Adams Papers

From John Adams to Timothy Alden, 4 June 1815

Quincy June 4th 1815


I have your favour of 1st Feb with your 5 volumes. The dedication needs no apology.

In your account of my Ancestors there are two errors. My Great Grand mothers names was Abigail Baxter, not mary. I gave you this misinformation from confused traditionary memory. but I have since found her grave stone, in our Church yard beside that of her husband. the name was Abigail.

The second error <was> is Ebenezer Adams is represented as the second Son of Joseph, whereas he was the youngest of the five, the genuine order is Joseph, John, Samuel, Josiah & Ebenezer.

I have also found the ancient rough mount Wollaston & Braintree north Common Granite rocks, at the head & foot of my Great great Grand Father. Hammered & hewn as well as the age would allow, before marble or Slate were discovered in the Country & before a stone Cutter had been imported.

It is but lately that I have become a student in Church yards, but I find there is amusement & instruction to be found there, though they generally abound too much in panegyrick. I am Sir respectfully

John Adams

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