Jacob Adams
Account Book, 1673-1693

Mss: 641

Historical Note:

Jacob Adams, son of Robert Adams and youngest of nine children, was born April 13, 1654 in Newbury, Massachusetts. He attended the free school, established by the Colony Law of 1647 and voted in by the Newbury inhabitants in 1651. He later served as apprentice to shoemaker Robert Bartlett. After becoming a master shoemaker, Adams set himself up as a custom shoemaker in his own farm house in 1673 at the age of nineteen. He marry Anna Allen of Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1677, and they subsequently had seven children. In 1682, at the death of his father, he inherited his father's house as well as the land adjoining.

Jacob Adams moved to Suffield, Connecticut in 1686 with other relatives and townspeople of Newbury. He continued his shoemaking business and by 1693 had became one of the most prominent and influential settlers of Suffield. In the years 1711, 1714 and 1717, Adams was sent to the General Court of the colony of Boston as Suffield's representative. He died suddenly in Boston in November 1717 at the age of sixty-three.

Scope and Content:

Collection consists of a homemade account book, covered in rawhide and hand sewn with linen thread, describing business transactions in shoemaking and farming as well as family and household accounts. The accounts originally show Adams as a custom shoemaker, but in later years there is evidence that he made shoes for another master shoemaker or for a wholesaler. Included in the collection is a fourteen page typescript, provided by the donor, which gives detailed information about Adams, his account book, and the towns in which he lived.

Provenance : Gift of Mrs. Ralph D. Jones, great-granddaughter of Jacob Adams, ca. 1947.

Amount: 1 volume