History of the Adams Family
Author: Henry Whittemore
Call Number: R929.2 qA214
New York: Willis McDonald and Co., 1893.
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ADAMS FAMILY of Carroll County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Va.
FRANCIS ADAMS, of Charles Co., Md., is the first direct ancestor of this branch of the Adams family of which there is any authentic information. He and many of his descendants bore the Arms and Crest of an old distinguished family mentioned in "Burke's General Armory," viz.: Arms, Ermine, three cats-a-mountain, passant in pale sable. Crest, a greyhound's head, couped ermines, charged on the neck with two bars gemelles, or. Francis Adams was born about 1680, and in 1707, married Mary, daughter of George Godfrey, of Charles Co., Planter. By deed, dated Nov. 13, 1707, the said Godfrey conveyed to Francis Adams and Mary his wife, part of a tract of land called "Troops Rendesvous." The issue of Francis and Mary (Godfrey) Adams, were: Josias, who in his will, recorded Aug. 17th, 1773, mentions as children: Daniel Jenifer Adams, Elizabeth Mason Adams and Anna Adams. George, living in 1749. Ignatius, to whom his father bequeathed "Troops Rendesvous."
Abednego, of whom hereafter. Samuel, who died in 1748, leaving issue, Tabitha, Celia, Athaliah and Cloe. Francis, of Charles Co. ABEDNEGO ADAMS, of Fairfax Co., Va., fourth child of Francis and Mary (Godfrey) Adams, was born in 1721. When quite young he settled in Fairfax, Co., Va., on lands lying between the two branches of "Little Hunting Creek." In 1753 he inherited by will the lands of his cousin William Godfrey, of Fairfax Co., and in 1760 obtained from Lord Fairfax, proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia, a grant of land in Fairfax Co. He married three times; by his first wife he had three children; his third wife was Hannah Moss, of Fairfax, Co., he died, Nov. 1, 1809. In his will, dated June 28th, 1804, he mentions the following children:Josias Peake, of whom hereafter.
Francis, of Centerville, Fairfax Co., b. Feb. 7th, 1811, at his homestead in "Mount Gilead," in Centerville. This was one of the few houses in the village that survived the Battle of "Bull Run." He served in the War of the revolution and was subsequently appointed by President John Adams in the "Excise Office," equivalent to that of Collector of Internal Revenue of the present day.
He married, Feb. 8th, 1777, his cousin Ann, dau. of Humphrey Peake.
Catharine, b. Feb. 1st, 1778; Thomas Louis, b. Aug. 20th, 1778; Mary Stonestreet, b. Feb. 23d, 1782; George, Elizabeth, Ann Peake, Frances Folsom. John, went to sea and was never heard from. Robert, m. Lucy Cordell, and had issue, George Martin and others.
Abednego, m. and had issue, Robert (supposed to have been a builder in New York about 1835), Abednego, Samuel, Julia, Elizabeth, Sarah Jane, Mary, Maria.
James, m. Miss Bruner, had issue, Samuel, Julia, Elizabeth, Sarah Jane. Mary Ann, of Centerville, Va., spinster, died in 1822. Sarah Moss, b. April 15th, 1778, m. Thomas Peake, of Centerville.
JOSIAS PEAKE ADAMS, of London Co., Va., eldest son of Abednego and Mary (Peake) Adams, born about 1748. In 1791 he married Elizabeth Price Crump, of Tanquier Co., Va.; issue: Francis, of whom hereafter. William Godfrey, b. Oct. 9th, 1795, died unmarried. FRANCIS ADAMS, of Alexandria, Va., eldest child of Josias Peake and Elizabeth Price (Crump) Adams, was born July 22d, 1793. He was a merchant in Alexandria. He married, Dec. 20th, 1814, Mary Ricketts, daughter of William and Jane Barr (Stuart) Newton, of Alexandria, and sister of Commodore John Thomas Newton, U. S. N. Francis Adams served in the War of 1812-15. He was vestryman of Christ Church, at Alexandria, where Gen. Washington worshipped. On March 3d, 1819, he was appointed U. S. Consul, at Trieste, Austria, and on Aug. 8th, 1823, U. S. Consular Agent at Matanzas, Cuba, at which latter place he established the firm of Latting, Adams & Stewart, and bought a coffee estate which he named "Mount Vernon." By his marriage with Miss Newton, he had issue:
Jane Newton, b. in Alexandria, March 15th, 1816, m. 1833, James B. Goddard of Norwich, Ct.
William Newton, of whom hereafter.
Mary Ricketts, b. Alexandria, Nov. 19th, 1820, m. 1850, Gardner Greene, of Norwich, Conn.
Louisa Howland, b. New York, May 21st, 1824, m. April 18th, 1850, Arthur Moore Beardsley, of Utica, N. Y., son of Judge Samuel Beardsley.
WILLIAM NEWTON ADAMS, of Brooklyn, N. Y., only son and second child of Francis and Mary Ricketts (Newton) Adams, of Alexandria, Va., was b. in Alexandria, Va., Sept. 15th, 1818. He was educated at Norwich, Conn. At the age of nineteen he went to Venezuela, where he engaged in business. He married, Sep. 29, 1844, Carmen, daughter of Don Vicente Antonio Michelena, of Caracas, Administrator of Customs at La Guayra, and President of the "Tribunal de Cuentes," at Caracas, a descendant of the ancient family of de Michelena, of the Valle de Cyarzun, Province of Guyruzcoa, Spain. In 1848, he went to the island of Cuba, where he became a partner of the house of Brooks & Co., of Santiago de Cuba. He was for several years U. S. Consul at that place. He was a man of culture and a frequent contributor to the press, of articles and criticisms, especially on the financial theories of the day. He returned to the United States in 1865 and engaged in business. He died June 26th, 1877. By his marriage with Miss Michelena, he had issue:Mary Eliza, b. Caracas, Venezuela, June 30th, 1845, m. Theodore Brooks.
