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Jeremy Adams, of Hartford

Birthplace: Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Hartford, Connecticut
Place of Burial: Hartford, Hartford, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Unknown father of Jeremy Adams and Unknown mother of Jeremy Adams
Husband of Rebecca Adams and Rebecca Adams
Father of Hannah Smith; Sarah Willett; John Adams of Hartford; Samuel Adams; Hester Adams and 2 others

Occupation: Tavern keeper; First Settler of Hartford Colony
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About Jeremy Adams, of Hartford

Biographical Summary #1:

Jeremy Adams (c. 1604-1683) was at Braintree, perhaps, 1632, removed soon to Cambridge; freeman there, May 6, 1635; came to Hartford in 1636, where he was an original proprietor; his home-lot in 1639 was on the highway now Elm Street; constable in 1639; he married about that time, Rebecca, widow of Samuel Greenhill, it is supposed as a second wife, and in the Distribution, p. 217, he is described as in possession of the house-lot and lands of Greenhill, until the two children come of age (date not given). He was licensed for exclusive right to retail liquors, May, 1660; to keep ordinary, March, 1661-2; this tavern was on the site of the present Universalist Church; he bought the lot of John Morrice, and mortgaged it to the Colony Jan. 26, 1660; his affairs had evidently been in an embarrassed condition for some time, and the mortgage was foreclosed Jan. 14, 1680-1. He was appointed custom master, May, 1663; freed from watching and warding, at the age of 60, March 2, 1664-5; townsman, 1671. His wife, Rebecca, died in 1678, and he married Rebecca, widow of Andrew Warner, Jr., and daughter of John Fletcher. He died August 11, 1683. Inventory, £243. 5. 6. He mentions in his will his grandson, Zachary Sandford, children of son John Adams, and children of son Willett. His widow survived him (although not mentioned in his will) and died in Middletown, Jan. 20,1715, aged 77.


i. Ann, married Robert Sandford, of Hartford (q. v.). Her son Zachary redeemed his grandfather's property in 1685, and kept an ordinary in the same place for many years,

ii. Hannah, married Nathaniel Willett, of Hartford (q. v.).

iii. John, married; died 1670; inventory September 6, 1670.

iv. Samuel, baptized November 23, 1645; probably died young,

v. Hester,

vi. Sarah.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 227. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books

Biographical Summary #2:

Jeremy (Jaramy) Adams of Hartford, Connecticut. B. abt 1604/1605 England? d. 11 Aug 1603 in Hartford, CT. He was one of the early proprietors of Hartford, and his name appears on the "Founders Monument."

The Adams name is thought to be of Welsh origin, originally Ap Adams (Ap meaning "son of" in Welsh). The Ap was dropped from the name as the Adams became more integrated into English culture and society.

Adams (citation 1) was a famous character. "Hospitable, jolly, and full of deviltry in his youth when he began the duties of landlord, he settled down and became a solid, substantial, and prominent citizen."

Family notes are based on "The Great Migration" database.

ORIGIN: Unknown

BIRTH: By about 1611 based on Cambridge land grant.

MIGRATION: 1633 (possibly in company of Rev. Mr. Thomas Hooker)

FIRST RESIDENCE: Cambridge, Mass.

REMOVES: Hartford 1636

OCCUPATION: Innkeeper.

DEATH: Hartford 11 August 1683 [from inventory].

MARRIAGE: (1) By about 1637 Rebecca (Baseden) Greenhill ((b. abt 1608-d. 1678), widow of Samuel Greenhill [Adams Gen 34] Samuel Greenhill and Rebecca Baseden had two children, Thomas Greenhill and Rebecca Greenhill.

MARRIAGE: (2) In late 1682 or early 1683 Rebecca (Fletcher) Warner (b. abt 1638-d. 25 Jan 1715), daughter of John Fletcher and widow of Andrew Warner, who died 26 January 1681[/2?]. Rebecca Fletcher and Andrew Warner had 9 children. (citation 2).

Jeremy Adams' widow survived him although not mentioned in his will, and died in Middleton aged 77. She is described in the death record as wife of Andrew Warner, "afterwards the wife of Jeremiah Addams of Hartford, deceased."

Children of Rebecca Greenhill and Jeremy Adams [Aside from the baptism of Samuel, we have no direct evidence for the birthdates of any of the children.]

