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Dear Children: ? I have never written a book, and have no
qualifications for the undertaking which would promise success, but
as one of your number has desired me to record what I have learned
of my ancestors, and to write something of an autobiography, I have
concluded to attempt it. I have very few records to guide me, and
must depend principally on memory, which at my age must be greatly
impaired. I will endeavour to give the plain, unvarnished facts
according to the best of my knowledge, and recollection of the
relation given me in early life by my greatly honoured father. I
shall commence with Henry Adams, the first of our ancestors who
settled in this country, and follow the descent through the line of
Edward, one of Henry's sons, to my father, together with a brief
account of my father's familv and the way that God has in great
mercy led me for more than eighty years. Your affectionate father,
ELIASHIB ADAMS. Bangor, March 23, 1854. REMINISCENCES. Henry Adams,
our Puritan ancestor, with his family, came to this country from
England, and settled in Brain- tree, now called Quincy,
Massachusetts, in the year 1630. I know "not whether he was
considered a godly man, but from the fact that he was so early a
settler, there is no doubt he came for conscience sake. It is said
that he had seven sons, most or all of whom came with him, and
their posterity has now become very numerous. One of the sons of
Henry was called Edward, one of whose sons was named Eliashib, the
first of the name within my knowledge, since the High Priest. From
him we have descended. Eliashib, son of Edward, married the great
grand-daughter of Miles Standish, which I learned, not only by
tradition, but by a deed of land which I have read, given by Miles
Standish, of Preston, Conn., grand-so...
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