ADAMS90 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.
GREENHILL90 was born
about 1608. She died in 1678. Children were: