John Adams Genealogy
John was the 2nd U.S. President and his son John Quincy Adams was the 6th U. S. President.
John Adams has a number of connections to important historical figures such Declaration of Independence Signer Samuel Adams.
John also has family relations to President Calvin Coolidge and President Millard Fillmore.
John Adams, Sr. was the great-grandson of Henry Adams, who emigrated from Braintree, Essex, England to Massachusetts about 1640.
John was a farmer and cobbler, but also a deacon in his church, a lieutenant in the militia and a selectman, or town councilman, who supervised schools and roads.
John’s mother, Susanna Boylston Adams, was born 5 March 1708 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
She His mother, Susanna Boylston Adams, was a descendant of the Boylstons of Brookline. After the death of her first husband, Susanna married Lt. John Hall. She died 17 April 1797 in Quincy, Massachusetts.
Susannah’s grandfather, Thomas Boylston (1615-1653), left England for America in 1635, where he settled in Watertown, MA and married Sarah (last name unknown).
Thomas and Sarah were the parents of another Thomas (1644-?), who married Mary Gardner (1648-1722), daughter of Thomas Gardner. Their child, Susanna’s father Peter Boylston (1687-1743), married Ann (or Anna) White.
Young John Adams was educated at Harvard College; he practiced law in Boston and developed a reputation as a political theorist and writer.
He served as a delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts, and was one of those who drafted the Declaration of Independence. He was elected to the post of Vice President under George Washington, and served two terms.
He was elected President in 1796, but was not elected to a second term. One of his major accomplishments was the resolution of the “Quasi War” with France, an undeclared war lasting from 1798-1800.
One of the most important events in New England history is the arrival of the Mayflower at Plymouth. John Adams is the 2nd Great-Grandson of Mayflower passengers John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.