Charles Hudson.

History of the town of Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1868 (Volume 1) online

. (page 1 of 97)
Online LibraryCharles HudsonHistory of the town of Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1868 (Volume 1) → online text (page 1 of 97)
Font size
QR-code for this ebook


HBhn

WnaBfi

iriinfrMffUM ini

Bfi Mfljflca
B mSu B Ba a




BHRi

HHp

uBKSfiHiM

mam










^>


















y /\> X ^



4 o






.1

o V


















•^



*"0 V















,<*•"



s






• oS



'b^









0?














































A> % .."•.






4




































/





















'






-X *






*>.



**












v>






/■



,<v









* l-^ ^




**0*




* S ... <5
.4*



p ■*,. ;t?:










'^r ,<*



*^o*















. , i - <$> " ° - o ' <







J ^



/'rife**** /



v v



v^

,<^.










V
















3 " \* **- c^ , • • , ^> \



,v^



.^^.



.vV V ^.




^V



* c. J .-o.




TSU€tntzmty Ctiitfon



HISTORY OF THE

TOWN OF LEXINGTON

MASSACHUSETTS

IN TWO VOLUMES
VOLUME II




/// (fi'/nlT s> . /////,/■/



HISTORY OF THE

TOWN OF LEXINGTON

MIDDLESEX COUNTY MASSACHUSETTS

FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO 1868
BY

CHARLES HUDSON

Member of the Massachusetts Historical, the New England

Historic Genealogical, and the American

Antiquarian Societies

REVISED AND CONTINUED TO 1912
BY THE

LEXINGTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY

VOLUME H— GENEALOGIES




BOSTON AND NEW YORK

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY

fltbe fitoer#&e $re## £ambribge
1913



t:



INTRODUCTORY NOTE

This volume contains a complete genealogy of the town of Lex-
ington. Every person whose birth is recorded on the Town or
Parish Records is included with as much completeness as it is pos-
sible to obtain, or as is consistent in a town genealogy. In some
instances, valuable space may be occupied by unimportant data,
but in no other way can the reader be assured that the work is
complete. In several instances, the lack of detail is due to the
failure of those concerned to furnish adequate information, as re-
quested by the committee.

In addition to those born in the town, every person well identi-
fied with Lexington, either by residence or relationship, has been
carefully considered and included so far as possible or expedient.

All data published by Mr. Hudson have been verified or cor-
rected.

The older Vital Records of the town omit some facts which have
been supplied from family records or other reliable sources. Occa-
sionally discrepancies have been discovered between the Town,
Parish, and family data which cannot be harmonized. In a few
instances, dates of deaths taken from the Parish Records may in-
dicate the date of funeral instead of death, but these cannot be
verified.

The Histories and Vital Records of many towns have been taken
as authorities without giving special credit. Bond, " Genealogies and
History of Watertown"; Savage, "Genealogies of Charlestown " ;
and Paige, " History of Cambridge," have been used extensively.
When information has been obtained from some unexpected source,
the authority is usually specified.

When a town is mentioned but no State is given, Massachusetts
is always implied, except in a few cases so unmistakable as San
Francisco, Gettysburg, etc. When no town is specified, Lexington
is understood. Towns and cities other than Lexington and States
other than Massachusetts are always given.

The exponent following a given name indicates the generation in
the genealogical line and is also used for identity in cross-references
to marriages, etc.

Dates in parenthesis after names are taken from gravestones in
the cemetery opposite Bloomfield Street. "G.S." following a date
or other statement always means gravestone inscription.

"V.R." signifies Vital Records of the town under consideration.

"State List" signifies "Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors of the
Revolutionary War," published by the Commonwealth.



viii INTRODUCTORY NOTE

While extraordinary care has been exercised to avoid mistakes,
it is hardly to be expected that none will be found in such a large
volume on a subject particularly susceptible of error. Any one dis-
covering an error, therefore, will confer a favor by reporting it to
the Lexington Historical Society.

Acknowledgment is due to Mr. William R. Cutter, of Woburn,
for planning the revision to meet the requirements of modern genea-
logical usage, and for the addition of valuable data. Acknowledg-
ment is also due to Miss Mina K. Goddard for the very painstaking
and accurate manner in which she has revised the entire manu-
script and corrected the proof.



HISTORY OF LEXINGTON



ABBOTT

1. Nehemiah 4 Abbott (Nehemiah, 3 George, 2 George 1 ) of An-
dover, Weston, Lexington and Lincoln, was born at Andover 19
Jan. 1692, died 16 Feb. 1767, g. s. at Lincoln, son of Nehemiah,
born at Andover 20 July 1667, and grandson of George and Sarah
(Farnum). His mother, Abigail Lovejoy, was born at Ipswich 29
Aug. 1669, daughter of John and Mary (Osgood).

He was town treasurer of Lexington, 1740-41, and an assessor,
1741, and held other minor town offices. On 24 Feb. 1756, he con-
veyed to his son Joseph, lands and buildings in the towns of Lincoln
and Lexington. Included in this sale was a mansion house and barn
and two hundred acres of land. (Recorded 14 Oct. 1771, — Middle-
sex Deeds, 72: 169.)

He married first at Andover, 2 Nov. 1714, Sarah Foster, who
died 4 Oct. 1755, in her 63d year, g. s. at Lincoln, daughter of Wil-
liam and Margaret ( ) ; secondly 1 July 1756 Joyes Abbott, born
at Sudbury 1 3 Aug. 1 706, daughter of Samuel and Joyce (Rice) . She
died his widow, 18 July 1770, according to Lincoln rec, where her
name is spelled "Joyous."

Children, first three born at Weston, the others at Lexington :

i. Nehemiah, 5 bapt. 4 Dec. 1715; d. 4 Dec. 1715.

ii. Nehemiah, b. 13 Mar. 1716-17; m. (1) at Concord, 7 Dec. 1748, Jo-
hanna Parker of Chelmsford; m. (2) Joanna ( ) Bridge, widow
of Rev. Ebenezer Bridge; d. 13 July 1785. He resided at Andover and
Chelmsford and had no children.

iii. Sarah, b. 2 Nov. 1718; m. (intention published at Boston 5 Feb. 1744)
Elisha Warren, bapt. at Weston 13 Apr. 1718, d. 18 Sept. 1795, s.
of Dea. John and Abigail (Livermore) ; d. at Weston 24 Jan. 1789.
They had nine children.

iv. Abigail, b. 26 Jan. 1721; m. 7 Nov. 1749 Amos Lawrence of Gro-
ton, b. 13 Feb. 1715-16, d. 20 June 1785, s. of John 8 and Anna
(Tarbell); d. at Groton 6 Jan. 1784. They were the ancestors of
Hon. Abbott Lawrence and Hon. Samuel Abbott Green, ex-mayor of
Boston.

v. William, b. 9 Oct. 1724; m. at Andover, 4 June 1747, Experience
Bixbt, b. 12 Mar. 1723-24, d. 3 Sept. 1815, dau. of Joseph and Experi-
ence ( ) ; d. at Andover 2 Jan. 1798. Ancestors of the late Dr.
Samuel Warren Abbott of the State Board of Health of Mass. They
had five children.

2. vi. Joseph, b. 8 June 1727.



2 HISTORY OF LEXINGTON

2. Joseph 5 Abbott (Neliemiah, 4 Nehemiah, 3 George, 2 George 1 )!
born 8 June 1727, died 23 June 1794, g. s. at Lincoln. In 1773 he
bore the title of Ensign. The heirs of Joseph Abbott, 3 Sept. 1794,
were Joseph, Nehemiah, Abiel and Asa Abbott, Sarah Coolidge and
Mary Fassett, and the children of Hannah Wellington (Timothy
Wellington, their father, being guardian). The inventory of Joseph
Abbott, taken 15 Sept. 1794, shows his real estate to consist of a
barn and seventy acres of land more or less, lying in Lincoln and
Lexington, which were appraised at £430. Hudson, writing about
1868, says, "He resided at or near the Spaulding place in Lincoln,
which was taken from Lexington, when Lincoln was incorporated in
1754." This would account for his being called of Lincoln on the
records.

