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Adams Family

From Stephentown Genealogy

Written by Tina Ordone

Stephentown Adams Family

This is a brief chart of the Stephentown Adams family. They moved to Stephentown sometime between 1782 & 1786. They didn't stay long in Stephentown, moving in 1802 to Westmoreland, Oneida, Co., NY. Six of the eight children were born in Stephentown. (Betty-Jane Lee)

Robert Adams (1), b 1602 in England, d. 12 October 1682 in Newbury, Mass. m. (1) Eleanor Wilmot., she d. 12 June 1677 in Newbury, Mass. m. (2) Sarah Glover Short, 6 February 1677/78. Tailor by trade. It is believed he came from Devonshire, and to have been a son of Robert and Elizabeth Sharlon or Sharland, and connected with the Ap Adams pedigree and thus through that connection to have been a cousin of Henry Adams of Braintree (Quincy, Mass) the ancestor of the Presidents, John and John Quincy Adams.

7th child Jacob, (2) b 23 April 1649, Newbry, Mass; November 1717 Boston, Mass. m. Anna Allen 7 April 1677, b. 3 January 1657/58 in Dorchester, Mass.

9th child Daniel, (3) b. abt March 1681 in Suffield, m. 24 December 1712 Mary Lane Sykes, Suffield Ct. d. 20 March 1756, Suffield, Conn. She m (1) 22 December 1707 Johathan Sikes son of Victory Sikes & Elizabeth Burt.

The 8th child Daniel (4) b. 30 April 1725, Suffied Conn. m. Rebecca Kendall, 6 July 1747, she was b. 24 June 1727.

The 4th child Gideon (5) b. 19 January 1754 in Suffiel, Conn, he d. 1833 in Verona, Oneida Co. NY. m. Rhonda Hanchett, b. 8 May 1755 in Suffield, Conn, d. abt 1854 in Rome, NY. Children: 1. Calvin, b. 18 October 1780, Suffield Conn, d. 8 March 1868 Verona NY, m. Martha Stilman, 28 December 1801 Watertown, Conn. 2. Charlotte, b. 2 October 1782, Suffield Conn. d. 23 December 1862, Verona, NY, m. Seth S. Sedgwick, 17 September 1801. 3. Rhoda. b. 7 July 1786, Stephentown, NY, d. 3 February 1867, in Busti, Chautauqua Co., NY. 4. Abby, b. June 1787 Stephentown, NY, m Chester Loomis, she d. age 72 on 24 January 1860 in Cicero, Onondaga Co., NY. 5, Horace, b. 16 October 1790 in Stephntown, NY, d. 6 December 1857 Rome, NY. m. (1) Sally Wylie, 1 January 1814, b. 1 August 1793, d. 19 November 1820; (2) Mary Lyndon, 11 February 1821, b. 21 April 1799, d, 17 November 1835; (3) Susanna Lawton Peckham, 20 April 1837, b. 15 November 1789, d. 13 March 1875 6. Rebecca, b. 1. April 1797 in Stephentown,NY, d. 15 August 1887 in So. Lyons, Mich. age, 92 yrs. m. Jotham Goodspeed, 14 October 1819. b. 17 April 1800, Madison Co., NY, d. Shiawassee, Mich, 8 November 1865. 7. Harvey, b. 14 December 1799, Stephentown, NY, d. 20 November 1872, brooklyn, Jackson Co., Mich. , m. Deborah Fields, 1821, b 1798, d. 13 October 1860. 8. Infant, died young.

Gideon was a soldier in the Revolution and probably a Corporal in Capt. Edw. Griswold's Co., Col. Belden's Reg. at Peekskill, NY April 7 to May 4, 1 777. He received a pension at age 80 years. Was known as Capt. Gideon Adams.

