Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: My 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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