Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John Adams

Male 1718 - 1781  (63 years)


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  • Name John Adams 
    Born 19 Feb 1718  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 May 1781  Delaplane, Fauquier County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I13338  Tree1
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2023 

    Father John Adams,   b. 1670, Worcestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Apr 1741, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Naylor,   b. 1690, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1741, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 52 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Abt 1706  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F8316  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Stacy Gibbons,   b. 19 Dec 1725, Prince George's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Sep 1806, Delaplane, Fauquier County, Virginia - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 3 Jan 1743  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. John Adams,   b. 3 Dec 1744, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Jan 1816, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
     2. George Adams,   b. 1747, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1827, Muskingum County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     3. Littleton Adams,   b. 23 Feb 1752, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1833, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)  [natural]
     4. Elizabeth Adams,   b. 20 Jul 1754, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 3 Jun 1796, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 42 years)  [natural]
     5. Anne Adams,   b. 1757, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1774, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 18 years)  [natural]
     6. Thomas Adams,   b. 1760, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jul 1832, Fauquier County, Virginia - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)  [natural]
     7. Josias Adams,   b. 23 Sep 1762, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1781, Fauquier County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years)  [natural]
     8. Susannah Adams,   b. 1 Apr 1764, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Aug 1789, Fauquier County, Virginia (childless) Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)  [natural]
     9. James Adams,   b. 1765, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1850  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2023 
    Family ID F3731  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Pages 416-417
      JOHN A. ADAMS

      Submitted by:
      Sandy Onbey

      The following is a transcription of the last will and testament of John Adams of Piedmont Station (now Delaplane), Fauquier County, Virginia, as recorded in Will Book 1, Pages 416-417 on file at the Fauquier County Courthouse in Warrenton, Virginia.
      ---
      In the Name of God amen, I John Adams of Fauquier County being very Weak of body, but of Sound and perfect Memory, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following, Viz:

      Imprimiz; I give and bequeath to my son John all my lands lying in Maryland to be enjoyed by him & his heirs forever,

      Item, I give and bequeath to my son George five hundred acres of land whereon he now lives to be enjoyed by him & his heirs forever Item I give and bequeath and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth three hundred Acres of land to be laid off in the most convenient manner including the plantation whereon she now lives

      Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne three hundred acres of land to be laid off in the most convenient manner including the plantation whereon she now lives,

      Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter SUSANNA three hundred acres of land to be laid in the most convenient manner Including the plantation whereon James Hume now lives

      Item, I give and bequeath to my son Josias all that land I purchased of Capt. Turner; and part of the land adjoining the same to be laid off in the following manner from a corner tree of the said land I purchased of Capt. Turner the line to continue with the line of Capt. John Ashby until it comes to the low grounds or meadowland of Hollys Branch thence to continue with the said low grounds or meadow land though not to include any part of the Same, till it comes to Kellys spring,thence with a strait line to the old line of the land I bought of Captain Turner So asto include all the meadow land or low grounds adjoining the said old line

      Item, I give and bequeath all the remainder of my lands to be equally divided By estimation amongst my sons Littleton, Thomas & James and their heirs forever, Littleton to have the plantation whereon he now lives, and James to have the plantation whereon I now live---------------Item, after all my just debts are satisfied and paid, then I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate of what kind and nature so ever it be or whatever it may be found unto my well beloved wife Sarah Stacy for and during her natural life or to be disposed of at any time amongst my Children at her discretion and to have no appointment, And I hereby constitute and appoint this to be my last will and Testament, hereby revoking and disannulling all wills heretofore by me made; ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my last will and Testament; In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this fourteenth day of January in the year of Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred & eighty one----

      John Adams (seal)
      Signed, Sealed & delivered
      In the presence
      Hezh Turner
      John Hickman
      John T. Chunn
      Will. Bailes

      At a Court held for Fauquier County the 28th day of May 1781
      This Will was proved by the oaths of Hezekiah Turner, John Hickman, and John Thomas Chunn Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And the motion of Sarah Stacy Adams who made oath and executed and acknowledged bond as the law directs Certificate is granted her for obtaining letters of administration with the said will annexed.
      Teste
      J. Brooke CC

      This transcription was made by Sandra K. Onbey on July 25, 1995. All punctuation and spelling were noted exactly as recorded in the original will book. The will was transcribed line by line leading to the irregularity of the above text. Note: at one point in the will the words and bequeath are repeated twice, this was as is was in the original also John Adams named his son Josias his name was Josiah which can be seen in the will of his mother Sarah Stacy Adams.

