Eleanor:If "our" John Adams was the grandson of Richard Johns and Jane Fox, then his father was James and NOT John, Jr.Richard Johns died in King William County, VA. His will was dated 12 Jan 1703/4 and entered into probate on 20 Mar 1703/4.
In the Name of God Amen, I, Richard Johns, of King Wm. County being very sick and weake in body but of Perfect Sence and Strength of memory thanks be to God Allrnighty Doe Constitute this. my Last will and Testament as followeth; first I comnitt my Soul into the hands cf Allimighty God who gave it unto me trusting through the merits and intercession of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to have free pardon and forgiveness for all my Sins, my body I commit tothe Earth to be Decently buryed at the Deferentions of my Exrs hereafter named and as for the worldly Estate It hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon mee I give bequeath as followeth,It.I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Jane Johns the Plantation I now live on and all the Land thereunto belonging as far as beaver dam run durein her naturall life and..after her Decease to my Sonn Rich'd Johns and the heirs of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever but if Said Sonn Rich'd Dye without issue as aforesd then the sd Land to fall .to my Sonn Arthur Johns and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten for Ever in Case of failure of issue of both my sd Sons as aforesd then my desire is that the Land fall to my Sonn John Johns and his heires for ever. It. It is my Desire that my Sonn Rich'd have Liberty to Live on the Plantation with his mother dureing the time of her Life and in Case of their disagreeing then my desire is my sd sonn have Liberty to Seate and live on any part of my Land above named. It.I Give unto my Sonn Wm. Johns one hundred acres of Land being the Plantation hee now lives on to him and his heires forever. It. I Give unto my Sonn Thomas Johns one hundred acres of Land out my Land adjoining to the Land my Sonn William lives on to him and his heires for Ever. It. I Give unto my Sonn Robert Johns all the remaining part cf my Land in these parts after the above two hundred acres is Laid out to him and his heires for Ever. It.I Give unto my Sonn Arthur Johns the remaining part of the devident of Land I now live on known by the name cf the Island neck to him and the heires of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever but in Case of failure of Such issue then to my Sonn Rich'd Johns and the heires of his body Lawfully begotten for Ever and in Case of failure of issue as above of both my two Sonns then my desire is that it fall to my Sonn John Johns and his heires for ever. It. I give to my Sonn Rich'd Johns a Negroe man called Will at the Expiration of three yeares after my decease and Dureing that three years the Said Negroe is to live with my wife and what Ever his labour Shall produce Dureing the time I Desire and appoint it for my Sonn John Johns toward the buying of a piece cf Land to him and his heirs for Ever. It.I Give to my Daughter Eliz'a now the wife of Jno.Adams twenty shillings Ster'l. It. I give to my Daughter Mary now the wife of John Randle twenty Shillings Ster'l. It. I give to my Daughter Jane now the wife of Josias Randle Six hundred pounds of Sweet scented Tobacco and Cask Convenient. It.I give to my Daughter Anne Johns two cows and calves and one Thousand pounds cf Sweetsented Tob'o and Cask Convenient to be paid at the age of Eighteen yeares or the day of marryage which Shall .first happen. It.I give to my daughter Martha Johns two Cows & Calves and one Thousand pounds of Sweetsented Tob'o and Cask Convenient to be paid her at the age Eighteen yeares or the day of Marriage which Shall first happen. It.All ye rest and residue of my personall Estate both goods and Chattells that I have not All ready given away I give and bequeaath to my Loveing wife Jane Johns whom I Constitute and ordain my full and sole Ex'r of this my Last Will and Testament Consisting of this and two other sides of halfe a Sheet of paper. In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seale this 12th day of January Anno 1703. V 1 p 106The mark of Rid'd Johns R.J. Seal Witnesses Henry Fox Wm. Thomas John Fox At a Court held for King Wm. County ye 20th day of March Anno Dom 1703 This will was proved by the Oaths of Henry Fox, Jno Fox, Gent., witnesses thereto and order for probate thereof Granted Jane Johns Ex'r thereunto named. Vere Rscord't Teste Wm. Aylett Cl.Cur. Test. Wm.. Aylett, Cl.Cur.
James Adams was a neighbor of his in-laws.But I can tell you one thing for sure.The John Adams who had a wife named Katherine (Napier or not) had a James Adams who was very much involved in his life before he left Northumberland County.Whether they were father and son is mere speculation at this point.
I would love to claim these folks, too.
I gotta ask.Are you the same Eleanor Patrick whose ancestor, John Patrick, died in Giles County, TN.If so we had a rather voluminous correspondence many years ago!