Our Family History
© Lynne Hall and Alison France 2005-
The first known record of Adams in Lowestoft concerns Peter, who appears in the Parish Register baptisms on 7 May 1563 “Peter, son of Peter Adams and Annes his wife”. There are no more Adams entries until 24 July 1625 “Jonas Adams , son of Anne a stranger “; then 22 July 1655 “Samuell son of Samuell Adams and Elizabeth”, followed by 28 Feb 1657 “Francis son of Samuell Adams and Elizabeth was borne in 1657”.
Research undertaken by two of my great uncles Henry Adams (1846-
We met Bob Adams many years ago, quite by chance, in a Lowestoft Museum. Bob has researched the Lowestoft Adams family for quite some time and has written the text below giving details of some of his work. If you would like to know more, please contact Bob: firstname.lastname@example.org
The descendants of Samuel and Elizabeth remained in the Lowestoft / Gt Yarmouth area for more than a century, when William and Margaret’s grandson John Adams (1758-
John, the barber, also became Parish Clerk of St Olave, Tooley Street, a fact which permits calculation of the date on which a group of family portraits were painted. These include William, John and Alice, and John Samuel aged about six years. However, although John, Alice and John Samuel were resident near Tooley Street, John Samuel was baptised at St Nicholas Gt Yarmouth on 20 December 1801. Since the group of portraits includes William, resident of Yarmouth, it appears that the whole family travelled there for the christening and arranged for their portraits to be painted together. This is supported by Henry Adams’ observation in 1880 that between the entries of 11 and 14 December 1801 in the St Olave receipt book there is a change of colour of ink showing that a number of entries were made in a batch, and not on the day which the transaction took place. This suggests that the Parish Clerk was elsewhere, and that he filled in the gaps after returning from the christening.
Thus thanks to the efforts of Henry and Thomas we have from the early 1600s onwards a reasonably clear picture of very nearly all of descendants of Samuel & Elizabeth Adams, up to the early part of the 20th century, with substantial amounts of information on their lives and activities. Henry and Thomas continued to show an interest in family history and to track down and record all descendants until 1919, when Thomas died. Henry continued to write up their findings for a few years, but only included events up to 1919. Whether or not Henry made any further studies is unclear but it seems unlikely as no further data due to him have been discovered, although he remained active in his other pursuits. My researches started around 1975 and so there was a gap of nearly 60 years to fill in. Despite their world-
Robert James Adams (Bob)