Family Card - Person Sheet
Family Card - Person Sheet

NameJohn ADAMS 160
Birth Dateabt 1555
Birth PlaceBarton St. David, Somersetshire, England
Will Date19 Mar 1603/4
Will PlaceBarton St. David, Somersetshire, England
Burial Date22 Mar 1603/4
Burial PlaceBarton St. David, Somersetshire, England
FatherHenry ADAMS (~1531-1596)
Misc. Notes
Details from Bartlett to be entered.

Bartlett identifies the wife of John Adams as Agnes, and probably Agnes Stone, daughter of John Stone (details to be entered).

According to Bartlett, John Adams “was born about 1555, doubtless in Barton St. David, and, as far as known, lived there all his life, followinf the occupation of husbandman and succeeding his father in occupancy of the copyhold land. The earliest record found of him is the one just stated when at the age of forty he became administrator of his father’s estate. On 27 May 1597 he became bondsman for Agnes, widow of John Stone of Barton David, executrix of the will of her late husband, and it is not improbable that this record may indicate a relationship usual in such circumstances. The wife of John Adams was named Agnes and she may have been a daughter of John Stone and he bacame surety for his mother-in-law, a common occurrence.

“The deplorable loss of the parish registers of baptisms, marriages and burials in Barton St. David prior to 1714, deprives us of the most important source of information on yeoman families. Parish registers were first ordered to be kept in 1538 and a more stringent law on the matter was enacted in 1558. Furthermore, in 1560 it was ordered that each year copies of the entries for the year should be sent from every parish to the registry of the archdeacon or bishop; and these so-called transcripts still exist in most of the dioceses for por-[p. 41]tions of the period from 1560 to 1640. At Wells the precentage of years preserved is small, but there have been found transcripts from Barton St. David for the years 1598, 1603, 1606, 1607, 1608, 1611, 1612, 1615, 1617, 1622, 1623, 1629, 1634 and 1638. In these transcripts only a few Adams entries appear.

“While on his death-bed and onl three days before his burial, which took place on 22 March 1603/4, John Adams had his will drawn up, apparently completely; but it was neighter signed nor witnessed; possibly he expired suddenly before these acts could be performed. Furthermore, the will was not brought before the ecclesiastical probate court until over five years after his decease, and it was never registered. The original document is preserved in the Probate Registry at Wells, being no. 2 in the bundle for 1609, and a complete verbatim copy of the document is herewith appended: [a transcript of the will appears here]

Burial Date15 Jan 1615/6
Burial PlaceBarton St. David, Somersetshire, England
Marr Dateabt 1576
ChildrenJohn (~1577-~1609)
 _____ (~1579-)
 _____ (~1581-)
 Henry (~1583-)
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