Spence Adams

Male14 December 1937–26 October 2016

Brief Life History of Spence

When Spence Adams was born on 14 December 1937, his father, Otis Clinton Adams, was 25 and his mother, Gertie Sears, was 22. He died on 26 October 2016, at the age of 78.

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Family Time Line

Otis Clinton Adams
1912–1991
Gertie Sears
1915–2017
Spence Adams
1937–2016

Sources (2)

  • Spence Adams in household of Clinton Adams, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Spence Adams, "Find A Grave Index"

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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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