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Descendants of Robert Adams: Generation 1

January 25, 2010

ROBERT15 ADAMS (ROBERT14, RICHARD13, JOHN12, JOHN11, JOHN10, THOMAS9, ROGER8, JOHN AP7, JOHN AP6, THOMAS AP5, JOHN AP4, WILLIAM AP3, JOHN AP2, JOHN AP1) was born 10 October 1602 in Attery, St. Mary, Devonshire, England and died 12 October 1682 in Newbury, Essex, MA. He married ELEANOR WILMOT in England. She was born about 1610 in Devonshire, England and died 12 June 1677 in Newbury, Essex, MA.

Notes for Robert Adams:
Robert Adams was the son of Robert and Elizabeth (Sharlon); son of Richard and Margaret (Armager); son of Nicholas (or John) and Margaret. This Robert claimed to be 16th in line from John Ap Adam who came out of the marshes of Wales and married Elizabeth, daughter of John, Lord Gurney of Sedinham and Boyleston in Glouster and was called to Parliament as Lord of the Realm from 1296-1307 and had arms granted him.[1]

In the list of emigrants coming from England in the ship Fortune, is listed Robert Adams, coming from Attery, St. Mary, Devonshire to Salem, MA. The ancestry of Robert Adams is given as follows: Born in England, Robert Adams came first to Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay in 1635, bringing with him his wife Eleanor (Wilmot) and his first two children. His first wife, Eleanor, died 12 June 1677 in Newbury, MA. His second wife, Sara (Glover) Short, widow, died in Newbury, MA 24 October 1697. He was a farmer with many estates in the area. The book, “Robert Adams of Newbury, MA” claims he was a tailor by trade (which is disputed). According to another article, Robert came to America a rich man who invested in property and was never a tailor. Resided in Ipswich 1635, Salem 1638-39, and removed to Newbury in 1640 where he acquired a large farm and valuable property. He died 12 October 1682 aged 81 years. His will was probated 27 November 1682.

He is believed to come from Devonshire and to have been a son of Robert and Elizabeth Sharlon (Sharland), connected to the Ap Adam pedigree and through that connection to have been a cousin of Henry Adams of Braintree (Quincy), MA – the ancestor of the American Presidents, John and John Quincy Adams.

He was a member of the 1st Congregational Church.

Children of Robert Adams and Eleanor Wilmot are:

i. John16 Adams, b. 1632, England; d. 1703; m. Sarah Woodman
  Notes for John Adams:
He appeared to have been living in 1680 when his father’s will was made[3], and yet is passed over with a simple bequest of 20£, no wife or children being alluded to. Records show that he was married to Sarah Woodman.
ii. Johanna Adams, b. 1634, England; d. abt. 1701, Suffield, CT; m. Launcelot Granger, 04 January 1653/54; b. England; d. 03 September 1689, Suffield, CT.
  Notes for Johanna Adams:
Moved to Suffield, Connecticut
iii. Sergeant Abraham Adams, b. 1639, Salem, Essex, MA; d. 14 August 1714, Newbury, Essex, MA
iv. (3rd) Robert Adams, b. abt. 1640, Newbury, Essex, MA
v. Elizabeth Adams, B. 1642, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 04 May 1681, Lancaster, Worcester, MA; m. Edward Phelps, before 1681.
  Notes for Elizabeth Adams:
Removed to Andover, MA

Notes for Edward Phelps:
He is listed as “of Andover”

vi. Mary Adams, b. 1644, Newbury, Essex, MA; m. Jeremiah Goodrich, 15 November 1660.
vii. Isaac Adams, b. 26 February 1646/47, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. after 1680.
  Notes for Isaac Adams:
Unmarried. Page 5, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams.
viii. Jacob Adams, b. 23 April 1649, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 12 August 1649, Newbury, Essex, MA.
ix. Hannah Adams, b. 25 June 1650, Newbury, Essex, MA; m. William Warham, 10 February 1681/82.
  Notes for Hannah Adams:
Page 5, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, MA
x. Jacob Adams, b. 13 April 1651, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. November 1717, Boston, MA; m. Anna Allen, 07 April 1677; b. 03 January 1657/58, Dorchester, MA.
  Notes for Jacob Adams:
He removed about 1681/82 to Suffield (now Connecticut) where he was one of the most prominent and influential of the early settlers. He was often chosen to important offices, was a member of the General Court of the colony, then held in Boston 1711-1714 and again in 1717. He died in Boston, suddenly while in attendance upon his duties as a member of the General Court from Suffield. He acquired a large property and was greatly esteemed. His will, dated 20 November 1717, is recorded both in Boston and at North Hampton, which was the county seat of Hampshire County – to which Suffield then belonged.
  BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH: Page 5, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, MA
BIRTH-MARRIAGE-DEATH: Adams Genealogy by Lydia Adams-Williams, Layton, Davis County, Utah.
  Notes for Anna Allen:
Anna Allen was of Dorchester, MA.

[1] Boston Transcript, 20 January 1909 – #377

[2] Bank’s Topographical Dictionary of 2885 English Emigrants to New England 1620-1650 by Chas. Ed. Banks 1957 p. 24

[3] Page 4, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachusetts

4 Comments leave one →
  1. March 3, 2012 7:27 pm

    He was my 9th great grandfather. Here is my connection to him:
    Robert Adams m. Eleanor Wilmot
    Joanna Adams m. Launcelot Granger
    Elizabeth Granger m. Victory Sikes
    Victory Sikes Jr. m. Mary King
    Titus Sykes m. Rhoda Miller
    Titus Sykes Jr. m. Abigail Baxter
    Isaac Sykes m. Hannah Raymond
    Saxton Sykes m. Rachel Gilson
    Raymond G. Sykes m. Clarissa W. Luse
    Aubrey L. Sykes m. Anna Ruth Swallow
    Quintin S. Sykes (my father)

    You can read more about my search for my biological father’s family at:


  2. deb permalink
    December 18, 2013 11:45 pm

    Thanks for this valuable post! I’m related via his dau. Elizabeth who m. Edward PHELPS.

    • Tina Snell permalink
      December 3, 2017 2:05 pm

      I am also related to Edward Phelps and Elizabeth Adams. My connection from there is Edward Jr. and Ruth Andrews, Elizabeth Phelps and Samuel Willard, Joshua Willard and Lucretia Ward, Samuel Willard and Lucinda Knowlton, then both Elizabeth Willard and Nathan Parker and her sister Lucinda Willard and Alfred Nash. Both Elizabeth and Lucinda were my 3 x great grandmothers.


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