• He married Hannah White, born 10 Dec. 1728, died 4 July
1784, g. s. at Lincoln, daughter of Joseph 2 and Hannah ( ) of
Lexington.

Children, born at Lincoln, baptized at Lexington except i., ii.,
and viii. :

i. Joseph, 6 b. 18 July 1752; m. at Lexington, 30 Apr. 1778, Ruth 2 Buck-
man, b. 80 Dec. 1755, dau. of John and Mary (Fiske); he was styled
junior until 1790; d. at Sidney, Me., whither he had moved. The births
of eleven of his fourteen children are recorded at Lincoln and their
baptisms at Lexington.*
ii. Nehemiah, b. 27 Sept. 1754; m. at Lincoln, 17 Feb. 1791, Sarah Hoar,
b. at Lincoln 9 June 1755; d. 12 Mar. 1823, g. s. at Lincoln, dau. of
John and Elizabeth ( ) ; d. 28 Oct. 1839, g. s. at Lincoln. He was
a Revolutionary pensioner, and performed a variety of military ser-
vice, the particulars of which are given in the printed State List, i. 13,
20. In 1834 the following persons were named as his heirs: Mary
Fassett, Nehemiah and Timothy Wellington, Rebecca Coolidge, Asa,
Abiel, Nahem, Howard, John and William Abbott, Eliza Sawtell,
Sarah Townsend, Hannah Learned, Sally Philbrook, and Mary Bean.
iii. Hannah, b. 29 Mar. 1757; m. 1 May 1776 Timothy 6 Wellington;

d. 1 Nov. 1785.
iv. Abiel, b. 16 Sept. 1759; m. at Lincoln, 16 Dec. 1788, Mary 6 Merriam;
d. at Farmington, Me. He served in the Revolutionary War from
Lincoln.
v. Sarah, b. 25 July 1762; m. (1) 24 Apr. 1783 Ezekiel Allen; m. (2)

5 Sept. 1793 Moses Coolidge of Watertown.
vi. Abigail, b. 15 July 1765; d. 4 Apr. 1784.

vii. Asa, b. 21 Feb. 1768; m. 16 May 1793 Hephzibah Brooks; d. at Farm-
ington, Me., 10 Jan. 1834.
viii. Child, d. 7 June 1770.

ix. Mary, b. 29 Jan. 1773; m. 16 Feb. 1792 Amaziah Fassett, b. at Groton
27 Feb. 1769, d. at Lincoln 17 Oct. 1795, s. of Lieut. Amaziah and Edee
( ); d. 22 Sept. 1857. They had two children born at Lincoln.

* Benjamin Tidd of Lexington and Joseph Abbott of Lincoln testified that on the morning
of 19 April, 1775, about five o'clock, being on Lexington Common and mounted on horses, they
witnessed the events of that morning. After the firing began their horses immediately started
and the two rode off. — Journals of the Provincial Congress of Mass., 666.

Joseph Abbott of Lincoln was a corporal in Capt. William Smith's company, Col. Abijah
Pierce's regt., on the alarm of 19 April 1775, service 25 days; sergeant, Capt. John Hartwell's
co., Col. Eleazer Brooks's regt., service 5 days, the company being called out, 4 Mar. 1776, to
fortify Dorchester Heights. State List, i. 11.



GENEALOGIES 3

Authorities: Maj. Lemuel Abbott, U.S.A., Abbott Genealogy, 2 vols. 1906; The
Essex Antiquarian, i. 105; Lexington, Lincoln and Weston V. R.

John 2 Abbott (Richard 1 ) was born in Ireland about 1833, son
of Richard and Ann ( ).

