Joseph Adams, Jr. (1715 - 1794)

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Birthplace: Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Death: Died in Newton, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
Occupation: Deacon
Managed by: Peter Cole
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About Joseph Adams, Jr.

Authorities differ on the father of Deacon Joseph Adams.

Cutter claims, "Martha (Adams) Tufts is a descendant of Joseph Adams, who married Abigail, daughter of Deacon Gregory and Margaret (Paddy) Baxter, November 26, 1650. Their son, Joseph Adams, Sr., was born December 25, 1654. He married first. February 20, 1682, Mary Chapin, born August 27, 1662, died June 14, 1687; married second, 1687, Hannah, born June 22, 1667, died October 4, 1705, daughter of John and Ruth (Alden) Bass, and sister of Joseph Bass. Ruth (Alden) Bass was daughter of John and Priscilla ( Mullens) Alden. Married third. Elizabeth Hobart, daughter of Caleb Hobart. She lies in the old burying ground at Quincy, by the side of her husband, who was grandfather of President John Adams." (Since Deacon Joseph was born in 1715, he would have been the son of Elizabeth Hobart in this version.) But Cutter acknowledges that the relationships represented in this tree may also be valid.

" For many years he was deacon of the church in Menotomy, now Arlington, and Selectman four years." " When her youngest child was eighteen days old. Mrs. Adams was driven from her home by the British troops on their return from Lexington, and the house was set on fire, but the flames were extinguished before much damage resulte.d" History of Cambridge, Mass., p. 473.

" When the marauding troops broke into deacon Adams' house and seized the communion service of the Menotomy Church, little Joel, the nine year old child of the family, cried out in horror: ' Don't you touch them 'ere things! Daddy'll lick you if you do!' Undeterred by this amazing menace, the bold grenadiers carried away the sacramental vessels and sold them to a Boston silversmith, from whom they afterwards passed back into the possession of the church, where they are still in use." —Boston Sunday Herald, Aug. 2,1885. --------------------

  • Daughters of American Revolution Ancestor #: A000642
  • Service: MASSACHUSETTS Rank: PRIVATE
  • Birth: 3 Jul 1715 CAMBRIDGE MIDDLESEX CO MASSACHUSETTS
  • Death: 3 May 1794 NEWTON MIDDLESEX CO MASSACHUSETTS
  • Service Source: MA SOLS & SAILS, VOL 1, P 61
  • Service Description: 1) MILITIA, CAPT FULLER'S CO, COL THATCHER'S REGT, 2) LEXINGTON ALARM
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Deacon Joseph Adams's Timeline

1715
July 8, 1715
Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1740
October 1, 1740
Age 25
December 14, 1740
Age 25
1743
November 11, 1743
Age 28
1746
September 25, 1746
Age 31
West Cambridge, Massachusetts
1749
September 30, 1749
Age 34
Cambridge, Middlesex, MA, USA
1750
September 11, 1750
Age 35
1756
April 12, 1756
Age 40
Arlington, MA, USA
1758
June 26, 1758
Age 42
1761
March 12, 1761
Age 45