Parents
 
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Parents
  710 Richard Pederick Jean Merrett
1730 - 1780 1702 - ?
HUSBAND
610 John Adams
b. 1730
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d. 4 Feb 1804
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
WIFE
Mary Pederick
bp.15 Jul 1733
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
d.
Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Relationship Events:
20 Aug 1751 Marriage John Adams to Mary Pederick in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
CHILDREN:
  Mary Adams bp.24 Aug 1755 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 22 Aug 1830 at 75 years
m.
Thomas Forness Salkins 21 Apr 1778 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA (Thomas died in 1808) Eight Children: Mary, Thomas, John Adams, George (1), George (2), Nathaniel (1), Nathaniel (2), and Mary Pedrick Salkins
  John Adams bp. 4 Sep 1757 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1763 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA before second John was born
Died Young.  
  John Adams bp. 4 Sep 1757 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1763 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA before second John was born
m.
Sarah Reed 13 Feb 1787 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Six Children: John (died "in England in Dartmoor Prison," rec. May 18, 1815), Nathaniel (1), Nathaniel (2), Nicholas Gorden, Samuel Reed, and Sarah Adams
Ancestor Leaf 520 Elizabeth Adams bp. 3 Apr 1768 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d.before 1804
m.

Captain Thomas Martin 16 Jan 1785 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA

Seven Children: Martha (1), Mary Adams, Thomas, Arnold, Peter Arnold (1), Peter Arnold (2), and Martha (2)


  Meriam Adams bp 18 Nov 1770 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 31 Dec 1842 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Died unmarried of dysentery at 72.
Child: Possibly one, Richard Pedrick Adams.
  Nathaniel Pedrick Adams b. 28 Feb 1773 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. 26 Feb 1826 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
m.
Elisabeth Conway 25 Oct 1818 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA
Nine Children: John, Samuel Reed (1) (drowned at the harbor when he was 8), Nathaniel, Elizabeth Conway, Conway (died of consumption at age 20), Samuel Reed (2) (died at 4 weeks), Unnamed (died as an infant), and Samuel Reed (3).
  Richard Pedrick Adams bp. 29 Oct 1775 in Marblehead, Essex, Massachusetts, USA; d. before 1808

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What We Know

 

John Adams, our direct ancestor, is another direct ancestor who served in the Revolutionary War.

We know little of John Adams except for an important record from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution which indicates that he lived from 1730 to 1780, was a seaman on the brig "Fancy", was taken prisoner in 1777 and confined in Old Mill Prison, England. He died in Marblehead, apparently not long after being released from prison in England.

From his probate record we know that he was a fisherman. He married Mary Pederick (Pedrick) of the old Marblehead family, and together they had seven known children, at least one of whom died as a very young child.

At the time John's probate was administered in 1804, his children John (2), Mary Salkins, Nathaniel P., and Meriam were still living. Our direct ancestor Elizabeth Adams Martin had died by the time the estate was administered as her share went to her heirs. No records at all for John and Mary's youngest child Richard Pederick Adams can be found, and since he was not included in his father's probate records, we can probably assume that he died young and without heirs.

John and Mary's first child, their daughter Mary, married Thomas Forness Salkins. They settled in Marblehead and had eight known children together.

 

The second surviving John married Sarah Reed, settled in Marblehead, and had six known children.

Our direct ancestor Elizabeth Adams married Captain Thomas Martin. They settled in Marblehead and had seven children (two of whom died young). Her youngest daughter, the second Martha, married Joseph Harris. The probate record for John Adams authenticates his relationship as the father to Elizabeth.

There are two marriages recorded in the "Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850" for Nathaniel Adams. I have gone with the one to Elizabeth Conway, although it occurred when he would have been over 30. If he had married Susannah Trevett on 29 Nov 1795, his age would have been more the norm for those times; however, Susannah Trevett Adams died as a widow in a poor house long after Nathaniel married Elizabeth.

Nathaniel and Susannah had five children: Mary Wormstead Adams, Samuel Russell Trevett Adams, Nathaniel Adams, Michael Havant Adams, and John Adams. The marriage listed above includes children with the middle name "Reed", Nathaniel's sister in law, which indicates this is the probable marriage for Nathaniel. Nathaniel and Elizabeth had nine children, most of whom sadly died very young.

Mariam Adams died apparently single at the age of 72. It's possible she had a son named Richard Pedrick Adams. A listing in the Massachusetts Vital Records shows a son born to a Meriam Adams and baptized on January 26, 1800. No father is listed and I could find no marriage for a man named Adams to a woman with the first name of Meriam.

 

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Births of the John and Mary's Children:

Marriage Records for Their Children:

The Entry in the Daughters of the American Revolution:

 

Possible ancestry of John Adams:

The Vital Records of Massachusetts (Marblehead) shows a John Adams who married Elizabeth Barnes 11 Oct 1692. They had five children in Marblehead, including a son John born in 1699.

A John Adams married Sarah White in Marblehead 1 May 1718. No record of children can be found. (This marriage would also be some 12 years sooner than the birth of our John Adams).

 

 

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