John Adams

by madman on July 23, 2011

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, 1/16 Scottish, smaller amounts of French and Breton, 1/64 Italian/Sicilian

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 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 Susanna (Boylston) and John Adams. His father was of English, 1/8 Scottish, small amounts of French and Breton, and 1/32 Italian (Sicilian) 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.

President Adams’ paternal grandfather was Joseph Adams (the son of Joseph Adams and Abigail Baxter). President Adam’s grandfather Joseph was born in Massachusetts. President Adams’ great-grandfather Joseph was born in 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 Paddy.

President Adams’ paternal grandmother was Hannah Bass (the daughter of John Bass and Ruth Alden). Hannah was born in Massachusetts. John was born in Saffron Waldon, Essex, England, the son of Samuel Bass, who had French, Breton, and 1/4 Italian (Sicilian) ancestry, and of Anne Savell/Saville. Ruth was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of English parents, John Alden and Priscilla Mullins.

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

President Adams’ maternal grandmother was Ann/Anne White (the daughter of Benjamin White and Susanna/Susannah Cogswell). Ann was born in 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 Browne.

Sources: Genealogies of President Adams –

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bearboy November 17, 2016 at 3:28 pm

“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.

follers November 18, 2016 at 10:34 pm

Was Abigail Capet even Welsh? She’s listed as born in England on some web sites, and France in others.

bearboy November 19, 2016 at 7:08 am

Geni seems to think she was but you may be right being that they have been wrong before

savanna May 25, 2016 at 8:19 am

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.

andrew May 24, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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

andrew May 24, 2016 at 4:53 pm

Here is the ancestor Dominic Buschier:

This makes John Adams the only President of the U.S. with (recent) documented Italian ancestry.

follers May 24, 2016 at 4:58 pm


I wonder if it’s accurate. Sometimes these online trees mess up/speculate on more distant ancestral connections.

andrew May 24, 2016 at 7:52 pm
madman May 25, 2016 at 12:50 am

His existence seems to be well documented. This is what it says in his profile:

Dominic Buschier apparently came to London in 1561, and appeared in the official records of London many times. In 1571, he was on a “List of Aliens living in London during the reign of Elizabeth I.” He was described as”Dominick Bussher, born in Italie, with Jane his wife born in Rouen, France.” On another list of aliens in 1582, he was called Dominico Busher, and again in 1583 as Dominico Bussher. In 1588, Domynick Busher subscribed 100 lbs. towards a loan to the Queen.

follers May 25, 2016 at 11:50 pm

True, but some web sites list his surname as originally being “Buscemi”, as opposed to the French-sounding version.

andrew July 4, 2016 at 5:55 am

I believe he was born “Domenico Buscemi” in Menfi, Sicily (where this surname is very common), then he frenchified his name into “Dominic Buschier” when he resided in France.

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