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William Adams

Birthplace: Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Death: Died in Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
Place of Burial: Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Adams, of Cambridge & Ipswich and Elizabeth Adams
Husband of Mary Adams and Alice Adams (Bradford)
Father of Mary Adams; Rev. Eliphalet Adams; Elizabeth Niles; Alice Collins; Abiel Chauncy and 2 others
Brother of Mary Ann Coffey; Benjamin Adams; John Adams; Elizabeth Adams; Simon Adams and 2 others
Half brother of Elizabeth Adams and Joseph Hickock

Occupation: Reverend
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About Rev. William Adams


  • Rev. William Adams on 28 Mar. 1680 m 2nd to. Alice Bradford (1661-1645); she married 2nd to James Fitch
  • Father: William Adams s/o W & E Kemp Mother: Elizabeth Stacy

William was born on 27 May 1650 in Ipswich, Massachusetts, son of William Adams and Elizabeth Stacey. William graduated from Harvard in 1671 with his Bachelor of Arts degree. It was said “he came from thence with the esteem and respect of his teachers, and with a character for integrity, learning and piety that gave promise of future usefulness.” He was called to the charge of the church at Dedham in 1671 and was ordained on 3 December 1673, becoming the second Pastor at Dedham. He subsequently received his Master of Arts degree from Harvard.

William married first Mary Manning on 15 October 1674 in Dedham. She was the daughter of William Manning of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

William and Mary had three children. Mary died on 24 June 1679 and William married Alice Bradford the following March. William and Alice had four children, all born in Dedham.

William preached the election sermon at the Massachusetts General Court on 27 May 1685 but died on the following 17 August in Dedham, four months before the birth of his last child, Abiel.

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Rev. William Adams's Timeline

May 27, 1650
Ipswich, Essex County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
November 12, 1675
Age 25
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
March 26, 1677
Age 26
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
February 23, 1681
Age 30
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
April 3, 1682
Age 31
Dedham, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony
December 17, 1683
Age 33
Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, US