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Eliphalet Adams

Birthdate: (88)
Birthplace: Suffield, hartford, CT, United States
Death: July 2, 1844 (88)
Acton, Grey, Ontario, Canada
Immediate Family:

Son of Freegrace Adams and Anna Adams
Husband of Patience Adams
Father of Rufus Adams; Phebe Kilborne; Eliphalet Adams, Jr.; Ezra Adams; Lucinda Adams and 5 others
Brother of Juliana Adams; Lovice (Louisa) Adams; Ezekiel Adams; Lovice Adams; Freegrace Adams, died in infancy and 4 others

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About Eliphalet Adams

Eliphalet Adams fought on the side of the Americans in the Revolutionary War. At the end of the war, he married Patience Rice and settled in Cambridge NY, a short distance northeast of Albany on the border with Vermont. There Rufus was born in 1783, Ezra in 1788, and Zenas in 1792. In 1798, the Eastern Townships in Lower Canada presented an opportunity for immigrants to obtain good land so Eliphalet and his family moved north to Canada. They settled in the Westbury area northeast of present-day Sherbrooke, in the backwoods miles from anywhere.

In those early days of Canada, it was easy to clear land and build a house only to find that you had put in all that hard work on somebody else's property. That is what happened to Eliphalet Adams in Westbury, Lower Canada. After failing to get any satisfaction from the government, he decided in 1829 to pack up and move his family to be near his sons in Upper Canada. The next year, his youngest son Phineas, who had accompanied him from Westbury, died at 31 and was buried in the family cemetery. Two years later Eliphalet's wife Patience joined her son there.

"Believe Eliphalet moved to Marlboro, Vermont, with his parents as early as 1773 [Marlboro Manuscript, Montpelier]. He moved to Cambridge, Washington County, New York by 1779. The D.A.R. accepts him as a soldier of the Revolution. He served under General Stark, was at the evacuation of Boston and the surrender of General Burgoyne. His first child was born at Cambridge 1779. He lost his house and furnishings in a fire and removed about 1798 to Stoke, Lower Canada. In 1829, he moved to Esquesing, Halton County, Ontario, where three of his sons had become settlers. Eliphalet was one of a group of 53 people who, under the leadership of Moses Cowen of Cambridge, N.Y., petitioned for a grant of land, "nine miles in breadth by twelve miles in depth on the East side of the River St. Francis." The members of this group were from New York, Vermont, and Caldwell's Manor in New York. The Land Committee recommended granting of this tract of land June 15, 1795. See Canadian Archives, Call No. R61, L3L, Vol. 67, Pages 33250, 33251, 33252, 33253 and RG 1, L3L, Vol. 1, page 165. It is interesting that some of his descendants stated he was a United Empire Loyalist. This is doubtful. He was the third child of Freegrace Adams."

Source: George Roy Hurlburt, Hurlburt Genealogy, 1976.

Eliphalet Adams was living in Cambridge Twp, Albany County, New York in 1790 according to ancestry.com's NY Census [M637_6, image 0295]

ADAMS, Eliphalet was born in Suffield, CT., and moved in early manhood with his parents to Marlborough, VT where he married and joined the Presbyterian Church. Several years later, he moved to Cambridge, Wasburgh Co., N.Y. In the winter of 1799, he moved to Westburgh Twp. on the banks of the St. Francis River, Lower Canada, where he had acquired a large tract of land. He joined the Methodist Church there. By 1811, he had lost 4 children, 2 of whom were drowned in the St. Francis River, but 7 remained. In 1829, he moved with his youngest son to Esquesing Twp. where most of his surviving progeny had settled. Soon after this, he lost his wife and youngest son. Mr. Adams died at Adamsville, Esquesing Twp., July 2, 1844, in his 90th year.

[from Death Notices, Christian Guardian 1830-1850]

He was a soldier in the Revolution served under General Stark; was at the evacuation of Boston, and the surrender of the Burgoyne. He Settled in Cambridge, Washington Co., New York, where his house and household goods were burned, and he removed about 1798 to Stoke in Lower Canada, where 16 families received a crown grant of 1600 acres of land. He removed thence in 1829 to Esquesing, Halton Co., ON, where his three sons Rufus, Ezra, and Zeneas had become settlers. He Died at Acton (Adamsville), Halton Co., Ontario, 2 July,1844. [A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Mass.]

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Eliphalet Adams's Timeline

January 29, 1756
Suffield, hartford, CT, United States
October 20, 1779
Age 23
Cambridge, ON, Canada
May 31, 1781
Age 25
Cambridge, ON, Canada
June 11, 1783
Age 27
Cambridge, New York, United States
March 11, 1785
Age 29
Cambridge, ON, Canada
January 11, 1787
Age 30
Cambridge, ON, Canada
July 17, 1788
Age 32
Cambridge, Washington County, New York, United States
May 31, 1790
Age 34
Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, ON, Canada
Age 35
Cambridge, New York, United States