Edward Adams (c.1619 - 1671)

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Birthplace: Somerset, England
Death: Died in Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
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Edward Adams, as a young man, made the move from England to New England by 1640. He settled in New Haven, Connecticut, and likely married here. His wife=s name was Mary. Enticements to move to Milford, about ten miles southwest along the seacoast, came to him, to which he agreed. This resulted in land being granted to him in Milford, January 19, 1645-6, Aupon these conditions That he will both learn to dress Leather or Skins and alsoe follow His Trade in the town.@

           This arrangement proved less than satisfactory, however, and about 1650 Edward, Mary, and probably two children, moved another fifteen miles southwest along the seacoast to Fairfield, Connecticut. Here they stayed, and at least four more children were born.
           When they moved to Fairfield, the town had been settled for eleven years. Orchards grew, cattle thrived, farms produced well. Industry had been rewarded. By now the exertions of forming the early Connecticut Colony settlements, including Fairfield, had diminished to an easier daily routine. Increase of comforts and luxuries, also a more frequent communication with foreign parts and demands for civil and ecclesiastical liberties, caused some citizens to deviate from the earlier strict practices of the original families. The Colony leaders tried to regulate problems. Two of the matters that con­cerned them were tobacco and alcoholic bever­ages. Historian Elizabeth Schenck explains (see History of Fairfield 1:54-55, 223, 224):
           AOwing to many abuses, committed from the frequent use of tobacco, it was ordered that no person under the age of twenty years, nor any one not yet accustomed to its use, should take the weed until he had obtained, >a certificate under the hand of some who are approved, for knowledge & skill in phisicke, that it is useful for him, & that he has received a licence from the Court for the same. . . . [A]nd for the regulating of those who had already made it necessary for their use,= it was ordered: >that no man in the colony after the publica­tion hereof [1642], shall take any tobaco publicquely in the street, nor the field or woods, unless when travelling at least ten miles, or at the ordinary time of repast, commonly called dinner; or if it be not then taken, yet not above once in the day at most, & then not in com­pany with any other. Nor shall any inhabitant in any of the towns, within this jurisdiction take tobacco, in any house in the same town where he liveth, with or in the company of any more than one who useth & drinketh the same weed with him at that time, under a penalty of six pence for each offence against this order, in any of the plantations thereof.= The constables were appointed to present the names of such as transgressed this act to the particular court.
           ATo prevent the abuse of wine and strong water, it was ordered: >That no inhabitant in any town should continue in a tavern or victualing house in the town in which he lived more than half an hour at a time, drinking wine, beer, or hot water.= Neither should any one sell wine or any drink >above the proportion of three to a pint of sack;= nor whould wine be sold >to a private resident or to those who come for it,= unless by a note signed by >some one Mr. of a family, & he an allowed inhabitant of the town.= Neither were hotel keepers permitted to sell or draw hot water to any but in case of necessity, under the censure of the court in any one of the above cases.@ How Edward and Mary felt about these matters is unknown.
           Edward died at a fairly young age, probably in his early fifties. In his will, dated August 7, 1671, he gave son Samuel his house and home-lot in the town, if Samuel finished it at his own expense, after being furnished with stones, mortar, & attendance for the walls to be thirteen feet high, to be paid out of the estate. Son Abraham was to have ten acres at Barlow=s Plain and other lands. To daughter Mary Merwin, whose first husband was Luke Guire, Edward gave two acres in Barlow=s Plain, running down to the large pond, as well as commonage and part of his long-lot. He also gave to sons Samuel and Abraham part of his long-lot, and commonage. The rest of his land, housing, movables and cattle he gave to his wife Mary, while she remained his widow, entailing it to his minor sons Nathaniel, John, and Nathan. Edward passed away before the following November 11, as this is when the inventory of his estate was taken.
           Widow Mary remarried, within a few years, Anthony Beers of Fairfield. He died in 1679, leaving her a widow for the second time. She lived until late in 1687, the administra­tion of her estate being granted December 2 that year.
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Edward Adams's Timeline

1619
1619
Somerset, England
1642
1642
Age 23
Fairfield, New Haven Colony (Present Fairfield County), (Present Connecticut)
1644
1644
Age 25
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1650
September 9, 1650
Age 31
Fairfield,Fairfield,Connecticut,USA
1660
1660
Age 41
Fairfield, Fairfield, CT, USA
1671
November 11, 1671
Age 52
Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, USA
1945
March 24, 1945
Age 52
1946
February 19, 1946
Age 52
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Fairfield, Fairfield, Connecticut, United States of America