He married at Woburn, 31 Jan. 1863, Julia Driscoll, born in
Ireland about 1837, daughter of Daniel and Margaret ( ).*

Children, all born at Lexington:

i. Anna, 3 b. 1863; d. 5 May 1876.

ii. John, b. 15 Oct. 1864.

iii. Julia, b. 4 Jan. 1867; Jane (Lex. rec), d. 7 May 1876, aged 9 y. 4 m.

iv. Michael, b. 24 Aug. 1868.

v. Frank, b. 5 Nov. 1869; d. 6 May 1876.

vi. Elizabeth, b. 17 Jan. 1872; d. 3 May 1876.

ADAIR

Charles 2 Adair (Thomas 1 ) was born at Tullyard, Ireland, 27
Jan. 1827, youngest child of Thomas and Jane (Morrow) ; died at
Lexington 10 March 1885.

He married at Boston, 15 July 1852, Ann McElwee, born at
Kilraine, Ireland, 21 Dec. 1830, died at Lexington 19 Dec. 1882,
daughter of John and Mary (Cunningham).

Children all born at Lexington except the third, born at Boston :

i. John Thomas, 8 b. 15 May 1853; m. at Bedford, 1 July 1881, Katie L.

Cutler, dau. of E. Bartlett and Catherine (Jewett) of Bedford; d. at

Boston 29 Sept. 1890.
ii. Charles Henry, b. 19 Apr. 1855; m. Lula Lund; d. at New York 24

June 1900.
iii. William Francis, b. 24 May 1857; d. at Boston 25 Sept. 1893.
iv. Annie Belle, b. 17 Oct. 1859.
v. Andrew Johnson, b. 5 Dec. 1861; d. at Colorado Springs, Col., 22 Aug.

1888.
vi. Lillie Augusta, b. 3 Sept. 1865.

ADAMS

1. George 1 Adams, the ancestor of the following branch of
Adams, was one of the first settlers, with his wife Frances, of the
town of Watertown, and this as early as 1645. He was a glover by
occupation, and having sold his dwelling-house and land adjoining
in Watertown to John Chinery, a sale iii which his wife Frances
joined, he moved, it is supposed, at about that time to Cambridge
Farms (now Lexington), where he and his son George 2 were taxed
for the support of the ministry in 1693. George Adams, Senior, of
Cambridge (Lexington) died Oct. 10, 1696.

He had at least five children:

i. John, 2 b. 16 Aug. 1645.
ii. George, b. about 1647.

• Julia (Driscoll) Abbott d. 26 Mar. 1895, dau. of John and Mary.



4 HISTORY OF LEXINGTON

iii. Daniel, executor of his father's will,
iv. Joseph, b. 6 Mar. 1657.

v. Mary, bapt. and owned the covenant at Watertown, 21 Nov. 1686.
Mary Adams, about 52, d. 10 Feb. 1715-16.

2. George 2 Adams (George 1 ), baptized at Watertown 19 June
1698, died at Lexington 17 Feb. 1732-33. He was an assessor,
1702; and constable, 1715.

He married 28 Feb. 1683 Martha Fiske, born at Watertown 15
Dec. 1666, died 7 May 1747, daughter of John and Sarah (Wyeth).
Children, first three and sixth on Lexington records :

3. i. George, 8 b. 28 Apr. 1685.

ii. Martha, b. 10 Jan. 1687-88.

4. iii. John, b. 2 Sept. 1688.

iv. Nathaniel, bapt. 12 June 1698.
v. Sarah, bapt. 12 June 1698.

5. vi. Benjamin, b. 20 Dec. 1701.

vii. Abigail, m. 30 May 1727, Ebenezer Brown,* b. at Watertown 23 Oct.
1705, d. at Waltham, 17 Dec. 1785, s. of William and Hannah (Pease).
They had eleven children.