William Newton, of whom hereafter.
Francis Vincent, b. Santiago de Cuba, April 11th, 1849, d. March 11, 1853.
Amelia Louisa, b. Santiago de Cuba, April 18th, 1850, m. James T. Thurston, Jr.
Charles Frederic, of New York, b. Santiago de Cuba, July 27th, 1851, graduated LL. B. from Harvard Law School in 1871, admitted to the New York Bar, Sep.14th, 1872.
Thomas Brooks, b. Santiago de Cuba, Oct. 24th, 1852.
Carmen, b. Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 16th, 1855, d. Sep. 23d, 1858.
Francis Vincent, b. Santiago de Cuba, Nov. 10th, 1856, d. Dec. 24th, 1865.
Ernest Henry, b. Santiago de Cuba, Dec. 16th, 1857.
Frederick Augustus, b. Santiago de Cuba, Jan. 24th, 1859.
Carmen, b. Santiago de Cuba, Feb. 17th, 1860, d. Nov. 19th, 1862.
Rev. Henry Augustus, Rector of the Church of the Redeemer, New York, b. Santiago de Cuba, Sep. 20th, 1861.
Caroline Mathilde, b. Santiago de Cuba, June 14th, 1863.
WILLIAM NEWTON ADAMS, of Brooklyn, N. Y., eldest son of William Newton and Carmen (Michelena) Adams, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 25, 1846. He was educated at the private school of Rev. Chas. E. Abbott, at Norwich, Conn., and at the Norwich Free Academy. He afterwards spent three years abroad with the mercantile house of W. A. Fretze & Co, Bremen, Germany. He returned to New York in 1865, and spent seven years with a West India firm as cashier, and in 1873 joined his father in establishing the New York branch of Brooks & Co., of Santiago de Cuba. In 1880 he established himself in the banking and brokerage business under the firm name of Adams, Kellog & Mason, which in 1886 became Andrews, Adams & Kellogg. He married, May 25th, 1870, Elizabeth Harper, daughter of James L. and Amanda Phebe (Brickmaster) Truslow, of Brooklyn, N. Y., issue: Amy Louise, b. June 23d, 1871; Herbert Truslow, b. Nov. 10th, 1875; James Truslow, b. Oct. 18th, 1878. SAMUEL RICHARD ADAMS, of Virginia and New York City, was born in Loudon Co., Va., Sept. 14th, 1817. He was the son of Richard who was the son of Samuel, who was the grandson of Francis Adams and Mary Godfrey, of Charles Co., Md. Samuel R. Adams was a merchant in Alexandria, Va., before the war, removed thence to Richmond, and, after the close of the war moved to New York, 1869, where he carried on business as a merchant until his death, Dec. 14th, 1888. He married Theresa Veitch, daughter of Richard Veitch, who was the son of William Veitch, a captain in the British Navy. One Henry Veitch, probably of the same family, was Lieut. Col. of the 98th Regt. of Foot, in the British army, in 1780. Elizabeth Crease, the wife of Richard Veitch, was the daughter of Anthony Crease, also a captain in the Royal Navy, 1776, who was the father of Capt. Henry Crease, R. N., 1830, and the grand father of Major General John Frederick Crease, C. B., of the Royal Engineers, Major General Anthony Crease, of Marine Artillery, English Army. The issue of the marriage of Samuel Richard and Theresa (Veitch) Adams was Frank, William Harrison, and Henry Clay. Frank, the eldest, married, first, Fanny Beall Cannon, of Baltimore, by whom he had one child, Fanny; he married secondly, Edith Ellison, of Louisville, by whom he had two children, viz.: Francis Ellison and Theresa; William H. the second son married Mary DeWitt, of Richmond, Va. Issue, Helen DeWitt and Anthony Crease. The three brothers named succeeded their father in business. MAJOR DANIEL JENIFER ADAMS, of Maryland, was born in Charles Co., Md., in 1751, he was the son of Josias and Ann Adams, of the same county, and grandson of Francis, the ancestor of this branch, who was born about 1680, and married in 1707, Mary Godfrey, daughter of George Godfrey, Esq., of Maryland. He was a brilliant and dashing officer in the war of the Revolution, was Major of the 7th Regiment "Maryland Line," Continental army. It was during one of his romantic army adventures that he met Miss Hanson, whom he afterwards married. He was sheriff of the county, a prominent merchant, owning it is said, several thousand acres of land in Maryland and Virginia. In his father's will he is named as administrator, he and his two sisters being the only children. Among the children of Daniel Jenifer and (Miss Hanson) Adams, was Thomas Jenifer the father of Howard Jenifer Adams, who married Elizabeth Flint, daughter of William Flint, a native of England. The issue of this marriage was two children of whom the oldest was, CHARLES JENIFER ADAMS, of New York City, born in Philadelphia, Pa., March 4th, 1862. He subsequently moved with his father to Baltimore, Md., where he attended public and private school, and completed his education at the Brooklyn (N. Y.) Collegiate Institute. Has been engaged in business in New York City for some years.