Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet

NameLieut. Thomas ADAMS 160
Bapt Date25 Mar 1612
Bapt PlaceBarton St. David, Somersetshire, England
Immigr Date1638
Freeman Date10 May 1643
Death Date20 Jul 1688
Death PlaceChelmsford, Massachusetts
FlagsAHAC, Immigrant
FatherHenry ADAMS (~1583-)
MotherEdith SQUIRE (bp. 1587-1673)
Misc. Notes
According to Bartlett,595 “‘Thomas Addames the sonne of Henry & Edith Addames was baptized xxvth day of Marche 1612.’ (Transcript for 1612 of parish register of Barton St. David.) He came to New England with his parents in 1638 and located with them in Braintree, but is first mentioned here as admitted a freeman of the Massachusetts Colony 10 May 1643. He next appears as one of the thirty-two Braintree petitioners concerning a land grant in Oct. 1645. (Massachusetts Colony Records, volume 2, pages 293 and 128.) He was of Concord, Mass., in 1646 where he and also his brothers John and Samuel Adams became land owners. On 1 Jan. 1654, Thomas Adams of Concord sold to Samuel Stratton of Concord ‘the house lately called the house of John Adams, last inhabited by William How.’ (Middlesex County Deeds, volume 1, page 167.) In 1655 he became one of the founders of Chelmsford, Mass., where he held various town offices and was a deputy to the Massachusetts General Court in 1673. In May 1678 he was appointed ensign and in May 1682 lieutenant of the Chelmsford military company, of which his brother Samuel Adams was captain. (Massachusetts Colony Records, volume 5, pages 189 and 358.) ‘Thomas Adams died July 20, 1688, aged 76 years.’ Chelmsford Vital Records, page 359.)

“He married in New England, about 1642, Mary _____; she was born in England about 1613 and died in Charlestown, Mass., 23 Mar. 1694/5, aged 82 years. (Records of Charlestown.)”

Thomas Adams was a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, elected 1644: “LIEUT. THOMAS ADAMS, Braintree, 1642; freeman 1643; removed to Concord 1646 -- afterward to Chelmsford, where he was the first Town Clerk; Representative 1673 -- died July 20th, 1688, aged 76.”596
Birth Dateabt 1613
Birth PlaceEngland
Death Date23 Mar 1693/4
Death PlaceCharlestown, Massachusetts
Immigr Date?
Misc. Notes
Several websites identify the wife of Thomas Adams as Mary Blackmore; Bartlett names her only as Mary _____. The Blackmores of the South Shore have a royal descent through the Collamores. Whether they are related to this Mary Blackmore (if in fact that name is correct) is not known.

Website identifies her as the daughter of Truebull Blackmore. She was bapt. 3 Dec 1623 at All Hallows, London, according to this source. Is it the same Mary Blackmore?

But there seems to be a problem: Wyman’s Charlestown identifies Mary Blackmore, b 23 Feb 1666/7 (dau of Henry Blackmore and Mary Thrumball) as the wife (first) of Thomas Adams, married in 1680 (and later wife of John Smith and Thomas Walker). This cannot be the same Thomas Adams; it must be a generation or two later. Perhaps there is a generational confusion here.
Marr Dateabt 1642
ChildrenMary (Died as Child) (1643-)
 Jonathan (Twin) (1646-)
 Pelatiah (Twin) (1646-1725)
 Timothy (1648-)
 George (1650-)
 Samuel (~1652-)
 Mary (~1654-)
 Edith (1656-)
 Thomas (Died as Infant) (1660-1660)
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