3. George 3 Adams (George, 2 George 1 )* born 28 Apr. 1685, died
at Waltham 8 Feb. 1767. His will was dated 1765; he was a physi-
cian; resided at Lexington till about 1720, later at Waltham.

He married Judith ( ).

Children, the last two born at Watertown, the others at Lexing-
ton:

i. Ltdia, 4 b. 9 July 1706; m. at Watertown, 13 Oct. 1731, Caleb Pond of

Dedham.
ii. Jonas, b. 6 June 1708; d. 15 Jan. 1708-9.
iii. Judith, b. 15 Sept. 1709; m. ( ) Botden.
iv. Elizabeth, b. 8 July 1712; m. at Waltham, 26 Feb. 1744, Robert

Baker of Concord,
v. Hannah, b. 9 Feb. 1714-15; m. 4 Dec. 1734 Barrachias Lewis of Rox-

bury.
vi. Seth, b. 25 Mar. 1716-17; d. at Waltham 15 May 1730.
vii. Josiah (twin), b. 13 June 1719; m. at Weston, 13 Jan. 1746-47, Grace

Hagar; resided at Weston; d. before 1772.
viii. Deborah (twin), b. 13 June 1719; d. 26 June 1719.
ix. Abigail,! b. 6 May 1721; d. at Waltham 26 May 1740.
x. Daniel, b. 2 May 1724; m. at Waltham, 22 Nov. 1743, Elizabeth

Baker.

4. John 3 Adams (George, 2 George 1 ), born 2 Sept. 1688, died 18
May 1774.

The will of John Adams dated 24 May 1773, entered for probate
6 Sept. 1786, was disallowed. In it he names his son Samson, he
to support testator's wife; sons Mephiboseth, John, Abijah, and
George; daughters Prudence Adams, Mary Peirce, and Sarah Reed.

* In 1757 Ebenezer Brown was administrator of estate of Nathaniel Adams, who had a sister
Martha and brother Benjamin. Other heirs were George Jr., of Watertown, Nathaniel, Benjamin,
and John of Lexington, and Martha, Samuel, and Abigail.

t Also recorded at Waltham aa born at Lexington.



GENEALOGIES 5

On 5 June 1788, the heirs were Mephiboseth Adams, John Adams,
Mary Peirce, Sarah Reed, Abijah Adams, Prudence Adams, George
Adams, Samson Adams.

He married at Watertown, 27 Oct. 1714, Mary Flagg of Water-
town; secondly 24 Nov. 1743 Mary Sanderson of Waltham, who
died 21 July 1786, aged 96; adopted daughter of John and Han-
nah (Stratton).*

Children, all born at Lexington:

6. i. Mephibasheth, 4 b. 3 July 1715.
ii. John, b. 22 Feb. 1716-W.

iii. Michael, or Micah, b. 14 Aug. 1718; d. 19 Aug. 1747.

iv. Mart, b. 27 Feb. 1720-21; m. (intention dated 9 Apr. 1743) Jonas 8

Peirce of Weston,
v. Abijah, b. 3 Jan. 1722; m. 19 Jan. 1742-43 Mahy Baker of Waltham.
vi. Prudence, b. 1 Apr. 1727.

7. vii. Samson, or Sampson, b. 25 Aug. 1729.

8. viii. George, b. 17 May 1733.

5. Benjamin 3 Adams (George, 2 George 1 ), born 20 Dec. 1701; m.
Eunice ( ). Both were church members, 26 Sept. 1736.f

Children, all born at Lexington :

9. i. Benjamin, 4 b. 15 Feb. 1726-27.

ii. Micaiah, or Micajah, b. 11 Feb. 1728-29.

iii. Eunice, bapt. 3 June 1731?.

iv. Israel, b. 20 Jan. 1732-33.

v. Simon, b. 15 Oct. 1734.

vi. Ebenezer, b. 25 July 1736; d. 20 Jan. 1739-40.

vii. Nathaniel, b. 6 Oct. 1738; d. 1 Oct. 1757.

viii. Ebenezer, b. 25 May 1740.

ix. Abraham, b. 24 Aug. 1742.

x. Solomon, b. 6 Apr. 1744.

xi. Martha, b. 2 Nov. 1746.

xii. Mart, b. 26 Nov. 1748.

xiii. Abel, bapt. 9 Nov. 1755.

