plymouth and Boston. She d. Aug. 27, 1692, a. 58.
The will of Joseph Adams is recorded Suff. Prob. 13 : 264.
Their children were--
11. (+)Hannah,3 b. Nov. 13, 1652; m. April 10, 1672, Samuel Savill.
12. (+)Joseph,3 b. Dec. 24, 1654; m. 1, Mary Chapin. 2, Hannah Bass. 3, Elizabeth (???).
12 1/2. John,3 b. Jan. 12, 1655-6; d. Jan. 27, 1655-6.
13.Abigail,3 b. Feb. 27, 1658-9; m. John Bass.3
14. (+)John,3| twins, b. Dec. | Boston; m. 1, Hannah Webb. 2, Han. Checkley.
15.Bethiah,3 |3, 1661;| m. John Webb of Braintree, May, 1680. He was
a "miller," and occupied, perhaps owned the grist-mill near the Cart Bridge and E. Braintree Railroad Depot. See HAYDEN, 11.
(*) For the facts given in relation to the eight sons of Henry Adams of Braintree, I am in great part indebted to Lemuel Shaunck, Esq., of Boston; and wholly indebted to him for he account which is here given of his ancestor John Adams of West Cambridge.
?? It was Gregory Baxter--not John Baxter, as stated by Thayer. Gregory Baxter, the
ancestor of numerous families, in his will, dated June 2, 1659, (he d. Jan. 21, 1659-60,) mentions his son Joseph Adams, and wife, "my dau." His wife Margaret, d. Feb. 13, 1662-3
15 1/2. Mary,3 b. Oct. 9, 1663; supposed to have d. young.
16.Samuel,3 b. Sept. 6, 1665; supposed to have d. young.
17.Mary,3 b. Feb. 25, 1667-8; m. 1, Samuel Webb. 2, Dea. Samuel Bass,3
often called "cooper," son of John and Ruth (Alden) Bass. [ALDEN, 14.] She d. March 9, 1706.
18. (+)Peter,3 b. Feb. 7, 1669-70; m. Mary Webb, Feb. 12, 1695.
19.Jonathan,3 b. Jan. 31, 1670-1.
20.Mehitable,3 bapt. Nov. 23, 1678; m. July 21, 1697, Thos. White.3
John Webb, Samuel Webb, Hannah Webb, and Mary Webb, who m. children of this family, were children of Christopher Webb of Braintree. Christopher Webb's will, dated April 14, 1694, proved June 28, 1694, is recorded Suff. Prob., 13 : 220. Hannah, John, and Samuel Bass, were children of John and Ruth Bass. [ALDEN, 13, 14, 17.]
HANNAH ADAMS,3 eldest dau. of Joseph and Abigail Adams, b. Nov. 13, 1652; m. April 10, 1672, SAMUEL SAVIL, son of William.(*) In his will, dated Dec. 13, 1700, (proved Jan. 16, 1700-1, recorded, Suff. Prob., 14 : 278), he mentions wife Hannah, eldest son Samuel, (under 21;) other children, John Savell, Hannah Cleverly, Abigail Savell, Bethiah, Sarah, and Mary Savell. His brethren Benjamin Savell, and Samuel Bass, "cooper," to be Executors. Children--21. Hannah,4 b. July 13, 1674; m. (???) Cleverly.
22. Abigail,4 b. Feb. 14, 1678; m. Joseph Allen,3 Aug. 14, 1701. [ALLEN, 19.]
23. William,4 and Deborah,4 twins, b. Feb. 19, 1680; d. young.
24. Bethiah,4 b. Oct. 17, 1681; m. Feb. 12, 1713, John Metcalf of Dedham, b.
March 20, 1678. His second wife. His first wife m. April 29, 1701,
was Mehitable Savel, dau. of John and Mehitable Savel, and cousin to
the second wife. [See Geneal. Reg., vol. vi. pp. 175, 176.
25. Samuel,4 b. about 1683; m. April 25, 1707, Mary French, b. 1684. [FRENCH,
17.] Chosen deacon of First Chh. in Braintree, April 21, 1727.
