Your in luck. According to my research Jacob Adams (b 1762) was the fourth son of John Adams and his wife Mary. John was my fifth gr grandfather and my direct line is through his eldest son George. There is a letter at Spruance library from a descendant of Jacob Adams that says that he died in Bedford, PA in 1853 but that is all I have on him. If you have any additional info I would love to see it.
Note that Davis has the Adams family of Upper Bucks being related to the Adams family of New England but that just ain't so. A descendant living at the time Davis wrote his book believed that the link existed but additional research indicated that the speculation was wrong. The Upper Bucks progenitor was German, likely a Palatine. All of the early records are in German.
Here is what I have on Jacob and his parents and siblings:
1. John Adams, (aka Johannes Adam Adam) b abt 1730-34; died May 22, 1807 in Nockamixon Twp, Bucks Co, PA.
Sandra Adams (wife of Joseph Adams gr gr grandson of Jacob Ruth Adams) claims that Johannes Adam Adam arrived in 1752. “The first documentation of what I believe to be our branch of the Adams family appears in the passenger list of the ship FOREST, which arrived in the port of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 10, 1752. Captain Patrick Auchterlony brought the ship safely Afrom Rotterdam and last from Portsmouth in England. (PA. GERMAN PIONEERS? Among the passengers was Johannes Adam Adam, who wrote his name, in contrast to many who merely signed with an X. Along with other A foreigners whose names are underwritten, Johannes Adam Adam took the Oath of Allegience October 10, 1742 Aat the courthouse in Philadelphia. (PA. OATHS OF ALLEGIENCE).”
Contrarily Mildren Corson Williams in a document at Spruance Library in Doylestown, suggests that Johannes Adam arrived on the ship “two brothers” from Rotterdam in 1747. His arrival is noted in Rupp=s Thirty Thousand Names of Immigrants and in Strassburger=s Pennsylvania German Pioneers (see PA archives 2nd series, v XVIII, p 259). I believe that Sandra Adams has it right because baptismal documents have a Johannes Adam Adam acting as witness to children related to the Johannes Adam who settled in Nockamixon. The Johannes Adam who arrived on the “Two Brothers” may have settled in Berks.
In 1754 Johannes Adam took up a farm in Nockamixon Twp, Bucks County (warrant first issued to Abraham Fryling, 26 Apr 1725 Patent book H, v. 23, p 567). In 1756 there was an Indian uprising and John served as an ensign in the provincial army (PA archives, 5th series, vol III, p 19).
And according to Sandra Adams:
The first record that we have of John Adams of Nockamixon owning any land is a warrant that was granted March 26, 1754, to John Adams, for land in Nockamixon township, Bucks county, upon which a survey was returned for fifty-four acres and 113 perches. A patent for this same land was granted April 26, 1726, to Abraham Fryling. John Adams had some trouble with this land, for on May 19, 1763, he entered a caveat against the acceptance of a survey made for Archibald Merrin, which took in the above mentioned land and improvements. (See Pennsylvania Archives, third series, vol. ii., p. 275) The above land was surveyed by J. Hart, for which he gave a receipt, June 26, 1763, which is recorded in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, in Deed Book No. 32, p. 169. This receipt also mentions the date of the warrant, March 26, 1754.
In William Davis=s History of Bucks County there is this passage:
John Adams, ensign, Provincial Service, of Nockamixon township, Bucks county, Pennsylvania, died in Nockamixon township, May 22, 1807. He married Mary _____. He was buried in the old Nockamixon church graveyard His will dated March 21, 1807, proved June 8, same year, is recorded in Will Book No 7, p. 278, in the register of wills office, Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
In Sept of 2004 I visited Ferndale and found a tombstone with the inscription "John Adams, ensign, Associated Companies of Bucks County, 1756, died in Nockamixon Tsp, Bucks Co., Penna, May 22, 1807". It was in the cemetery adjacent to St. Luke=s church on land where the reformed ch originally stood. The tombstone was relatively new and must have been put there by a living relative. There was also a recently implanted US flag next to the grave.
Married Anna Maria (aka Mary, aka Maria Magdalena). died before. 1807.
Children of John Adams and Anna Maria Magdelena are:
i. John George Adams , born January 18, 1755; died May 19, 1832; married Christina Shissler (last name also spelled Shiblern) 1777 in Tohickon Reformed Church. Served as a sergeant in the Nockamixon Company of Associators in 1775.
ii. Henry Adams, born Abt. 1757; married Catharine. With George served in the Nockamixon Co of Associators in 1775.
iii. John Adams, born November 09, 1759 in Nockamixon Twp, Bucks Co, PA; died December 12, 1826 in Durham Twp, Bucks Co, PA; married Christina Klinker December 15, 1789 in Tohickon Reformed Church; born August 15, 1770 in Nockamixon Twp, Bucks Co, PA; died October 02, 1847 in Durham Twp, Bucks Co, PA.
More About John Adams:
Baptism: December 17, 1759, Tohickon Reformed Church
Burial: Durham Union Cemetery
Occupation: Grist and saw mill owner
Served in Continental Army during Revolutionary War, Samuel Watson=s Company, 2nd PA Battalion. Received a land grant for service. (Pa archives 1st series, v X, p 98)
More About Christina Klinker:
Burial: Durham Union Cemetery
i. Elizabeth 1791-1878 m. John Fackenthal (both buried at Durham)
Children: Samuel, Christina, Mary Magdalena, Andrew Jackson, Hannah, Jacob
ii. Mary Magdalena 1792-1868 m. John Overpeck (buried Durham)
Parents of at least two children
iii. John K. 1794-1841 m Mary Case. (Buried new cemetery at Durham)
Children: Elizabeth, Henry, Hannah, Mary Ann, Catherine, Christina, Sarah, William
Pvt in War of 1812 (Pa archives 2nd series, v 12, p 127)
iv. Catherine m John Casper Judd
Parents of at least 3 children - John, Mary Magdalena and Jacob
v. Henry 1806-1838 m Eliza Bitz
vii. Jacob 1801- m Philippina Uhler
Documents at Spruance by Williams, Joseph Adams and others have more info on John Adams, Jr. descendents
iv. Jacob Adams 1762-1853 d. Bedford Co, PA (source: letter at Spruance)
v. Elizabeth Adams
vi. Mary Margaret Adams, born Abt. 1760; died Aft. 1796; married (1) Rudolph Schiebler/Shivler; born 1749; died June 14, 1796 in Nockamixon Twp, Bucks Co, PA; married (2) Jacob Ziegenfuss Bet. 1797 - 1798.
More About Rudolph Schiebler/Shivler:
Burial: St. Luke's Union Cemetery, Nockamixon
vii. Mary Adams, died Bef. 1807.
Had at least two children accdg to Williams document at Spruance
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