1. JOHN (b. say 1637 died 6 Sept. 1670) married 26 Aug 1657 Abigail, daughter of Richard and Rebecca Smith of Wethersfield (she md. 2nd John Betts of Wethersfield, with whom and her Adams children she removed before 1684 to Huntongton Long Island)

2. HANNAH, b. say 1639; m. about 1660 Jonathan Smith; no issue.

3. HESTER, b. say 1641; living on 16 July 1653 when she was a legatee in the will of Thomas Greenhill, her half-brother; no further record.

4. SARAH, b. say 1643; m. by about 1665 Nathaniel Willett as his second wife.

5. SAMUEL, baptized Hartford 23 November 1645; no further record, and certainly deceased by 16 July 1653.

Notes about children:

Some sources claim that Jeremy Adams had another daughter who married Robert Sanford, to justify the bequest by Adams to his "grandson" Zachary Sanford [e.g., NEHGR 59:316, Powers-Banks 55-59], but this is not correct, since Zachary Sanford had married Sarah Willett, daughter of Nathaniel and Sarah (Adams) Willett. This is made clear in the dispute between the Greenhill and Adams heirs over the estate of Thomas Greenhill, when Zachary Sanford makes the claim "in right of his wife" [ Manwaring 1:119].



from [Wilson.ftw]:

On 5 April, 1638, he was sent with Captain Mason on an expedition to the Warranocke Indians. This makes him a qualifying ancestor for the Society of Colonial Wars. He was an Indian agent, Collector of Customs and traded with

Indians for corn for General Court of CT.

from The Great Migration:

On 5 March 1644/5 the General Court of Connecticut ordered that Jeremy Adams appear at the next court to be censured for "adhering to Tho: Osmor in his misapprehensions about the execution, and giving him encouragement by provoking speeches to resist the officer, but especially his passionate distempered speeches, loud language & unmannerly carriage in the face of the Court, to the great offense of the beholders" [ CCCR 1:123]; there is no record of further action in this matter.


1. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).

2. History of Braintree Mass

3. Jeremy Adams of Cambridge MA and his Descendants 1955 by Arthur Adams

4. History of Adams Family by Henry Whittemore

5. Genealogy of New Jersey LA Lib # 974.9 L511

6. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. VOL. LIX -JANUARY, 19O5. Somerset Street, Boston. Committee. PUBLISHED BY THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY.

7. New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 59 pg.315-16


(1) Roberts, in "Towns of the Connecticut Valley," p. 204

(2) The Society of Middletown First Settlers Descendants, Andrew Warner page (

On Archive copy I found submitted by Ira John Boyce, 172 Canyon Rd., Salt Lake

City, Utah she found the information in Am Pub H Vol 5 p 315, 320,

A 10 D52 p 7-9

B 14 A 1 Vol1 p 84

B9 D 14 p 55, 59

from the BOOK, Genealogy of New Jersey LA Lib # 974.9 L511

As is the case with a number of other families, the representatives of the present day who bear the name of Adams have sprung not from a common ancestor on this side of the Atlantic, but from several different individuals who emigrated to this country at different times and seem to have been in no way unless perhaps remotely related.

1) Jeremy Adams, ancestor of the branch of the name which is at present under consideration, came from England with the company brought over to America by Rev. Mr. Hooker, and settled first at Braintree, Massachusetts, from whence he

soon removed to Cambridge, then called Newton, where Jeremy appears as early as 1632, and where he was made a freeman May 6 1635, and was assigned a homestead lot in October of the same year. The following year, 1636, he removed with the company which became the original proprietors of the new settlement, to Hartford, Connecticut, and according to himman was a juror and deputy to the general court of Connecticut in 1638. On April 5, 1638, he was sent with Captain Mason and five others to treat with the Indians and trade with them for born; and in the land division of 1639 he received thirty acres on the highway, now Elm street, and the same year was chosen constable. March 5, 1644, the general court ordered Jeremy Adams to appear before the next session of that body in order to receive censure for "adhering to Thomas Asmor, encouraging him to resist an officer, and especially for his passionate distempered speeches, lowed language and unmannerly caredge in the face of the court." March 13, 1660, the same court granted him 300 acres of upland and 40 acres of meadow on the road going to Monhegin, and about the same time established him as a keeper of the ordinary. This tavern was on the site of the present Universalist church. January 26, 1660, he bought the lot of John Morrice, and mortgaged it to the colony, and May 14, 1663, he was appointed by general court "Custome Master" for Hartford. March 2, 1664, being 60 years old, he was "freed from watching and warding" and in 1671 he was chosen one of the townsmen.

died 11 August, 1683, leaving an estate valued at 243 pounds 5 schillings 6 pence, and gave his property to his grandson Zachariah Sanford, the children of his son John, and the children of his son-in-law, Nathaniel Willet, which last named was also his executor. The house of his executor burned down and with all of Jeremy's books and papers.