25a. John,4 b. (???).
25b. Sarah,4 b. (???); m. (2d. wife) Dec. 23, 1719, Josiah Hobart, b. Dec. 11, 1670, son of Caleb Hobart.
25c. Mary,4 b. (???).
JOSEPH ADAMS,3 eldest son of Joseph and Abigail Adams, b. Dec. 24, 1654; m. 1, Feb. 20, 1682, MARY CHAPIN, b. Aug. 27, 1662; d. June 14, 1687. 2, HANNAH BASS, b. June 22, 1667, dau. of John,2 and Ruth (Alden) Bass. [ALDEN, 17.] She d. Oct. 24, 1705. 3, ELIZABETH (???), who died Feb. 14, 1739-40, a. 71. He was selectman of Braintree, 1698-9, also 1715-16-17; and d. Feb. 12, 1736-7. Children, by first wife--26. Mary,4 b. Feb. 6, 1682-3; m. Ephraim Jones of Braintree, April 1, 1714.
(*) WILLIAM SAVEL'S will is dated Feb. 18, 1668-9; recorded Suff. Prob., 6 : 37. He
must have d. soon after, as his widow Sarah m. Thomas Faxon, Sept. 5, 1670. He mentions wife Sarah, sons John, Samuel, Benjamin, and William; daughters Hannah Savil and Sarah Savil; his brother Samuel Bass. William and Sarah were under 21 years of age, and were evidently the second wife's children. Thomas Faxon, Sen., was appointed Executor.
His son JOHN SAVIL'S will is dated Nov. 8, 1687; proved Feb. 2, 1690-1; mentions
wife Mehitable, only son John and dau. Mehitable, [who m. John Metcalf, above, [24.]
Thomas Metcalf soon after m. the widow, who was Ex., and in her behalf presented John Savil's will for Probate. [Suff. Prob., 8 : 29.]
BENJAMIN SAVIL,2 another son of William,1 m. Lydia (???); and was living at the
date of his brother Samuel's will, Dec. 13, 1700. See text.
WILLIAM SAVIL,2 youngest son of William1 above, m. 1, Deborah Faxon. [FAXON 4.]
2, Experience (???). Will dated Jan. 31, 1699-1700, proved Mar. 7, 1699-1700, mentions wife Experience, eldest son William, sons Joseph and Benjamin, daus. Deborah and Judith, all minors. [Suff. Prob., 14 : 142.
27. Abigail,4 b. Feb. 17, 1683-4; m. Seth Chapin of Mendon. Rev. Dr. Chapin, President of Columbian Coll., Washington, D. C., was her gr. grandson.
By second wife--28.Joseph,4 b. June, 1688; H. C., 1710; ord. pastor at Newington, N. H., Nov. 16, 1715, and remained pastor there over 66 years; John Q. Adams remembered him as having visited his father's house; d. May 26, 1784, ‘.
96. Had sons, Benjamin, Joseph, M. D., Ebenezer. Of this family is the inventor of the famous Adams Printing Press.
29. (+)John,4 b. Feb. 8, 1690-1; m. Susanna Boylston of Brookline.
30. (+)Samuel,4 b. Jan. 28, 1693-4; m. Oct. 6, 1720, Sarah Paine of Braintree.
31.Josiah,4 b. Feb. 8, 1695-6; m. Bethiah Thompson, Nov. 20, 1718. Dismissed
to Chh. in Mendon, June 6, 1735.
32.Hannah,4 b. Feb. 21, 1697-8; m. Benjamin Owen of Brain., Feb. 4, 1725.
33.Ruth,4 b. Mar. 21, 1700; m. Rev. Nathan Webb of Uxbridge, Nov. 23, 1731.
34.Bethiah,4 b. June 13, 1702; m. (his 2d. wife) Ebenezer Hunt of Weymouth,
April 28, 1737. He was son of Col. Ephraim Hunt. See HOLBROOK.
35. (+)Ebenezer,4 b. Dec. 30, 1704; m. Anne Boylston of Brookline.
