Person:Mary Adams (11)

Mary Adams
Facts and Events
Name Mary Adams
Gender Female
Birth? 1625
Marriage 26 Aug 1646 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United Statesto George Fairbanks
Death? 11 Aug 1711 Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts
Ancestral File Number 3VRC-KP
  1.   Smith, Dean Crawford, and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Ancestry of Eva Belle Kempton 1878-1908. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2008)
    Part 3 The Ancestry of Henry Clay Bartlett p 118+ @140.

    Mary Adams was born say 1626 "perhaps a relative of Ferdinando Adams of Dedham."

  2.   Moore, Susan Hardman. Abandoning America: Life-Stories from Early New England. (Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell Press, 2013)

    Ferdinando Adams, a shoemaker, was a churchwarden at St Mary-le-Tower
    in Ipswich, Suffolk, in 1636. Samuel Ward (ODNB), town preacher at
    Ipswich from 1605, had been suspended by the Court of High Commission
    in November 1635. Adams then refused to unlock the church for the church
    authorities when they came on a visitation in 1636. He was excommunicated
    for refusing to put the communion table in place of seats against the
    east wall of the chancel, and for failing to remove a wall inscription of Mark
    11.17 ('My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of
    thieves'). Clement Corbet (ODNB), chancellor of the diocese of Norwich, told
    his bishop, Matthew Wren: 'We heard ... of the business concerning Adames.
    There be too many Adames in that towne, both Ecclesiasticks and Laickes.' In
    a subsequent court case, Adams was represented by William Prynne ( ODNB)
    and Thomas Lechford.

    Adams left for New England in 1637 and settled with his wife Ann* at
    Dedham, Massachusetts. Governor John Winthrop wrote out a bond for
    Adams on 5 July 1637, which noted that he was 'under question in some of his
    majesties Courts for matter of Contempt or misdemeanour, for which some
    engagement may lye upon others there, for his departure, or some displeasure
    or damage may arise to the magistrates or others heere for receivinge of
    him'. Adams promised to pay any costs in England or New England arising
    from this, and to appear in English courts if required. Adams was admitted
    to the Dedham church on 25 January 1639/40, some months after his wife,
    'giving very good testimony of the grace of god in him and of his repentance
    from his distempers which had become offensive'. He became a freeman of
    Massachusetts on 13May1640.

    On 20 July 1641, Adams presented to the Dedham church his reasons for
    wishing to return to England for a while 'out of the watch of the church'. 'His
    undertaking and reasons were thought by the whole Church to be according
    to god', and at his request, after satisfying a brother about some unresolved
    questions (which are not spelt out in the record), 'he had from the elders a
    testimony of his unblameable conversation amongst us and departed 3d 6m
    [August] 1641'. Adams sailed back at the same time as Thomas Lechford
    (who had acted as his lawyer in England) and the colonial agents Hugh Peter*
    and Thomas Weld*. After his return he sent for Ann, but then - despite his
    memorable name - disappears from sight

  3.   This person is not the child of Henry Adams and Edith Squire. George Fairbanks first appears in Dedham with his father in 1636 and marries there in 1646 Mary Adams. One of the earliest Adams in Dedham was Ferdinando Adams who arrived in 1637. He was mentioned by Winthrop [WP 3:439-40] and he is among those who abandoned American in 1641. He left behind his wife Ann and several children and called for them later. His attorney sold his land in Dedham for him on 10 Oct 1651 five years after Mary Adams married George Fairbanks. He had three children born in Dedham but Mary if his daughter would have been born in England].