GENERATIONS 1 AND 2
The earliest Adams ancestor
that I am aware of was George Adams, who was born about 1585 in
Somersetshire, England. He married Martha Streetholt, also born
in England about 1600. George supposedly died in Jamaica in
1647, at about age 62. It's unknown when or where Martha died,
or for that matter, how George ended up to be in Jamaica. Their
son, George, was our immigrant ancestor, and all references to
"George" moving forward refer to him unless otherwise noted.
George was born about 1620,
and made his living as a glover. He was first recorded in
America in 1645 (which is likely the year he immigrated), living
in Watertown, Massachusetts. He married Frances Taylor, daughter
of Richard Taylor and also a native of England. He received 20
acres of land for his home, referred to as "George Hill." In
1653, George found himself in serious trouble, being censured by
the General Court for selling two guns and "strong water"
(liquor) to the
Indians, and since he had no money to pay the fine, he was
ordered "whipt and discharged out of prison."
Two years later, George was
granted four acres of land on "Kinges Comen" by the selectmen of
Watertown, but things didn't go smoothly for him. In 1661, he,
his wife, and their five children were found to be "living in
George had owned some land in
Lancaster, but due to his inactivity with it, it had been
"re-conveyed" to someone else. When the town realized that he
had a valid claim to it, they granted him 60 acres of upland
near a spot called "Washacome" to appease him. In order to claim
that land, there were certain conditions that he needed to agree
to - primarily that he and his son John would drop the matter
about the re-conveyed land. They both signed their mark to the
agreement around 1670.
George built his home there
and lived among the Indians, getting along well with them. He
purchased 200 acres of upland and meadow from them, called "Washaame
"King Philip's War" broke out
in 1675 between the Indians and the colonists in New England.
"Philip" refers to Metacomet, the Wampanoag chief who
adopted that name. Metacomet's father, Massasoit, had had a good
relationship with the early Mayflower settlers. However, that
relationship was not maintained after Massasoit's death. Three
Indians were hanged for murder in 1675 and this sparked raids on
towns and homesteads in retaliation. George Adams served in
Capt. Joseph Sills' company. After the Indian attack on the town
of Lancaster in February of 1676, the town was abandoned. At
that time, George and his family moved back to Watertown or his
land at Cambridge Farms (now Lexington). In 1684, George's name
appeared on a list of people who owned land in Lancaster but did
not live there. By 1692 he was living at Cambridge Farms.
George died on 10 Oct. 1696, killed "by the fall of a rock" at
Cambridge Farms, leaving his widow Frances.
children of George and Frances Adams were -
John, 1645-1732, married Abigail Pinney
George, 1647-1733, married Martha Fiske
3) *Sgt. Daniel Adams,
1652-1713, married Mary Hester Phelps
Joseph Adams, 1657-1732