Adams, John - Research Article from Shaping of America, 1783-1815 Reference Library

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John Adams was born on October 30, 1735, in Braintree (later called Quincy), Massachusetts. John's great-great-great-grandfather, Henry Adams of Somersetshire, England, arrived in Braintree in 1638 as part of the Puritan migration from England. Puritans were a religious group known as Dissenters who had separated from the Church of England in the 1500s. They were persecuted in England and began coming to America in 1628. The Puritans settled in present-day New England and established the Congregational Church.

John was born to John Adams, a deacon of the local Congregational church, and Susanna Boylston, the daughter of a prominent family from nearby Brookline. John's first fifteen years were spent roaming through beautiful hills and orchards, swimming in brooks and the Neponset River, playing ball, and going to community parties called frolics. He learned to read at home, then attended a school in the kitchen of a neighbor who taught a handful...

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