James Adams


James Adams was born about 1730. We seek information on his origins. It does not apppear he was a close relative of the prominent Schenectady-based Adams family.

In November 1752, he married Margarita Hageman (Hegman) at the Albany Dutch church. At that time, the partners were said to have been of "Na" (New Albany). By the early 1760s, the marriage had produced four children. He also received some services at St. Peter's Anglican church.

In 1756, his modest Albany house was described on a census taken by the British army. He was called "Chevy Adams" and was identified as a "carter." It appears that his home was located on or near the Southside of Albany.

He may have been a "partner" in a venture to acquire what probably was wilderness land along with a number of Albany and Albany area people. However, he was not named among the patentees when the title was confirmed in 1769.

James Adams filed a will in August 1762. It named his wife and three children as his heirs. He was buried from the Dutch church in October. In 1766 and '67, his widow's home was valued on the West Manor assessment roll (probably in the land south of the city limits). One notation referred to the deceased as "the barman."

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of James Adams is CAP biography number 7092. This sketch is derived chiefly from family and community-based resources.

first posted: 5/25/09; updated 9/17/10