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Deacon John Adams, Sr

Deacon John Adams, Sr

Birth
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 25 May 1761 (aged 70)
Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Memorial ID 3068 · View Source
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Father of 2nd US President John Adams, Grandfather of 6th US President John Quincy Adams. A descendant of the original Massachusetts Plymouth Colony of Pilgrims John and Priscilla Alden, he was a farmer and cobbler during his life. His patrilineal ancestor was Henry Adams who came from England around 1638 and settled in Braintree (now Quincy) of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1720 he purchased a farm in present-day Quincy, Massachusetts. In 1734 he married Susanna Boylston who came from a prominent and wealthy family of scientists and doctors in Brookline, Massachusetts and they raised three sons, John, Peter, and Elihu, who were all homeschooled. He served as a deacon in the Congregational Church, a lieutenant in the Massachusetts colonial militia, a tax collector, and a selectman of the Town of Braintree. He died at the age of 70. His home is now the Adams National Historical Park.
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“The testator had a good education, though not at college, and was a very capable and useful man. In his early life he was an officer of the militia, afterwards a deacon of the church, and a selectman of the town; almost all the business of the town being managed by him in that department for twenty years together; a man of strict piety, and great integrity; much esteemed and beloved wherever he was known, which was not far, his sphere of life being not extensive.” (Author, 2nd US President John Adams, 1761)

Bio by: William Bjornstad


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Beloved husband of; Susannah Boylston-Adams, Beloved Father of; John, Peter and Elihu Adams


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  • Added: 13 Jun 1998
  • Find A Grave Memorial 3068
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Deacon John Adams, Sr (8 Feb 1691–25 May 1761), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3068, citing Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .