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Thomas Adams

Birthdate: (58)
Birthplace: New Kent Co, VA
Death: August 1788 (58)
Augusta Co, VA
Immediate Family:

Son of Capt. Ebenezer Adams and Tabitha Adams
Husband of Elizabeth "Betsy" Adams
Father of Hannah Adams
Brother of Anne Smith; Sarah Adams Fry; Tabitha Adams; William Adams and Bowler Adams

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About Thomas Adams

Thomas Adams (1730 – August 1788) was a politician and businessman from Virginia.

Adams was born in New Kent County in 1730. His first political position was as a clerk of Henrico County, and later a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses.[1] Adams had extensive business interests in England and traveled there to attend to them in 1763, but returned to Virginia at the start of the American Revolution. He was chairman of the New Kent County Committee of Safety in 1774, and signed the Virginia Association on May 27 of that year.

Adams was chosen as a delegate from Virginia to the Continental Congress in 1778 and 1779, and signed the Articles of Confederation.[2] He was elected to the Virginia State senate from 1783 until 1786. Adams died on his estate, "Cowpasture", in Augusta County, Virginia, in August 1788.


! (1) "The Fauntleroy Family," by Robert H Fauntleroy (Washington DC, 1952) p.25. Cites: (a) Mary Emily Fauntleroy (1858-1952). (b) Col. Powell C. Fauntleroy (1869-1933). (c) "Col. Moore Fauntleroy, his Ancestors and Descendants," by Juliet Fauntleroy (Altavista, VA). (d) "Early Fauntleroy Homes and Lands," by Juliet Fauntleroy (Altavista, VA).

 (2) "Edelen, McAfee, Gulick and Associated Families," by Peter (, cw4peter database 13 Aug 2011). Cites: (a) "Cockes and Cousins, Descendants of Richard Cocke (c1600-1665)," by Leonie Doss Cocke and Virginia Webb Cocke (Edwards Brothers, Ann Arbor, MI, 1967) Vol. 1, p.8,15. (b) "Colonial Families of the United States of America," ed. by George Norbury Mackenzie, LL.B. (The Seaforth Press, Genealogical Publishers, MD, 1917) Vol. VI, p.8, 9.

! Birth: (2) s/o Ebenezer ADAMS/Tabitha COCKE. Abt. 1730. New Kent Co., VA.

 Marriage to Elizabeth FAUNTLEROY: (1) Widow of Bowler COCKE. "It is said that he was a suitor of Betsy FAUNTLEROY prior to her first marriage and was rejected. In 1762 he went to England. He returned after the death of Bowler COCKE, renewed his suit, and they were married." (2) 1775.
 Death: (2) Aug 1788. At his seat "Cow Pasture," Augusta Co., VA.
 (1) Of Henrico Co., VA.
 (2) Clerk of Henrico Co.
 (2) Vestryman and Warden of Henrico Parish.
 (2) 1756, 20 Feb: Secretary of Indian Treaty at Cataba Town.
 (1) 1762: (2) Abt. 1762: (1,2) Went to England.
 (2) Became a merchant in London.
 (2) 1772: Returned to VA.
 (2) 1774, 27 May: One of the signers of an Association entered into by late members of the House of Burgesses.
 (2) 1774: Chairman of the New Kenty County Committee.
 (1) Member of the Continental Congress from VA. (2) Member of the Old Congress. Signed the Articles of Confederation between the States.
 (1) Removed to The Calf Pasture, Augusta Co., VA. (2) Removed to Augusta Co., VA.
 (2) 1784-1787: Represented in the Legislature the district comprising Augusta, Rockingham, Rockbridge, and Shenandoah.
 (2) Had no children.* Reference: [ RootsWeb's WorldConnect] - [ SmartCopy]: ''Nov 1 2016, 4:05:09 UTC''


1. "Old Churches, Ministers, and Families of Virginia," Bishop William Meade, 1857, Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1966.

A member of the Continental Congress.

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Thomas Adams's Timeline

New Kent Co, VA
October 2, 1755
Age 25
Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts
August 1788
Age 58
Augusta Co, VA