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Jeremy Adams 1604 – 1683 Hartford, Connectiuct

Jeremy Adams was born in England in 1604. Nothing of him is known in England. Jeremy Adams is said to have come over with Thomas Hooker, settling with him first in Braintree, then in Cambridge, and finally going with him to Hartford. In Cambridge he was freeman, 6 May, 1635. He is listed among the Hartford freemen 13 October, 1669.

In the Connecticut Colonial Records he is first mentioned as joined with Captain Mason in a mission to the Warronocke Indians "to know why they are affraide of us," 5 April, 1638. In 1639 he married Rebecca, widow of Samuel Greenhill, and came into possession of the Greenhill property in Hartford by giving bond to pay the Greenhill children when they came of age. He sold his own house and lot to Thomas Catlin.

In 1651 he purchased a lot of John Steel on the east side of Main Street and kept a tavern there for years, the well in front of the inn being used for more than two hundred years. The colonial rules governing inns were most minute, some of them amusing. A servant must be kept to make a fire for a guest and to pull off his boots.

Acording to Roberts, in Towns of the Connecticut Valley, p. 204, Adams was a famous character. "Hospitable, jolly, and full of deviltry in his youth when he began the duties of landlord, he settled down and became a solid, substantial, and prominent citizen." At his instigation Thomas Hosmer resisted the levy of the constable, for which Adams was formally censured by the General Court 5 March, 1644.

In 1663 he was appointed master of customs. By special enactment it was provided that if Adams failed in any particulars of his duty, his license should not be forfeited, but he should continue in its possession at the discretion of the Court and be himself subject to censure, 13 March, 1662 -- a kind of probation. He was thus given a practical monopoly and had control of the wholesale and retail liquor trade of the colony.

It is evident that Adams had what in these days is known in politics as a "pull." However, in 1679, he was fined forty shillings for failing to have placed a sign where strangers entering the town could see it. About this time he was obliged to mortgage his property to the colony.

His wife died in 1678 and he married, in 1679, another Rebecca, widow of Andrew Warner jr., and daughter of John Fletcher. She died 25 June, 1715, aged seventy-seven. He died in 1683, willing his property to his grandson Zachariah Sanford who redeemed the inn in 1685 and was in charge of it in 1687 when with Andros the General Court held its famous charter meeting in the inn. Of his children Savage says he had a son Samuel, born about 1643, perhaps others by a first wife. His later children were: Ann(?), Eleanor, who married Nathaniel Willet, and John.

Jeremy died 11 August 1683, and received a public funeral. The Colony paid for three gallons and three quarts of wine consumed on the occasion. It was said that Jeremy was one of the most well-known and popular men in the colony.

It is thought that a John Adams of Salem, Massachusetts may have been the brother of Jeremy. John was the ancestor of Presidents John and John Quincy Adams.

Jeremy Adams to the Us

Jeremy Adams 1604 – 1683 Immigrant

John Adams 1637 – 1670

Rebecca Adams 1658 – 1710 Married Richard Risley

Samuel Risley 1681 – 1756 Estate valued at over 6000 pounds

Thomas Risley 1725 – 1813

Rebecca Risley 1754 – 1820 Married Lazerus House Sr.

Lazerus House Jr. 1771 – 1845 Came to the Ohio about 1820

Sophia Smith House 1801 – 1883 Married Joseph Taylor

Jemima Pheobe Taylor 1822 – 1858 Married William Noah Morrow

Melville Taylor Morrow 1852 – 1926

Maurice Henry Morrow 1875 – 1958

Kenneth Howard Morrow 1921

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