By third wife--36. Caleb,4 b. May 26, 1710; d. June 4, 1710.
Capt. JOHN ADAMS,3 son of Joseph and Abigail Adams, b. Dec. 3, 1661; m. 1, HANNAH WEBB, dau. of Christopher Webb of Braintree. 2, Oct. 19, 1694, HANNAH CHECKLEY, dau. of Anthony Checkley, Esq. of Boston,(*) by wife Hannah Wheelwright, dau. of Rev. John, of Exeter. He followed the seas; lived in Boston after 1687; was a merchant there; d. intestate before Jan. 20, 1712. Children, by first wife--37. Hannah,4 b. in Braintree, Jan. 24, 1685; m. Aug. 1710, Samuel Holbrook.
38. John,4 b. in Braintree, Sept. 27, 1687.
39. Samuel,4 b. in Boston, May 6, 1689; m. April 21, 1713, Mary Fifield, b. May 8, 1694, only dau. of Richard and Mary Fifield of Boston. He lived near the lower end of Summer St., Boston; carried on an extensive business, and acquired a large estate. He sustained many public offices; represented Boston in the Legislature; and was a staunch friend of popular rights. He d. March 8, 1747-8. He had twelve children, of
whom only three lived beyond the period of infancy, two sons and a dau. One of the sons was SAMUEL,5 b. Sept. 16, 1722; m. 1, Oct. 17, 1749, Elizabeth Checkley, b. March 15, 1725, dau. of Rev. Samuel Checkley,?? pastor of the New South Church, Summer St., Boston, who d. Dec. 1, 1769, a. 74, in the 51st year of his ministry. 2, Dec. 6, 1764, Elizabeth Wells, b. Jan. 26, 1735-6, dau. of Francis Wells of Boston. Samuel Adams,5 the son, grad. H. C., 1740; proscribed (with John Hancock) by
Gov. Gage, whom in person and features, it is said, he remarkably resembled;
one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence; Lieut. Gov. of Mass., 1789; Gov., 1794-7; d. Oct. 2, 1803. A man of incorruptible integrity; suffered honorable poverty in his old age. By second wife--
40. Joseph,4 | twins, b. Dec. |
41. Mary,4|20, 1695;| m. Samuel Jones of Boston, May 12, 1715.
(*) Anthony was son of John Checkley of Boston, b. in England, 1609; freeman, 1648. For Checkley family, see Geneal. Reg., vol. ii. pp. 349-354.
?? Rev. Samuel Checkley, (anciently Chicheley), was son of Samuel Checkley, b. in Preston, Northamptonshire, Eng., Oct. 14, 1653; arrived in Boston, N. E., Aug. 3, 1670; m. Mary Seottow, dau. of Joshua Scottow, one of the principal founders of the Old South Chh. in Boston, founded 1669. Mr. Checkley, Sen., was Col. of the Boston Regiment, 1715. He was a Deacon of the Old South Chh. Selectman of Boston several years; d. Jan. 27 1739. We do not understand that there was any relationship between Samuel and Anthony Checkley.
42. Thomas,4 b. March 29, 1701.
43. Abijah,4 b. May 11, 1702; m. Deborah Cutler, 1725; d. 1768. Clerk of Faneuil Hall Market many years.
Capt. PETER ADAMS,3 son of Joseph and Abigail Adams, b. Feb. 7, 1669-70; m. MARY WEBB, Feb. 12, 1695. Was Selectman of Braintree several years. Chosen Deacon of First Church, Aug. 21, 1727. Children--44. Mary,4 b. Jan. 27, 1695-6.
45. Abigail,4 b. Aug. 13, 1698.
46. Peter,4 b. Aug. 13, 1700.
47. Hannah,4 b. Oct. 12, 1702.
48. Esther,4 b. Aug. 11, 1707.
49. Mehitable,4 b. Nov. 25, 1708.
50. Jedidiah,4 b. Jan. 21, 1711; H. C., 1733; ord. pastor, Stoughton, Feb. 19,
1746; m. May 19, 1746, Mary Marsh, dau. of Rev. Joseph Marsh, and gr. dau. of Rev. Moses Fiske, all of Braintree; d. at Stoughton, Feb. 25, 1799, a. 88.
