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Rebecca Adams (unknown)

Also Known As: "Rebecca (unknown) Taylor Basenden Greenhill"
Birthdate: (81)
Birthplace: Staplehurst, Kent, England
Death: Died in Wethersfield, Hartford County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Daughter of N.N. and N.N.
Wife of Walter Baseden; Samuel Greenhill and Jeremy Adams, of Hartford
Mother of Rebecca Shepard; Thomas Greenhill; Sarah Willett; John Adams of Hartford; Hester Adams and 3 others

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About Rebecca Adams

Rebecca (b. abt 1608 Staplehurst, Kent, England -d. 1678 Hartford, Hartford Co., Connecticut)

Emigrated to the Colonies with her husband Samuel Greenhill in 1634.

Parents: not known

Marriage 1?: possibly to Robert Taylor: see note 1

Marriage 1: 1. Rebecca Taylor married Walter Baseden, at Cranbrook, Kent, England on 24 April 1627 see Walter Baseden died a few months after their marriage

Marriage 2: on 24 June 1628 to Samuel Greenhill (c. 1603-c. 1637) in Cranbrook, Kent, England

Marriage 3: By about 1637 to Jeremy Adams (c. 1604-1683) of Hartford, Connecticut. Jeremy Adams married as his second wife to Rebecca Fletcher Warner after Rebecca Greenhill's death.

Children of Rebecca Baseden and Samuel Greenhill:

1. REBECCA GREENHILL, baptized 24 February 1630[ 34]; m. Cambridge 4 October 1649 John Shepard[ 2:2-3].

2. THOMAS GREENHILL, baptized 20 January 1632/3[ 34]; d. soon after 16 July 1653

Children of Rebecca Greenhill and Jeremy Adams:

3. JOHN (b. say 1637 died 6 Sept. 1670) married 26 Aug 1657 Abigail, daughter of Richard and Rebecca Smith of Wethersfield (she md. 2nd John Betts of Wethersfield, with whom and her Adams children she removed before 1684 to Huntongton Long Island)

4. HANNAH, b. say 1639; m. about 1660 Jonathan Smith; no issue.

5. HESTER, b. say 1641; living on 16 July 1653 when she was a legatee in the will of Thomas Greenhill, her half-brother; no further record.

6. SARAH, b. say 1643; m. by about 1665 Nathaniel Willett as his second wife.

7. SAMUEL, baptized Hartford 23 November 1645; no further record, and certainly deceased by 16 July 1653


Note 1:

There is some question as to what was Rebecca's maiden name. "The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England 1634-1635," by Robert Charles Anderson (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts, 2003), Vol. 3, Page 152, says her names was "Rebecca (Taylor) Baseden."

Rebecca was the widow of Walter Taylor. (2)

(2) Mahler, Leslie. "The Roberts Family of Brenchley, Kent", The American Genealogist volume 83, number 4 (July/October 2009).

Note 2:

By virtue of his marriage to the widow of Samuel Greenhill, Jeremy Adams became guardian of his two children, Thomas Greenhill and Rebecca Greenhill, and therefore had possession during their minority of the land granted by to Samuel Greenhill, which land belonged "two-thirds parts of each parcel to Thomas Greenhill when the said Thomas is of twenty years of age; and one-third part to Rebecka Greenhill when the said Rebecka shall be of twenty years of age which land belongeth to the said Thomas & Rebecka Greenhill abovesaid at that time & in that proportion by the last will & testament of Samuel Greenhill their father deceased & to their heirs forever"[HaBOP 202].


On 16 July 1653, Thomas Greenhill made his will, in which he gave to his mother "Rebeckah Addams" the use of all his land during her natural life, and at her decease one-half of his lands to "her children, that is to say, to her son John Addams & to her 3 daughters, Hanna, Hester & Sarah," and the other half to "my sister Rebeckah Shepherd's two children, John and Rebeckah Shepherd," unless these two children die without issue before their mother, in which case the mother is to inherit one-half his land[Manwaring 1:119].

As might be expected, this will sowed the seeds of dispute, and in later years John Shephard and his wife, the former Rebecca Greenhill, pursued their perceived right vigorously in the Connecticut courts. They argued that Thomas Greenhill was not yet twenty-one when he made his will, that the will was therefore void, and that Thomas Greenhill had in fact died intestate. They then argued that in an intestacy all the estate of Thomas Greenhill should fall to his only full sibling, the wife of John Shephard, and that his half-siblings, the children of Jeremy Adams, should get nothing. The dispute carried on into the third generation and into the eighteenth century, but was in the end unsuccessful. The documents produced in this case have much useful information beyond the immediate matter of the descent of the land[ Series One, 2:1-18, 177-84].


The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2002), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995).

In the book Genealogy dictionary by Salvage he states: " His (Jeremy's) Second wife Rebecca , Widow of Samuel Greenhill , Died 1678, and by her he had other children probably Ann, who married Robert Sanford; Elinor, who married Nathaniel Willet; and John, unless one or two wereby former wife

ID: I456800

Name: Rebecca Baseden

Sex: F


Ref.1; Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior To 1700 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1985)

ADAMS, Jeremy (1606, ?1604-1683) & Rebecca (_____) [GREENHILL] (-1678), w Samuel; ca 1636?; Braintree/Cambridge/ Hartford 67; TAG 9:55, 25:129, 33:125; Pope's Pioneers 10; Gilbert (1953) 65; Reg. 59:315; Sv. 1:11; Powers-Banks 57; Taylor-Snow 2:32; Pratt (1900) 16

Ref.2: Arthur A. Adams, Genealogy of the Lake Family of Great Egg Harbour in Old Gloucester County in New Jersy: Descended from John Lade of Gravesend, Long Island; With Notes on the Gravesend and Staten Island Branches of the Family (Hartford, CT: privately printed, 1915)Page: 254.

Pioneers of Massachusetts

Ref.3; Charles Henry Pope, Pioneers of Massachusetts

This descriptive list of pioneers of Massachusetts was taken from colonial, town, church and other contemporary documents. It lists over 5000 persons who settled the colony and were instrumental in its growth. Including settlers from as far back as the Mayflower, researchers will find birth, occupation, marriage and death information along with a list of known descendants. For those seeking ancestors from the colonies of Massachusetts and Plymouth, this can be a helpful source of information. The total number of ,'Pioneers" on record is about 6,000. Of these the occupations of only 1,725 were mentioned; 323 being called tillers of the soil, (including both wealthy landholders and humble plowmen,) 210 house and ship carpenters, 115 tailors, 103 merchants, 91 ministers, 81 shoemakerS, 75 sea-captains, 62 weavers, and so on. We have further some 471 cases in which the records specify the settlers.

1900 (Republished Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1991), Page, 10.

Marriage 1 Jeremy Adams b: ABT 1603


Samuel Adams b: 23 NOV 1645 in Hartford, Hartford Co., 
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Rebecca Adams's Timeline

Staplehurst, Kent, England
Age 12
Connecticut, United States
February 24, 1630
Age 22
Staplehurst, Kent, England
August 26, 1637
Age 29
Wethersfield, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 29
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
Age 29
Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 31
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut