- Source: Early Medway Settlers & Land Records -
Stephen-5 (Obidiah-4, John-3, Edward-2, Henry-1) Adams, born in the New Grant in
1729, lived and died in the place where he was born. Obidiah's house was on Adams Street, north side, about halfway between Winthrop and Summer Streets, a site now marked by some lilacs and bushes, and for many years was known as the Groehl place. In 1773, Stephen married Molly Littlefield.
He served in the Revolution.
Stephen Adams was the father of Laban Adams who ran the famous Lamb Tavern in Boston and later started the well-known Adams House. He was the grandfather of author William T. Adams - Oliver Optic - and has many notable descendants. When tea was prohibited in the Bay Colony, Stephen's wife had some of the contraband. She so desired some that one day she took some boiling water to the attic of her house, brewed some of the tabooed luxury, and quietly drank it.
The chair that she used in the family pew in the old meeting house was given to
the Medway Historical Society by Herbert Hixon, and bears the initials M A cut in the back.
Stephen Adams died in 1795, and his widow died in 1813.
Sarah 1773-1831 m. 1795 Jesse Coombs of Bellingham
Ezra 1775-1839 m. 1799 Nabby Partridge
Stephen 1776-1854 m. 1800 Catherine Partridge
Jotham 1778-1864 m. 1802 Sarah Littlefield
Eli 1779- m. (1st) 1801 Esther Harding
m. (2nd) 1815 Roxy Williams
Mary 1781-1805 m. 1803 Moses Hill, Bellingham
Laban 1785-1849 m. 1809 Catherine Johnson
Note: Stephen Adams, born 1776, built and lived in the Herbert Hixon place, now
207 Main Street. He was a cabinet and coffin maker for 52 years, and his shop was in the west
part of the first floor of the house