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Henry Adams and Rose

HUSBAND:
Henry ADAMS. [PC M4-23].
Born about 1531 in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England; son of John ADAMS and Alys. (S13).

Henry lived in one of the most momentous centuries of modern English history. It was the period of the Reformation of the Church under the guidance of Henry VIII, the dissolution of the Roman religious establishment and the expulsion of the abbots, friars and nuns from the various abbeys, priories and convents of the Realm. When he was 8 years old he may have witnessed the brutal public hanging, beheading, and quartering of Richard Whiting, the last of Glastonbury's Abbots in 1539. (S9,S12).

His father died before 1543, when Henry was only about twelve years old. (S12). This was another profound event in his life that undoubtedly had a great impact on him.

He married (in 1552-S4)(about 1554-S5,S13)(in 1554-S4,S6,S7), probably in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. The name of his wife is uncertain, but it it thought that she was the Rose Adams buried at Barton St. David on 20 September 1598. (S12).

He lived all his life in Barton St. David. He was also a yeoman husbandman. (S9).

He became a bondsman in 1574 (S9,S12), when on 27August 1574 a license of marriage was granted to John Bevell of Baltesborough, husbandman, and Alice Harde of Aishecotte, maiden, with Henry Adams as one of the sureties: Obligentur Willmus Smith de Baltesborough cutler et Henricus Adams de Barton in com. Somrst husbandman et d'cus John Bevell. (S12).

He served as a court witness on several legal matters. (S9).

In a Deposition Book in the Diocesan Registry, under 25 May 1586, we find a deposition made by “Henricus Addams paroch. De Barton Davie”. Here the final e is so like a d, that the word has been misread as “David”, but a close examination of the handwriting leaves no room for doubt, and indeed the place is called Barton Davy shortly before in the same document. (S11).

This case, of 25 May 1586, was a case of slander and defamation of character, in the suit of Cheverell vs. Ludwell, two of the principal families of Barton St. David. His testimony is interesting as an example of legal pracitce in the reign of Queen Elizabeth in the matter of recording evidence of witnesses. (S12).

He died (about 1571)(after 1595-1596-S3)(about 1596-S5)(on 12 August 1596-S4)(on 23 August 1596-S6) at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. He was buried on 12 August 1596 in Barton St. David {S7}.

As he left no will, the names of his children are not recorded, except that of his son John who was granted administration of his estate. (S12).
Barton David 1596. Henry Adams Account. on the 12th day of the said month of August administration of the goods, etc. of the said Henry Adams, deceased intestate, was granted by the surrogate last named to John Adams, his natural and lawful son, being properly sworn, etc., savingthe right [of the Queen] etc., and an inventory is exhibited of the value of £22-2-0.
Barton David 8 Jan. 1596/7. Henry Adams. A proclamation to summon the creditors of the above named haney Adams deceased etc. to appear on 2 March ensuingto prove their claims, before the rector of Barton David aforesaid and also the bailiff of the market to be held at Glastonbury, in the parish church there, in public to be announced and declared. (S12).

WIFE:
Rose. (Rose-S12)(Stebbing-S14). [PC M4-23].
Born (about 1535-S3)(in 1536-S4,S13,S14) in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. (S13).

She is thought to have married Henry ADAMS about 1554. (S12).

Rose Adams died on 20 September 1598 in Somerset, England (S3,S13); and was buried on 20 September 1598 at Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. (S2,S3,S12).

CHILDREN of Henry ADAMS and (Rose?):
  1. Richard ADAMS. Born in 1552 in Barton, St. David, Somersetshire, England. He died on 19 March 1604 in Barton, St. David, Somerset, England. He was buried on 22 March 1603 in Barton, St David, Somerset, England. He married Agnes STONE in 1578 in Somersetshire, England. (S3). He married Margaret ARMAGER.
  2. John ADAMS. [PC M4-23]. Born (about 1555-S12)(on 1 January 1555) in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England. He married Agnes, (possibly STONE-S1)(STONE-S2,S3) (on 1 FEB 1575-S?)(in 1578-S2) in England. He married Margaret ARMAGER {S2}. On 27 May 1597 he became a bondman for Agnes, widow of John Stone (his mother-in-law?) of Barton St. David, and executrix of the will of her late husband {S2}. He died about March 1604 in Barton St. David, Somersetshire, England; as his will was proved 19 March 1604. He was buried on 22 March 1604 in Barton St. David {S2}. Agnes was buried on 15 January 1616 in the Barton St. David churchyard. {S2}.
    [NOTE: Different sources confuse brothers Richard and John, and abscribe to them the same dates and marriages. Were they one and the same person? More careful research needs to be done to determine what is correct. RAM]


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