Susanna Boylston (1708-1797)

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Susanna Boylston Adams was born 16 March 1709 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States to Peter Boylston (1676-1743) and Ann White (1686-1772) and died 17 April 1797 in Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States of unspecified causes. She married John Adams (1691-1761) 31 October 1734 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. She married John Hall (1698-1789) 3 December 1766 in Brookline, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States.

Susanna Boylston Adams Hall (1708-1797)


A prominent early-American socialite, mother of the second U.S. President, John Adams and grandmother of the sixth President, John Quincy Adams.

She married John Adams, Sr. in 1734. She is among the least well known of the famous Adams family, for her name appears infrequently in the large body of Adams writings. However, her son's diary reveals that she had a fiery temper.

Five years after the death of her first husband, she married Lt. John Hall, who apparently did not get along with her grown children. She died in the first year of her son's presidency.

Adams married well, to Susanna Boylston, from a prominent family of scientists and medical doctors, in October 1734. His socialite bride came from the wealthy and respected line of Bolystons of Brookline. Susanna had a "higher social standing than" him. When their first son went to Harvard, his class rank was determined primarily by his mother's socio-economic status. Since it is known that he and his sons read out letters to her, Susanna might have been illiterate, as were many women of her class and day.

Children of John Adams and Susanna Boylston

John Adams and Susanna Boylston Adams had the following children:

  1. John Adams (1735-1826) - 2nd President of the United States
  2. Peter Boylston Adams – farmer, militia captain of Braintree, Massachusetts.
  3. Elihu Adams – a company commander in the militia during the American Revolution; died from a dysentery.


Offspring of Deacon John Adams, Sr. and Susanna Boylston (1708-1797)
Name Birth Death Joined with
John Adams (1735-1826) 30 October 1735 Quincy, Massachusetts, United States 4 July 1826 Quincy, Massachusetts, United States Abigail Smith (1744-1818)

Peter Boylston Adams (1738-1823) 16 October 1738 Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts 2 June 1823 Quincy, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Mary Crosby (1749-1823)

Elihu Adams (1741-1776) 29 May 1741 Holbrook, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States 10 August 1775 Holbrook, Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States Thankful White (1747-1822)

Thomas Boylston Adams (1743-)

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