Thomas Adams

Brief Life History of Thomas

When Thomas Adams was born in 1540, in London, England, his father, Thomas Adams, was 31 and his mother, Ellen Burslem, was 31. He married Isabel Hill in 1559, in London, England. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He died on 12 April 1608, in his hometown, at the age of 68, and was buried in Burslem, Staffordshire, England.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Adams
1540–1608
Isabel Hill
1535–1585
Marriage: 1559
William Adams
1555–1624
Thomas Adams
1559–1629
John Adams
1570–1641

Sources (7)

  • Thomas Adams, "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975"
  • Thomas Addams, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Thomas Adam, "England, Staffordshire, Church Records, 1538-1944"

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World Events (6)

1549 · Book of Common Prayer

Book of Common Prayer, a product of the English Reformation, was published in 1549 for assistance in the administration of the sacraments and other rites and ceremonies of the church according to the use of the Church of England. The book outlined morning, evening, and communion prayers and orders for baptism and marriage, thus making England a truly Protestant state.

1558 · Act of Uniformity

The Act of Uniformity was passed by the Parliament of England and required all people to go to church once a week. The consequence of not attending church was a fine of 12 pence, which was a considerable amount for a poor person.

1569 · State Lottery

A State Lottery was recorded in 1569. The tickets were sold at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.

Name Meaning

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.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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