Relatives of Henry Adams.

Ursula Adams




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1. Ursula1 Adams Came to New England with her parents and brothers in 1638. She was the 'fifth child and only daughter.' Born in Norfolk? By one account she died Feb. 20, 1679. Transcript of: STREETER-ADAMS RECORDS FROM A STREETER FAMILY BIBLE [Reprinted from the New England Historical and Genealogical Register for October, 1931] Contributed by Milford B. Streeter of Brooklyn, N. Y. In the Streeter genealogy, compiled by the contributor of this article and published in 1896,* it was stated (page 4) that Ursula, wife of Stephen Streeter, the immigrant ancestor of the New England family of the surname, “is said to have been the daughter of Henry Adams of Braintree,” Mass., who was the immigrant ancestor of the Adams family which has given to the United States two Presidents, a minister to Great Britain, a Secretary of the Navy, and many other men distinguished in letters, science, public affairs, business, and finance. Since, however, it might possibly be inferred from the will of Henry Adams, made in 1664, that his daughter Ursula was then living at home with him, apparently unmarried, “a shadow of doubt” in the words of Streeter genealogy, seemed to have been thrown around the statement that the wife of Stephen Streeter was Ursula Adams. In 1927, however, there was printed, at the expense of the late Edward Dean Adams of New York City, a little book, compiled for him by the late J Gardner Bartlett, a well-known authority on the English ancestry of the early settlers of New England, and titled “Henry Adams of Somersetshire, England and Braintree, Mass.,” in which the Somersetshire ancestry of Henry Adams was clearly set forth and much information was given about the early generations of the family in New England. IN this book the Adams ancestry of the descendants of Stephen Streeter, through his wife Ursula, was accepted and proved, and in the Register for October 1929 (vol. 83, p. 512) the present writer called attention to the statement of the new Adams genealogy about the parentage of Ursula Adams and her marriage to Stephen Streeter, and gave a list of their children. When the Adams genealogy compile by Mr. Bartlett was published, the exact dates of the birth and death of Henry Adams and of the births (or baptisms) of his children (except three who were recorded in England) had not been found, nor were the exact dates of the marriage of Stephen Streeter and Ursula Adams and the births of their children (except one child) known. The approximate years of most of these genealogical happening had been [skifullly] inferred by Mr. Bartlett, but the months and the days of the months remained for the most part undiscovered. It is the purpose of the writer to present in this article some recently discovered Bible records supply the missing portions of the dates in the family of Stephen and Ursula (Adams) Streeter and some of the missing dates in the family of Henry Adams, including the dates of the birth and death of Henry Adams himself and the date of the birth of his son Joseph Adams, the ancestor of the Presidents. The story of the discovery of these records much, however , first be told. Some two years ago the contributor of this article inserted an advertisement in the Boston Evening Transcript, in which he offered a considerable e sum for a Bible mentioned in the inventory of goods of Stephen Streeter 1, which was taken 24 July 1652. On 30 November, 1930 Mr. John Hayes Goodwin of South Berwick, Maine, wrote to the contributor and informed him that in looking for some old books on genealogical subjects he had found, in a second-hand records. He described the book as “an old Bible, Ten and one half inches long by eight and one quarter inches wide and three inches thick. “ThiUrsula Adams Old Bible is in pretty poor condition without the front title page and the top cover has been sewed on.” “Between the Old and New Testament,” added Mr. Goodwin, “there is a family record of Stephen Streeter,” and he mentioned some of the names given in this record without communication the dates. Clearly this was not the Bible sought by the advertisement; but the present writer purchased from Mr. Goodwin a copy of the records in this later Bible, and the copy, “of all records that the bible contains,” was sent to him in a letter dated 10 December 1930. These records, according to Mr. Goodwin’s copy, are as follows: BIRTHS: Stephen Streeter, January 9, 1600 Ursula Adams, July 19, 1619 Samuel Hosier, June 1, 1614 William Robinson, January 9, 1615 Griffin Crafts, May 21, 1600 Stephen Streeter, December 9, 1641 Sarah Streeter, April 2, 1643 Hannah Streeter, November 10, 1644 Samuel Streeter, June 16, 1647 Rebecca Streeter, June 4, 1649 John Streeter, September 21, 1651 Mary Streeter, December 27, 1652 Stephen Streeter, June 20, 1667 Henry Adams, January 21, 1583 Joseph Adams, February 9, 1626 Peter Adams, March 1, 1622 