      Submitted by:
      Sandy Onbey
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      The Following is a transcription of the inventory of the estate of John Adams of Piedmont Station (now Delaplane), Fauquier County, Virginia as recorded in
      Will Book 1, page 454 at the Fauquier County Courthouse in Warrenton, Virginia.
      ADAMS INVENTORY

      An Inventory of Mr. John Adams estate deceased.
      Negroes, London, Simon. Sarah, Moll, Caesar, Rachel, Jeffry, Winsor, Roswell, Jack, Winny-----
      Horses nine-----
      Cattle twenty five-----
      Sheep twenty-----
      Hogs twenty five-
      Five Beds & furniture-----
      Forty six Books-----
      Two Tables-----
      Two Desks---
      Two Chests-----
      Ten Chairs-----
      Four pewter Dishes-----
      Six Basons-----& Eighteen Plates-----
      A Case of knives and forks-----
      Six china Tea Cups & saucers---
      One china coffee pott-----
      Six silver teaspoons-----
      Two stone Juggs-----
      Two wine Glasses-----
      Two looking Glasses-----
      Two large spinning wheels---
      One small Do
      Three pair Cards
      one man's saddle,
      one woman Do.-----
      One pair stilliards-----
      One box Iron----
      One Tea Kettle-----
      Two Razors-----
      Two smooth Guns-----
      four iron potts-----
      Two dutch Ovens---
      One pair sheep sheers,-----
      One broad Ax-----
      Two narrow Do.-----
      One parcel coopers Tools-----
      One handsaw-----
      Two drawing knives-----
      One foot Adze-----
      One auger-----
      One iron square-----
      One pair Compases-----
      One Old Waggon & Gear-----
      Two grubing Hoes-----
      Three hilling Do.-----
      Three Old shovel plows-----
      One iron pestle-----
      One pair handmill Stones-----
      One copper still-----

      Sarah Adams Executrix

      At court held for Fauquier county the 25th day of November 1782 This Inventory was returned and ordered to be recorded
      Teste J Brooke

      This inventory was originally transcribed by me (Sandra K. Onbey) on June 25, 1995. I tried to be as exact as possible in spelling and also in punctuation.
      Bear in mind that in the late 1700's people were still spelling a great many words as they sounded.
      Note: "Do" is another way of saying "Ditto" or the
      same thing {e.g. one man's saddle, one woman's Do. (saddle)}