My line continues with Rebecca & Jotham's 6th daughter Sarah Antoinette, b. 14 January 1836 in NY., d. 14 December 1899 in Lansing, Mich. buried in Freemont Cemetery, Bancroft, Mich. as were Rebecca Adams and Jotham Goodspeed. She married (1) Gilbert Fay, (2) DeForest Burnett. Their daughter was Minnie Mae Burnett, b. 17 May 1867, d. 1 September 1945. m. Charles E. Claflin 29 June 1887, b. 27 July 1867 Jackson, MI, d. 11 March 1935 Lansing, Mich. They had one daughter Ethel Burnett, b. 6 March 1891, Lansing, Mich. d. 20 March 1981, Greencastle, Ind. she m. Truman G. Yuncker 23 October 1915 in Lansing, Mich. He was born 20 March 1891 in Bloomer Twp, Montcalm, Co., Mich. d. 8 January 1964, in Greencastle, Ind. They had 2 daughters. (me) Betty-Jane Claflin, and Barbara Ann. Barbara Ann b. 11 November 1921, d. 1 January 1996 in New York City.

Minnie Mae & Charles are buried in Mt Evergren Cemetery, Jackson, Mich. as are Ethel and Truman. and Barbara Ann.

Sources for the Adams family it is A Genealogical History of Robert Adams, of Newbury, MA and His Descendants. 1635-1900 (Tuttle Press, Rutland, VT)

Source for the Sikes Family is Sikes Family notes, Author Talulah (Sikes) Creellman, reference from Arthur M. Sikes, Jr. "All known Sikes/Sykes desendants of Richard Sikes".

The Goodspeed Family from History of the Goodspeed Family; 1905, author W. A. Goodspeed, Pub. Chicago, Ill.

The Claflin Family from Genealogy of the Claflin Faamily by Charles H. Wight, pub. Press of William Graeen New York

Note: Gideon bought land with another man a couple times while living in Stephentown, I saw the information when I was at the Historical Soc. there a few years ago, but I do not seem to have it now. I would like to get back and get copies of the information. I have a place in Canaan, Columbia Co., about 14 miles to the south along Rte. 22, and probably will be up there in the summer, so maybe I can get to the Historical Soc. to go through the files to see what I can find. They didn't have much on the family so I sent them the information I am sending to you.

If you have any question please write to me and I will help all I can. Betty-Jane


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(Note from Tina)There was an Adams family in Berlin, which is "next door" to Stephentown. Since this family was known to my Stephentown family, I am going to recount the story of the Berlin Adams family as written by Rev. Ernest D. Smith.

"The Adams Family and the Stolen Silo"

By Rev. Ernest Dale Smith "I heard it but I didn't believe it. I have known of authomobiles being stolen, and of large oil trucks stolen. People have lost cows and boats and just about everything else, but when I heard that a large silo had been stolen, it didn't seem possible, and I confess that I laughed loud and long. And it couldn't have happened to a nicer man.

John Dalton Adams lives in Berlin. Most of his friends know him just as Dalton. He lives today at the age of 85 in the same house that he was born in. (This story was written in 1977 and Dalton died in 1980) His grandfather, John Dalton Adams built this house and the maple trees that grow all around it were planted on the day that Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed. I wanted to see Dalton because I had read somewhere that the great man of the Revolution, Samuel Adams, had descendents living in Berlin. I thought that Dalton might be one of them and I was correct; but in my visit, he started telling me about this house and when he showed me some pictures, I noticed two silos in them that aren't there now. I asked him about them and he told me that he had taken the small one down and built a house with the lumber, but that the large one had been stolen. What? I asked, "A silo really stolen?"

Many years ago, Dalton was approached by a stanger who asked him if he could buy the large silo. Dalton wasn't ready to sell at that time, and no deal was made. In fact, all Dalton knew of the stranger was that he had Massachusetts plates on his truck. Later, Dalton went to visit relatives in Ohio, and he took Mrs. Adams with him. A few days later, when he returned, his silo had disappeared. It had over 3, 000 feet of lumber in it. All the iron was gone too; only the foundation was left. Who had done this? No one ever found out. It had just vanished. Strange things happen in the Lebanon and Taconic Valleys, but how can you lose a silo without someone seeing it go?? Well, it went and it didn't come back. Maybe someone in Massachusetts will see this Vally Tale and return the silo.

