Edward ADAMS ENSIGN (my 8th g.grand.)
Edward ADAMS was born 8 April 1629, the youngest son of Henry a
and Edith Squire Adams.He was baptized in Kingweston Somersetshire
England on 16 April 1629.He was the third child born in Kingweston,
as Henry had moved from Barton St David c.1621, after his son Peter's birth.
The Adams family had lived in and around Barton St David
for approximately six centuries
Edward sailed, with his parents, six brothers and one sister, to New England in
1638.His brother, Jonathan, who had just married Joan Close in February,
stayed in England and worked on his Grandfather Henry SQUIRES
farm in Baltonborough.
Henry Adams had acquired land in Mt Wollaston and settled there.
Henry died in 1646 and all butthree children were mentioned in his will.
*Edward, *Joseph and *Ursula were to have the family homestead.
Ursula and Edward married and moved away, so Joseph wound up with
the whole place and this was the birthplace of John and John Quincy ADAMS,
About 1648, Edith Adams married, as her second husband, John FUSSELL.
And, in 1652, Edith and John moved to what had been called Meadfield
and was later known as Medfield.According to Henry's will, she was to give
up her holdings if she married again.
On 22 May 1650 the town of Dedham was laid out on the west side of the
Charles River.The land on the east side was laid out for the new town of
Meadfield.On 22 May 1651, Medfield was incorporated.
The grants of 1649 and 1650 then became known as the Old Grant and the
New Grant;the New Grant had about 2000 acres.There were fourty-seven
(47) grantees for the New Grant.The land was divided into three sections;
the River Section, the West Section and the East Section.
Our Edward was granted 102 acres and his brother, Jonathan (who had come
to New England at this time as his wife had died ) was granted 84 acres.
Edward's brother Henry was granted 148 acres and Peter 101 in the
East Section.Amongst the grantees was a Widow Sheppard, who received
51 acres. (I believe, this was Edith's sister, Margaret, whose husband, John
had died in 1650).
Edward married Lydia PENNIMANin 1652 in Boston, Lydia's home.
Lydia was the daughter of James and Lydia ELIOT PENNIMAN, who had
emigrated from England on the "Lion" in 1631.James was born in Chipping
Ongar Essex England and Lydia was born in Nazeing Essex England.
I have found a lot of information on Edward's family which list Rockwell
as Lydia's surname.However, Robert Charles Anderson in
"The Great Migration Begins" states in essence that no Rockwell with a
daughter Lydia can be found.So, I and others accept Lydia PENNIMAN
as Edward's first wife.
On 3 May 1654, Edward and his stepfather were admitted Freemen.
(MACOLRECVol 14, part I, p.460).
In 1659, Edward acquired his property in the New Grant.His lot was #17.
On 28 October 1663, Edward was a deponent in a suit concerning a colt
and his brother, Jonathan. (SuffCoCourt files,#606).
*In 1689, Edward was made an Ensign in the Medfield Company of Militia.*
Between 1689 and 1702, Edward was elected a Representative to the
Massachusetts General Court several times.
In 1690, Edward's brother Peter died and Edward was appointed guardian
of Peter's son, Samuel, until he reached his majority.
On 6 February 1688, Ensign Edward ADAMS is listed as one of the members
attending a general meetingof the Freeholders of Medfield.
This list was found in the "History of Medway" (p.38).
Medway was incorporated 25 October 1713 and the Adams listed as
Founders of the Town were Daniel JR, Jasper, John, Jonathan, JR & SR,
Joseph, Obadiah, and Peter Adams.
The History also carries two statements concerning Edward's family:
1."Jonathan Adams, son of Edward, in 1688 settled on the turnpike near
the Medfield Meadows where Mr. William Adams now lives."
2."John Adams, a son of Edward Adams of Medfield, settled near the
Medway pound, which at that date must have been not far from The Neck."
In 1678 Edward married Abigail CRAFT RUGGLES-DAY daughter of
Lieutenant Griffin and Alice CRAFT; and widow of John Ruggles and Ralph Day.
In1689 Griffin Craft died and Edward is mentioned in his will thusly;
"to son-in-law Edward Adams five pounds....to daughter Abegal Adams
ten pounds if she outlive her husband."Abigail did not outlive her husband;
she died in 1707.
In 1710, at the age of* 81, Edward married Sarah TAYLOR,
daughter of John and Sarah TAYLOR of Somersetshire England.
Edward died 12 November 1716, aged 87.
His wife, Sarah TAYLOR ADAMS survived him.
Edward's will reads in part: "Taking notice that his wife was provided for
before their marriage and that his sons, Jonathan and John, were formerly
supplied by him with lds. and Edward with moveables and money, directs
now that his property be divided in nine equal parts, whereof the children
of his son* Eliashib deceased, to have two; *James and * Henry each two
and his daughters *Lydia DANIEL *Sarah TURNER, and *Mehitable FAXON
" (Medfield records XIX 225)His will was written 19 May 1715; and
probated 3 December 1716.
The Children of Edward ADAMS and Lydia PENNIMAN were.
1.Lydia Adams born 12 July 1653; died 3 March 1731; married 12 December
1672, James Allen son ofJames and Anna Guild Allen.James died c.1691
and Lydia married 21 January 1697, Joseph Daniels son of Robert and
Elizabeth Morse Daniels.
2.Captain Jonathan Adamsborn 4 April 1655; died 24 January 1718; married
20 March 1678, Mary Ellis daughter of Thomas and Mary Wight Ellis.
Mary died c.1717 and Jonathan married 12 December 1717,
Mehitable Cheney, widow of James Cheney.
3. ** John Adams born 18 February 1657; died 1 March 1751; married 4 April
1681, Deborah Partridge** daughter of John and Magdalene Bullard Partridge.
Deborah died c.1693 and John married c.1694, Susannah Breck daughter
of Thomas and Mary Hill Breck.
4. Eliashib Adamsborn 18 February 1659; died 2 August 1698; married
18 December 1689, Mehitable Cary.
5. Sarah Adamsborn 29 May 1660; died 18 January 1746; married 10 January
1677, John Turner son of John and Deborah Turner.
6.James Adamsborn 4 January 1662; died 12 September 1733; married 4
January 1689, Mary Allen daughter of William and Elizabeth Twitchell Allen.
7.Henry Adamsborn 29 October 1663; died 28 January 1749; married
10 December 1691, Patience Ellis, daughter of Thomas and Mary Wight Ellis.
Mary died c.1698 and Henry married c.1698 Ruth Ellis, sister of Patience.
8.Mehitable Adamsborn 20 March 1665; died 1 March 1753; married c.
1689, Josiah Faxon son of Richard and Elizabeth Hobart Faxon, widow of
9.Elisha Adamsborn 25 Auguast 1666; died 15 September 1666.
10. Edward Adamsborn 28 June 1668; died in Bristol Rhode Island;
married 19 May 1692, Elizabeth Walley.
11. Bethia Adamsborn 12 April 1671; died 28 April 1671.
12. Bethia Adamsborn 18 August 1672; died 2 September 1672.
13. AbigailAdamsborn 25 January 1675; died 6 February 1675.
14. Miriam Adamsborn 26 February 1676; died 18 May 1676.
Submitted by;Jacqueline Sack, email@example.com.
Bibliography: The Great Migration Begins", Robert Charles Anderson.
Henry of Somerset,J. Gardner Bartlett.
Early Medway Settlers and Land Grants, Francis Donovan.
Adams Family, Dyer.