You may wish to see my posts to this forum re: Lorinda (Adams?) Adams, wife of John Adams (Hartford, Conn. 1760-Burlington or Shelburne, Vt. 1843, via Arlington and Essex Junction, Vt. and Montreal). Their daughter, my great-great-grandmother Loraine (Adams) Follett (1795-1869), later of Burlington, Vermont, was a younger sister of Clarissa (Adams) Gates. Loraine's husband, Timothy Follett (1793-1857) apparently spent a good deal of time and effort in wrapping up his brother-in-law's estate in Montreal. Barry Cornell, who has also posted to this forum, is descended from another sister, Melinda (Adams) Handyside of Montreal.
You will note that I am not sure that Lorinda's maiden name was actually Adams. This is because the printed material on her (actually on her husband and their descendants!) was probably assembled by later generations of family members from family Bible records, as I have not located recorded births in Vermont for those of her children supposed to have been born there. Often colonial-era Bible records will read something like "John Doe and Mary Doe his wife were married on..." even if her maiden name was Smith! However, John's brother Allen Adams (1762-1854) actually did marry an Alice Adams (c1767-1820, as unpedigreed as Lorinda) at Ferrisburgh, Vt. I've seen stones of Allen and Alice's daughters Jerusha and Alice (wives #1 and #2 of William R. Williams of Charlotte, Vermont; Jerusha died 11 April 1820, and her mother died two hours later) in a cemetery just behind the Lake Champlain lakefront and ferry pier in Charlotte.
While Lorinda has thus far resisted all attempts, John Adams and his ancestry are treated on pp. 540 and 597 of Andrew Napoleon Adams, A GENEALOGICAL HISTORY OF HENRY ADAMS OF BRAINTREE, MASS., AND HIS DESCENDANTS; ALSO JOHN ADAMS OF CAMBRIDGE, MASS., 1632-1897 (Rutland, Vt., 1898). Clarissa and Loraine's father John Adams was the son of Ebenezer-5 Adams (1724-Hartford, Conn. 1 Oct. 1800, bur. Center Cem.) (James-4 Adams, Jr. & Elizabeth Tiffany of Swansea, Mass. and Killingly, Conn., James-3 Adams & Mary Allen of Swansea, Mass., [Ens.] Edward-2 Adams & Lydia Penniman of Medfield, Mass., Henry-1 Adams & Edith Squire of Barton St. David, Somerset, England and Braintree, Mass.) and Ruth Merrill (1727-1809), whose family can be readily traced in Lucius Barnes Barbour's FAMILIES OF EARLY HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (Baltimore, 1977).
Our John Adams was very fortunate, as Hartford church records indicate he was baptized at home privately by a minister from Killingly, Conn., "the child being sick and its mother..." (ibid., p. 3). In those days, most children that ill just died, but he and his mother both recovered. Our John Adams, however, lived to a good old age, serving in the Revolution at least once and later moving up through Vermont to the economic center of Montreal, later back to Burlington. Goodrich's VERMONT MEN IN THE REVOLUTION notes that he served from Arlington, Vt. in 1781 (there was other, perhaps less successful, service: John's second wife Catherine applied for a soldier's pension in his old age or after his death, only to have it rejected on grounds that he and one Abiel Blowers [whose relatives were also at Arlington] both deserted in 1779!).
John Adams in the early to middle 1780s in town-meeting records at Arlington, near where I suspect he married Lorinda. (Unfortunately, Arlington is close to the New York state border, and records in the Mass.-Vt.-N.Y. corner are incredibly murky for this very fluid pioneer period.) Because of his very common name, I have not tracked all mentions of men named John Adams in the numerous volumes of Vermont State Papers, but at least some should refer to our man. The old (probably private) records used by A.N. Adams say merely that his first wife Lorinda was born "18 Nov. 1760-1," an impossible date (double dating, a holdover, from the medieval church calendar, was abolished in 1752 and anyway only applied from 1 Jan.-25 March), at Guilford, Conn., whose records I searched only to find no Lorinda Adams or Lorinda anybody recorded as being born anywhere around that time. I searched what there was for the much younger settlement of Guilford, Vt., with same results. Note that just because somebody isn't in the town clerk's book doesn't mean that they were not born there; it just means it didn't get to the town clerk, or that the register did not survive.
