Joseph Adams, Sr. was born 9 February 1626 in Kings Weston, Somerset, England, United Kingdom to Henry Adams (1582-1646) and Edith Squire (1587-1673) and died 6 December 1694 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. He married Abigail Baxter (1634-1692) 2 November 1650 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

Joseph Adams (1626-1694)

Early New England Farmer / English Immigrant (1638) Great Grand-father to President John Adams

Vital Stats

  • 1626-Feb-09 : Birth/Christening at Kings Wesson, Somerset, England
  • 1638 : Family Immigration to America
  • 1650 : Marriage to Abigail Baxter at Braintree, Norfolk, MA
  • 1694-Dec-06 : Died at Braintree, Norfolk, MA -


Joseph Adams was a maltster. He was baptized on 9 February 1626 at Kingweston, Somersetshire, England. He was the son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire. In 1646 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Joseph Adams was mentioned in the will of Henry Adams.

Joseph Adams became a freeman in 1653 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He served in 1673 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, as a Selectman. He left a will on 18 July 1694 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. He died on Monday, 6 December 1694 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, at age 68 years, 9 months and 27 days. Joseph's will was proved on 10 January 1695 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.


Joseph's gravestone inscription at Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, reads: To the memory of Joseph Adams, senior who died December 6, 1694, aged, 68 And to his wife whose first name was Baxter who died Aug. 27, 1692, aged 58 This tomb Erected by a great grandson in 1817. (bio by: Bev)

John Adams, the second president of the United States of America, erected a monument to his memory in the old church yard at Quincy with the following inscription: "In memory of Henry Adams who took his flight from the Dragon persecution in Devonshire, England and alighted with eight sons, near Mount Wollaston. One of the sons returned to England, and after taking time to explore the country, four removed to Medfield and the neighboring towns; two to Chelmsford. One only, Joseph, who lies here at his left hand, remained here, who was an original proprietor in the township of Briantree, incorporated in 1639. This stone and several others have been placed in this yard, by a great-great grandson, from a veneration of the Piety, humility, simplicity, prudence, patience, temperance, frugality, industry and perseverance, of his Ancestors, in hopes of Recommending an imitation of their virtures to their posterity. ... Erected December, 1823."

Marriage & Family

On 26 November 1650 at Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, Joseph married Abigail Baxter, daughter of Gregory Baxter and Margaret Paddy.

All children born at Braintree, Norfolk, MA

  1. Hannah Adams (1652-1726)
  2. Jane Adams (1653-1723) - m. Joseph Plumley (1653-1740)
  3. Joseph Adams (1654-1726) - m. Hannah Bass - Grandparents to Pres John Adams
  4. John Adams (1656-1656) - 1st John Adams - Died Infant
  5. Abigail Adams (1658-1696)
  6. John Adams (1661-1702) - 2nd John Adams - md Hannah Webb - grandfather of patriot Samuel Adams (1722-1803)
  7. Mary Adams (1667-1706) -
  8. Samuel Adams (1665-1714) -
  9. Jonathan Adams (1671-)
  10. Mehitable Adams (1673-1713)
  11. Peter Adams (1670-1747) -


Offspring of Joseph Adams, Sr. and Abigail Baxter (1634-1692)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Hannah Adams (1652-1726)
Jane Adams (1653-1723) 1653 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 1723 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Joseph Plumley (1653-1740)
Joseph Adams (1654-1726) 24 December 1654 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States 12 February 1736 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Hannah Bass (1667-1705)
John Adams (1656-1656)
Abigail Adams (1658-1696) 27 February 1658 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 26 October 1696 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts John Bass (1658-1724)
Mary Adams (1667-1706) 16 February 1667 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 9 March 1706 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Samuel Bass (1660-1751)
John Adams (1661-1702) 20 December 1661 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 2 November 1702 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Hannah Webb (1665-1694)
Samuel Adams (1665-1714)
Jonathan Adams (1671-)
Mehitable Adams (1673-1713)
Peter Adams (1670-1747)



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