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Lieutenant Henry Adams, II

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Barton St. David, Somerset, England
Death: February 21, 1676 (67)
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America (Killed during an Indian attack)
Place of Burial: Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Henry Adams, of Braintree and Edith Fussell
Husband of Elizabeth Adams
Father of Eleazer Adams; Jasper Adams; Elizabeth Harding (Adams); John Adams; Moses Adams and 4 others
Brother of Lieutenant Thomas Adams; Jonathan Adams; Captain Samuel Adams; Ursula Craft; John Adams, I and 5 others

Occupation: Town Clerk, Lieutenant & Politician
Managed by: Linda Kathleen Thompson, (c)
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About Lieutenant Henry Adams, II

b. 1610; m. 17 Nov. 1643, Elizabeth (bpt. in Tenterden, Kent, 23 July 1620;

He was the first town clerk of Braintree, MA, and later also of Medfield, MA. He was Representative of the latter town in the General Court for 1659, 1665,1674, and 1675.

A genealogical history of Henry Adams, of Braintree, Mass., and his descendants; also John Adams, of Cambridge, Mass., 1632-1897 (1898)

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Lieut. Henry Adams was the first Town Clerk of Braintree, also of Medfield, was the Representative of the town in the General Court for the years 1659; '65; '74 and '75. He was Lieutenant of the Medfield military company, which fought against the Indians in 1675-76. He was killed by the Indians while standing in his doorway, Feb. 21, 1676, the second year of the war.

His wife was accidentally shot the next day, February 22. 1675, at Rev. Mr. Wilson's house, and died 29th of Feb. She was confined to the house by sickness, and was in a bed in the chamber, when the gun in the hands of Capt. John Jacob of Hingham, who had charge of a company of about 80 men stationed at Medfield, was accidentally discharged into her room below, "the ball passing through her bed."

The Family of Prominent Politicians The Adams family was among the early settlers in the British colony to set roots in this new land of opportunities. Henry Adams emigrated from Somerset, England in 1638, he had 10 children. Three of his sons were involved in politics. Lt. Thomas Adams served in the Massachusetts Government Council, Cap. Samuel Adams served in the Massachusetts General Court and John Adams I was a Massachusetts Selectman. John Adams I was the grand father of Deacon Samuel Adams. Little did he know that two members of his family would become presidents of the United States.

During the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century the Adams became a prosperous and prominent family through business and politics. There were two branches of the family, the one that settled in the city of Boston where Samuel Adams was born and the other branch in Braintree related to John Adams.

Deacon Samuel Adams was a successful businessman, selectman and representative to the General Court, he paved the road and influenced his son to understand politics. Samuel Adams Jr. had such passion and strong opinions and consequently influenced his cousin John Adams to get involved in politics. Two members of the Adams family became presidents of the United States. The first was John Adams, Samuel’s second cousin who became the second President of the United States. The second Adams to become president was John Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams, the sixth President.

This list covers six generations of members of the Adams family. One characteristic in common besides having a career in politics or assuming positions of power in business is that they all attended Harvard University.

Massacred At His Own Front Door By Indians as a Lieutenant of the Training Band during King Philips War, Clerk of the writs, and Representative to the General Court in 1659, 1665, 1674, and 1675

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Lieutenant Henry Adams, II's Timeline

January 10, 1609
Barton St. David, Somerset, England
August 5, 1644
Age 35
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
April 23, 1647
Age 38
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
November 11, 1649
Age 40
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
October 6, 1654
Age 45
Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts
October 27, 1654
Age 45
Norfolk, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 15, 1657
Age 48
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
November 17, 1657
Age 48
December 2, 1661
Age 52
Medfield, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
February 21, 1676
Age 67
Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, Colonial America