Abial Abbott Adams, son of Martin Adams and Mercy Mary Ryder, was born 24 Jan 1802 in Newport, Orleans co., Vermont, the first white child born within the present limits of the town. He was probably named for Abiel Abbott, a prominent clergyman of that area. Abial Adams worked as a farmer, carpenter, and owned a saw mill. He was town clerk in 1825, and a member of the Baptist church.
He married Irene Gray, daughter of John Gray, on 10 Jun 1823 in Sandwich, Carroll co., New Hampshire. She was born on 15 Sep 1807.
He died Aug 1879 in Newport, Orleans co., Vermont at the age of 77. Irene died on 1 Apr 1885 in Newport, also at age 77. They are buried at Lake Road Cemetery, Newport.
They were the parents of 15 children: Ira Allen, David M., Daniel M., Lucretia, James C., John Quincy, Abel Parlin, Oscar Dunreath, Mercy, Newell Henry Harrison, Orin J., Harriet A., Donald Carlos, Ransom Willis, and Frank Weston.