Deacon John Adams, Sr.

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John Adams, Sr.

Also Known As: "Deacon"
Birthplace: Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Death: May 25, 1761 (70)
Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Place of Burial: Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Adams; Joseph Adams, Jr.; Hannah Adams and Hannah Adams
Husband of Susanna Hall and Susanna Hall
Father of Pres. John Adams; John Adams, 2nd President of the USA; Capt. Peter Boylston Adams; Capt. Elihu Adams; Margaret Peggy Adams and 5 others
Brother of Rev. Joseph Adams; Sarah Adams; Elisha Adams; Samuel Adams; Josiah Adams, I and 5 others
Half brother of Mary Jones and Abigail Chapin

Occupation: Leather Craftsman, Deacon, farmer and cordwainer, Deacon (Minister)
Managed by: Ryan Schroeder
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About Deacon John Adams, Sr.

John (1690–1761), was a fourth-generation descendant of Henry Adams, who emigrated from Braintree, England to Massachusetts Bay Colony in about 1636. The town was named Braintree after the town from which they had emigrated. He is descended from a Welsh male line called Ap Adam. His father was a farmer, a Congregationalist (that is, Puritan) deacon, a lieutenant in the militia and a selectman, or town councilman, who supervised schools and roads. His wife, Susanna Boylston Adams, was a descendant of the Boylstons of Brookline.

Adams was a modest family, but the Adams felt acutely the responsibility of living up to the family heritage: the founding generation of Puritans, who came to the American wilderness in the 1630s and established colonial presence in America. The Puritans of the great migration “believed they lived in the Bible. England under the Stuarts was Egypt; they were Israel fleeing …to establish a refuge for godliness, a city upon a hill.” By the time of their son, John Adams's birth in 1735, Puritan tenets such as predestination were no longer as widely accepted, and many of their stricter practices had mellowed with time, but John Adams “considered them bearers of freedom, a cause that still had a holy urgency.” It was a value system he believed in, and a heroic model he wished to live up to.

John Adams (1690/1-1761) lived all his life in Braintree MA. His residence was at 143 Franklin Street. He was a cordwainer and farmer who accumulated some wealth and was able to educate his children. His is often known as Deacon John Adams, probably to distinguish him from his illustrious son, President John Adams.

A farmer, a Congregationalist (that is, Puritan) deacon, a lieutenant in the militia and a selectman, or town councilman, who supervised schools and roads.

John Adams Birth: 1691 Death: 1761

Father of 2nd United States President John Adams. Episcopal Deacon.

Family links:

 Joseph Adams (1654 - 1737)
 Hannah Bass Adams (1662 - 1705) 
 Susanna Boylston Adams (1699 - 1797) 
 John Adams (1735 - 1826)
 Elihu Adams (1741 - 1775)

Burial: Hancock Cemetery Quincy Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jun 13, 1998 Find A Grave Memorial# 3068

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Deacon John Adams, Sr.'s Timeline

February 8, 1691
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
March 15, 1691
March 15, 1691
Braintree, (Now Quincy), Norfolk, MA
Age 23
October 19, 1735
Age 44
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
October 19, 1735
Age 44
Age 44
Age 45
October 16, 1738
Age 47
Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States