6. Mephibosheth 4 Adams or Mephibasheth (John, 3 George, 2
George 1 ), born 3 July 1715, married 2 May 1734 Jane Derby, and
subsequently moved to Pepperell.

Children, all born at Lexington:

i. Susanna, 6 b. 21 Mar. 1734-35.
ii. Lucy. b. 27 Dec. 1738.
iii. Jane, b. 3 June 1740.

7. Samson 4 Adams or Sampson (John, 3 George, 2 George 1 ), born
at Lexington 25 Aug. 1729, died there 26 Aug. 1785.

He married first Mary Burridge of Newton, who died 15 Mar.
1777; secondly at Woburn, 11 Nov. 1779, Mrs. Katherine (Davis)
Bacon of Woburn, who died at Lexington, 25 Apr. 1829, aged 87.$

* See Bond, p. 418.

t Benjamin Adams of Lex. was adm. to Waltham Church, 21 Mar. 1724-25.

t Jonathan Harrington's list.



6 HISTORY OF LEXINGTON

Children, the last two born at Lexington, the others at Woburn:

i. Abigail, 6 b. 7 Jan. 1758.

ii. Thomas, b. 16 Nov. 1759; served in the Revolutionary War from

Lexington,
iii. Mart, b. 3 Sept. 1761; m. 19 Dec. 1783 Joseph Coolidge; d. at Jay,

Me., 19 Mar. 1852.
iv. Ephraim, b. 31 July 1763; served in the Revolutionary War from

Lexington,
v. John, bapt. Woburn, 2d parish, 9 June 1765; living at Partridgefield

(now Peru), 1833.
vi. Pbodence, bapt. 30 Aug. 1767; m. 25 Feb. 1788 Abljah Sawin, and

moved to Livermore, Me.
vii. Archelaus, bapt. 20 Oct. 1771.
viii. Asa, bapt. 24 Oct. 1773.
ix. Anna, b. 20 Nov. 1776 (?), bapt. 3 Dec. 1775 (?); m. (?) as Susanna,

21 May 1807, Nathan 6 Stearns.
x. Zabdial, bapt. 3 Oct. 1784; m. at Weston, 1 Apr. 1810, Susan Peirce

of Weston; d. at Lexington, 18 Feb. 1854, aged 71 y. Children of Zale-

diel and Sukey; i. Augustus, 6 bapt. 6 Aug. 1812; ii. Catherine, b. 26 Apr.

1813; m. at Lexington, 6 July 1834, Sylvanus W.» Smith, iii. Susan, d.

26 Sept. 1831, aged 15 y. 7 m.

8. George 4 Adams (John, 3 George, 2 George 1 ), born 17 May 1733,
died 8 Feb. 1814. George Adams, Lexington, private, Capt. Parker
Co.; enlisted 17 June 1775; discharged 18 June 1775; service, 2 days;
reported on command at Cambridge, by order of the Committee of
Safety.

He married first at Newton Abigail Prentice of Newton, who
died at Lexington 2 Jan. 1761 ; secondly 18 Mar. 1762 Elizabeth
Crosby.

Children by first wife, both born at Lexington;

i. Abigail, 5 b. 3 Jan. 1759.
ii. Anna, b. 24 Dec. 1760.

Children by second wife, all born at Lexington:

iii. Elizabeth, b. 15 Feb. 1763; m. 21 Oct. 1787 Richard 1 Francis.

iv. George, b. 25 Sept. 17G4; d. 10 Dec. 1764.

v. Samuel, b. 12 Feb. 1766.

vi. Eonice, b. 21 Aug. 1767.

vii. George, b. 2 Oct. 1769; d. 31 Mar. 1793.

viii. Rebecca, b. 13 Dec. 1770; (? George's child, d. 23 Mar. 1772).

ix. Micah, b. 9 Apr. 1774.

x. Phinehas, b. 11 Oct. 1776.

xi. Stephen, b. 9 Dec. 1778.

