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Adam Mott, I

Birthplace: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: August 12, 1661 (65)
Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Portsmouth, Newport County, Rhode Island, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of "oulde" John Mott; John Mott and Elizabeth Mott
Husband of Elizabeth Mott and Sarah Mott
Father of James Mott; Joseph Mott; John Mott; Henry Mott; Adam Mott, II, of Rhode Island and 6 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Mott

Occupation: Tailor
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About Adam Mott, of Portsmouth

 Adam3 Mott, Sr. (John2, John1) was born Aug 12, 1596 in Cambridge, England, and died Aug 12, 1661 in Portsmouth, Newport Co, RI.

In the shipping list, Adam is stated to have come from Cambridge. He evidently belonged to the nearby Ezzes parish of Saffron Walden, where the surname occurs as far back as 1570 in the parish register. The following entries pertain to Adam of Portsmouth:

  • Married 28 Oct. 1616, Adam Mott and Elizabeth Creel;
  • Buried 18 June 1617, a man child of Adam Mott; and
  • Baptized 6 Sept 1618, John son of Adam Mott.
  • At the neighboring parish of Horseheath, co. Cambridge, Adam Mott and Sarah Lott were married 11 May 1635.

Brief Biography

  • from SLOCUMS IN AMERICA, by Charles Slocum, page 41.

The surname Mott is found in the parish register of Saffron Waldon, county Essex, EN as early as 1570. Our Adam, born in Cambridgeshire, came to AM. in the Defence, which sailed from London on July 2, 1635, and arrived in Boston on October 8. He was then thirty-nine years old and was accompanied by his second wife, Sara Lott, his four children by his first wife (including Elizabeth) and his stepdaughter, Mary Lott. He brought with him "testimony from the Justice of the Pease, and minister in Cambridge, of his conformity to the orders of discipline of the Church of England." He was a tailor.

Perhaps his father, John Mott, was our first MA Mott ancestor. But whether he came before, with or after Adam is not known. The statement in the Portsmouth Town Records (p. 72) that on July 3, 1656, it was voted to provide for the support of "old John Mott," seems to be the only record of him in AM.

Adam became a freemen at Roxbury MA on May 25, 1635, and he and Sarah became members of John Eliot's church there. Soon they removed to Higham MA, where he was granted land. In 1638, however, he was admitted an inhabitant of Aquidneck RI and on June 23 he was granted a lot "on the west side of the spring" in Portsmouth.

On March 12, 1640, he was one of five men chosen to lay out the lands of Portsmouth, and on March 16, 1641, he became a freemen of the town. The records of the Town meeting of April 26, 1641, state that the Deputy Governor was to lend him one yearling goat. He was clerk of the town's military company in 1642, and on May 27, 1644, he was given an an addition to his lot.

He should not be confused with the Adam Mott who came to Newbury, MA and later migrated to Long Island.


Adam3 Mott, Sr. (John2, John1) was born Aug 12, 1596 in Cambridge, England, and died Aug 12, 1661 in Portsmouth, Newport Co, RI. 

  • parents: John Mott (1571-1656) &  Elizabeth 


  1. Elizabeth Creel Oct 28, 1616 in Essex, England. She was born 1600 in Cambridge, England, and died Bef. 1631 in Cambridge, England. 
  2. Sarah Jennings (Widow of Englebert Lott) May 11, 1635 in Horseheath, Cambridge, England. She was born 1604 in Cambridge, England, and died 1661 in Portsmouth, Newport Co, RI.  

Children of Adam Mott and Elizabeth Creel are:

  1. Unknown Son  b. 1617, d. date unknown.
  2. John  b. August 1618, Cambridge, England, d. date unknown.
  3.  Adam  b. 1623, Cambridge, England, d. 1673, Portsmouth, MA.  Married Mary Lott.
  4. Jonathan  b. 1626, Cambridge, England, d. Aft. 1653.
  5. Elizabeth  b. Abt. 1629, Cambridge, England, d. September 02, 1694, Newport, RI.  Married Edward Thurston.