51. Bethiah,4 b. July 3, 1713; d. April 22, 1715.
Dea. JOHN ADAMS,4 son of Joseph and Hannah (Bass) Adams, b. Feb. 8, 1691; m. Nov. 23, 1731, SUSANNAH BOYLSTON,4 dau. of Peter Boylston,3 shopkeeper, of Brookline. [BOYLSTON, 11.] He was Constable, 1728; Selectman, 1734; chosen Deacon of First Church in Braintree, May 11, 1747; d. May 25, 1761, a. 70. Mrs. Susanna Adams d. April 17, 1797, a. 88. [Gravestones.] Their children were--55. (+)John,5 b. Oct. 19, 1735; m. Abigail Smith of Weymouth, Feb. 24, 1764.
56. (+)Peter Boylston,5 b. Oct. 16, 1738; m. Mary Crosby, Aug. 20, 1768.
57. (+)Elihu,5 b. May 29, 1741; m. Thankful White, Sept. 20, 1765.
SAMUEL ADAMS,4 son of Joseph and Hannah (Bass) Adams, b. Jan. 28, 1694; m. Oct. 6, 1720, SARAH PAINE, b. July 3, 1697, dau. of Dea. Moses Paine, who was son of Stephen and Hannah (Bass) Paine, and grandson of Moses, who d. June, 1643. Samuel Adams d. July 17, 1751, a. 57. Mrs. Sarah Adams d. June 23, 1777, a. 80. [Grave-stones.] Their children were--58. Samuel,5 b. June 15, 1723; m. Submit Crane, Jan. 10, 1767.
59. Sarah,5 b. March 4, 1726.
60. Mary,5 b. April 4, 1728; d. July, 5, 1730.
61. Joseph,5 b. Nov. 27, 1730.
62. Moses,5 b. Jan. 31, 1733; m. Mary (???). He d. Oct. 9, 1778, ‘. 46.
63. Aaron,5 b. July 29, 1736; d. March 6, 1740.
64. Elijah,5 b. March 16, 1738.
65. Nathaniel,5 b. Jan. 19, 1745.
Capt. EBENEZER ADAMS,4 son of Joseph and Hannah (Bass) Adams, b. Dec. 30, 1704; m. March 21, 1728-9, ANNE BOYLSTON, dau. of Peter Boylston of Brookline. [BOYLSTON, 10.] He and his brother John m. sisters. Children--66.Peter,5 b. June 11, 1730; d. July 2, 1730.
67.Anne,5 b. July 24, 1731; m. (???) Hall.
68. (+)Boylston,5 b. Feb. 28, 1734; m. Mary Allen, Sept. 28, 1754. [ALLEN, 70.]
69. (+)Ebenezer,5 b. March 15, 1737; m. Mehitable Spear, Dec. 14, 1758.
70.Zabdiel,5 b. Nov. 5, 1739; H. C., 1759; ord. pastor (successor of his father-in-law), Lunenburg, Sept. 5, 1764; m. June 5, 1765, Elizabeth Stearns,
fourth dau. of Rev. David Stearns of Lunenburg. She d. Aug., 1800.
They had eleven children, a Record of whom may be found in Bond's Hist. of Watertown, p. 547. He d. March 1, 1801, a. 62.
71.Micajah,5 b. March 6, 1741; d. June 18, 1769.