      Source:
      FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA - WILL BOOK NUMBER 1 1759-1783
      ===
      THOMAS, WILLIAM, Charles Co, 26 Oct, 1775; 30 Aug, 1776
      To wife Anne Thomas, Extx., all my lands during her widowhood then to my two sons Thomas and James.
      To son Thomas Thomas, part of land called Ware" adjoining land of John Thomas on south side of line.
      To son James Thomas, part of land on north side of line and one other tract 'Thomas's Fancy," never to be sold except to each other and their heirs forever and bed.
      To son William Thomas, stock.
      To wife Ann, balance of estate during widowhood then divided between my ten youngest children: Allen, William, Nehemiah, Isaac, Josiah, Archibald, Zachey, Sarah, Teresa and Elizabeth.
      Son, Allen Thomas, Ex.
      Wit: Jas. Green'd. Wood; John Adams, Jr.; John Beavens, 41.16
      ===
      Edward Burch 89.72 CH £552.16.10 Dec 3 1765 May 1 1766
      Appraisers: John Adams, John Moran.
      Creditors: John Chesley, Robert Young for James Gordon & Co.
      Next of kin: Jonathon Burch, Margret Burch.
      Administratrix: Mary Burch,
      ===
      William Carter, Sr. 82.177 CH £444.7.7 Sep 12 1763 Nov 11 1763
      Appraisers: John Adams, James Greenwood.
      Creditors: Dan Jenifer, John Adams.
      Next of kin: Freeman Carter, Barbara Carter.
      Executrix: Mary Carter.
      ===
      Prince George's Land Record book BB - Page 186.
      Lease, recorded at the request of John Adams. Mar 25, 1744 from Charles Carroll of the City of Annapolis, Esq, to John Adams, the lease of all that part of a tract of land called Carrollton, lying in Page between Monoccasi and Potowmack, bounded by the end of Daniel Pearles last line by a Snake Den, containing 100 acres, during the term of 17-1/2 years from today, paying sd Carroll at his dwelling house on Mar 25 and Sep 29 by equal portions during the first 3-1/2 years, the sum of 8 shillings 4 pence sterling, and paying during the term of the next 7 years, by equal portions, on the days afd yearly, the sum of 16 shillings and 8 pence sterling, and paying during the next 7 years, by equal portions on the days afd, 1 E 13 shillings and 4 pence sterling, over and above the quit rent. If the rents are ever 40 days in arrears, Carroll may reenter the premises. Adams will plant, within 6 years, 100 young apple trees. on nonperformance, Adams must pay Carroll 6 £sterling. Adams may not lease out to any under tenant any part of the premises, nor make on the premises more than 1 plantation or farm. Adams may not sell or destroy timber, nor apply any but to the necessary repairs and the use of the demised premises. Signed - Char Carroll. Wit - John Darnall (a Provincial Court Justice), Wm Baker. Recorded Aug 30, 1744.
      ===
      Lucinda Sherwood 123.10 CH £7.1.6 Jun 9 1775 Aug 22 1775
      Appraisers: Walter Dent, Richard Dent.
      Creditors: John Addams.
      Administrator; William Webster.
      === ?
      Charles Venables 95.125 CH £64.2,7 Sep 23 1767 Sep 28 1767
      (also Charles Venebles)
      Appraisers: John Moran, John Addams.
      Creditors: James Forbes, George Maxwell.
      Next of kin: Mary Kerrick, Laurence Venebles.
      Administrator: Theodore Venebles.
      ===
      Contributed by: James Hughes

