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William Adams

Male Abt 1620 - 1659  (~ 39 years)


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  • Name William Adams  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1620  [3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Died Jan 1659  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5
    Alternate death 18 Jan 1659  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I20492  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of BJS, Ancestor of JTS, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 23 Nov 2017 

    Father William Adams,   d. Aft 1637, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother (Unknown wife of William Adams),   d. 1681, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F12655  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Elizabeth Stacy,   b. 1624, Bocking, Braintree, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Apr 1655, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 31 years) 
    Married Between 1647 and 1649  Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
    +1. Rev. William Adams,   b. of Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1685, Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 26 Sep 2017 
    Family ID F12654  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • He came to New England in 1635 on the William and Anne. In volume 1 of The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635 (1999), page 13, Robert Charles Anderson notes that "Savage suggests that this passenger was son of William Adams of Ipswich, but this seems only a guess." But later, in his Great Migration Directory (2015), Anderson says that Robert Strong's 2009 article "Two Seventeenth-Century Conversion Narratives from Ipswich" "connects, corrects, and amplifies" the Great Migration sketches of the two William Adamses, and acknowledges that this William Adams was the son of William Adams of Ipswich.

      "Housed in the collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) are two unusual, perhaps unique, seventeenth-century religious narratives: one by William Adams, and the other by his wife, Elisabeth. As a poet, I was particularly drawn to the narratives' vivid relation of the Adamses' struggles to surmount the challenges, both spiritual and material, that they encountered in the New World, struggles so intense that at one point William fears that he might 'cut the throat of my own soul.' To date, the most thoroughgoing primary source for seventeenth-century lay religious narratives is the series of 'confessions' recorded by minister Thomas Shepard. Until now, the Adams narratives have been available only to those few scholars who possess the expertise to dissect the manuscripts' crabbed texts. So that readers with interests as diverse as religious history, social history, literary history, and poetics may explore the extraordinary and distinctive riches that lay within these early American autobiographies, I offer them to the public, with the gracious permission of the MHS, in their first printed edition." [--Robert Strong, beginning his introduction to "Two Seventeenth-Century Conversion Narratives from Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony," New England Quarterly 82:136, March 2009.]

  • Sources 
    1. [S1738] Lineage from Gov. William Bradford down to Sybil Chapin, by Howard Hurtig Metcalfe.

    2. [S1739] Mayflower Increasings: From the Files of George Ernest Bowman at the Massachusetts Society of Mayflower Descendants, by Susan E. Roser. 2nd edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1995.

    3. [S1863] Robert Strong, "Two Seventeenth-Century Conversion Narratives from Ipswich, Massachusetts Bay Colony." New England Quarterly 82:136, Mar 2009.

    4. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    5. [S1559] Autobiography of William Seymour Tyler, With a Genealogy of the Ancestors of Prof. and Mrs. William S. Tyler, prepared by Cornelius B. Tyler. 1912.