Person:John Adams (80)

John Adams
b.7 Aug 1595 England
  • HJohn Adams1595 - bef 1633
  • WEllen Newtonest 1598 - 1681
m. est 1625
  1. James Adamsbef 1627 - 1653
  2. Susan Adamsaft 1627 - aft 1633
  3. Capt. John Adamsaft 1627 - 1703
Facts and Events
Name John Adams
Gender Male
Birth? 7 Aug 1595 England
Alt Birth? 1596 England
Citizenship[2] freeman of Plymouth, Massachusetts
Marriage est 1625 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Ellen Newton
Death[1][2] bef 24 Oct 1633 Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States

John Adams came from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts in the 'Fortune' in 1621. This was the second ship, after the Mayflower, to land at Plymouth. His wife Elenor/Helen/Ellen Newton came in the 'Ann" in 1623, and she was granted land in Plymouth. John died in 1633 and in 1634 Elenor remarried to Kenelm Winslow, of Marshfield. [3]

11 November 1633 Records 1:19 Following the intestate death of John Adams, his widow Hellen/Ellen Adams was appinted administrix of the estate, and was bound, together with John Barnes, "in the sum of 140£", to make full payment of "all & every the debts of the said John Adams," who had left no will. [4] Ellen was directed to provide £5 apiece to her three children by John Adams - James, John and Susan - when they came of age, if she should choose to remarry.[5]

Text References

  1. John Adams, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    He was alive on 1 July 1633 when assigned mowing ground, but his inventory was recorded on 24 Oct 1633.

  2. 2.0 2.1 Family of John Adams of Plymouth, Massachuessetts, in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), 33/410-413, Oct 1879, Secondary quality.
  3. The Genealogical Magazine of NJ; (Whittemore's Adams Family, (1893) p. 55; Davis's Landmarks of Plymouth, II:3; Mayflower Descendant 1:157)
  4. JOHN BARNES of Plymouth, 1633-1651, dec. ca. 30 August 1671 Compiled by Jeff Fleisher & Chip Cunningham University of Virginia Anth 509, Spring & Summer 1996 This record is available online at the University of Virginia website Plymouth Colony Project: http://www.people.virginia.edu/~jfd3a/Plymouth/Barnes3.html
  5. Anderson, Great Migration Begins


The Fortune (1621)
The Fortune, the second ship to arrive at Plymouth, was sent by the Merchant Adventurers, the same group that financed the Mayflower. It arrived unexpectedly and without significant supplies, thus further stressing the colony. Upon return to England, the Fortune was carrying £500 of cargo to pay off the Pilgrims' debt, but it was captured by the French en route.
Sailed: 9 Aug 1621 from London, England under Master Thomas Barton
Arrived: 9 Nov 1621 at Plymouth, Massachusetts, shortly after the first Thanksgiving
Next Vessel: The Anne and the Little James (1623)

Passengers:
35; 17 families left descendants (Full List)
John Adams - William Bassett - Jonathan Brewster - Clement Briggs - Edward Bumpas - Robert Cushman (and son) - Stephen Deane - Phillip Delano - Ford family - Robert Hicks - William Hilton - Thomas Morton - William Palmer (and son)- Thomas Prence - Moses Simmons - John Winslow - William Wright

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation
Wikipedia: Arrival of the Fortune


He is referred to as John Adams of Plymouth. No link in England is identified.