      URL: http://gedcom.surnames.com/burgess_jim/np210.htm
      URL title: Individual Notes
      Note:
      12 May 1768 Deed Book 3 page 284-286 Division between John Adams late of Charles County, Maryland now of Fauquier County, and Zephenia Turner of Charles County, Maryland the parties in July 1767 for 200 paid to James Ewell obtained a joint Bond from James Ewell, Dr James Craik and Jesse Ewell for the conveyance of a tract of land of 1,000 acres as soon as James Ewell son of Eve Ewell became 21 years of age also purchased for the purpose of dividing the 1st tract of land between Adams and Turner tree on Crooked Run to be marked EA the northern most to belong to John Adams and the southern most half to Z. Turner Also for a part to John Adams.
      Signed John Adams, Zeph Turner.
      Wit Robert Ashby, John Williams, Heziah Turner, John Ashby, George Adams, John Thomas Chinn.
      Rec 23 Aug 1768
      proved by order Robert Ashby, Hezekiah and John Ashby. Wits.
      ===
      Charles County Maryland Will Book AH-9, 1785-1788; Page 185, {David Rawlings}
      Luke Rawlings' Will. [Faded].
      I, Daniel [sic] Rawlings, CC, am of sound and perfect memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, do make this, my will.
      To George Adams Sr - part of a tract of land called Strife,
      To my 3 grandchildren, Elenor, Luke, & John, the children of my son, John dceasd - to each of them, 5 shillings sterling.
      To Joseph Barker, George Adams, John Adams son John Adams - all my pershal [personal] estate, to be equally divided between them.
      Executor: my cousin John Adams_
      Signed May 14, 1784 - Daniel Rawlings.
      Wit - Rich. Estep, Allen Harbin, William (X his mark) Haben_
      Probated on Feb 4, 1786 by the executor of David [sic] Rawlings, late of CC and by the oaths of witnesses Richard estep & Allan Harbin.
      Letters Testamentary on the estate of Daniel Rawlings decd were granted to the executor; his securities were George Adams & Richard Estep,
      Appraisers: Alexander McPherson, William Waters,
      ===
      Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 172. Jul 26, 1762 from Clement Holliday of Talbert County, merchant, to John Adams of CC, planter, for 105 £sterling, part of a tract of land called Nottingham, lying in CC, containing 150 acres. Nottingham was patented to Major Thomas Trueman on Aug 10, 1684 and recorded in Liber SD#B and patented for about 300 acres. Signed - Clement Holliday. Wit - Francis Waring, John Stone Hawkins.
      Acknowledged in Prince George's County by sd Clement Holliday. Certified by Jos Sim, Clerk of Prince George's County, that Messrs Francis Waring and John Stone Hawkins are JPs for Prince George's County. Recorded Aug 11, 1762.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Mar. 1785 - Fauquier Co., Va. Deeds. Thomas Smith and his wife Elizabeth [nee Adams] lease 50 acres to Philip Cooksey for the term of 29 years, beginning at Francis Ash's and Smith's corners to the road called Adams. Philip Cooksey signs his name.
      Sources: (1) Alcock, John P., "Fauquier Families,
      1759-1799," Page 75, and (2) Gott, John K., "Fauquier County, Virginia Deeds, 1778-1785," Page 92.
      Comment: Alcock (Page 1-2) shows that the land being leased was on Goose Creek and Crooked Run, and had come to Elizabeth from her father John Adams, who d. May 1781 in Fauquier Co., Va. with very large landholdings there. John Adams (wife Sarah Stacey) had formerly lived in Charles Co., Md., and, in addition to dau. Elizabeth who m. Thomas Smith, his children included son John Adams (eldest son and heir at law) who still lived in Charles Co., son Littleton Adams of Fauquier Co, and dau. Susannah Adams of Fauquier Co. who m. Thomas Marshall, Jr. These are the 3 Adams children mentioned in the 1795 record below. The other children of Fauquier Co. John Adams were George, Josias, Thomas, James, and Ann who m. Francis Ash. This is the same Adams family, three members of whom witnessed the Mar. 1791 Charles Co. will of Philip's father.
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      contributed by shirley middleton moller

      CCLR IB 11: 475
      13 Sep 1816
      From: George Adams William Adams Littleton Adams Thomas Adams William Wilkinson and his Wife Eleanor Wilkinson and Susannah Perrie all of Charles Co.
      Children of John Adams Sr; George, William, Littleton, Thomas, Eleanor and Susannah
      To: John Adams Jr, son of John Adams Sr
      For the sum of two thousand dollars tract Priors Cleave resurveyed

      Another for the family of John Adams Sr CCLR IB 11:538
      p.s. John Jr is m. to an Ann (N)
      ===
      http://image.lva.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/GetLONN.pl?first=8&last=&g_p=GF&coll ection=NN Grant
      Title Adams, John.
      Publication 24 November 1742.
      Gen. note [Whether Adams actually received this land cannot be determined; however, it is unlikely he did since the deed is neither dated nor signed]
      Other Format Available on microfilm. Northern Neck Grants, reels 288-311.
      Note Location: Fairfax County.
      Description: 143 acres adjoining John Young and Edward Graham. .
      Source: Northern Neck Grants F, 1742-1754, Page 8 (Reel 292).
      ===
      EARLY FAUQUIER COUNTY, VIRGINIA MARRIAGE BONDS
      Smith, Thomas Adams, Elizabeth 26 June 1769 dau. of John

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