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Captain Samuel Adams

Also Known As: "Capt. Samuel Henry Adams"
Birthplace: Barton St. David, Somerset, England (United Kingdom)
Death: January 24, 1688 (69)
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Charlestown, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Adams, of Braintree and Edith Fussell
Husband of Mary Rose Adams; Rebecca Adams and Esther Adams (Sparhawke)
Father of Samuel Adams; Samuel Adams, Jr; Thomas Adams; Rebecca Waldo; Katherine (Twin) Adams and 8 others
Brother of Lieutenant Henry Adams, II; Lieutenant Thomas Adams; Jonathan Adams; Ursula Craft; John Adams, I and 3 others

Occupation: Captain of the Chelmsford military company, Capt. Samuel was Commissioner of the Court
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About Captain Samuel Adams

Captain Samuel, married

First Mary Egglesfield, daughter of Emmanuel & Susanna (Gray) Egglesfield; then her cousin Rebecca, daughter of Thomas & Katherine (Gray) Graves & married (last) Esther, daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk; he had four hundred and fifty acres of land granted him, near where the city of Lowell now is, and exclusive right to erect and run a sawmill, provided he would sell boards at three shillings per one hundred; and another grant of one hundred acres and right to build and run a grist mill or corn mill, provided he would keep a sufficient mill and miller; he was commissioner to the court, 1667, from Chelmsford. He died January 24, 1668-69.

iv. SAMUEL (2) ADAMS, b. Abt. 1617, BARTON, ST. DAVID, SOMERSET, ENGLAND; d. January 24, 1688/89, BRAINTREE, NORFOLK, MA (NOW QUINCY) (1688); m. REBECCA GRAVES, January 01, 1635/36, CHARLESTOWN, SUFFOLK, MA.

This Samuel Adams is believed to be the ancestor of Samuel Adams and John Adams and John Quincey Adams.

Henry Adams of Braintree

Adams' in the Military

Sybil6 (1761), Oliver5, Benjamin4, Capt. Joseph3, Capt. Samuel2, Henry1 - Her husband, Moses Hale, son of Moses Hale; was a soldier with Gen Stark in 1777, when 17 years of age.

A genealogical history of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., and his descendants; also John Adams, of Cambridge, Mass., 1632-1897

Chiklrcn of vSybil", (1701) [21] (01iver% Benjamin', Capt. Joseph^ Capt. Sanniel', Henry') and Moses Hale ; res. Rindo-c, N. H.

i. Emerson Hale, b. March 31, 1783; m. Sept. 17, 1807, Jemima Poster; merchant in Ilindge. N. H. ; d 18 June, 1851. ii. Nathan Hale, b. April 33, 17.s,S; m. May 35, 1800, Sarah Wlwtcomb; blacksmith and farmer in Ilindge, N. H. He d. 13 Feb.. 1N44. iii. Benjamin Hale. 1). Sept. 10, 1790; m. Nov. 39, 1813, Miriam Peirce; shed, in Harrisviile, N. H., 36 Sept., 1863, age 74; farmer; d. in liindge, 13 Feb., 1833. iv. Moses Hale, b. Oct. 39,1793; m. lluthy Town, d. 9 Aug., 1853, age 56; farmer; d. 34 Sept., 1850.

Captain Samuel Adams, ADAMS son of Henry Adams (i), was born in England in 1617. Married (first) Rebecca Graves, daughter of Thomas Graves. She died October 8, 166263, and he married (second), May 7, 1668. Esther Sparhawk, daughter of Nathaniel Sparhawk, of Cambridge. He removed from Braintree to Concord, Massachusetts, and thence to Chelmsford in 1653-54. .He was commissioner of the general court to end small causes, appointed in 1667. He erected mills in the southeastern part of Chelmsford. He was the first miller of the town. On July 3, 1656, he was granted four hundred acres of land to encourage him to set up a saw-mill, and later he had one hundred acres more for erecting a corn-mill. These mills marked a new era in the building of houses, as well as the preparation of grains for food. It was on a commanding site just beyond the brook that the miller erected his dwelling. Seven generations occupied the farm, and presided at the mill, but it has now passed into other hands, as have homesteads of other- branches of the family. He died January 24, 1688-89. He had a large family.


  • i. Samuel, born in Charlestown, Massachusetts, July 3, 1647, died young.
  • 2. Rebecca, born in Concord, married John Waldo, son of Deacon Cornelius Waldo.
  • 3. Captain Thomas, born in Concord, 1651-52, married Mary Blackmer.
  • 4. John, born in Chelmsford, October 29, 1657, died in Charlestown, December 13, 1657.
  • 5. Catherine (twin), born in Chelmsford, October 29, 1657, died young.
  • 6. Catherine, born in Chelmsford, January 4, 1658-59, married John Rayner.
  • 7. Susanna, born in Chelmsford, married Daniel Waldo.
  • 8. Mary, born in Chelmsford, married December 16, 1686, Samuel Webb.
  • 9. Nathaniel, born in Chelmsford, February 28, 1662, died young.
  • 10. Martha, born in Chelmsford, September 8, 1664. n. Nathaniel, born in Chelmsford, September 8, 1664 (twin).

The children, all born in Chelmsford, of Captain and Esther (Sparhawk) Adams.

  • 12. Samuel, born November 7, 1671.
  • 13. Captain Joseph, born November 27, 1672, mentioned below.
  • 14. Benjamin, born May 22, 1679.
  • 15. Esther, died young.
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Captain Samuel Adams's Timeline

July 1, 1618
Barton St. David, Somerset, England
July 3, 1647
Charlestown, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
July 3, 1647
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts, USA
Age 34
Barton, David, Somerset, England
Age 34
Barton, St David, Somerset, England
Age 34
Barton, St David, Somerset, England
Age 34
Barton, St David, Somerset, England
Age 34
Barton, David, Somerset, England