Vol V (1897), pp 159-164.
GENEALOGY OF THE ADAMS FAMILY OF NEW KENT AND HENRICO COUNTIES, VA.
Compiled by C.W. Coleman.
II. EBENEZAR ADAMS (Richard), of St. Peter's parish, New Kent Co., Virginia, gent., came to Virginia before 1714, and received grants of 3,983 acres in New Kent and Henrico counties in that year and subsequently ; was vestryman of St. Peter's parish, and died 13 Jun, 1735. [St. Peter's Parish Reg.] He married about 1718, Tabitha, daughter of Richard Cocke, "the younger of Bremo" (Richard, of Bremo, Lt. Col. Richard, of Bremo and Malvern Hill, the emigrant), by his first wife, Anne (b. 23 Jan., 1675 ; d. 24 April, 1705), daughter of Thomas Bowler, Esq., of Rappahannock Co., member of the Council, &c. The last will and testament of Richard Cocke, of Bremo, Henrico Co., was presented in court Oct., 1720, by Ebenezar Adams, one of the executors named therein, and certificate granted, John Bolling and William Randolph, securities. [Henrico Order Book, p. 48.] Tabitha (Cocke) Adams owned that portion of her grandfather's, Thomas Bowler's estate, in Essex Co., still known as Bowler's, on which was a public warehouse. [Journal House Burgesses, 29 May and 11 June, 1740.] She was living a widow in New Kent Co., in 1760, being mentioned at that time in the will of her son-in-law, Col. Francis Smith, of Essex. [Essex Records.]
Issue of Ebenezer and Tabitha (Cocke) Adams:
1. Richard, b. ___ ; d. 12 Sept., 1721. [St. Peter's Reg.]
2. Bowler, b. 19 April, 1722 ; d. 26 Nov., 1726. [Ibid.]
3. William, b. 4 July 1724. [Ibid.] ; died apparently without issue, before 25 Aug., 1763.
(III.)4. Richard (second child of that name), b. 17 May, 1726, [Ibid.], of whom hereafter.
5. Tabitha, b. 7 July, 1728 [Ibid.] ; married Richard Eppes.
(IV.)6. Thomas, of whom hereafter.
7. Anne, b. about 1731 ; d. 1775 [Essex Records], mentioned in her grandmother's will. She married about 1748, Col. Francis Smith, of South Farnham parish, Essex Co., member of the House of Burgesses, 1752-'58, and was his second wife. He died in 1762 [Essex Records], leaving issue by his first wife Lucy Meriwether, Col. Meriwether Smith, and two daughters ; and by his second wife, Anne Adams,
i. Francis Smith, of "Piscataway," Essex Co., and subsequently of Georgia ; married Lucy Wilkinson, and had, with other issue, Thomas Adams Smith (b. 12 Aug., 1781 ; d. 25 June, 1844), Brig. General U.S. Army, whose eldest child, Lucy Anne Smith, (b. 11 Nov. 1812 ; d. 18 Feb., 1867), married Judge Beverly Tucker, Professor of Law in the College of William and Mary, &c.
ii. William Smith, member of Essex Co. Committee, 1774, House of Delegates, 1778, etc.; married Mary, daughter of John and Ruth (Sydnor) Belfield, and died in 1785, leaving issue.
iii. Anne Smith. [Essex Records.]
8. Sarah, married Col. John Fry, of Albemarle Co., and had issue:
i. Joshua Fry, married Peachy, daughter of Dr. Thomas Walker, of "Castle Hill," Albemarle Co.;
ii. William Adams Fry, d.s.p.;
iii. Tabitha Fry, married Bowler Cocke, of Kentucky.
[See Slaughter's Memoir of Col. Joshua Fry.]