Ancestral Family Topic 502

 502   John Adams (c.1700-1769)
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John Adams, in his own words
If he could speak to us today, John Adams might describe his life as follows.

I was likely born about 1700 in that part of Stafford County that became Fairfax County in 1742. My brother William and I lived a few years in Louisa County before settling in Southside Virginia—he in Charlotte about 1750, and I and our brother Nipper across the Roanoke River in Halifax, a few years later. Illiterate, I signed official documents with a J.
Here Eleanor and I reared 7 children. We lived first on Sandy Creek of the Banister River, but later made our home on my plantations along the Cow, Childrey, and Bye creeks, near present-day Republican Grove. We had financial problems in 1768 and I had to mortgage our farm.
I was “sick in body, but of good & sound memory” when I marked my will 2 March 1769. Besides some livestock, a money scale, old books, and miscellaneous household items, I owned “woman Iamo,” three “girls” and three “boys.” Records do not reveal if Iamo was mother to the children.  Anyway, I had my executors sell Iamo and split the other “Negroes” among six of my children.
I was dead by 21 September 1769 but Eleanor was still living when she consented for our daughter Martha to marry Thomas Dickson in 1771.

It is a family tradition that this John Adams of Halifax County came from Fairfax County.

An illiterate John Adams witnessed a deed in Louisa County for Lawrence Redman 14 Feb. 1742/3—just a year after his brother, William Adams, purchased land from Redman. 
We have not been able to identify Eleanor, the wife of John Adams.

Deeds and grants
John got 400 acres on both sides of Bye Creek in Lunenburg County 12 May 1759. 
Robert Wade sold John 130 acres on the south side of the Banister River 20 Nov. 1760,  which he was living on when he mortgaged it to Thomas Yuille, James Murdoch & Co. in 1768.  His son Joshua Adams extinguished the debt in 1770. 

Will of John Adams
Here is the will that John Adams made appointing his wife sole executor. 

Will of John Adams
2 March 1769
In the name of God amen the 11 day of October 1760 I John Addams of Halifax being sick in body but of good and sound memory thanks be to God … constitute, ordain and declaire this to be my last will and testament in manner and forme following touching and annulling by these presence all and every Testament and Testaments will & wills heretofore by me made and declared either by Word or Wrighting and this to be taken only for my last Will and Testaments and none other - & first being penitent and sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins past most Humbly Desire forgiveness for the same I give and commit my soul unto almighty God my Saviour & Redeemer in Whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I want to be saved and to have full and remission and forgiveness of all my sins and that my soul with my Body at a General day of the Resurrection shall rise again with joy and through the merits of Christ death and … [illegible] … and inherit the Kingdom of Heaven prepared for his Elect and Chosen and by body to be buried in a decent manner and now for the settling of Temporal Estates such goods Chattels as it hath pleased God to bestow … [illegible] …I do order give and dispose the same in manner and form following after my Lawfull debts is paid
Item I Give & Bequeath to my sone John Addams one Negro boy named Ben & 300 acres of Land joyning my sone William that I bought of Peter Hebie
I give George Adams on hundred acres the said tract on the North Side of the Creek.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Addams a Negro boy named Peter and the land and Plantation on Sandy Creek whereon I did Dwell.
Item I give and Bequeath to Daughter Elizabeth Addams one Negro Girl Sarah.
Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Addams one Negro Girl named Fillis.
Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Martha one Negro girl named Hannah and … [illegible]
… Negro Iamo I desire shall be sold and what she fetches to be Equally divided amongst all my Children and all my moveable estate [personal property] to be devided by three good house keepers amongst all my Children Before signed
I leave all my estate to my Wife Elener Addams during her widowhood and after her marriage all to return to my children as I have before mentioned. I leave my wife my whole and sole Executor. Witness my hand and seal this 2nd day of March 1769.
John Adams

Descendants of John Adams
Information about the children of John Adams, their descendants, and allied families previously found at is now available as Southside Virginia Genealogies. Learn more 
Names found in this topic include the following.
 William Adams,  
Sarah (—) Adams,  Thomas Gilbert,  
Robert Wooding,  
 John Adams (-1828),  
Jane Hurt,  Moza Hurt,  
Thomas Dougherty,  John Smith,  Benjamin Hubbard,   Daniel Mitchell,  Robert Wade,  
Prudence Thornton,  Prudence Ward,   John Bostick,  
Ann Adams,  William Francis,  
Mary Adams,  Joseph Overton,  
James Adams,  Nancy Clark,  George Clark,  Oney Smith,  
Frank Thornton,  Hulda A. (—) Thornton,  
Richard Edward Adams,  Kitty Scott,   
Martha (Patterson) Jones,  Amanda J. Gilliam,  
George Clark Adams,  Mary Penick,  
Sarah Ann Adams,  Charles Scott,   
Elizabeth Oney Adams,  Nathan Penick,  
Jesse Ellison Adams,  Fannie Lambkin,  
Jack Adams,  
Moza Adams,  Mary George,   
Edna Adams,  John Guthrie,  
James Guthrie,  
John T. Guthrie,  
Catherine H. Guthrie,  
Elizabeth Adams,  Edward Rudder,  
James Adams,  Susan Martin,  Thomas Martin,  Drusilla Vawter,  
Joshua Adams,  Mary V. Nichols,  
Jackson Adams,  
Gideon Adams,  Elizabeth Morefield,  
Sarah Adams,  John Henry Nichols,  
Jane Adams,  Samuel Jordan,  William M. Jordan,  
Jonadab Adams,  
Joshua Adams,  Jane Bostick,  
Sarah Adams,  Patrick Boyd,  
Susannah Adams,  George Turner,  
 George Adams,  
 Joshua Adams,  
Phoebe Easley,   
George Ridley,  Michael Turpin,   
Daniel Easley Adams,  
William Adams,  
Joshua Adams,  
Phoebe Adams,  
Elizabeth Adams,  
John Adams,  
 Elizabeth Adams,  
 Mary Adams,  
 Martha (Adams) Dickson,  
Thomas Dickson,   
 William Adams (-1767),  
Charles Cousins,   Rachel Stanley,  Dancy Stanley,  John Stanley,  Robert Bolling,  
Robert Cousins Jr.,  
Mary Adams,  Frederick Ford,  William Fagg,  Martha Mayes,   
David Adams,  
Prudence Talley,  William Talley,  
Covington Hardy,  Dancy Stanley,  Richard Talley,  
Rachael Coleman,  Burwell Coleman,  Abraham Coleman,  James Southall,  Rebecca (—) Adams,  
George Kidd,  
William Adams,  Jincey Ragland,  Jeremiah Tanner,   
David Adams,  Lucy Ragland,  Sarah (—) Adams,  
Dancy Adams,  Martha Cardwell,  Richard Cardwell,  
Frederick Adams,  
Lucy Adams,  Richard Cardwell,  
Rebecca Adams,  Burwell Featherstone,   
Dorothy Field Adams,  William Coleman,  
William Adams,  
Dancy Adams,  Dorothy Clay,   Nancy Farley,   

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