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November 28, 2009

Adams or Admes (meaning, re Adamas, meaning earth) can claim the distinction of having the oldest individual name on record. Among the most conspicuous of the Adams family who emigrated to America, were Henry of Braintree, MA and Robert of Ipswich, MA; both of whom it is said were descendants of Lord John Ap Adams who came out of the marshes of Wales.[1]

Robert Adams of Ipswich, Salem and Newbury, MA was the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Shirland); son of Richard and Margaret (Armagu); son of Nicholas or John and Margaret. This Robert claimed to be the 16th in line from John Ap Adams who came out of the marshes of Wales and married Elizabeth, daughter of John, Lord Gournai of Sedenham and Boylston in Glouster and was called to Parliament as Lord of the Realm from 1296 to 1307 and had arms granted to him.[2]

[1] Boston Transcript, 18 Sept. 1905

[2] Boston Transcript, 20 Jan 1909

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  1. April 22, 2011 7:22 am

    Beautiful site.

    My wife is descended from Nicholas Adams and Margaret Squire. Their daughter was Margaret, married Thomas Weaver. Nicholas is often shown as son of John A. and Catherine Stebbings.
    From daughter Margaret’s late birthdate, I wonder if there is a missing Nicholas II in this genealogy.

    Any info would be appreciated.

    Again, congratulations on this marvelous site.


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