A.N. Adams apparently relied on private data sent him by descendants, as I have found no birth records for those of John and Lorinda's children who were born in Vermont. According to the 1898 Adams genealogy (p. 597), John and Lorinda's children are:
1. CHARLES ADAMS, b. Arlington, Vt. 12 March 1785, d. Burlington, Vt. 12 Jan. 1861 [his g.s., Elmwood Cem., Burlington, was toppled when I saw it in the 1980s]; m. (1) [place not specified] in 1814 MARIA WAITE (d., place not given, prob. Burlington, 3 Feb. 1823); (2) [place not given] 2 Jan. 1826 MARY L. INGERSOLL of Keene, N.H. (d. [Burlington?] 4 May 1832); (3) [place not given] 25 Dec. 1833 MARY ANN BARRETT (d. "in New York state, in the summer of 1854"). Charles Adams was a distinguished lawyer and a founding member of the Burlington Unitarian Church in 1816. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1804, the first graduating class, and being first in the alphabet, I understand he is considered the first graduate of that fine school.
2. CLARISSA ADAMS, b. in Essex [Junction], Vt. 10 July "17__", d. Burlington, Vt. in 1843, according to A.N. Adams; m. HORATIO GATES, a merchant of Montreal. Thank you for the information on his parents, which I did not have to hand - though years ago I checked the Gates book to see if it contained any clues re: her mother, which of course it doesn't.
3. LORAINE ADAMS, b. South River, P.Q., 7 March 1795, d. Burlington or Winooski, Vermont 7 April 1869 of typhoid, having just returned by train from visiting two of her sons in St. Louis, bur. 9 April 1869, Elmwood Cem. (Burlington FREE PRESS, that date). The death date "in the fall of 1857" is actually that of her husband, TIMOTHY FOLLETT (Bennington, Vt. 5 Jan. 1793-Burlington 10 Oct. 1857), "a prominent business man of Burlington, Vermont." They were married at Burlington (by Rev. J.K. Converse, the Congregational minister) 12 Jan. 1817. Their beautiful Greek Revival house (designed by Ammi Young, architect of the Vt. State House) still stands at the corner of College and Champlain Sts., Burlington. He was indeed one of the mighty men of 19th-c. Burlington, with his hands in real estate, steamboats, banks, railroads, etc., but it was railroads which ruined him in 1853. He is buried Elmwood Cem., Burlington, with an empty spot beside him and no stone for her (perhaps there was one at one time?).
4. LEMA (or LURA) ADAMS, b. Burlington, Vt. 2 Jan. 1798; m. NATHANIEL JONES of Montreal, where she died. Don't know anything more about this couple. [Lura (Adams) Jones had a first cousin, Lura (Adams) Kidder of Enosburg, Vt., daughter of John's brother and his wife Alice (Adams) Adams. I'm thinking that Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Kidder may have been named for their paternal aunt, Lodema (Adams) Pierpont (sister of John and Allen Adams), whose Revolutionary pensioner husband Thomas Pierpont died at Ferrisburgh, Vt.]
5. MELINDA ADAMS, b. Burlington, Vt. 29 Jan. 1801, d. Montreal; m. DAVID HANDYSIDE, "a Scotchman and a brewer of Montreal." Descendant Barry Cornell, who posts to this forum, has pointed out that the spelling "Handyride" in the 1898 Adams genealogy is incorrect.
6. (REV.) JOHN ADAMS (JR.), a Methodist clergyman, b. Burlington, Vt. 29 Jan. 1804, d. Aurora, Illinois, in 1855; m. AMANDA BARBER, who d. (I gather in Illinois) 27 Jan. 1883.
After the death of his first wife Lorinda, John Adams (1760-1843) married, prob. at Burlington (or maybe Shelburne, Vt., where she had ties) 6 Dec. 1811 CATHERINE (SPROAT/SPROUT) LATHROP (1782-1855), a native of Middleboro, Mass., who is buried in the West Shelburne Cem. on the very posh Shelburne Estate there. Her birth in Middleboro, given on the gravestone, does not appear in the fine 2 vols. of Middleboro vital records. Her gravestone was paid for by her "only surviving child," steamship Capt. Gideon Cobb Lathrop, whose Lathrop line from Rev. John Lathrop/Lothrop is traced in Rev. S.B. Huntington's 1884 "Lo-Lathrop" genealogy. According to the 1898 Adams book, John and Catherine (Sproat/Sprout) (Lathrop) Adams had two children:
1. IMOGEN ADAMS, b. Burlington, 1816, d. Chicago, prob. by 1855 (or whenever her half-brother put up their mother's stone in the West Shelburne Cemetery); m. HENRY POTWIN of Burlington, who removed to Chicago.
2. HOMER ADAMS, b. in Burlington (no dates), d. young.
Hope this helps.
With best wishes,