Married Rebecca widow of Samuel Greenhill about 1639.

She was possibly the second wife of Greenhill, who had come from Staplehurst, county Kent, England, in the same ship with Simon Willard.To this marriage there were 6 children John; Ann died 1682, married Robert Sanford, of Hartford, and had eight children; Hannah, became second wife of Nathaniel Willit, and was the mother of at least two children; Samuel, baptized November24, 1645, probably died young; Hester; Sarah. REBECCA his first wife died 1678, and Jeremy Adams (second) REBECCA, daughter of John Fletcher, and widow of Andrew Warner, Jr., who although not mentioned in his will survived him and died in Middletown, January 25, 1715, at the age of seventy seven.

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check { the Gen sheet copied with temple data on. It says that Mrs. Jeremy

this book. and Ira John Boyce stated the information gathered from: AM Pub H

A 10 D 52 p 5-9

B 14 A 1 Vol 1 p 84

B9 D 14 p 55, 59


 BOOK <nowiki>------------</nowiki>Foot Genealogy appendix pg.298 ( Joan Perry's book)<nowiki>-----</nowiki>

Jermey's Farms belonged to Jeremiah Adams, generally known as Jeremy Adams, one

of the first settlers of Hartford, where he resided, and kept a house of entertainment. His inn stood on Maine Street on the ground now occupied by the Flagg House , nearly opposite Center Church. From account book of John Pychon of Springfield it appears that Mr. Adams bought his wine by the " butt" and "hogshead", an article which was continued to form a staple of consumption in his houses of entertainment, until Temperance Hotels came into fashion. Mr. Amams Inn was frequented by all the great men of the Colony.

end of info from Joan's book-------------------------------


  BOOK<nowiki>-----------</nowiki>of Sue Saylor's Imm. To America bef.1750<nowiki>--------------</nowiki>
                            by Virkus

Adams, Jeremy (Eng. Hartford, Conn., Aug 11, 1683); came from England to N.E. with Rev. Thomas Hooker co. as early as 1632 and settled at Cambridge (then Newton), where he was freeman, 1635 and possessed a town lot; went with Hooker to Hartford, Conn. 1636, being an original propr. of that town; sent by Gen. Ct., 1638,, with Capt. Mason and 4 others to treat the Indians ; received land grants of 30 acres, 1639 and 34 acres 1661/62 at what later became Calchester; was constable and custom master; kept the inn it's stables where the General Court held their mtgs. for many years.,

married abt 1637, Rebecca ( d. 1678)

widow of Samual Greenhill from Staplehurst, Kent, England.;

Married 2nd , 1678, Rebecca Fletcher (born 1638 d. 1715 bur. in Middleton, Conn.) daughter of John Fletcher and widow of Andrew Warner Jr., issue ( all by first marriage w) : 1) John (b.1638 died 6 Sept. 1670) married 26 Aug 1657 Abigail, daughter of Richard and Rebecca Smith of Wethersfield (she md. 2nd John Betts of Wethersfield, with whom and

her Adams children she removed before 1684 to Huntongton Long Island); issue 6 children. 2) Sarah (Savage in error calls her Elinor), m. (as his 2nd wife)Nathaniel Willit or Willitt, who while he executor of the Estate of Jeremy Adams, suffered loss of his house by fire and with all books and papers of the deceased (Jeremy Adams); issue: 4 daughters (Savage) , one of whom married Sgt. Zachary Sanford (who is mentioned in the will of Jeremy); 3) Hannah m.(as first wife) Jonathan Smith; no children; 4) Samuel (Bap. 23 Nov. 1645) prob. died young. 5) Thomas died young 6) Hester died young.

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  BOOK<nowiki>------</nowiki>New England Hist. & Gen. Reg. Vol. 59 pg.315-16<nowiki>--------------</nowiki>

Jeremy Adams of Hartfoed Conn., and some of His Descendants by Arthur Adams,

A.M., of Ocean City, N.J.

Jeremy Adams came from England with Rev. Mr. Hooker's Company. This company

settled first in Braintree, but removed soon to Cambridge., then called Newton, where Jeremy was as early as 1632. He was made freeman at Cambridge, May 6, 1635, and the Proprietors' Records of the town show he was in possession of a house-lot there in O(ct. of the same year.

