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Francis Adams

  • Birth 1677 England
  • Death 16 Apr 1758 Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Burial Kingston, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • Memorial ID 15522851

Francis was the son of Richard Adams and Mary Parnell from Chester, England, grandson of John Adams 1622-1706 and Anna Howe 1626-1714, and Thomas Parnell of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, born 1630. Francis was born in Cheshire, England, and came to the Colonies in 1692.

Francis was the husband of Mary Buck, the daughter of Thomas Buck and Mary Turner, granddaughter of Isaac Buck and Frances Marsh, Thomas Turner and Sarah Hyland. They were married in 1700 at Plymouth and had seven children:
* Mary Adams, Mrs Nathaniel Atwood 1704-1744
* Jemima Shurtleff. Mrs Barnabas Shurtleff 1707-1773
* Thomas Adams 1709–1768
* Francis Adams 1711-1752
* John Adams 1714-1806
* Richard Adams 1718-1795
* Sarah Adams 1721-1804

His father was killed in New Hampshire: "While making a clearing in New Hampshire to settle upon, he was taken prisoner by the Indians, bound hand and foot, fed upon a few parched corns daily until his sufferings were extreme, when some of the Indians drew their bows and killed him."

1912 Shurtleff genealogy ID 8

After suffering severely from a long and stormy voyage in 1692 from England, fifteen year old Francis Adams and his seventeen year old sister, Jemina, arrived in Boston. Their father, Richard Adams, was not in Boston to meet them. Eventually a traveler, who carried a message from New Hampshire informed them that Indians had slain their father. In her sorrow and despair, Jemina chose to return to England.

Francis was well educated in England, but without funds, friends or a father. In Watertown he obtained an apprenticeship with a weaver and dyer. In less than pleasant circumstances, room and board with his master and his family was included.

Loneliness and homesickness led to bouts with depression for Francis. [He wrote some very lovely but melancholy poetry]

Francis stuck with his unhappy apprenticeship in Watertown less than a year before he moved to Boston. Three years later, at the age nineteen, he was ready to set himself up in the weaving business with help from his brother, Richard, in Chester, England. Richard wrote, "I have taken care to get a friend to buy for you the wool, combs and shuttles you desire."

Francis moved to Plymouth, taking is business with him. Francis married Mary Buck in 1700. She was a woman of "considerable energy," an excellent weaver, a meticulous housekeeper and loving mother.

When Francis was twenty-seven, he was appointed Constable of Plymouth. A year later he bought, for five pounds, a piece of land at the foot of Spring Lane. In the next two years he bought more property, on one piece he constructed a building to house his weaving and dying business.

In 1720, Francis sold his Plymouth properties and moved his family to Kingston. Not until 1727 did he purchase property in Kingston where he setup his weaving and dye shop and a house for his family, complete with seven children. He maintained his business there until retirement and lived in the house until his death.

Francis Adams was of "rather small stature, unassuming, and of modest mien." Although he was not a devoted church member, or a "formalist," he was a wholehearted Puritan who harbored no doubts as to the reality in his life of Satan and Hell.
At the age of eighty-one, in 1758, Francis Adams died. His wife Mary outlived him by eleven years to the age of eighty-four. Their survivors included four sons and three daughters all of who married.

Of Francis and Mary's three daughters, little is known except each one married.

Of the four sons only John followed his fathers occupation. Thomas, the oldest, was Captain of a coastal sailing vessel for many years. Francis, the second son, was also a mariner and Captain. Then fourth son, Richard, was a blacksmith.

Francis and Mary's children brought forth sixty-five grandchildren.

From Genealogy of the Adams Family, of Kingston, Mass, 1861, By George Adams
History of the Walcott and Adams Famalies: From Colonial times to Present, By William O Walcott.
Kindly contributed by descendant Roger Whiting #47871425


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