John Adams

official portrait of John Adams, by John Trumbull, c. 1792

Date of Birth: October 30, 1735

Place of Birth: Braintree, Province of Massachusetts Bay, British America

Date of Death: July 4, 1826

Place of Death: Quincy, Massachusetts, U.S.

Ethnicity: English, as well as 1/16th Scottish

John Adams was an American politician, lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. A member of the Federalist Party, he served as the second President of the United States, from March 4, 1797 to March 4, 1801. He was elected to the position in 1796. He was previously the first Vice President of the United States, from April 21, 1789 to March 4, 1797. He was elected to the position in 1789 and 1792. He was the United States Minister to the Court of St. James’s, from April 1, 1785 to March 30, 1788, among other duties. He died on the same day as his successor as President, Thomas Jefferson.

He was also a candidate for President of the United States in 1789, 1792, and 1800. In 1800, he was the Federalist Party’s nominee.

President Adams was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

President Adams was the son of Susannah/Susanna (Boylston) and John Adams. His father was of English, and one eighth Scottish, descent. His mother was of English ancestry. With his wife, Abigail (Smith) Adams, President Adams had six children, including John Quincy Adams, who served as President of the United States from March 4, 1825 to March 4, 1829. Through his son Charles Adams, President Adams was the great-great-great-great-great-grandfather of actress Amy Jo Johnson.

President Adams and his son were the first father-and-son U.S. president duo. The second pair consists of George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush. There was also a pair of U.S. Presidents who were grandfather-and-grandson, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison.

President Adams’ paternal grandfather was Joseph Adams, Jr. (the son of Joseph Adams and Abigail Baxter). President Adams’ grandfather Joseph was born in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts. President Adams’ great-grandfather Joseph was born in Kingweston, Somerset, England, the son of Henry Adams and Edith Squire. Abigail was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English-born parents, Gregory Baxter, whose own parents were Scottish, and Margaret.

President Adams’ paternal grandmother was Hannah Bass (the daughter of John Bass and Ruth Alden). Hannah was born in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts. John was born in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England, the son of Samuel Bass and Anne Savell/Saville/Savil. Ruth was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English parents, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins, who came over on the Mayflower.

President Adams’ maternal grandfather was Peter Boylston (the son of Thomas Boylston, Jr. and Mary Gardner). Peter was born in Massachusetts. Thomas was born in Massachusetts, the son of English parents, Thomas Boylston, from St. Dionis, Backchurch, London, and Sarah. Mary was also born in Massachusetts, also to English parents, Thomas Gardner, Jr. and Lucy Smith.

President Adams’ maternal grandmother was Ann/Anne White (the daughter of Benjamin White and Susanna/Susannah Cogswell). Ann was born in Brookline, Norfolk, Massachusetts. Benjamin was born in Massachusetts, the son of English parents, John White and Frances Jackson. Susanna was the daughter of William Cogswell, who was English, from West Grinton, Yorkshire, and of Susanna Hawkes, who was born in Massachusetts, to English parents, Adam Hawkes and Ann Hutchinson.

Sources: Genealogies of President Adams –

15 Responses

  1. drzaius21 says:

    Apparently the Sicilian/Italian and French might not be accurate, where it has been removed from WikiTree and aswell as the US presidents project.

  2. Jason 7 says:

    Through the paternal line of his Mayflower passenger ancestor Priscilla Mullins alone, there is indication of French and Irish ancestry.

  3. bearboy says:

    “Correction’ presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams have distant Welsh ancestry. Margaret Squire (Capet) was a Welsh immigrant to England who was born in 1432. John Adams 7th great-grandmother and John Quincy Adams 8th great-grandmother.

  4. savanna says:

    His son with Abigail Adams (nee Smith), John Quincy Adams, was the sixth president. Abigail Adams was the daughter of William Smith and Elizabeth Smith (née Quincy)- Abigail’s life is well documented.

  5. andrew says:

    who’s this “Sicilian” ancestor? Not found.

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