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Descendants of Robert Adams: Generation 2

February 8, 2010

SERGEANT ABRAHAM16 ADAMS (ROBERT15, ROBERT14, RICHARD13, JOHN12, JOHN11, JOHN10, THOMAS9, ROGER8, JOHN AP7, JOHN AP6, THOMAS AP5, JOHN AP4, WILLIAM AP3, JOHN AP2, JOHN AP1) was born 1639 in Salem, Essex, MA, and died 14 August 1714 in Newbury, Essex, MA. He married MARY PETTINGELL 10 November 1670 in Newbury, MA; daughter of RICHARD PETTINGELL and JOANNA INGERSOLL. She was born 06 July 1652, and died September 1705 in Newbury, Essex, MA.

Notes for Sergeant Abraham Adams:
He was a corporal in the militia, 1685-1693, and became Sergeant in 1703. A member of the Congregational Church at Newbury, MA. He was made a freeman[1], 9 January 1673/74.

Soon after Sergeant Abrahams’ death, viz: on the 17th day of September 1714, in the 18th year of Her Majesty’s reign (Queen Anne), the children entered into and made the following agreement specifying what each child should have of their father’s estate. Sarah was given £80 and as money out of movable part, about £40 in full. It was signed by Robert, Abraham, Isaac, John, Matthew, Israel and Richard Adams and Mary Thurlow, Sarah Adams and Dorothy Adams. Abraham was a soldier in King Phillip’s War. On page 414 of the book, “Soldiers in King Phillips War” by Geo. M. Bodge, he is listed as a claimant of land given Veterans of KPW. Land given was in township No. 1, now the town of Buxton, Maine.

DEATH: Page 533, Vital Records of Newbury, MA.

Notes for Mary Pettingell:
FATHER: See Vital Records of Newbury, MA to 1850

Children of Abraham Adams and Mary Pettingell are:

i. Mary17 Adams, b. 16 January 1671/72, Newbury, Essex, MA; m. George Thurlow, 1695; b. 12 March 1669/70; d. 17 January 1713/14.

Notes for George Thurlow:
His name is also spelled ‘Thorly’.

ii. Robert Adams, b. 12 May 1674, Newbury, Essex, MA; D. 08 February 1769, Newbury, Essex, MA; m. Rebecca Knight, August 1695; b. 27 April 1674; d. 03 February 1769.

Notes for Robert Adams[3]:
Robert Adams was a yeoman, residence Newbury, near Newburyport. His will, made 1 October 1765, was proved 25 August 1769. In it, he mentions his son, John, as unmarried; his granddaughter, Sarah, wife of Nathaniel Atkinson; his daughter, Mary Merrill; granddaughter, Mary Creasy; grandsons, Jacob and Zebulon, and sons Abraham and Robert. Residence: Long-Barn Farm, so-called, Newbury, MA.

iii. Captain Abraham Adams, b. 02 May 1676, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 08 April 1763, Byfield, Essex, MA; m. Anne Longfellow, December 1703; b. abt. 1684; d. 24 September 1758.
iv. Isaac Adams, b. 26 February 1678/79, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 03 September 1775, Boxford, MA.
v. Sarah Adams, b. 15 April 1681, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 22 March 1734/35, Andover, Essex, MA.
vi. John Adams, b. 07 March 1683/84, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 08 May 1750, Rowley, MA; m. (1) Elizabeth Noyes, 22 January 1706/07; d. 23 December 1708; m. (2) Sarah Pearson, 17 November 1713; d. 10 December 1754.

Notes for John Adams[4]:
Married (1st) 22 January 1707, Elizabeth Noyes; she died childless, 23 December 1708. Married (2nd) 17 November 1713, Sarah Pearson; she died 10 December 1754/56. He was a farmer; resided in Rowley (now Georgetown), MA on the north side of Pentucket Pond. His will was made 25 December 1746 and mentions wife Sarah; daughter, Sara Hazen; daughter, Elizabeth Hardy and children; Hannah and John.

vii. Dr. Matthew Adams, B. 25 May 1686, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 15 November 1755; m. Sarah Knight, 04 April 1707; b. 25 February 1678/79; d. 29 October 1778.

Notes for Dr. Matthew Adams:
Dr. Matthew was said to have been at first a cordwainer (shoemaker), then a farmer in Byfield parish and to have been the first practicing physician in W. Newbury after 1726. His will was made 03 August 1753 and proved 08 December 1755.

Notes for Sarah Knight:
Sarah was probably the daughter of John and Rebecca (Noyes) Knight.

viii. Israel Adams, b. 25 December 1688, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 12 December 1714, Waltham, Essex, MA; m. Rebecca Atkinson, 15 October 1714.
ix. Dorothy Adams, b. 25 October 1691, Newbury, Essex, MA.

Notes for Dorothy Adams:
She was unmarried in 1715.

x. Richard Adams, b. 22 November 1693, Newbury, Essex, MA; d. 02 November 1778, Newburyport, Essex, MA; m. Susanna Pike, 12 December 1717; b. 03 April 1697; d. 17 October 1754.

Notes for Richard Adams:
He was a husbandman in Newbury and Newburyport. Died at the age of 84 years. His will was made 02 August 1770, proved 02 November 1778. He names his daughter, Mary; grandson, Nathaniel, son of Enoch; granddaughter, Hannah, the daughter of Daniel, late of Newburyport; and sons John, Moses, Richard and Edmund.

[1] A freeman was a member of the body politic and as such was entitled to exercise the right of suffrage and to hold office. Freemen were admitted by the General Court of the Colony, and as early as 1631, it was required that they produce evidence of being a member of the Congregational Church. This regulation was modified in 1664.

[2] Page 4, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachussetts.

[3] Page 7, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachussetts.

[4] Page 7, A Genealogical History of Robert Adams of Newbury, Massachussetts.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Stu Bloom permalink
    September 9, 2017 10:16 am

    Re Matthew Adams’ wife as the daughter of John and Rebecca (Noyes) Knight. The Knights did have a daughter named Sarah, born at Newbury on 25 Feb 1678, but she would have been eight years older than Matthew, 29 at their marriage, and 100 at her death, when she was reported to be 91. It is more likely that she was the Sarah Knight who married Samuel Moody at Newbury. Matthew’s wife was almost certainly the Sarah Knight born to Joseph and Deborah (Coffin) Knight at Newbury on 3 Nov 1686, whose reported age at death matches her birth date exactly; and the 1723 will of Joseph Knight (online database at, Essex County Probate File Papers, 1638-1881, case 15996) names his daughter Sarah Adams.

    • July 20, 2018 2:28 pm

      Thank you so much for this new information and references, Stu! I will read it and update our research.

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