When Joel Adams III was born on 18 October 1802, in Whitehall, Whitehall, Washington, New York, United States, his father, Joel Griswold Adams II, was 41 and his mother, Louisa Tupper, was 39. He married Love Prudence Mellor on 17 June 1834, in Washington, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Watertown Township, Washington, Ohio, United States in 1860. He died on 30 October 1865, in Watertown, Washington, Ohio, United States, at the age of 63, and was buried in Beverly, Washington, Ohio, United States.
English, Dutch, and German (mainly northwestern Germany): patronymic from the personal name Adam . In North America, this surname has absorbed cognates from other languages, e.g. Greek Adamopoulos , Serbian and Croatian Adamović (see Adamovich ), Polish (and Jewish) Adamski .
Irish and Scottish: adopted for McAdam or a Scottish variant of Adam , with excrescent -s.
History: This surname was borne by two early presidents of the US, father and son. They were descended from Henry Adams, who settled in Braintree, MA, in 1635/6, from Barton St. David, Somerset, England. The younger of them, John Quincy Adams (1767–1848) derived his middle name from his maternal grandmother's surname (see Quincy ). — Another important New England family, established mainly in NH, is descended from William Adams, who emigrated from Shropshire, England, to Dedham, MA, in 1628. James Hopkins Adams (1812–61), governor of SC, was unconnected with either of these families, his ancestry being Welsh; his forebears entered North America through PA.
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