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Jeremy Adams of Hartford, Connecticut

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Jeremy ADAMS was born in 1604/5 in England. He
died on Aug 11, 1683 in Hartford, CT. 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(1) 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,(2) 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 16852 and was in charge of it in
1687 when with Andros the General Court held its
famous charter meeting in the inn.
1) Mention of Greenhill's will (Thomas, son of
Samuel,) is made in Connecticut Colonial Records 4
October, 1660. On 14 March, 1660(1), Adams "did
resigne all power of disposing ye estate (left by
Thomas Greenhill to Goodwife Adams) into his wives
hands to be wholly at her dispose."
(2)An account of the history and location of this
tavern is found in Colonial Records 3, p. 145. He
was married to Rebecca GREENHILL in 1639 in Hartford, CT.

Rebecca GREENHILL was born about 1608. She died in
Children were:

i. Hester ADAMS was born in 1622 in Hartford, CT.
ii. Ann ADAMS was born about 1626 in Hartford, CT.
  She died on Jul 12 1682 in Hartford, CT.
iii. Hannah ADAMS was born about 1637 in Hartford,
  CT. She died in 1670 in Hartford, CT.
iv. John ADAMS.
v. Sarah ADAMS was born about 1641. 
vi. Samuel ADAMS was born on Nov 23 1645. He died
  in 1661.
vii. Daniel (?) ADAMS was born in 1646 in Hartford,
viii. Ellenor (?) ADAMS was born in 1648 in
Hartford, CT.

The following from [Wilson.ftw]

On 5 April, 1638, he was sent with Captain Mason on an
expedition to the
Warranocke Indians.  This makes him a
qualifying ancestor for the
Society of Colonial Wars.
He was an Indian agent, Collector of Customs and traded with
Indians for corn for General Court of CT.

Jeremy Adams owned an inn on Main St in Hartford, CN.
In 1662, he was the official inn-keeper for the colony in Hartford, CT.
Jeremy lists grandson Zachary Sandford in his will.

Sources History of Braintree Mass
Jeremy Adams of Cambridge MA and his Descendants 1955 by
History of Adams Family by Henry Whittemore

From: [Wilson.ftw]
Jeremy Adams came from England to Cambridge, Mass in 1632 with one of the companies of the Reverend. Thomas Hooker.  As a Puritan, he came to the new land because of his beliefs. He was a minister of the established Church in Chelmsford, Essex, Eng.
He was one of the early proprietors of Hartford and his name appears
on the "Founders Monument"

He owned some land now occupied by buildings of Harvard University.
Founder's Monument
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