As a descendant of Henry Adams & Elizabeth Edith Squire, you might appreciate this posting (below) from the Colonial America board.I descend from another son of Henry & Edith: Lt. Thomas Adams who was born in 1612, Devonshire, England. He married Mary Blackmore, and died on 20 July 1688 at Chelmsford, Middlesex Co., MBC where he is also buried.
Steven Wallace ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Just a final thought on the character of John Adams.Unlike Thomas Jefferson, who prepared an epitaph emphasizing his creative successes over his achievements of rank, ["Here was buried Thomas Jefferson, Author of the Declaration of American Independence, of the Statute of Virginia for Religious Freedom, And Father of the University of Virginia."], President John Adams composed no epitaph for himself, even when his death was imminent.Instead, Adams did compose an inscription for the sarcophagus lid of his great-great grandfather, Henry Adams, a humble brewer & farmer, and the first American Adams to arrive in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, in 1638. The inscription, (with which David McCullough concludes his recent bestseller and Pulitzer Prize winning "John Adams"), speaks volumes about how President Adams conceived his place in history, and how he accepted the obligation to instruct the future by honoring the past: + + + + + + + + " ... This stone and several others have been placed in this yard by a great, great, grandson from a veneration of the piety, humility, simplicity, prudence, frugality, industry and perseverance of his ancestors in hopes of recommending an affirmation of their virtues to their posterity..." + + + + + + + + These words reflect a biblical worldview of history and human nature, a philosophy that appears all too rare in the schools these days, namely, that man is naturally self-centered and evil, therefore, his decisions to chose virtue are all the more noble and worthy of our veneration.Adams also saw the duty to impart humility and other virtues to the next generation. And personally, I am very grateful for the Adams philosophy ... indeed, Henry Adams was my own giga-grandfather too ... and also that of seven (7) U.S. presidents.This poor little maltster changed history in ways we'll never fully understand ... what an amazing legacy ... and what a great lesson for the next generation!I sure hope that my own kids learn to appreciate these principles. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~