Capt Elihu Adams was born 29 May 1741 in Holbrook, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States to John Adams (1691-1761) and Susanna Boylston (1708-1797) and died 10 August 1775 Holbrook, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of dysentary. He married Thankful White (1747-1822) 20 September 1765 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.


Capt Elihu Adams was a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Braintree, Massachusetts to John Adams, Sr. and Susanna Boylston; his elder brothers were John Adams (1735-1826), the second President of the United States, and Peter Boylston Adams, who also served as a militia captain during the Revolution. He married Thankful White in 1765, and had at least two children - Susanna, born in 1766, and John, born in 1768.

Revolutionary War Service

Adams served as captain of the Braintree Company at the Siege of Boston, and as a minuteman who fought on the Concord Green in 1775. He died of dysentery on August 10, 1775, at the age of 34, and was buried at what is today known as the "Old Section" of Union Cemetery in Holbrook, Massachusetts (then still a part of Braintree).


Offspring of Capt Elihu Adams and Thankful White (1747-1822)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Susanna Adams (1766-1826)
John Adams (1768-1835)
Elisha Adams (1770-1829)
Elihu Adams (1775-)

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