John Dalton Adams isn't one to cry long over a misfortune. He comes from a line of people who had learned to take whatever life throws their way. Dalton's ancestor on his father's side was Samuel Adams, who had been called in American History the "Father of the Revolution." Samuel Adams was the second cousin of John Adams, the second President of the United States. So you can see that Dalton comes from Patriot blood.

In the fifteen years before the American Revolution, that is, 1760 to 1775, Samuel Adams was above all the other patriots of that era, foremost in encouraging his fellow men to open rebellion. The Tories of that day said that Samuel was "the first man to speak of independency," which to British sympathizers meant treason. It was Samuel Adams who rallied the Bostonians to proclaim their opposition to the Stamp Tax in 1755. It was Samuel Adams who got his fellow citizens to vote against the trade tax that Parliament imposed on sugar. It was Samuel Adams who organized the Boston Tea Party. When the early Patriots banded themselves together and called themselves the Sons of Liberty, the British called this organization "Sam Adams Mohawks". The greatest personal drive for independence in America prior to the Battle of Bunker Hill was coaching skill and leadership of Samuel Adams, yet this man sought no credit for it all. Probably the greatest tribute made in regard to this man was made by the Tory Boston Governor Hutchinson when he said, "Samuel Adams is leader of the greatest adventure in democracy this world has ever seen."

The town of Berlin is proud to have the fifth generation of Samuel Adams as one it its citizens. Samuel married Sarah and in 1787 had a son named John Adams who married Elizabeth Clark in 1816. She died in Berlin in 1873 at age 83. In 1818 they had had a son named John Dalton Adams who built the house where the silos were. In 1843 he married Lucretia Crandall in the New Lebanon Congregational Church. They had a son born in 1859 named Myron Daniel Adams, who married Emma S. Austin in 1892, and that same year our John Dalton Adams was born. He is as independent today as was his ancestor, Samuel. His mind is as keen as that of a yound man. His children of three generations settled down around the great-grandfather they love.

He tells many stories of his days, but one is characteristic of all Adams. His Uncle David was an excellent carpenter and responded to the call from the City of Chicago to help rebuild the city following the great Chicago fire. David had a large tool box which he took with him. In the city he did not want to pay the hotel rates and so, in order the save money to send home to his family, he would sleep each night at the job site in his tool box. His discomfort was his loved ones' gain. This has always been characteristic of Berlin's Adams family."

Samuel Adams Mary Fifield

1. Samuel Adams b. September 6, 1722 in Boston; d. October 2, 1803 at age 82. Known as "Father of the Revolution"; m. Sarah in 1787. Child of Samuel and Sarah Adams:

i. John Adams, who married Elizabeth B. Clark on May 18, 1816; she died in Berlin in 1873 at age 83.

Child of John Adams and Elizabeth Clark:

i. John Dalton Adams b. 1818; m. Lucretia Crandall in 1843 in New Lebanon Congregational Church.

Child of John Dalton Adams and Lucretia Crandall:

i. Myron Daniel b. June 7, 1867; d. 1945; m. Emma Sophia Austin on January 1, 1892. She was the daughter of John Nelson Austin and Mary Ann Lewis. Children of Myron Daniel Adams and Emma S. Austin:

1. John Dalton b. September 23, 1892/3; d. 1980 2. Frederick Romine b. September 3, 1899 3. Osman Wesley b. April 3, 1897; d. October 8, 1902 4. Melora Leola b. May 16, 1905 5. Myron Preston b. July 17, 1909; d. November 18, 1909

NOTE: I have not verified this account of the Berlin's Adams family. Please use it as a reference and not as a verified work.