Hon. JOHN ADAMS,5 son of Dea. John and Susanna Adams, b. Oct. 19, 1735; H. C. 1755; m. Feb. 24, 1764, ABIGAIL SMITH, b. Nov. 11, 1744, dau. of Rev. William Smith of Weymouth. She d. 1818, a. 74.(*) [BOYLSTON, 3.] John Adams has been pronounced by eminent authority, "the very soul of the American Revolution." Increasing evidence is from year to year arising, that this statement is true. He was beyond doubt the guiding genius of the time. The appointment of Washington to the chief command of the Patriot forces, and the adoption by Congress of the Declaration of Independence, were each the result of his eloquent addresses. "The matchless Orator," says Rufus Choate, "though none of his Orations have come down to us, yet we well know what they were." His history is that of his country. The chief negotiator of the Treaty of 1783; first ambassador to England after the Peace; Vice-President of the United States under Washington; the second President of the Republic; he breathed his last, July 4, 1826, while the booming cannon were celebrating the Fiftieth Anniversary of American Independence. His children were--72.Abigail,6 b. July 14, 1765; m. Hon. William Smith of New York. She d. Aug. 15, 1813. Her dau. Louisa took care of the aged Ex-President inhis last years.
73. (+)John Quincy,6 b. July 11, 1767; m. Louisa Catharine Johnson of Md.
74.Susanna,6 b. Dec. 28, 1768.
75.Charles,6 b. (???); m. Sarah Smith of New York.
76.Thomas Boylston,6 b. Sept. 15, 1772; m. Ann Harrod of Haverhill.
PETER BOYLSTON ADAMS,5 son of Dea. John and Susanna (Boylston) Adams, b. Oct. 16, 1738; m. MARY CROSBY, Aug. 20, 1768. Children--77. Mary,6 b. March 4, 1769.
78. Boylston,6 b. April 24, 1771.
79. Ann,6 b. April 19, 1773.
80. Susanna,6 b. Aug. 11, 1777.
ELIHU ADAMS,5 son of Dea. John and Susanna Adams, b. May 29, 1741; m. Sept. 20, 1765, THANKFUL WHITE, b. May 25, 1747, dau. of Joseph White. [WHITE, 62.] They lived in Randolph. After his death, his widow m. Aaron Hobart, Esq., of Abington. Children of Elihu Adams--
BOYLSTON ADAMS,5 son of Capt. Ebenezer and Anne (Boylston) Adams, b. Feb. 28, 1734,; m. Sept. 28, 1754, MARY ALLEN, b. Sept. 12, 1737, eldest dau. of Dea. Thomas and Mary (Hunt) Allen. [ALLEN, 70.] He lived within the present town of Braintree. He and his wife "owned the covenant," or, in the indecorous language of the Church Record, "were received half-way to heaven," April 28, 1755; a record doubtless interpolated, and made since the "Half-way Covenant" was laid aside; probably within the last forty years. Mr. Adams d. Dec., 1761, a. 27. [Grave-stone.] His children were--84. Mary,6 b. Feb. 9, 1755; m. Feb. 10, 1772, Elkanah Thayer, b. 1746, son of Thomas and Lydia Thayer. [THAYER, 191.] They removed to Williamsburg,
(*) Her mother was Elizabeth Quincy,5 b. 1722; d. Oct. 1, 1775; dau. of Col. JOHN
QUINCY4 of Braintree, b. 1689, who was one of the most distinguished public men of that period; forty years Representative from Braintree in the General Court, and many years in succession Speaker of the House. Also member of the Executive Council. To the North Precinct of Braintree, when it was set off as a distinct town in 1792, his name was given on the recommendation of Hon. Richard Cranch, the husband of his grand-dau. Mary Smith, sister of Mrs. Abigail Adams in the text, and who was requested to give a name to the town. His paternal estate, on which he resided all his life, became the property of his grt. grandson
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS,6 who bore his name. Col. John Quincy4 was son of Daniel,3 who was son of Edmund Quincy,2 b. in England, 1627, who with his father EDMUND QUINCY,1 came from Eng. with Rev. John Cotton, in 1633, settled at Mount Wollaston, 1635, and d. soon after, a. 33.
liamsburg, near Northampton, where the compiler visited them in May, 1823.
Children--Mary, b. Dec. 16, 1773; Thomas Boylston, b. Feb. 26,
1776; d. April 10, 1776; Thomas Boylston, b. March 18, 1777; Elkanah,
b. Sept. 6, 1781; Zabdiel, b. Dec. 31, 1783; Susanna, b. March 7, 1786;
Eunice, b. July 12, 1788. All b. in Brain. Mr. Thayer d. of a cancer.
