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abbreviations used:—Adm. refers to admissions to the church; o. c, ‘owned their covenant’—a sort of half-way membership of the church, not an admission to full communion; dism. refers to regular dismissions by the church. Births, baptisms, deaths and marriages are referred to by the usual abbreviations of b. birth, bap. baptism, d. death, m. marriage; g. s. signifies gravestone —generally in the ancient Precinct burying-ground. Such abbreviations as f. for father, a. for son, w. for wife, dau. for daughter, Pct. for Precinct, ch. for church, fun. for funeral, wid. for widow, Camb. for Cambridge, Chas. for Charlestown, and others that might be mentioned, will readily explain themselves.


Adams, Joseph, who o. c. at Cambridge 9 Dec. 1711, and was adm. Camb. ch. (First Parish) 16 Mar. 1718-19, with w. Rachel joined the Pct. ch. (Second Parish) at its organization 9 Sept. 1739. He was a selectman and assessor of Cambridge five years between 1729 and 1738, and a lieutenant. Styled ‘Father’ by the Rev. Mr. Cooke. He died in the Pct. 18 Oct. 1774, a. 86 (g. s.); his wid. Ra-Chel, with whom he lived in the marriage state fifty-seven years, d. 1 Aug. (fun. 3 Aug.), 1775, a. 85 (g. s.). He was prob. s. of Joseph, and grandson of John Adams, millwright, of Menotomy Row before 1678. His father, Joseph, m. Margaret Eames 21 Feb. 1687-8. She was born in Sudbury 8 July, 1666, dau. of Thomas Eames (see Paige, 539), whose house at Framingham was destroyed 1 Feb. 1675-6, her mother and some of the children killed, and she carried captive (in her childhood) by the Indians. (See Barry, 27, &c., 227.) He m. first, Rebecca, dau. of William Cutter, 18 Jan. 1710-11, who d. 12 Jan. 1717-18, a. 24 (g. s. Cambridge), by whom he had Thomas, b. 3, bap. 9 Dec. 1711, d. 17 Nov. 1713; Thomas (first named Joseph), b. 20, bap. 23 Aug. 1713; Joseph, b. 8 July, 1715 (family record); Margaret, b. 26 May,. 1717 (bap. 2 June, 1717, at Medford), m. Elisha Doubledee, or Doubleday, of (Lebanon) Connecticut, at Medford, 21 Oct. 1736. Joseph Adams was one of the Precinct committee seven years between 1733 and 1753, and Pct. treasurer 1735-50, fifteen years; also Pct. assessor. His second w. Rachel was prob. Rachel Allen of Weston, m. 26 June, 1718 (Bond, 6), by whom he had Rebecca, b. 12, bap. 18 Sept. 1720, adm. Camb. ch. 20 May, 1739, and Pct. ch. 9 Sept. 1739, m. Samuel Kent 27 Nov. 1740; Lucy, b. 29 Oct. bap. 4 Nov. 1722, adm. Pct. ch. 22 Mar. 1741, m. John Cutter, Jr., 21 May, 1745, d. 17 Ap. 1810, see Cutter (par. 9); William, b. 12, bap. 17 Jan. 1724-5; Mary, bap. 2 Ap. 1727, d. young; Anna, b. 8 July, 1729, adm. Pct. ch. 27 Aug. 1749, m. Peter Tufts, Jr., of Charlestown, 19 Apr. 1750, d. 7 Feb. (fun. Medford 10 Feb.) 1813; Mary, b. 12, bap. 20 May, 1733, adm. Pct. ch. 10 Mar.

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