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Jonathan Adams

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Barton St. David, Somerset, England
Death: July 28, 1690 (76)
Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Adams, of Braintree and Edith Fussell
Husband of Joane Adams and Elizabeth Adams
Father of Henry Adams; Jonathan Adams; Thomas Adams; Elizabeth Partridge; Sarah Rockwood and 5 others
Brother of Lieutenant Henry Adams, II; Lieutenant Thomas Adams; Captain Samuel Adams; Ursula Craft; John Adams, I and 5 others

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About Jonathan Adams

Jonathan Adams was born in January 1614 in Barton St. David, Somerset, England and died 1690 in Braintree, Massachusetts Bay Colony. He was the only child of Henry Adams and Edith Squires to remain in England when his parents came to America on 1638; Jonathan came to America later, in 1651. Elizabeth Fussell is seen as his wife, but there is no record of her birth, marriage or death.


Family

His parents were Henry Adams, of Braintree and Edith (Squire) Fussell.

Jonathan married Joane (Close) Adams on February 7, 1638 in Baltonsborough, Somerset, England. Together they had the following children:

  1. Henry Adams;
  2. Jonathan Adams;
  3. Thomas Adams.

Jonathan married Elizabeth (Holman) Adams in 1665 in Baltonsborough, Somerset, England. Together they had the following children:

  1. Elizabeth (Adams) Partridge;
  2. Sarah (Adams) Rockwood;
  3. Mary Adams;
  4. Jonathan Adams, I;
  5. Jonathan Adams, II;
  6. Jasper Adams;
  7. Lydia (Adams) Daniels.

He died on July 28, 1690 in Braintree, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America and was buried there on July 30, 1690 in the Plain Street Cemetery (also known as the Braintree Cemetery).

Biographical notes

From Henry Adams of Somerset England and Braintree Massachusetts-Page 75

iii. Jonathan Adams, born about 1614; remained in England when the rest of the family emigrated to New England in 1638; located on a farm in Baltonsborough owned by his grandfather Henry Squire. (See letter of attorney to his brother, John Adams who went from New England to England early in 1650 in regard to this property and returned to New England in 1651; post, page 85.) Jonathan Adams later emigrated to New England, probably with his brother John Adams on the latter's return voyage in 1651, and soon afterwards settled in Medfield, Mass., where his mother and his brothers Henry, Peter and Edward Adams had already located. In a court case in 1663 concerning a colt of Jonathan Adams, he is termed a brother of Edward Adams. (Suffolk County Court Files, No. 606.) In a land grant in Medfield in 1658, Jonathan Adams is termed a brother of Peter Adams. (Medfield Records, quoted in "History of Medfield," page 288.) As "Jonathan Adams, Sr." his death is recorded in Medfield 28 July 1690 (Medfield Vital Records, page 190.)


From https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adams-58

Jonathan first appears in the town of Medfield in 1658. He had no grant of a house lot. He may have lived with a relative until he soon settled on the west side of the Charles River. Jonathan drew 84 acres in West Medway 1659, a few rods north of his brother Edward's. His house was burned by the Indians in 1676, and his name appears among the petitioners for aid from the General Court on account of their losses. He evidently rebuilt on the same spot (in 1888, known as Joseph Adams place, in Millis); and he appears to have been in reduced circumstances for some years, as he had his own town rates remitted in 1684-85. His estate was inventoried 1691 when he had land and buildings west of Charles river. History of Medfield, Tilden:288


Research notes

m1. Joane Close on Feb. 7, 1638/9. She may have died prior to Jonathan's emigration in 1651. Jonathan and Joane had at least 3 children, born in England.

This has been written in a number of sources: m2. Elizabeth Fussell c1665. No record of the marriage. Perhaps the mother of Elizabeth Adams who married John Partridge. [See conclusion section below.]

m3. Elizabeth Holman in c1665. She was born May 19, 1644, in Cambridge MA, the daughter of William Holman and Winnifred ___?

See link to The History of Medway, Mass, p. 444



Possible timeline for Jonathan:

Jonathan Adams 1614-1690

Married

1) Joane Close, b.c. 1614; m. Feb. 7, 1638/1639; died before 1665, possibly before Jonathan emigrated in 1651. Children:

  • 1641 Henry
  • 1643 Jonathan
  • 1647 Thomas

2) Elizabeth Fussell (?), b. circa 1636; m. 1665. No record of her birth, marriage or death has been found.

   Elizabeth Holman,  b. 5/19/1644; m. 1665; d. 1712<br/>

Because the dates of the latter 2 marriages, as well as the birth of daughter Elizabeth, are so close (or the same year), it is unlikely that Jonathan married 2 Elizabeths.
See Conclusions section below..
Children:

  • (2/18/1665 or) 3/18/1666 Elizabeth
  • 1667 Sarah
  • 1669 infant daughter
  • 1670 Jonathan (died as infant)
  • 1671 Jonathan (died as infant)
  • 1672 Jonathan
  • 1673 Jasper
  • 1679 Lydia

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Elizabeth Holman

  • Name: Elizabeth Holman
  • Birth Place: MA
  • Birth Year: 1644
  • Spouse Name: Jonathan Adams
  • Spouse Birth Place: En
  • Spouse Birth Year: 1614
  • Marriage Year: 1665
  • Marriage State: MA

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Alternate Birth Dates: 1611, 1619

iii. JONATHAN (2) ADAMS,

  • b. 1614, BARTON, ST. DAVID, SOMERSET, ENGLAND;
  • d. July 28, 1690, BRAINTREE, NORFOLK, MA (NOW QUINCY);
    1. 1 ELIZABETH FUSSELL, m. February 07, 1639, Medfield, Massachusetts Bay Colony
    2. 2. JOANE CLOSE, m. February 07, 1638/39, England;
    3. 3 ELIZABETH HOLMAN, b. 1614, m,. 1665/65, Baltonsborough, Somerset, England

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Jonathan Adams

  • Name: Jonathan Adams,
  • Birth Place: Somerset, England,
  • Birth Year: 1614
  • Spouse Name: Elizabeth Fussell,
  • Spouse Birth Year: 1616
  • Marriage Year: 1638,
  • Marriage State: Ma

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Elizabeth Fussell

  • Name: Elizabeth Fussell
  • Birth Place: En
  • Birth Year: 1616
  • Spouse Name: Jonathan Adams, Spouse
  • Spouse Birth Place: En
  • Spouse Birth Year: 1614
  • Marriage Year: 1638 (2/7/1639) [Note: Jonathan couldn't have married both women on the same date.]
  • Marriage State: Ma

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about Joane Close

  • Name: Joane Close
  • Birth Place: En
  • Birth Year: 1601
  • Spouse Name: Jonathan Adams
  • Spouse Birth Place: En
  • Spouse Birth Year: 1614
  • Marriage Year: 1638 (2/7/1639) [Note: Jonathan couldn't have married both women on the same date.]
  • Marriage State: En

Children of JONATHAN ADAMS and ELIZABETH FUSSELL are:

  • iii. ELIZABETH7 ADAMS, b. 1666, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown.

Children of JONATHAN ADAMS and ELIZABETH HOLMAN are:

  • iv. SARAH ADAMS, b. 1667, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown.
  • v. INFANT ADAMS, b. 1669, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. 1669, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA.
  • vi. JONATHAN ADAMS, b. 1670, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Infant.
  • vii. JONATHAN ADAMS, b. 1671, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown.
  • 21. viii. JONATHAN ADAMS, b. 1672, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown.
  • ix. JASPER ADAMS, b. Mar 12, 1673/74, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA75; d. Jul 01, 1742, Medway, Norfolk Co.,MA76. More About JASPER ADAMS: Residence: Medway, Norfolk Co., MA77
  • x. MARY ADAMS, b. 1681, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown. [NO]
  • xi. LYDIA ADAMS, b. 1689, Medway, Norfolk Co., MA; d. Unknown. [SIC: married 1697]

Conclusion

If there was no Elizabeth Fussell, how do you explain her name being so frequently used as Jonathan's wife? The fact is that once one person records something, others just pick it up and run with it. Since Jonathan Adams and John Fussell (his step-father) lived together for quite a while (probably when he first came to America in 1651 and then after his mother died in 1672 and until Fussell's death in 1676), and Jonathan's wife Elizabeth lived with them also, "historians" may have assumed in hindsight that Elizabeth was John's daughter. She also could have been called John's "daughter" at the time, being his step-daughter-in-law, as Jonathan might have been called his "son".

So this all makes sense. And findagrave's statement that daughter Elizabeth was living in the household in 1663 could be off by a year or two, if, in fact, Jonathan and Elizabeth were married in 1665.

So the bottom line is that there was no Elizabeth Fussell, but rather Elizabeth Holman was assumed to have been, and probably called, John Fussell's "daughter."


And here’s a researcher’s decision in 2016

[https://www.geni.com/documents/view?doc_id=6000000078009184294&amp]

“I am choosing Holman as the correct surname and following that unless documentation turns up to the contrary.”


Sources

  • link to Torry, Clarence A. New England Marriages Prior to 1700. Baltimore, MD, USA: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2004. page 4. Jonathan Adams (?1614 - 1690) Married 1) Joane Close 7 Feb 1639 2) Elizabeth Holman by 1666
  • Page 261 of The History of Peter Parker and Sarah Ruggles of Roxbury, Mass. and Their ... By John William Linzee. Lydia the dau. of Jonathan and Elizabeth Adams of Medfield, m. Joseph Daniels 27 Jan. 1696-7 Dedham*, Mass., both of Medfield, it was this Joseph Daniels of Needham, who acted as attorney of Mrs. Elizabeth Adams of Medfield widow and relict of Mr. Jonath. Adams late of sd Medfield dec'd. (See the will of Abraham Holman, Midd. P. XVI :507).
  • link to William Holman's children in Anderson's Great Migration Project

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Jonathan Adams's Timeline

1614
January 1614
Barton St. David, Somerset, England
January 1614
Barton, St David, Somerset, England
1641
1641
Age 27
Baltonsborough, Somerset, England
1643
November 1, 1643
Age 29
Baltonsborough, Somerset, England
1647
October 27, 1647
Age 33
Baltonsborough, Somerset, England
1666
March 18, 1666
Age 52
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
1667
December 6, 1667
Age 53
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
1669
September 15, 1669
Age 55
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America