9. Benjamin 4 Adams, Jr. (Benjamin, 3 George, 2 George 1 ), born
15 Feb. 1726-27, died at Lexington 27 Oct. 1790.

Children, all baptized at Lexington:

i. Benjamin, 8 bapt. 30 Oct. 1791.
ii. Eliphalet, bapt. 30 Oct. 1791.
iii. Nathaniel, bapt. 30 Oct. 1791.

Samuel 6 Adams (John, 6 William, 4 Joseph, 3 Joseph, 2 John 1 ), born



GENEALOGIES 7

at West Cambridge 28 Sept. 1790, son of Dea. John and Hannah
(Phelps) ; died 5 Sept. 1866. He came to Lexington in 1827.

He married 26 May 1822 Ann Whittemore, baptized 24 Nov.
1799, died 14 May 1862, daughter of William and Ann ( ).

Children :

i. Annas, 7 b. 5 June 1823; m. 19 Mar. 1845 Oliver Perry 8 Mills.

ii. Eleanor Sophia, d. 3 Dec. 1890, aged 65 y. 9 m.; m. 2 April 1867 John
Beals, b. at Salem, s. of Christopher and Mary ( ), who d. 22 Nov.
1878, aged 78. She left the town $2000, "the income to be expended for
the benefit of worthy, indigent, aged men and women over sixty years
of age, American bonn." Child: George, b. 13 May 1827; d. 16 Mar.
1828.

iii. W. Frank, b. 16 Apr. 1829; m. Emma C. Bolles of New Jersey.

iv. Robinson, b. 24 Nov. 1832; d. at New York 14 Apr. 1865.

v. Georgia, b. 6 June 1839; m. 10 May 1857 Albert 2 Griffiths of West
Cambridge; d. 2 May 1859.

Amos 6 Adams, brother of above (John, 5 William, 4 Joseph, 3 Jo-
seph, 2 John 1 ),* born at West Cambridge 16 Nov. 1804, died 1 May
1889. He was justice of the peace 1846.

He married at West Cambridge, 25 June 1834, Rebecca Whitte-
more, born at West Cambridge 2 Jan. 1807, died 16 Jan. 1892,
daughter of Amos, Jr., and Rebecca (Russell).

Children, last two born at Lexington:

i. Child, d. 13 Dec. 1843, aged 4 y.
ii. Ella Rebecca, b. 22 Nov. 1844.
iii. Mary Caroline, b. 10 May 1848; d. 3 Aug. 1851.

Dr. Abel Bryant 2 Adams (Seth 1 ) was born at Wayland 23 Aug.
1811, died at Lexington 13 Aug. 1884, son of Seth and Betsey
(Bryant). He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1831, and
practised at Bedford until his health failed. He moved to Lexington
in 1868, and filled a vacancy on the school committee 1875-76.

He married 25 Apr. 1841 Susan Frances Merriam, born at
Bedford 20 Oct. 1818, died 18 July 1905, daughter of John 6 f and
Mary (Reed).

Children, all born at Bedford:

i. Edward Bryant, 2 b. 16 July 1843; d. 18 Jan. 1866. Married and left

one son, a physician at Rockland, Me.
ii. Mary F., b. 22 Apr. 1850; d. 7 Mar. 1876.
iii. Merriam, b. 10 Feb. 1856; d. 5 Sept. 1856.

iv. Sarah Augusta, b. 16 July 1858; m. 5 Nov. 1884 George H. 9 Reed.
v. Alfred, b. 20 Mar. 1863; d. 19 Aug. 1876.

Charles W. S. 1 Adams, born at Chelmsford, married Emma M.
Higgins, born at Boston.
Child, born at Lexington:

i. Mansur William, 2 b. 12 Oct. 1897.

