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ADAMS Abigail

ADAMS Abigail

Female 1765 - 1813  (48 years)Deceased

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  • Name  ADAMS Abigail 
    Born  14 Jul 1765  Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender  Female 
    Name  Nabby ADAMS 
    Died  15 Aug 1813  Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Cause: Breast Cancer 
    Age  48 years 
    Buried  Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Person ID  I11672  One Big Family Tree
    Last Modified  2 Nov 2011 

    Father  ADAMS President John,   b. 30 Oct 1735, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jul 1826, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 90 years 
    Mother  SMITH Abigail,   b. 11 Nov 1744,   d. 28 Oct 1818  Age: 73 years 
    Married  24 Feb 1764 
    Family ID  F4165  Group Sheet

    Family  SMITH Honorable William Stephens,   b. 8 Nov 1755,   d. 10 Jun 1816, Lebanon, Orange, New York, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  Age: 60 years 
    Married  12 Jun 1786  London, , Greater London, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. SMITH William Steuben,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. SMITH John Adams,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. SMITH Caroline Amelia,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. SMITH Thomas William,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified  3 Jul 2011 
    Family ID  F4167  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 14 Jul 1765 - Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Jun 1786 - London, , Greater London, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Breast Cancer - 15 Aug 1813 - Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - < - - Hancock Cemetery, Quincy, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Abigail 'Nabby' Adams Smith
    Abigail "Nabby" Adams Smith

  • Notes 
    • (Medical):In October of 1811, Nabby discovered a lump in her breast and a mastectomy was performed without any anesthesia. Her parents were holding her hands during the brutal surgery and, according to John, she never cried out once. After recuperating at the Adams homestead in Quincy, she returned to her dreary life in New York. But the cancer proved too much for even Nabby's resilient spirit and, in the summer of 1813, in agony, she returned to her parents in Quincy and died in The Old Homestead. The elderly John Adams grieved in a letter to his old friend Thomas Jefferson: "Your friend, my only Daughter, expired, Yesterday Morning .... in the 49th Year of her age, 46 of which She was the healthiest and firmest of Us all: Since which, She has been a monument to Suffering and to Patience." It has been said that neither John nor Abigail ever truly recovered from her death.

  • Sources 
    1. [S37] Genealogy of 14 Families of the Early Settlers of New England, Elisha Thayer and Stephen White Thayer, (Dedham, MA: J. Farmer, 1835.), 41. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2009.

    2. [S37] Genealogy of 14 Families of the Early Settlers of New England, Elisha Thayer and Stephen White Thayer, (Dedham, MA: J. Farmer, 1835.), 42. (Reliability: 3), 7 Mar 2009.