85. Anne,6 b. Feb. 24, 1757; m. Josiah Vinton, Oct. 27, 1776. [VINTON, 156.]
86. Elizabeth,6 b. Feb. 8, 1759; m. 1775, Oliver Newcomb of Quincy; she d. 1778.
Dea. EBENEZER ADAMS,5 son of Capt. Ebenezer and Anna Adams, b. March 15, 1737; m. MEHITABLE SPEAR, Dec. 14, 1758. Children--87. Joseph,6 b. Aug. 25, 1759.
88. Mehitable,6 b. Dec. 21, 1760.
89. Ebenezer,6 b. May 9, 1762.
90. Josiah,6 b. Oct. 17, 1763.
91. Zabdiel,6 b. Dec. 9, 1767.
92. Alice,6 b. June 10, 1770.
93. Thomas,6 bapt. Aug. 2, 1772.
94. Anne Boylston,6 bapt. Nov. 23, 1774.
95. Elihu,6 bapt. Sept. 24, 1777.
Zabdiel Adams,6 Esq., [91,] the fifth of the above children--b. in Roxbury, very near Boston line,--m. Rachel Lyon, b. March 23, 1772, an only child. The eldest child of this marriage was--96. Zabdiel Boylston Adams,7 M. D., grad. H. C., 1813, a distinguished physician of Boston. He d. in Boston, Jan. 25, 1855, a. 62. During his long medical practice of 32 years, he lost not a day by sickness.
Hon. JOHN QUINCY ADAMS,6 son of John and Abigail Adams, b. July 11, 1767; m. July 26, 1797, LOUISA CATHARINE JOHNSON, b. Feb. 12, 1775, dau. of Joshua and Catharine (Nuth) Johnson of Maryland. She d. May 15, 1852, a. 77. [Grave-stone.] Mr. Adams accompanied his father to France, 1778, in the frigate Boston, commanded by the bold and intrepid Capt. Tucker of Bristol, (the part now Bremen), Maine; H. C., 1787; appointed Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory Harv. Coll., 1806; minister to several European courts from 1794 to 1817; principal negotiator of the Treaty of Peace, signed Dec. 24, 1814; first minister to England after the peace of 1815, as his father had been after the peace of 1783; Secretary of State under Monroe, 1817-1824; President of the United States, 1825-1829. He never bestowed an office on any person on the ground of personal friendship or because the person was a partizan of his, or had favored or was disposed to favor his election; thus failing of re-election to the high office he filled with so much dignity; but exhibiting a noble contrast to the selfish and mean tactics introduced by his successor, whose avowed maxim was, to "reward his friends and punish his enemies"; and the banner of whose party bore the ominous legend--"To the victors belong the spoils;" a menace, alas! too faithfully accomplished. Coming centuries will do ample justice to this illustrious statesman; and the world will never forget his struggles for freedom on the floor of Congress, often against appalling odds, and daily threatened with assassination. The very men who had labored for years to destroy his reputation and influence, and to hinder his efforts, were foremost to pronounce his eulogy, when the "old man eloquent" lay in the embrace of death. He fell in the midst of public duties, and d. at Washington, Feb. 23, 1848, ‘. 81. "Whenever his country called for his labors in either hemisphere, or in any capacity, he never spared them in her cause. A son worthy of his father; a citizen shedding glory on his country." [Monumental Inscription at Quincy.] His children were--97. George Washington,7 H. C., 1821; a lawyer in Boston; Rep. Gen. Court,
98. John,7 b. (???); d. Oct. 23, 1834.
99. Charles Francis,7 H. C., 1825; studied law; m. Abigail Brown Brooks, b.
April 25, 1808, youngest dau. of Hon. Peter Chardon Brooks of Boston; resides on the paternal estate in Quincy; a firm, able, eloquent friend of liberty; has, among others, one son, 100. John Quincy,8 appointed to read the "Declaration" in Boston on the coming 4th of July.