Children of Adam Mott and Sarah Lott are:

  1. Eleazah d. date unknown.
  2. Jacob b. Abt. 1633, d. date unknown.


  1. AMER. GENERL., 20:227; 35:107-8.
  2. Austin, GEN. DIST. RI, pp. 201, 344.
  3. Banks, PLANTERS, p. 168; NEHGR 3:94; 14:319; 35:245; NY Gen. & Bio. Rec., NEHGR 3:94; 14:319; E5:245.
  4. NY GEN. & BIO. REC., 25:50
  5. O.H. Pope, PIONEERS OF MA, p. 321; Putman's Monthly Hist. Mag., III, Putman's MONTHLY HIST. MAG., III, 108.
  7. Savage III, 247.


"Adam Mott born 1596 son of John Mott, went to MA on the DEFENCE. He later moved to RI when his father joined him They both seemed to have died in 1661. This Adam is the progenitor of the "RI and CT Motts"

"His cousin, Adam Mott born 1621 son of JAMES MOTT (brother of John) went to NY on the BEVIS in 1639. He lived on Long Island and is the progenitor of the "NY Motts"

"The father of James and John was JOHN Mott of Saffron Walden. It is very common to mix these two families and to get the Adams confused."


Birth: 1596 Horseheath Cambridgeshire, England Death: 1661 Portsmouth Newport County Rhode Island, USA

Adam first married Elizabeth Creel, 28 Oct 1616 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England. She died in England before 1632. The ship logs of the "Defense" 1635, show Adam [39], Sara [2nd wife][31], his 4 children Adam, Jr. [12], Elizabeth [6], John [14] and Jonathan [9] and Sarah's daughter Mary Lott [4].

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 Elizabeth Mott Thurston (1629 - 1694)*
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Burial: Portsmouth Friends Churchyard Portsmouth Newport County Rhode Island, USA

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Created by: Jackson's Daughter Record added: Sep 13, 2011 Find A Grave Memorial# 76446463

Adam Mott is the biological father of Adam Mott Jr. Adam Mott is Mary's step-father.

Adam first married Elizabeth Creel, 28 Oct 1616 in Saffron Walden, Essex, England. She died in England before 1632. The ship logs of the "Defense" 1635, show Adam [39], Sara [2nd wife][31], his 4 children Adam, Jr. [12], Elizabeth [6], John [14] and Jonathan [9] and Sarah's daughter Mary Lott [4].


Born about 1596 (aged 39 on 2 July 1635), son of JOHN MOTT {1639, Portsmouth}. A tailor from Horseheath, Cambridge, who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1635 on the "Defence" (on 2 July 1635, "a tailor, Adam Mott," aged 39, "uxor Sara Mott," aged 31, and "children," "Jo[hn] Mott," aged 14, "Adam Mott," aged 12, "Jonathan Mott," aged 9, "Elizabeth Mott," aged 6, and "Mary Mott," aged 4, with a certificate of conformity from the minister at Cambridge, were enrolled at London as passengers for New England on the Defence). First settled in Roxbury; moved to Hingham in 1636, & Portsmouth in 1638. Died between 2 April 1661 (date of will) and 12 August 1661 (date of inventory).

MARRIAGES: (1) in Saffron Walden, Essex, 28 October 1616, Elizabeth Creel. (2) in Horseheath, Cambridge, 11 May 1635, Sarah Lott. She died after 31 August 1661.

Between 1639 and 1656, there are about a dozen references in Portsmouth to a man referred to variously as "John Mott," "Goodman Mott" and "old John Mott." Two of these records show that this man was the father of Adam Mott. On 4 June 1649, "Adam Mott having offerred a cow forever and 5 bushels of corn by the year so long as the old man shall live, towards his maintenance that so he might be discharged from any further charge," the town arranged for further supplies to be turned over to William Baulstone for the support of the indigent man. On 3 July 1656, the town voted funds to "John Teft . to keep old John Mott this year for diet, lodging, washing and looking to beside the cow and the corn that the old man's son Adam is engaged to give."

Source: Anderson's Great Migration Study Project

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Adam Mott, of Portsmouth's Timeline

August 12, 1596
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, , England
September 6, 1621
Saffron Walden, Essex, England
January 21, 1623
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Saffron Walden, Essex, England
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
September 25, 1629
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Eccles, Lancashire, England