The Leeds Family of New Jersey:Information about John Adams
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John Adams (b. 1637, d. 06 Sep 1670)John Adams (son of Jeremy Adams and Rebecca Taylor Baseden Greenhill) was born 1637 in Hartford, Ct., and died 06 Sep 1670 in Hockanum, East Hartford, CT.He married Abigail Smith on 24 Aug 1657 in Hartford, CT.
Notes for John Adams:
Other children of John Adams: Sarah b 3/1662 m John Bunce of Huntington; Jeremiah b 8/1664; Jonathan b 11/6/1668; Thomas, born after the death of John in 1670.he died a young man, unmarried, in Huntington.
John was the only son of Jeremy to leave issue.
Neither John Adams or Abigail Smith were of age at the time of the marriage and the document giving the consent of both Jeremy Adams and Abigail's father Richard Smith to the marriage is of record.
Very little is found of record, besides the grant of Cochester land in 1663, concerning John Adams.The explanation of this is his early death. He died 9/6/1670 without a will.However, the records of the Probate Court give the names and ages of the children and tell us that another child was expected.John's widow married, secondly, John Betts of Wethersfield March 13, 1672/3.They removed to Huntington, LI.
ADAMS-RISLEY. - The following document is preserved in the Connecticut State Library at Hartford, in the collection of papers called Towns and Lands, vol. 5, p. 204 :
The testimony of Richard Risley Sr
Hartford May ye 20th 1726 These may certifle whome It may Concern yt I Richard Rlsly of Hartford Do of my Certain Knowledge Know yt my father John Addams formerly of Hartford Deceased, had seven Children viz : 4 sons & three Daughters: one son Died without Issue: I married one of ye Daughters & Edward Hlgbee married another: John Brush married ye other: ye sisters are all Deceased but they have Left Children as I herd by Jeremiah Adoms viz, two higbee & 2 : Brushes which ware well ye Last I herd from them : ye above written I am Ready to testifle to If Cald, witness my hand
Given under oath, the Adams party being notified to be present, before me Orlas Pitkln just, a peace Opened in Genll Court May 21st1726. Test Hez : Wyllys Secretry.
The John Adams referred to was son of Jeremy Adams, one of the original proprietors of Hartford ; for him and his descendants see REGISTER, vol. 59, pp. 315-320. The Richard Risley who deposes that he married one of the daughters of John Adams was a son of Richard Risley, another of the original proprietors of Hartford. From other documents we learn that Richard Risley married the daughter Rebecca, Edward Higbee of Huntington, L. I., the daughter Abigail, and John Brush of Huntington, L. I., the daughter Sarah. Up to this time even the name of the wife of Richard Risley has been unknown, as witness the Risley Genealogy, p. 42.
Both Jeremy Adams and his son John had grants of land at what became Colchester, from the General Court of Connecticut, and the document given above was offered in evidence by the Adams heirs in a dispute over title with the town of Colchester.
Hartford, Conn. ARTHUR ADAMS.
More About John Adams:
Property: Bet. 11 Mar 1662 - 1663, Received a grant for 330 acres in Colchester, Ct..
More About John Adams and Abigail Smith:
Marriage: 24 Aug 1657, Hartford, CT.
Children of John Adams and Abigail Smith are:
- +Rebecca Adams, b. Aug 1658, Hartford, CT., d. Bef. 20 May 1726, Hartford, CT..
- +Abigail Adams, b. Feb 1660, Hartford, CT., d. Bef. Aug 1716, Middletown, NJ.
- Sarah Adams, b. 09 Mar 1662, Hartford, CT., d. 20 May 1726, Hartford, CT..
- +Jeremiah Adams, b. Aug 1664, Hartford, CT., d. Dec 1735, Great Egg Harbor, NJ.
- +John Adams, b. Sep 1666, Hartford, CT, d. Bef. 1750, Chestnut Neck, NJ.
- +Jonathan Adams, b. 06 Nov 1668, Hartford, CT., d. 07 Jun 1727, Great Egg Harbor, NJ.