Elihu Adams

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Elihu Adams
Born (1741-05-29)May 29, 1741
Braintree, Massachusetts Bay
Died August 10, 1775(1775-08-10) (aged 34)[1]
Cambridge, Massachusetts Bay
Buried at Union Cemetery
Holbrook, Massachusetts, U.S.
Allegiance United States United States of America
Service/branch Continental Army
Years of service 1775
Rank Captain
Battles/wars American Revolutionary War
Siege of Boston
Battles of Lexington and Concord
Relations John Adams, Sr. (father)
Susanna Boylston Adams (mother)
John Adams, 2nd President of the United States (elder brother)

Elihu Adams (May 29, 1741 – August 10, 1775[1]) was a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He was born in Braintree to John Adams, Sr. and Susanna Boylston; his elder brothers were John Adams, the second President of the United States, and Peter Boylston Adams, who also served as a militia captain during the Revolution.[2] He married Thankful White in 1765, and had at least two children - Susanna, born in 1766,[3] and John, born in 1768.[4]

Adams served as captain of the Braintree Company at the Siege of Boston, and as a minuteman who fought on the Concord Green in 1775. He died of dysentery on August 10, 1775, at the age of 34, and was buried at what is today known as the "Old Section" of Union Cemetery in Holbrook, Massachusetts (then still a part of Braintree).[1]


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