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Month: August 2014

Presidential cousin… or not

So I was exploring the tree of my 13 x great grandfather, Sir Thomas Adams, Lord Mayor of London, trying to see if there was a connection between his tree and the tree of that other famous Adams man, John Adams, the second president of the United States. Just browsing through several trees online like this one, a connection emerges easily enough: Sir Thomas Adams’s grandfather, Randall Adams, was brother to a Henry Adams, the 4 x great grandfather of John Adams the president. That would make distant cousins of us.

But wait.

Something doesn’t look right in this tree.

Randall Adams was born and died in Wem, Shropshire, while his father and brothers were born and died in Barton St David, Somerset?

Hmmm. I’m not so sure Randall Adams actually belongs in this family. Although the dates are believable, I couldn’t find any evidence that Randall’s father made a brief visit to Wem and left a son there. And these trees have no resources to back up the connection other than private emails.

I haven’t been able to find any trace of Randall’s true parentage, so they may be lost to the mysteries of time.