On removal of Mr. Hooker's Company to Hartford, in 1636, Jeremy Adams was one of the number, and became an original proprietor of that town; and, according to Mr. Hinman, he was a juror and deputy to the General Court in 1638. April 5, 1638, he was sent, with Captain Mason and four others, by the General Court, to treat with the Indians, and to trade with them for corn. (public records of Connecticut) In the land division of 1639, he received thirty acres on the highway, now Elm Street; and was constable that year.

About 1639, he !Married first, Rebecca, widow of Samuel Greenhill, perhaps as a second wife. Greenhill had come from Staplehurst, Co. Kent, England, in the same ship with

Simon Willard.

Mar. 5 1644, the General Court ordered Jeremy Adams to appear at the next General Court to receive censure for adhering to Thomas Ashmor, encouraging him to resist an officer; and especially for his "passionate distempered speeches, lowed language and unmannerly caredge in the face of the Court. (Public records Conn.) The Generals Court on Mar. 13, 1661-62, granted to Jeremy Adams 300 acres of upland and 40 acres of meadow on the road going to Monhegin. About the same time, the Court established Jeremy as a keeper of the "Ordenary." This tavern was on the present Universalist church. He bought the lot of John Morrice, and mortgaged it to the Colony, Jan. 26, 1660. According to the Public Records of Conn. he was established "Custom Master" for Hartford, by the General Court May 14, 1663. He was freed from watching and warding at the age of sixty, Mar. 2, 1664-65, and served as "townsman" in 1671.His wife Rebecca died in 1678, and he

!married second, Rebecca, widow of Andrew Warner,Jr., and daughter of John

Fletcher. Jeremy Adams !died Aug. 11, 1683.

His estate was valued at 243.5.6. Pounds and he gave his property to his grandson Zachariah Sanford, the children of his son John, and those of his son-in-law Willet.(Manwaring's Hartford Probate Records, vol.1,p.267). The house of his executor, Nathaniel Willet, was burned, and in it all the books and papers of the deceased.(Manwaring's Hartford Probate Records,vol.1p.268).

ID: I456798

Name: Jeremy Adams

Sex: M

Birth: ABT 1603

Death: 11 AUG 1683 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut


Ref.1; New England Historical and Genealogical Register (Boston, MA: New England Historical and Genealogical Society), Vol. 14, p. 135 and Vol. 59, p. 315

Ref.2: Ernest Flagg, Genealogical Notes on the Founding of New England (Hartford, CT: Lockwood & Brainard, 1926 [Republished Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1996])Page: p. 301

Ref.3: Arthur A. Adams, Genealogy of the Lake Family of Great Egg Harbour in Old Gloucester County in New Jersy: Descended from John Lade of Gravesend, Long Island; With Notes on the Gravesend and Staten Island Branches of the Family (Hartford, CT: privately printed, 1915)Page: 254.

Ref.4; James Savage; compiled by O. P. Dexter, A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England, Showing Three Generations of Those who Came before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register.

(The best known and most frequently used genealogical dictionary.This monumental work gives the name of every settler who came to New England before 1692, regardless of his rank, station in life or fortune. Traces the descendants of each person, giving dates of marriage and death, dates of birth, marriage and death of his children, and the birth dates and names of his grandchildren, thus recording the beginning of the third generation in New England. Binding is 4 vols. 2,541 pp.) Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 65-18541(Boston: 1860-1862,Reprinted with "Genealogical Notes and Errata," excerpted from The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Vol. XXVII, No. 2, April, 1873, pp. 135-139, And A Genealogical Cross Index of the Four Volumes of the Genealogical Dictionary of James Savage, by O. P. Dexter, 1884.

Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore,1965,1969,1977,1981,1986, 1990), Vol. 1, p. 11.

Father: John Adams ,* b: 1 JAN 1553/54 in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England, UK

Mother: Katherine Stone

Marriage 1 Rebecca Baseden


Samuel Adams b: 23 NOV 1645 in Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut

Marriage 2 Rebecca Fletcher

Married: AFT 26 JAN 1679/80 in Connecticut

Settled in Braintree MA in 1630. Moved to Hartford in 1636.,_Hartford,_Ct.html

(I entered Jeremy's birth and death info from the link above)

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Jeremy Adams, of Hartford's Timeline

March 1604
Stoke-by-Nayland, Suffolk, England
Age 28
Cambridge, , Massachusetts
August 26, 1637
Age 33
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 32
Age 32
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 32
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 34
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
April 23, 1645
Age 41
Hartford, Hartford, CT, USA