Elizabeth Paine Adams was born 23 July 1620 in Barton St. David, Somerset, England to Moses Payne (1581-1643) and Elizabeth Sheaffe (1589-1632) and died 21 February 1676 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. She married Henry Adams (1609-1676) 17 October 1643 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.


Elizabeth Paine Adams. She was the daughter of Moses Paine and Elizabeth Sheaffe. Elizabeth immigrated to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638 on the ship "The Castle" with her father and brothers Moses and Stephen. They moved to Braintree, Massachusetts shortly after their arrival to Cambridge.

She married Henry Adams (1609-1676), son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire, on October 17, 1643 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.

She was the mother of eleven children Eleazer, Elizabeth, Joseph, Jasper, Elizabeth born November 11, 1649, Henry born July 14, 1652, John born July 14, 1652, Moses, John born February 18, 1656, Henry born November 19, 1657, and Samuel

1676 King Philip's War

Elizabeth died the same day as her husband, during the indian raid on Medfield, Massachusetts on 21 Feb 1676 during King Philip's War.

From page 9 of The Rev. Amos Adams, A.M. (1728-1775), Patriot Minister of Roxbury, Massachusetts : and his American ancestry, Boston: unknown, 1912, 17 pgs.

"Elizabeth (Paine) Adams, who had taken refuge in the house of the minister, Rev. John Wilson, Jr., was killed while lying in bed in her chamber, by the accidental discharge of a musket in the hands of Capt. Jacob..."

The NEHGS Register, Vol. 7 (1853), p. 41(n), citing Gookin's History of the Praying Indians, says,

"...the gun fired through, and shot floor, mat, and through the body of the Lieutenant's widow that lay upon the bed, and slew her also." The note goes on to say, "This happened 21 Feb. 1676."


Offspring of Lt. Henry Adams, Jr. and Elizabeth Paine (1620-1676)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Eleazer Adams (1644-1710)
Jasper Adams (1647-1742)
Elizabeth Adams (1649-1727)
Henry Adams (1652-1653)
John Adams (1652-1728)
Moses Adams (1654-1724) 26 October 1654 Medfield, Suffolk County, Massachusetts 27 May 1724 Sherborn, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Marie Fairbanks (1659-1681) Marie Fairbanks (1659-1681) Lydia Whitney (1657-1719)
Henry Adams (1657-1733) 17 November 1657 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 29 September 1733 Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Prudence Frary (1662-1750)
Samuel Adams (1661-1682)


#g1: Offspring of Moses Payne (1581-1643) and Mary Benison (1585-1617)
Name Birth Death Joined with
William Payne (1602-1635) , ,
John Payne (1615-1690) , ,
#g2: Offspring of Moses Payne (1581-1643) and Elizabeth Sheaffe (1589-1632)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Paine (1620-1676) 23 July 1620, Barton St. David, Somerset, England 21 February 1676, Medfield, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Henry Adams (1609-1676)
Margaret Payne (1621-1628) , ,
Moses Payne (1623-1690) , ,
Stephen Paine (1626-1691) 1626, Tenterden, Kent, England 29 June 1691, Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Hannah Bass (1632-1704)
Judith Payne (1628-) , ,


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