* For further particulars concerning his family see Cutter, Hist. Arl. ; Paige, Hist. Camb. , 477.
t John 6 (John, 6 John,' Nathaniel, 3 John, 2 Joseph 1 ).



8 HISTORY OF LEXINGTON

Frank Samuel 1 Adams, born at Minneapolis, Minn., married
Minna S. Lane, born at Lowell.
Children, all born at Lexington:

i. Roxi Lane. 2 b. 7 Dec. 1892.
ii. Helen, b. 11 May 1894.
iii. Ruth, b. 5 Aug. 1895.

George Wyman 3 Adams (Benjamin, 2 Edward 1 ) was born at
Charlestown 29 Jan. 1819, died at Boston 20 Sept. 1905, third son
of Benjamin, born at Killingly, Conn., 26 Mar. 1785, and grandson
of Edward and Frances Bowen (Rogers). The first ancestor to come
to this country was Henry Adams, who came from England and
settled at Braintree. His mother was Susan Wyman, born at Charles-
town 24 Mar. 1792, daughter of Nehemiah and Susannah (Stearns).

He married at Charlestown, 1850, Elizabeth Erving Chambers,
born at Peterboro, N. H., daughter of John and Belinda (Woods).

Children, the last born at Lexington, the others at Charlestown :

i. Benjamin Francis, 4 b. 1851 ; m. Lila B. Heal.

ii. George Edward, b. 1853; m. Emma Manny.

iii. Sarah Lodise, b. 1855.

iv. Charles Austin, b. 1858; m. Helen Crittenden.

v. Hattie Elizabeth, b. 1861; m. Augustus L. Wells.

Norman Ilsley 3 Adams (Henry, 2 Sewall 1 ) was born at Dorches-
ter (now Hyde Park), 16 Feb. 1864, eldest son of Henry Sewall, born
at Deny, N. H., 8 Aug. 1832, and grandson of Sewall and Sarah
(Ilsley) . His mother was Hannah Mary Little, born at Newbury 1
Jan. 1835, daughter of Stephen William and Hannah Morgan (Rus-
sell) . The first ancestor to come to this country was Robert Adams,
who came from Devonshire, England, and settled at Newbury.

He received his A.B. at Yale, 1886. He came to Lexington in
1906.

He married at Boston, 19 Nov. 1894, Mabel Estelle George,
born at Plaistow, N. H., 16 May 1868, daughter of Cyrus Albert
and Lydia Jane (Cheney).

Children, both born at Winthrop:

i. Norman Ilsley, 4 Jr., b. 20 Sept. 1895.
ii. Alan George, b. 8 July 1904.

Rev. William H. 1 Adams was born at Boston; wife, Margaret
E. (Holmes), was born at Charleston, S. C. He supplied the pul-
pit of Rev. E. G. Porter during his year's leave of absence.

Child, born at Lexington:

i. Pauline, 2 b. 19 Feb. 1879.

Authorities: Andrew N. Adams, Adams Genealogy, 1898; Adams Genealogy in
Cutter, Hist, of Arlington, Paige. Hist, of Cambridge, and Bond, Hist of Watertown.



GENEALOGIES 9

AHERN

Michael 1 Ahern, Jr., married 19 Nov. 1887, Nellie Cav-
enaugh. Both born in Ireland.

Child, born at Lexington:
i. Geohge A.. 2 b. 9 June 1890.

William 2 Ahern (John 1 ) was born in Ireland, died at Lexington
3 Jan. 1904, son of John and Elizabeth (Lyons).

He married 25 Jan. 1868 Ellen Fitzgerald, born in Ireland,
daughter of Thomas and Eliza ( ).

Children, all born at Lexington :

i. Eliza, 3 b. 10 Mar. 1869.



Online LibraryCharles HudsonHistory of the town of Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, from its first settlement to 1868 (Volume 1) → online text (page 1 of 97)