MARRIAGES: Ursula Adams & Stephen Streeter October 5, 1640 (2nd) Ursula Adams & Samuel Hosier October 13, 1657 (3rd) Ursula Adams & William Robinson August 21, 1666 (4th) Ursula Adams & Griffin Crafts July 15, 1673** Stephen Streeter & Deborah Smith May 16, 1666 Samuel Streeter & Mary Horne January 21, 1666 Rebecca Streeter & Thomas Skillings December 24, 1698 John Streeter & Margaret Davis April 18, 1671 Joseph Adams & Abigail Baxter November 26, 1650 DEATHS: Stephen Streeter, September [sic.?July] 14, 1652** Ursula Adams, February 20, 1649 [sic, 1679]** Henry Adams, October 6, 1646 Stephen Streeter, February 19, 1689 Stephen Streeter, September 22, 1756 Joseph Adams, December 6, 1694 Abigail Baxter Gregory, August 27, 1692 Sarah Streeter, November 30, 1703 Samuel Streeter, May 31, 1694 Rebecca Streeter, October 1, 1719 John Streeter, September 1, 1746 Mary Streeter, February 9, 1726 Samuel Hosier, July 29, 1665 William Robinson, July 6, 1668 Griffin Crafts, August 21, 1690 Mr. Goodwin, unfortunately did not purchase the Bible in which these records were found; and, when the writer of this article, in May of current year, was at length able to call on him at South Berwick and was conducted by him to the bookstore of A. J. Frazier, in Portsmouth, N. H., where Mr. Goodwin had seen the Bible some five or six months earlier, it was no longer to be found. Mr. Frazier could give no information as to what had become of it; but he said that he believed that it had been at one time in his possession, one of a lot of many old books which he had bought from a party in New York City, where they had been in storage for over twenty years. It was his custom, he said, to buy and sell old Bibles frequently, at from ten cents to one dollar each; and this Bible was probably one of many which had been sold in the usual way, without any special attention being given to it. The present writer has advertised for the Bible both in the Boston Transcript and in the Portsmouth Herald, and cherished the hope that it may yet be found. The records printed above, however, carry their own evidence the truth. It seems impossible that any one could have forged them. In the opinion of the writer they are absolutely authentic. It is likely the missing Bible from which they were copied was at one time the property of a child or grandchild of Stephen and Ursula (Adams) Streeter, and that its owner not only entered in it what might be called contemporary record of the Streeter family but also copied as a few Adams records, having found these earlier records, probably, in and older Bible (perhaps the one mentioned in the inventory of the goods of Stephen Streeter in 1652), which had been handed down from the immigrant and his wife to their descendants. To all who are familiar with the early history of the Streeters in New England and the Henry Adams family importance of these records is obvious. They confirm the marriage of Stephen Streeter and Ursula Adams and give its exact date. They supply also exact dates for many births, marriages, and deaths in the Streeter family and for the birth and death of Henry Adams and the birth of his son Joseph, as well as a few other exact dates in the Adams family. Nearly all the dates given in these records are in their precision and fullness quite new to the genealogical knowledge of New England. FOOTNOTES: *A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Stephen and Ursula Streeter, Massachusetts, Eben Putnam, Publisher, 1896. **The month of the death of Stephen Streeter and the year of the death of Ursula Adams as given in the copy of the records made by Mr. Goodwin, are certainly errors, either of the person who entered these deaths in the Bible of 1693 or of the person who copied the entries from the Bible. Stephen Streeter died between “this tenth of the fourth month A thousand six hundred and fifty twoo [19 June 1652], when his will was dated, and “The 24th day of the 5th month 1653” [24 July 1652], when the inventory “of the Hous and goods of Steeven Streeter shoemaker: of Charltowne Inhabited, late deceased” was taken. Ursula Adams was executrix of the will of her first husband, Stephen Streeter, and was married to her fourth husband, Griffin Crafts, 15 July 1673. Her married name was Streeter. Reference: 5921. Her married name was Hosier. Her married name was Craft. Her married name was Robinson. She was born on 19 July 1619 at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. She married Stephen Streeter on 5 October 1640 at Massachusetts. She married Samuel Hosier on 13 October 1657 at Charlestown, Massachusetts. She married William Robinson on 21 August 1666 at Massachusetts. She married Griffin Craft on 15 July 1673 at Roxbury, Massachusetts. She died on 26 March 1679 at Roxbury, Massachusetts, at age 59.


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2. Henry2 Adams (see above)

3. Edith2 Squire (see above)



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